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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: APRIL 2001

Letters to the Editor are welcome; they can be on any relevant subject (relevant meaning relevant to this zine) and preferably no more than 350 words. Please include your name and city where you live. The Editor has the right to edit. We’d like to hear your movie related stories, anecdotes and – of course – your opinions. Drop us a line to editor@urbancinefile.com.au

 25/4/2001

MEMENTO
Dear Cinefiles,
I saw Memento last night. After numerous post-viewing investigations, I remain in excruciating dissatisfaction about my (and others') interpretation of its meaning. So much so, that I am compelled to write and request your opinion. I could present you with several questions regarding tangibles: For example, was Teddy the killer, did Sammy Kankis exist, was Leonard's wife diabetic? Actually I could ask a host of other questions, but I recognise this could be a futile exercise. Rather, the point of the movie may have been to eschew objective absolute truths, by juxtaposing memory against truth and time. (Einstein probably would have been proud – a clear, but complex, elucidation of relativity and a fourth dimension.) So, essentially, I am asking whether you believe the movie was an exercise aimed at toying with the viewers perceptions and truth, ultimately pointing to no absolute truth about Leonard's situation? Or, were there some real facts in there that viewers could use to piece together the mystery? Please help me out.
Thanks,
Themis Antony

Editor replies: Your tentative view that: "the point of the movie may have been to eschew objective absolute truths, by juxtaposing memory against truth and time. (Einstein probably would have been proud – a clear, but complex, elucidation of relativity and a fourth dimension.) So, essentially, I am asking whether you believe the movie was an exercise aimed at toying with the viewers perceptions and truth, untimately pointing to no absolute truth about Leonard's situation?" is probably the closest to our view. pretty good, huh?

ENEMY AT THE GATE
Firstly, please accept my congratulations on a fantastic site. The information contained is awesome for any serious movie fan. Can you please help me with a question as to when Enemy At The Gate with Ed Harris is going to be released in cinemas in Australia? I am desperately waiting to see this movie! Thanks for your assistance.
Kind regards,

Andrew McMillan

Louise replies: Thank you for your email and comments. Enemy at the Gate is currently scheduled for release on July 26. Enjoy!

A BOND FOR RUSSELL
Please tell Mr Crowe to hold off on the old 007 bit; instead, star in the next generation of 007, those films that come from books written by Mathew Reilly of Sydney (Ice Station-Contest-Temple). They are going to be so good that who ever stars in them will be the new image replacing all those 'old' blokes and the dated 007. Mathew's books are so varied that the heroes are all different and can not be type cast.
John O'Rourke

Ed: Dear Russell (and his manager) – please note this.

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