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Empire Australasia March 2019

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this month at empire

EVERY FILM FAN can probably attest to having particular images and sounds from certain movies vividly burned into their infant brain before they could even properly understand what a “film” even was. For me, there were four such incidents of filmic brain-branding (that all coincidentally occurred when I was at the age of four-and-under): being traumatised at the sight of Kermit The Frog being zapped in an electric chair in 1979’s The Muppet Movie while at a drive-in; being traumatised by that weird brain slug that gets shoved into Chekov’s ear in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan; being traumatised by watching Darth Vader crush that rebel dude’s windpipe in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and… being utterly enthralled by John Williams’ magical theme music (sidenote: JW’s…

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YOU’RE HIRED, WE’RE FIRED I was reading the comment page of your January issue and realised that one of the writers had been introduced to Empire in a very similar way to me. I was visiting fam in England with my step-father and had stopped at a service station to get a bite to eat. I walked into the newsagency there and discovered a cool mag that read ‘Empire’ in bold white lettering on the front. Not only that, Black Panther was on the front and ‘STAR WARS’ was written in the corner. I paid my money and, as we travelled on the M1, I read the thing front to back. There was an interesting talk with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as well as a picture of The Rock “flame-biking”…

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blowing up expectations

J.C. CHANDOR IS a director who knows how to turn his hand to genre movies and come up with something unexpected. In his new action-drama Triple Frontier, a group of hardened American combat veterans — played by a starry ensemble that includes Pedro Pascal, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund — join forces to plan an audacious heist of a Colombian cartel kingpin, set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. “We have a professional warrior class doing all the fighting in the US,” says Chandor, who co-wrote the script with Mark Boal (co-writer of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker). Chandor shares with Boal an interest in the role of American military veterans today. “When you see the movie, it’s not like it’s on the…

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“you’ve got to dive in feet first”

BACK IN 2009, Chiwetel Ejiofor was sent an early copy of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. An unconventional memoir, it told the story of how the teenage Kamkwamba saved his famine-stricken Malawi village by building a makeshift windmill from scrap parts, despite his parents being too poor to send him to school. “I was just stunned by it,” says Ejiofor. “It was inspirational and touched on so many relevant issues to the wider world, condensed to a tale of this one boy’s ingenuity, skill, drive and passion for life. It triggered a lot of emotions.” It ultimately became a passion project for the 12 Years A Slave actor, writing and directing the film, as well as acting in a key role. But Ejiofor initially…

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throne theories

1 A SONG OF FIRE Daenerys and Jon Snow, after a protracted campaign and heavy losses, venture forth — she astride Drogon, Jon astride Rhaegal — to bathe the Night King’s army in a sea of dragonfire, before going on to rule the Seven Kingdoms as Targaryen king and queen. The Iron Bank abandons Cersei (paying your debts has consequences), leaving her in the lurch until Jaime (or rather Arya, wearing his face) makes an end of her, thus fulfilling the prophecy that Cersei’s ‘little brother’ would prove her undoing. The Hound carves up what’s left of The Mountain, Theon rescues Yara and retires to the Iron Islands, and Bran, despite knowing everything, proves no help whatsoever. 2 A SONG OF ICE After discovering that Tyrion is, in fact, the child of Joanna…

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the money shot

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL The good guys dress in black. Remember that. So when Tessa Thompson [1] makes face-to-face contact with Chris Hemsworth [2], the title held by she, MIB, means what you think you saw, you did not see. You certainly didn’t see Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones in this initial trailer for the spin-off (vivid memories, you might say, turn to fantasies). Instead we have fresh blood taking on new enemies across the world. But trust me, if they ever show in your section, believe me, it’s for your own protection — ’cause they see things that you need not see, and be places that you need not be. Like, say, London [3], as this explosive shot suggests. Altogether now: “Here come the Men In Black, galaxy defenders...”…