Christopher McQuarrie: Nightmare on Elm Street Shows Movie Theaters Can’t Be Replaced

Christopher McQuarrie: Nightmare on Elm Street Shows Movie Theaters Can’t Be Replaced
Edgar Wright has assembled a treasure trove. That’s the best way to describe what it feels like to be a cinephile reading the March 2021 issue of Empire magazine. In an approach more persuasive than any weighty think piece on box office numbers, or an introspective Op-Ed from a film critic, the Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver filmmaker made the case for cinema by compiling a list of anecdotes and stories, big and small, from fans and legendary filmmakers alike. Because when the lights go out in a darkened theater, we’re all the same audience for a brief, fleeting moment.

Thus in Wright’s special edition feature, the likes of James Cameron can offer revelries about being terrified by Wait Until Dark, and Steven Spielberg can still marvel at how David Lean’s arid mise en scène in Lawrence of Arabia caused a whole audience to become
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