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Idon’t see why peo­ple are crit­i­cis­ing the new Hal­loween movie. Fair enough, it’s a bit for­mu­laic. But there’s plenty of thrills and ex­cite­ment, so why

change a for­mula if it’s suc­cess­ful? The only worry is if the fran­chise goes too far and we see Jamie Lee Cur­tis in 30 years’ time try­ing to dodge Michael My­ers in her Zim­mer frame. STEPHEN MC­CARTHY, GLAS­GOW

Ithought the new Hal­loween was slick, stylish and a great homage to the orig­i­nal. But in your re­view you say “it’s not a clas­sic”. This got me think­ing, is any­thing a clas­sic any­more? With all the con­tent avail­able on stream­ing ser­vices, do we go back and watch things over again in this day and age? Be­ing a 37-year-old man, I’m used to re-watch­ing ’70s, ’80s and pos­si­bly some ’90s stuff, but gen­er­ally to­day’s Net­flix and mul­ti­plex fare are im­me­di­ately con­sumed and for­got­ten about. Gone are the days where some­thing would be­come a clas­sic for 40 or 50 years (aside from the ones that al­ready are, obvs). Thoughts? DO­MINIC SPEIGHT, BELFAST We may pos­si­bly have reached con­sump­tion sat­u­ra­tion, but there are still those gems whose longevity we’re will­ing to bet on (es­pe­cially if we don’t have to pay out for half a cen­tury). As for what makes a clas­sic, that’s the big ques­tion – one that has da­m­aged friend­ships (and the odd weaponised mag­a­zine bin­der) here at TF. We main­tain that the new Hal­loween doesn’t fit the bill, but we’d queue to see Cur­tis mix it up with My­ers even if we were on our deathbed (that’s got to fall un­der ‘con­ces­sions’, right?).


The let­ter in TF278 about char­ac­ters light­ing fires with con­ve­niently pock­eted lighters re­minded me of all the times in films when some­one’s stand­ing in to­tal dark­ness… and with the flick of a Zippo is able to il­lu­mi­nate the room as if they had a frig­gin’ flood­light! OWEN HOLLIFIELD, BARGOED

The ‘lighters’ let­ter got me think­ing about an­other movie/TV quirk: the quick pop-in. After trav­el­ling miles and pos­si­bly hours, char­ac­ters seem con­tent to walk into a friend/lover/ rel­a­tive’s house, ex­change a few heated words and storm out. I don’t care how an­gry I am, if I’ve taken three hours to get to your house, I’m hav­ing a cuppa and a Hob­nob. Even while con­fronting

you about sleep­ing with my boss/sis­ter/doc­tor. PHILIP DANIEL, VIA EMAIL

And there’s the whole thing where peo­ple on the phone never seem to say ‘hello’ or ‘good-’… hang on – are you say­ing your boss/sis­ter/doc are the same per­son? If so, you need to see a ther­a­pist (non-fam­ily mem­ber) and/or sell your life story to the stu­dios asap. Could the sis­ter also be able to ‘hear’ the thoughts of an­gry cats? We need a sting for the trailer.


So I was star­ing at my TF col­lec­tion on a shelf in the down­stairs loo (no re­flec­tion on your mag, more my wife’s pref­er­ence) and for the first time ever I no­ticed the slices of film-re­lated im­agery at the top of the spine and how they’re com­pleted with sub­se­quent edi­tions.

How did I ever miss this sub­tle lit­tle gem? DEAN TURVEY-BROWN, NORTHANTS

Well, that’s us all over – sub­tle, gem­like, modest. Would it be OK, though, if you moved us to the up­stairs loo, please? Get­ting a bit chilly this time of year – and there’s that book on crap taxi­dermy you got from Cards Galore that we’re dy­ing to read.


Well done on your sup­ple­ment, ‘The 150 Great­est Per­for­mances’ [TF278]. But where were Noomi Ra­pace (The Girl With The Dragon Tat­too), Toni Col­lette (Hered­i­tary) and Mon­ica Bel­lucci (Ir­re­versible), to name a few? I’m guess­ing they were just shy of the list. BEN BAX­TER, VIA EMAIL

To my hor­ror, I found the best per­for­mance ever – Gre­gory Peck in To Kill A Mock­ing­bird – slot­ted in at a lowly num­ber 70. Re­ally? Peck’s turn is not only beau­ti­fully mea­sured, but given the time of pro­duc­tion, it could also be con­sid­ered a brave role to take on. Re­mem­ber that At­ti­cus Finch was voted cin­ema’s great­est hero by the AFI, beat­ing Han, Indy and Rocky to the punch. The per­fect fa­ther. The per­fect man. I un­der­stand it’s only an opin­ion, but I can’t see any rea­son why he wasn’t in your top five. Shame on who­ever de­cided this. JOHN LYLE, CAM­BRIDGE

Well, I thought you lot had com­pletely lost it for a sec­ond there… do­ing what most blokes do, I skipped straight to the end of the ‘Per­for­mances’ list and worked my way back­wards. After be­ing chuffed to see Heath Ledger make it to num­ber nine, I was then as­ton­ished to find Keanu Reeves’ Jonathan Harker in­cluded, es­pe­cially when you de­scribed him as “wooden” and the “true hor­ror” of the film. Then I saw Vin­nie Jones and Sofia Cop­pola. And Arnie as Mr. Freeze! For­tu­nately, I then saw the ‘WTF!’ head­ing and re­alised I was the one who’d lost it! I’ll read from the start next time. RUSS TRIBE, FAREHAM When­ever we do a list, there are in­evitable – and wel­come – de­bates over the peck­ing (or in­deed, Peck-ing) or­der. But we’d like to as­sure you that in com­pil­ing the ‘150 Per­for­mances’, we strove for Os­car-wor­thy truth and hon­esty at all times (de­spite that scamp WALL·E try­ing to buy a spot in the top 30 by of­fer­ing to chisel what­ever that grey stuff is off the TF mi­crowave).

yes, he’s a bit stabby, but fair’s fair, he has aged well. barely a line on him.

lack­ing lis­bEth Flick­ing through last month’s TF, dragon lady de­cides it’s time to up­date her shitlist…

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