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A review about a review magazine. Cool eh. Empire of course is much more than a review magazine. Arguably the most comprehensive magazine of it's genre available and boasting an impressive print quality, Empire is sold monthly via shops (£3.95 per issue) or subscription (varying prices and offers apply).
The value of a film magazine might not be obvious to everyone, however with cinema ticket prices hiking skywards (not to mention the snacks), discerning movie goers want to make sure that the film they see will offer good value for money.
Empires reviews are frequently unbiased and professional, opting to review any given film based on it's qualities and standing in it's own genre. This is a refreshing change from many other magazines where reviews are based mainly on whether the film in question caters to the personal tastes of it's reviewer.
This means that Empire offers a balanced preview of the film without spoiling any plot points, leaving the reader with a better idea of whether they want to see the film or not. In other words...job done.
Beyond the reviews, Empire is often at the forefront of breaking movie news, offering exclusive articles on upcoming features covering both films, actors directors etc. They also do occasional historical pieces that offer interesting insights into cinema legends of the past.
The magazine also has a nice follow up DVD section, that serves as a reminder of recent and older films that might be worth a second look at home.
As far as writing style, this is where Empire really thrives. Not content with hiring 'fanboys' Empires staff is made up of quality journalists who write quality unbiased pieces. Where many magazines try to be insightful but come across as pretentious, Empire is good at pointing out the subtle points of a film whilst still being accessible reading. No easy task.
Occasionally, readers have complained about the number of advertisements, but compared to many other magazines Empire is actually very restrained in this department with adverts appearing infrequently and in their own unobtrusive space. It's thanks to these adverts that Empire can retain it's excellent value price...something i'm sure would bother these naysayers even more than the occasion advert for hair gel.
If i did have to give it a downside, it would be the lack of truely independent film journalism. This is however something i can live with given how difficult it is to properly cover such an illusive and lo-key form of film making.
I've tried many different film magazines, but i've always gravitated back to Empire. I put this down to it's accessibility, quality and an unbiased approach to films. Best magazine of it's kind.
Empire magazine holds a special place in my heart, I've been reading it for about 12 years now and a subscriber for the last 3 and 4 it has been the most influential guide for films I've come across, I am an occasional reader of total film which doesn't quite match my tastes (from past experience).
Empire has been with my while I've grown both literally and figuratively, it recommended a diverse array of films to me from Fight Club, through Pixar, Eastwood movies, westerns, gangster movies (Goodfellas especially affected my as a youngster) to Asian films such as Oldboy. Empire pulled me away from the Bond movies (which I now find a bit too silly) to Jason Bourne. It also recommended me to my favourite movie - Amelie.
The magazine is interesting and they interview a wide range of stars to cater for all tastes, from Julia Roberts to Pedro Almodovar for example.
As I said I'm a subscriber which gives me great deals on each issue (I'm afraid I cant remember exactly how much I pay per issue) and each time I re subscribe Empire gives me a great new gift, which so far have been; Eastwood box set, Curb your enthusiasm series, Borat and the Simpsons DVDs.
Thanks Empire and here's to another 12 years (at least I hope).
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Empire is the most popular film magazine worldwide, and is released on about the 27th of every month. I am a regular reader despite the Internet being so much more up-to-date and comprehensive, mainly because, as a budding film critic, I like to acclimate myself with the writing style. However, from a purely readerly perspective, it is a great magazine and doesn't deserve to be classified as a glossy lad's mag like it frequently is.
The magazine has the latest news and reviews from the film world, and I'm most impressed with how up to date it is, with news dating back to just about a week and a half prior to the mag's publication. There's rarely much new I haven't read online, but occasionally they will preview a film I hadn't yet heard of. The best thing about the mag is definitely the interviews; they have extensive, multi-page spread interviews with famous actors, and they ask clever, probing questions rather than just silly, vapid ones. Also, there is a page called A Pint of Milk, where they ask a celebrity various more fluffy questions.
The reviews side of things is also great; they feature a few double-page reviews and then review the rest of the month's films in a paragraph or two. They often have early reviews, and the writing style is very intellectual and engaging. I will say, though, that they have become quite lenient as of late, and their awarding films like Wanted and Quantum of Solace 4 stars seems pretty absurd.
It's a shame that the latter pages of the mag are littered with adverts for mobile phone porn, because it gives the mag the image it doesn't deserve; this is intellectual reading for the discerning film buff, and deserves higher esteem.
There are many film magazines to choose from these days, and to be honest I've only ever read Empire, so my review may be a tad bias, but having said that, after reading Empire for the last few years, I've never felt the need to change, so it must be good.
Empire's structure goes a little like this, from front to back,Letters, News, reviews, articles, DVD reviews, Soundtrack reviews and competitions. So as you can see they cover pretty much everything you could want to know, and they always seem to have the lastest film news and exclusive access to the major film sets.
All this is great, but at the end of the day I buy Empire for the reviews and over the years I have learnt to trust their opinions. I tend to agree with most of what they say, except for the fact they seem to share a similar level of worship for Ricky Gervais as Johnathan Ross (something I've never understood, as I just find him irratating) but other than that, they seem to be very accurate with their reviews.
Every now and again Empire will add a free gift with an issue such as their Film Almanac or some other film geek literature (which I personally love!), and if you subscribe you get limited edition covers and a decent freebie too (at the moment you can get Assasins Creed 2, not bad!).
All in all, Empire is my only choice of film magazine and it ticks all the boxes for my cinema needs!
Empire is the worlds leading movie magazine and is one of the greates reads on a monthly basis. The magazine has lots to keep interested such as good reviews and fantastic insights into the making of new movies. Not only does it give you interviews with interesting stars the magazine constantly suprises upon every issue with the latest news coming first.
Assisted by top class reviewers and great cover stories the mag is a par above most out there.
often the magazine will give you a free calendar and poster of the most recent up and coming films but best of all knows exactly what the readers want in a mag. The special editions are worth the buy and multiple covers great for collectors of the magazine.
The Film reviews are often a good insight into what to see at the cinema but has all the latest releases of dvd's and best tv series releases out there.
With so much to choose from in every monthly issue Empire is the magazine to have and can be trusted as a reliable source of the Movie Industry
This is my first magazine review so you'll have to bear with me! I'll do the best that I can!
Before writing this the 246th Issue has just been released an Empire Magazine has grown to be the "World's Biggest Movie Magazine"! (Their words not mine! So if you're from Total Film or another rival, please don't sue me, I haven't got anything anyway! Haha)
I have been getting Empire Magazine every month for about 2 years now and I make sure I never miss an issue.
If there is anything you need to know about the world of Movies and the Movie Industry, then this is the Magazine you must have! I'll try to break down the magazine into sections so that you can see what there is within the magazine.
CONTENTS & LETTERS
After you've flicked through a few pages of adverts that all magazines seem to have now-a-days, you reach a well laid out Contents page where you can see what pages all the articles are on. This is really useful if you really want to find an article fast that you've seen on the front page! You'll know just where to turn to! These pages really show how much they've crammed in to each Issue!
The next page is full of letter that the public have wrote in, usually about the last issue.
The first look and the last word.
This section is full of all the latest news about new and upcoming films. Along the bottom of these pages there is a strip where there are short "News Bulletins" that often give interesting little facts and hints towards new films.
In this section there are also some great interviews with Actors/Actresses and a My Movie Mastermind quiz where each week they ask a celebrity 10 questions about films they are in/have directed. They are then scored out of 10. I really enjoy seeing their answers and it's really interesting to see how much they actually know about their films! Tarantino is currently top with 9/10, Michael Keaton is bottom with a pitiful 3/10!
This is the review section of the magazine and all the newest releases are reviewed are the next pages. Each movie is rated using the Empire 5 Star system...
5 Stars = Classic
4 Stars = Excellent
3 Stars = Good
2 Stars = Fair
1 Star = Tragic
I always find the reviews to be very fair and accurate and the writers never give too much of the plot away! If Empire gives a film 1 Star, it really is a film you should avoid! Although you still have to remember that it is just one person's opinion and some other critics may love the film! (Like this is just my opinion!)
They usually give the first pages to the biggest releases and the biggest films sometimes get as much as a four page review. The smaller films get less space but they are still worth a read.
On the last page of this section they have all the US & UK Box Office figures so you can see what films are doing well. I always find it interesting to see what films do well here compared to what does well 'Over the Pond'.
The features are just the middle of the magazine. It is always different, and there are a lot of them. For example, in the latest December Issue there are 9 different features, looking in depth at different films that are coming out, Icons of the Decade, big interviews with the stars, Looking back at classic films.... the list can go on and on.
I love seeing what there is in every issue. It is always very varied so, as Forrest Gump once said, "You never know what y'gonna get"! It's not always to my tastes, but there is always at least 2 articles that I read every word of.
This section reviews every DVD & Blu-ray that will be released in the month ahead. It gives the mark out of five for the film as well as a mark out of five for the additional features on the DVD/Blu-ray.
I find this section very useful as it gives all the release dates as well as R.R.P of each film so I can plan how much of my wage I'm going to spend on films!
They also have a small section on Video Games, Books and Soundtracks!
THE TOP 10
I really like The Top 10 section as they look at different parts of cinema every month and it usually a very good read. This month (Dec) it is The Top 10 Bathroom Scenes, with the Eee! Eee! Eee! scene from Psycho taking the top spot. In the October Issue it was The Top 10 Creepy Kids where Miles & Flora from The Innocents claimed first place. I wonder what it will be next month!
The last page of Empire Magazine. This page looks back at a Classic Scene from cinema history. (The name of the section kind of gives that away!) It describes the famous scene and gives the script for it. This is a great section for film buffs and it can bring back memories of great films that you must watch again!
& that's it, a cover to cover run down of my favourite magazine! If you love going to the cinema and watching DVD's as much I do then Empire Magazine is definitely the magazine for you!
I've tried many other movie magazines but I always prefer Empire as I just really love the style of the magazine and the layout of its features. The photographs that go with the articles are always great and they aren't too small.
I feel that a movie magazine need great pictures that are a decent size, as a movie is something you watch to visually you have to be enticed by the images!
The writers do a great job and they really know what they are talking about, which is what you'd expect really, but as with other magazines I've read, you don't always get!
It is only £3.99 per Issue and as it is only out once a month I don't think that it is a lot to spend. (Especially if the magazine saves you from wasting money seeing a rubbish film at the cinema!)
You can subscribe to Empire Magazine for only £25 for 12 Issues, that's £25 a year, great value! It works out at just £2.08 per Issue saving nearly 50% with free delivery direct to your door! I'm not sure why I haven't subscribed yet.... I'll have to doo it soon! Every now and then they also throw in some free DVDs with the subscription; I'll wait until they offer some good'uns!
In conclusion, if you are interested in films, you should buy Empire Magazine. I'm not going to miss an issue!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review.
There are many film magazines around the two main ones you'll see on the shelves being - Empire and Total Film - both magazines that I have read. Out of the two though I chose to subscribe to Empire magazine.
I find that Empire magazine gives fair reviews and provides lots of film news to keep you up to date with the latest goings on.
But the best thing I find about the magazine is the many different features that it includes. These features cover a wide range of different subjects and films to ensure that in each issue there will be atleast one article you'll be interested in.
As a previous A level film student I also found that this magazine was a valuable resource for my studies but has also been a magazine that is not too film studies orientated to put off casual readers. Not only does it cover the new films out it also looks back at some of the classics and as quite a young person I found it has enlightened me to films that I would not have necessarily thought to look at because they are not in the public eye.
It also has other features on gadgets and computer games which ensure that you get a different opinion on other areas for people who do not want to buy another magazine.
Overall I would say that this magazine is a good buy and at £3.90 is one of the cheaper magazines on the market.
Way back in the mists of time, when I began my A Levels, one of which was Media Studies, I was advised, by my Media Studies teacher unsurprisingly, to start reading magazines etc related to the media industry. One of the recommendations was to read film magazines, at the time the main candidates were Empire and Premier. I bought a copy of each and read thru them. Of the two I found Empire to be more suited to me. I felt Premier was a little dry for my liking where as Empire had a certain humour and light-heartedness about it which I liked.
I continued buying Empire throught out the time of my studies and really grew to love it, I found I could on the whole trust the reviews, the interviews and featuresd were more often than not really good and there was a lot to read and enjoy.
I have had a subscription to Empire on and off for the pasy 10 years or so. I have had periods when I've stopped subscribing, mainly because I've found I haven't had the time to actually read it each month. I remember one period, I hadn't actually read any of my copies for about 5 months so I cancelled my subscription. About a week later I had a couple of hours to kill and ended up buying a copy of Empire, going to a pub and reading the whole thing, typical I thought. I have since resubscribed.
Over the years there have been various changes to the magazine but at it's heart it had remained pretty much the same, a good mixture of news from the film world, reviews, interviews and features some light-hearted others more serious.
More advertisements have crept in over the years and there's more of those annoying pages that look like an interesting article but then you notice it's actually just a promotional double spread for someone or other, but on the whole it is still worth getting.
I still find the reviews to largely be of good quality and pretty trust worthy. It's good becuase they tend to have people who like they type of films they are watching doing the reviews. SO often I read a bad review of a film in a newspaper or somewhere and it's obvious the reviewer doesn't actually like the genre to start with! I must admit there have been occasions over the years where a review seems to have become caught up in the hype surrounding the film...take Star Wars Episode 1 for example on first reviewing it received 5 out of 5 stars. While I'm not one of those fan boys that thought it was terrible, I will admit it's not the best film ever and was a bit of a let down after the years of waiting, and it certainly wasn't worthy of a 5 star rating!
Sadly at the moment I am again going through a period of not finding much time to read each copy, I have a glimpse through the reviews and that's about it, but I'm still keeping my subscription because I know there will be times when I will be able to read it and even if I do just look at the reviews, it's good to know I can trust them!
If you have read any of my other reviews, you'll notice that most of them are film-related. I do like films! Nearly a year ago, I won a competition and the prize was a year's subscription to Empire magazine. I usually buy it anyway, so I was very happy to have won this. Over the past year, I have patiently waited each month for the latest copy to plop through the letterbox onto my floor, and then eagerly sit down with a cup of copy and plan what films I'm going to watch next.
Empire magazine has been in circulation since 1989, and is considered the best film magazine out there. It centres on new releases and those 'under the radar' films that may pass you buy, and its team write reviews, interview stars, and provide quirky articles . Each edition features the script from a famous movie scene as well.
What I like about Empire is the relaxed way everything is written. A lot of it is tongue in cheek, and there is a lot of inside humour flowing onto the page. References to films are everywhere in the reviews, with inevitable comparisons being made to films of similar genre, or other performances from an actor in another film. There are a large number of parts of this magazine that only an avid film watcher would get or like, but they do take care to make sure that each film review is clear in its rating whether you're into films or not - it pretty much caters for everyone.
The magazine is divided into sections. The cover normally stands out among the other mags on the shelves, and it always draws my attention if I am out shopping, although I don't buy it because I have that subscription. Inside, there are quite a few advertisement pages, moreso than you would expect from other magazines, but these are nearly all film-related, so they kind of tell you what's up and coming or what is worth buying, etc. They have a letters to the editor section, and they discuss what's been happening in the world of film since the last article was published, before continuing with the next month's cinema reviews, DVD reviews, and quirky articles as I mentioned earlier such as interviews and trivia.
If you haven't read Empire before, it's worth a go, definitely. If you aren't into your films, it's probably not worth a second glance, but then it is designed for a specific market. Similarly, if you are an aspiring writer, Empire are always on the lookout for new talent and guest reviewers, and they do hold competitions where you can submit your piece from time to time.
Overall, I rate this highly. If you aren't as lucky as I was to win a subscription, Empire will cost you £3.90 in the shops! This is rather expensive, but is about the norm for other similar magazines in its genre. Give it a go if you're into your films, it's very good.
This review was written when I wasn't up to my best due to an accident this morning, so please tell me if there's a mistake anywhere and I will fix it. :D
I'm here rating my first ever magazine review, it took me a while to decide whether to do a review on this particular magazine, but I thought I might as well. For this review, I am going to need to use the latest issue to help with my review, but will try my hardest not to ruin anything in the issue. Hope it helps and I really hope you enjoy the review.
What is Empire Magazine?
Empire is a British magazine, which is produced monthly. Its main focus is on new movies, movies out on DVD and even the actors.
I have just found out that the magazine has been going since 1989, so over 18 years now. The publisher of the magazine was originally Emap until at the start of this year Bauer brought Emap.
The Front Cover
Yes I am actually writing something about the front cover, because this is always what struck me before I even brought the magazine.
Not every cover is amazing, but a lot of them are. For example, the first ever one I brought was the January 2008 issue, and on this front cover sits Heath Ledger in costume as the Joker.
The magazine is usually released around the 25th of the month, and it's always for the next month coming. So the issue with Heath Ledger on the front, was released in December 2007, before his untimely death.
The Front Cover 75% of the time is brilliant, there are a few which seem a bit bland, in front of me at the moment I have 9 issues and out of the 9, only two are what I wouldn't call brilliant.
Empire always try and do one better and even went as far in June 2008 to produce the worlds first ever 3D front cover.
My Opinion: One of the best things about the magazine is the cover, they're very inviting and beautifully put together.
Inside The Magazine
When you open the magazine, the first page is usually a advertisement of some sort, it's usually a film advertisement, however in a few they advertise things like new cars etc.
The next couple of pages, I usually skip through. It's just a few advertisements before you get to the contents page.
By looking at the contents page you can see how much is packed into this magazine, it is a very thick magazine and is jam packed with information, which is why it's quite a high price.
This section is just a load of letters that people have sent in, about things that have happened in the media news or even commenting on things from the magazine.
This is a section where they talk about new things that have happened in the news recently. In one, they show sneak peaks from the new Transformers movie and the new Terminator movie. This section runs on for a few pages and is a great addition to the magazine as you get sneak peaks about films way before they come out, this is something you'll unlikely see in other movie magazines.
My Opinion: This is a big section in the magazine and is always nice to read, as it's like spoiler information that you might not get anywhere else.
My Movie Mastermind
This section is always and enjoyable read. Every issue they have a new actor/director/writer/producer etc and ask them 10 questions about films they've been in, directed etc and see how much they know. In the latest issue, it's an interview with someone called Pete Postlethwaite, here is an idea of the questions asked:
Who played Granny Conlon in The Name Of The Father?
Then he'll answer it and if it's right or wrong, empire magazine will leave a little comment underneath it. If you want to know how much Pete Postlethwaite knows, go out and buy the magazine
My Opinion: This is a section which shows how much attention they really pay to their films, it's always and enjoyable read.
Pint Of Milk
In each issue they talk to different stars and ask them a bunch of questions, these are always fun to read as there a lot more funnier than your usual interviews. You do find that people are just messing around though and their answers don't seem real. Why is this section called Pint Of Milk, well because in each interview one of the only questions they always ask is 'How much is a pint of milk', everyone gives a different answer.
My Opinion: This section is designed to see how down to earth an actor/director is, and it's always funny to read. The Pink of milk question always gets them confused.
This section is pretty self explanatory and for me this is my favourite part of the magazine. These reviews on new movies out in cinemas are brilliant, you don't always agree with them, I hardly ever do, however they are almost always right about the good and the bad, however sometimes the amount of stars they give them is just ridiculous.
In the first couple of pages, they usually give the three best movies out this month around a page to four pages each, explaing about the film, what's good, what's bad. Everything you need to know. It's also got a great section called Look Closer which tells you all about things that you might not know about the film or the stars etc. Finally it'll give the film a verdict and a certain amount of stars.
This carries on for a great portion of the magazine, giving in detail or in just a little bit of detail, how good/bad the film is and why you should or shouldn't go to the cinema and watch it and each time giving it a certain amount of stars.
My Opinion: So much detail and really interesting. The best part of the magazine.
Never ever follow the amount of stars that Empire gives a film, it's one persons opinion, so you might love it, I always used IMDb.com for a rating for a film, this is a lot more reliable than the stars given in this magazine.
In Cinemas Online
This is a little bit about the new films out and how well they are doing in the box office.
This section gives a review in a lot of detail about a certain film that will be coming out. For example in the January issue, they gave a 3 page review on Charlie Wilsons War, however in the latest magazine it is a long review on the 500 Greatest Movies of all time. This takes up a great portion of the magazine, but it's so worth it.
Here I'm only going to review the latest magazine I've got, as it's interchangeable between each issue, so it'll be very hard and boring for me to review each magazine I have. In the last issue, and on the website, Empire were asking for people to fill in a form for their top 10 movies of all time, and in this issue, they used all of the statistics and came up with a list of the best 500 movies of all time, and between 11 people they reviewed each and everyone of them, not in too much detail however, only some got a bigger piece. What amazed me was that my top two films were actually in the top 20 films ever.
Movies that make an appearance which may be quite a shock to some are:
Oceans Eleven, Saw, Superman Returns, Sideways, Top Gun, Superbad, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, King Knog, Top Gun, Atonment, Being John Malkovich, Jaws Juno, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Spiderman 2, Stars Wars: Episode V, Men In Black, Batman Returns, The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Little Miss Sunshine, Rain Man, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl, Out Of Sight, The Terminator, Shaun Of The Dead, Romeo & Juliet, Stand By Me, Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Those are just a small portion of the films reviewed; the top five are mentioned in that little portion as well.
My Opinion: In this issue I think this section is brilliant because it reviews all of the top 500 films, I don't agree with most of them, but the ones I do agree with are well placed.
This section is pretty self explanatory, it's a huge section dedicated to films that are being released on DVD. The first one in the new issue is Iron Man, which is to be released October 27th. This film gets a two page spread about everything and anything of the film, including a review of the DVD extras which you don't get a lot of on sites like IMDb.com.
It also gives a section called Go Further, and like Look Closer, it delves into more of the film and finds out little trivia about the film. A nice little addition.
The next lot of this section is filled with reviews from new films out this month and next month. This includes films like Wanted, Adulthood, Horton Hears A Who, The Edge Of Love and more. This is a great section and I would always use this instead of IMDb.com, just because it's a lot more detailed and you can really see if it's going to be a good film.
My Opinion: Another great section, one of the best parts in the magazine.
Each month, they put a movie on trial, in this issue they put the film Intorable Cruelty on trial and either praise the film or rip it to parts. In this movie trail, they pretty much rip Intorable Cruelty apart, even including some evidence, which includes other people's comments on the film which in this case are brilliant. To be honest I don't care for this very much, there's never any films I really love on 'trial' and I don't really care much about what they have to say. A nice addition to the magazine, but didn't really need to be there.
My Opinion: Nothing really special here, always tend to skip it.
At Home- DVD Reissues
Here is a section where they reviews DVD's have been released again. For example in the latest issue they review Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition and talk about it for a 2 page spread.
At Home- Masterpiece
This section I hardly ever read so it doesn't really mean much to me, but here for the past 62 issues they have reviewed a film which they call 'masterpiece'. This section is incredibly detailed and full of information however it's not really for me, I just think its filler, nothing I myself really want to read.
My Opinion: I'm not a big fan of this section, it's incredibly detailed like I said before, but it just seems like there are so much better things in the magazine.
At Home- TV
This section is quite good, especially for the TV nerd that is myself. It gives reviews of new TV box sets which are coming out this month, for example in this issue, the main page spread goes to Boston Legal: Season 4, which I myself can't stand, but the review is very detailed and will probably nudge you to either buy it or not buy it.
My Opinion: This is a great section, the amount of times it's got me to watch a new TV show which I have never watched before is just tremendous. Like the rest of the magazine it's very detailed and full of all of the information you need to know.
At Home- Games
This section is just like all of the other At Home parts of the magazine, but instead it reviews new Games that are out. For me this is very unimportant, as my knowledge of games is literally spider solitaire, guitar hero and a couple of Wii Games. I'm not that big of a fan, but it's a very detailed section and I don't think you'd get this in most movie magazines.
My Opinion: This is a great section, but not for me, I always tend to skip it, just because I'm not an avid gamer.
At Home- Books
Yes, the magazine also reviews books, at the moment in this issue I'm on page 204, so you can really see how big the magazine actually is and for the price it is, it's fantastic. The books section like the rest of the At Home section is very much as detailed and reviews quite a few books; however this is not like your usual book review, and not in a good way. It's pretty much book reviews on actors and film books
My Opinion: For me this section, I would like to see normal book reviews, not ones on films and Woody Allen, like you do in this. It's a bit disappointing really for me.
At Home- Soundtracks
This is another At Home section, but this time it focuses on film soundtracks. A very detailed review on around 5 different soundtracks.
My Opinion: Very good, nothing really special but still brilliant.
At Home- Hardware (The iWANT List)
This section is something that I always look at. It's called the iWant list, and it focuses on 10 products that 70% of the British Population would probably never buy, however it's always nice to look at.
My Opinion: Some of these are brilliant, really funny or something that you'll never really be able to afford but it's nice to dream. A nice little section into the magazine and one I always read.
The Top Ten...
This section is one of my favourites, it's not always brilliant, but some of the ones they come up with a just brilliant. Some of the best in my opinion are:
...Shameless Product Placements: This includes films like Blade Trinity which show off the apple Ipod a lot, Spiderman uses Dr Pepper a lot, who can forget the product placement of EBay in the brilliant Transformers, I thought this was just brilliant, but according to Empire, the best product placement has to be in Notting Hill where they use... Empire Magazine.
...Best Dressed Charecters
My Opinion: I love this section, it's usually a joy to read, especially when they're ones like the shameless product placements. This is a great addition and is full of a lot of information.
This section shows what's coming to film in the next couple of months, this is pretty much just a review of when DVD's and Games are being released and is great if you want to know this stuff. For example, Mamma Mia is being released on November 24th and The Mist, which I never got to see is released Novemeber 10th alongside The Accidental Husband.
My Opinion: A great little list, however it does seem like all they are trying to do is fill.
Again pretty self-explanatory, I myself never do this as I don't wanna ruin the magazine (yes I'm that sad) but it's a nice little section where you can win prizes.
This is one of the famous parts of this magazine. In every issue they take a classic scene from a film and write it out. For example in this issue they use Ed Wood. The first thing they do it set the scene for you so you sort of know what's going on. Then they literally write down word for word what the actors are saying. It might sound pointless and just a filler, but I know this is a lot of people's favourites parts.
My Opinion: I wouldn't say it's my favourite part, but I do always read it.
Kim Newman's How To... is always a favourite of mine and it always makes me a little bit disappointed when I see it's not in a new issue. The one that I have been able to find was in the Febuary issue and is called How To... survive falling off a building.
Kim Newman uses around 10 films to tell us how to survive falling off a building, it does sound stupid, but it seriously is a funny addition to the magazine and always a joy to read. Other ones include How To... Rob A Bank and many more. It's a real shame it's not in every issue.
My Opinion: This is great and really should be included in every issue. An enjoyable addition to the magazine.
My Final Opinion
Now that I'm done and dusted with what you should expect when reading the Empire Magazine, here is my real opinion on the final product when it's all put together.
Being over 170 pages long in each issue, this magazine is jam packed full of information. I can't believe I have only been a subscriber for the past 9 months and not longer.
As most of you know, my dream is to become a film director, and I look at films in the way a lot of the reviewers in the magazine do, so it's like there on the same wave length as me. The reviews a so detailed, especially the big blockbusters, and they really tell you everything you need to know. With quite a few of the big blockbusters as well as a review they also get a big spread where they interview the main actor in the film and this is also an enjoyable read.
I think the price is expensive, being just under £4, but for what you're getting, I think it's well worth it. It's once a month and if you get it on subscription, you get 15% off the magazines which is even better.
The subscription was also good as well, but make sure you subscribe at the right time, what I mean by that is when I subscribed, my little gift for subscribing was an X Box 360 game, not helpful for me in the slightest as we don't own an Xbox 360, but I did make a pretty good profit on EBay for it. They have some great deals, sometimes giving away things worth around £60. There are some bad points that I have found out about subscription but that is contained below.
The covers amaze me, if you subscribe you also get special addition covers as well. These are much difference, however it's always nice to get.
The reason I first brought this magazine back in February was because of the Dark Knight Section in the January issue, this was just after Heath Ledger had died and I wanted to read it, so brought it off EBay. I quickly subscribed to the magazine and I have never looked back since. A month after his death, they did a brilliant dedication magazine to him which was really lovely. I'm not sure if it was just the subscribed version or if every one got this cover, however on the one I got it had just the word EMPIRE in black letters with a gorgeous picture of Ledger standing in front and his name and 1979-2008 written on the front. Inside they give a great couple page spread on his life and what he leaves behind.
The magazine is great for all of us movie lovers out there, I always love being on top of what movies are coming out, and when people ask what movie do you wanna watch I can tell them if it's good or not. This is always due to word of mouth and of course the Empire Magazine.
The magazine is set out brilliantly, there's nothing really missing here, it tells you everything and I mean everything about life in film. It's always a joy to have it turn up on my doorstep.
Yes there are bad things about this magazine, but not many. It's pricey, It may be slightly worth it, but for a teenager, well student with no real income, £4 does seem a little bit more than I would be willing to spend, however I don't really care anymore as I really do love this magazine.
Other problems I have is the rating system they use, you can't rely on it, as it's just one person's opinion. For example I adored the film What Happens In Vegas, however they completely slated it in this film, IMDb.com might be better to use however if you want to know wether the film is good or not, as that relies on thousands of people rating that particular film.
Another problem I've found is that you get every now and then, ones that aren't brilliant; this might just be because there aren't many films to review or something like that; however they really do pale in comparison to other issues.
Another annoyance for me was the subscription this month. It's supposed to be much, much better to subscribe to the magazine and it usually is, however with the latest deal that Empire were doing, where you could choose your cover from over 100 covers or so, sounded brilliant, however I couldn't work out how I would order the Shawshank Redemption cover that I wanted, so we called up greatmagazines.co.uk (where I subscribe from) and they said because I was a subscriber I got whatever they sent out to me. Instead of getting the one I wanted, because I subscribe I got some lame Godfather one. Keeping an eye out on EBay now.
And The Damn Right Annoying
I didn't want to put this in the bad section as it's not really bad, but it is quite annoying I have to say. Advertisements, on every other page, there's another advertisement. Out of the 180 pages or so I would say at least 40 are pages with adverts on them.
To me this seems to be of a waste of my money, as I don't really need to see this, put the price down and take away those advertisements. I understand some of them being there, but over 10 fragrance advertisements, I can't really be bothered with them and this takes away from the greatness that is this magazine.
Should You Buy/Subscribe To This Magazine?
If you can spare £4 a month, if you are a fan of movies, then yes, this magazine is for you. It's full of some tremendous reviews and it really is full of a lot of information. The advertisements do peeve me off a little bit too much, but ignore them and then this magazine is brilliant. Go out to your local newsagents, they'll probably have one of these magazines or log onto their website empire.co.uk. I subscribe via greamagazines.co.uk which is run by Bauer as well as Empire.
Hoped this review helped, please rate and comment.
© Kirsty. xx
Empire Magazine is a monthly collection of articles regarding almost everything to do with the world of cinema. It may be slightly difficult to keep this a review to all copies of Empire, what with change of editors and so forth, but for the most part they always adhere to a few core sections and maintain a respectfully high standard.
The publication has a simple cover. Whatever the big movie is, theyll choose the most recognizable image and plaster it right on the front. If its Star Wars, theyll stick Darth Vader on it, if its Terminator theyll stick the governor of California on it and so on Along with this theyll stick a tag line to get you hooked, much like a promotional movie poster. Effective as covers go.
Upon opening the cover we approach the first hurdle. A massive advertisement on a two page spread. Much like the movie theatres, Empire suffers from grotesque amounts of advertising, but unlike glossies like FHM they dont concern looking fashionable or enlarging certain appendages. All of them are Empire related, mostly up and coming DVDs of either films or TV series. Theyre usually related to whatever section theyve just followed so theyre less a burden and more a blessing.
The contents section covers two pages. The first bears the title Main Features. Itll tell you where in the mag the pieces on really big movies coming out soon are along with interviews with the just-as-big actors, directors and producers out in Hollywood. Also Playing on the next page lists the bigger part of the content. Sections like Coming Soon and Now Showing are pretty self-explanatory. Although Empire is a monthly magazine, it is blessed in that they can review all the movies coming up to the end of the month before the rest of us plebs. More so, if you cant be bothered to read through the detailed but succinct reviews, theres a small summary box in the bottom corner showing the ratings of all the months films. Intermission is a bit more interesting as it concerns short featurettes on movie festivals or relevant events, Q&A with up and coming actors, and a rumour mill bit called The Insider which may or may not reveal whats going on in movie land.
Small features like Top Ten and Lets Revise are fun to read, but not totally essential. Top Ten features - in the editors eyes the best type of a scene in films, for example the best shoot-outs, best sword fights, most shocking revelation etc Lets Revise looks at all the unifying themes in a genre. Vietnam movies, Monster films, Disasters and so forth all get nit-picked and quoted ad nauseam. Again, theyre fun to read but you dont need to agree with all of it.
Finally, Remote Control is the DVD only section. Much like the rest of the magazine it features the latest DVDs, waxes lyrical about their commentaries and other slightly geeky criticisms. Briefly itll branch onto movie memorabilia like books, CDs and the odd computer game. Its all great filler stuff and very easy to digest and great for those undecided on what movies they should rent.
In my experience of buying and reading Empire on and off for a few years, Ive found it to be fine reading. Its one of the best magazines of its type out there, having flirted with some of the competition on occasion when I couldnt get a copy. It does have its bad points. The Empire staff know their films. They know too much in fact, to the point of it being almost snobbish in a kind of film-geek manner. Some sections like Lets Revise will presume that you have seen the material featured. On the other hand it is one of the most well-informed and well-respected magazines in the film industry. Quentin Tarantino is quoted as having said, I fucking love you guys! in respect to the publication. The reviewers all have an excellent sense of humour and wit despite their slight high-horse position of reviewing films. For the most part Ive found it to be useful in deciding what to go to see at the cinema and I tend to agree with the majority of their reviews. I do have another method: whatever the tabloids rip go see it. Tabloids possess the worst film critics out there so youre much better off spending the £3.40 (approx.) on a quality magazine.
Empire is packed to the gills with info on everything going on in the cinematic sphere. Its extremely good value for film boffins and those who just want to impress their significant other at the movies with a well-informed choice. Sometimes its a little drab but it relies on the standard of movies that come out every calendar month. It may seem boastful, but its self-applied title of The Worlds Best Movie Magazine on the front cover is no overstatement.
[Empire also has its own website: http://www.empireonline.co.uk is the same as the magazine but not confined to being monthly and is well worth a visit.]
I'm a bit of a movie fan. I like to go to the cinema at least once a week, although I've been known to go three or four times in one week, which is actually really rather unhealthy now I come to think of it! I should consider getting out more in all honesty.
So, let's face it...the one movie magazine that comes to your head before all others is Empire, of course, and as a wannabe movie mogul, you bet I've forked out my money for it on more than one occassion.
For a start, it doesn't come in particularly cheap, at £3.10 an issue, although it is quite a weighty volume (the December 2003 copy that I've got in front of me right now has over 200 pages), so I suppose you do get value for money in that respect. There's usually a nice glossy pic of a actor or actress looking nice and dramatic on the front cover, and sometimes they even publish copies with more than one cover. For example, when Troy was released, they had copies with Orlando Bloom as Paris on the cover, and other copies with Brad Pitt as Achilles splattered all over the front.
Something to look out for is the quote that they always have written down the spine. It is typically obscure, and its purpose is to make regular little cinema-Joes like us feel inadequate, but it holds an almost hypnotic appeal and it's almost impossible to resist squinting at it in the vain hope that you might have an 'Ah-ha!' moment.
As you would expect, there is a contents page with lots of nice little glossy pictures for you to peruse and pick your page. There is a letters page, plenty of news concerning movies, directors, actors and the like, news on upcoming movies, interviews with directors, stars and the like, fun facts about actors and movies. There are competitions, usually expecting a phenomenal amount of movie knowledge to even consider entering, and very thorough review pages that don't just review the run of the mill movies, but the more obscure, art-house flicks, too. Major films tend to have large features to themselves, maybe 4 or 5 pages long, or more with lots of pictures for the reader to enjoy.
Of course, DVDs aren't neglected, and there is pretty thorough reviews of the latest DVD releases, as well as a few pages dedicated to reviewing CDs and computer games.
Empire also likes its lists, so you're likely to come across the 50 Cheesiest Movie Moments or something similar, and it ends with a 'Classic Scene' page, where a Classic movie moment, funnilly enough, is revisited and analysed.
Nevertheless, I don't find myself buying Empire on a regular basis. For a start, I feel it has a lot of adverts, so although it might look like a weighty tome of a magazine, that is somewhat deceptive when you discount the adverts. Plus, I find I disagree with a lot of the reviews, and have found that I prefer to go see a movie and judge it for myself, rather than take someone else's word for it and miss it on a movie I'd otherwise enjoy, or spend my time watching some crud that I'd rather not have spent my hard earned money on. Finally, the whole magazine seems a bit geeky to me. I feel it aims itself at movie maniacs with minds full of movie trivia, and sometimes this can make it almost unreadable.
However, Empire is the best of all movie magazines I've ever read, and I must admit that I treat myself to it on the odd occassion, especially when it has Russell Crowe on the cover *ahem*. Probably not worth buying regularly unless you are seriously into films, but worth thumbing through a friend's copy, at the very least.
Empire has been running now for over fifteen years and this month's issue is the 184th to be released. It has Tom Cruise appearing on the cover for the eighth time since the magazine began back in 1989. Empire is one of the best film magazines that you can buy because of the excellent reviews and articles about movies. There are several sections to the magazine they are- Coming soon Now showing Intermission Top ten Main features Gods among us (this will stop after next month.) Remote control Letters classic scene coming soon this is about ten pages long and has previews of new movies, this month it has previews of avp and blade: trinity amongst others. some of the previews are quite long but for others they can be only a few words long. in the longer previews it says the eta, who stars and the director. coming soon also has very short reviews for film trailers, this month they have reviews of the trailers for team america: world police, a sound of thunder and the u.s. remake of the grudge. there is also a page of movie news called you heard it here first which includes new information about upcoming movies. now showing this section reviews films that are out in the cinema. films are rated between one and five stars, fives stars being the best. in the magazines fifteen years they have awarded over 13,000 stars to films. the first ever fiv e star film was lawrence of arabia. i usually agree with their reviews however they sometimes get it wrong, e.g. they gave both pearl harbour and teenage mutant hero turtles the movie four stars and they gave the pianist two stars. in this months issue which was released on august 27 they are reviewing films released between september 1 and october 3. this is good because it means you can usually read the review the film before you go and see it. intermission this is about twenty pages of movie news in bits and
pieces, the first page is a short article about an actor or actress starring in a film released this month. The next two pages are about a film just released or just about to be released. This month it is about Open Water. It has something about the Blair Witch Project directors and actors. This also includes an interview with Blanchard Ryan who is starring in Open Water. In Intermission there are three pages spread about up and coming actors or actresses, this month there are Diego Luna, Eva Birthistle and Paul Rudd. Intermission has lots of short articles about new films and film news. It is very well written with humour and very easy and enjoyable to read. Top Ten This is a list of top ten movie related things. This has included Book Adaptations, Simpson Movie Gags, Movie Monsters, Worst Historical Mistakes, Titles Sequences, Movie Dates and Coolest Soundtracks. This month there is the Top Ten Most Shocking Movie Twists with Citizen Kane as number 1. Main Features This contains 6-8 articles depending on how long they are. This month they have articles on Collateral, Wimbledon, Hero, the Terminal, Layer Cake, Hellboy, The Shawshank Redempt ion and Donnie Darko(both of which I have reviewd on dooyoo.) There is also a article about Paul Newman for there Gods Among Us series which ends next month. The articles are well written and set out very well using colours, backgrounds and fonts that relate to the movie. For example in the Collateral article the backgrounds are yellow and orange with chequered black and white to make it look similar to taxis. The articles are broken up with side bars and interviews to make them easier to read. They have lots of facts relating to the films. In the Collateral articles it has facts about five real life hit-men, including the man who inspired Taxi Driver and Australia?s first contract killer. The Gods Among Us has been running for four months now and will finish after next
month. So far the top five are 1. Al Pac ino 2. Marlon Brando 3. Jack Nicholson 4. Paul Newman 5. revealed next month Gods Among Us is basically the top thirty living actors over fifty years old male or female. The piece about the actor begins with a biography and a timeline then what actors, directors and writers say about them. Then there is a page of quotes from the actor on subjects like Japanese ads, marriage and career arcs. This is very interesting, did you know that Paul Newman says his biggest achievement was, ?Being No.19 on Nixon?s enemy list.? Then they have statistics on the actor?s career like no. films made, salary, awards, films by genre and others. There is also a box office chart showing how much money some of their movies have made. After this there is their ten greatest roles, Newman?s being The Hustler. Finally they have a classic scene from one of the actor?s movies. Remote Control This reviews DVDs, games, books and movie soundtracks. For the DVD reviews there are three main sections, FFW- including news and previews, short region 1 reviews and a calendar with release dates for future DVDs, this usually include the next three months. PLAY- this is for the best new films out on DVD, but it also has a round-up of films only available to rent as well as short Q&As. This month they have Simon Pegg and Alejandro González Iñárritu. In the reviews they review the film and the extra separately. Most of the reviews are quite short however some get full two page reviews. RWD- this is for older films re-released or just released to DVD and it also includes a RWD Masterpiece which is two page a about a classic film. There are also reviews of TV series released on DVD. Letters This is where you can write in and complain about or praise the magazine. You can also argue with the previous months top ten. The best letter of the month can win a £50 voucher fo
r HMV and everyone who writes in and is published gets an Empire t-shirt. There is also a Spine-Quote Honour Roll where by guessing the film the spine quote is from and the connection to last months issue you can win a t-shirt or have your name printed. This month?s quote is ?Three-two-six-three-eight-two-seven? see if you can guess the film and the connection. Classic Scene This is a scene from a movie that is well known and sometimes relates to a film that is being released this month, for example this month they have a scene from A Shot In The Dark starring Peter Sellers who is the topic of biopic The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers which is released on October 1 and reviewed this issue. Cover The cover looks very sophisticated with a white border around it. There is a large picture of an actor or actress, then words around them saying what?s in this issue. The cover is very eye-catching and the logo looks very nice and simple which they have recently changed. Overall Overall I think that Empire is the best movie magazine that you can buy, although I used to prefer Total Film, Empire is better written and presented as well as being funnier and more interesting.
Started by the film reviewers from Q magazine, Empire had a promising future ahead of it. I personally started reading about 4 years ago and quite quickly asked for a subscription for my birthday, I was so impressed. Empire has had a revamp recently though, and I have to say that the new format just isn't up to the old standard. While it still has detailed reviews of all new films coming out, interviews and features, they simply aren't as good as they used to be. I'll start with a rundown of the different sections, as some of them are really good, while others just upset me. The first section is their "top ten" which has a different theme each month. This section, even if I don't always agree with it, is usually entertaining and interesting. The subject matter varies from gory scenes, to love scenes, to the greatest comic moments. There's also a sideline which explains the criteria for choice, and an opportunity for you to send in your own top ten on the same topic, some of which are printed in the next issue. This section then gets 9/10 After trawling through many pages of ads then, we finally get to the news section. The many items, and int4erviews, as well as up to date information and the odd splash of humour make this section good too. 8/10 The interviews on the other hand are less than satisfactory. More concerned with artsy photography than actually getting an insight into the interviewee's life, Empire toes the line so as not to upset anyone. This is disappointing since the subjects they are able to get access to (high profile stars and obscure old/new faces) are varied to the extent that some very interesting people are featured. 6/10 The reviews are no longer unfortunately, as good as they used to be. However much you say that the Jackass movie is one for Jackass fans only, I think giving it 3 stars is a mark of madness. Although on the whole the star ratings are ok and the revi
ews detailed enough for you to make up your own mind, it is often a case of reading between the lines. It's fair enough to say that each film has its own merits, but to give a positive tone to a review of a film that really isn't any good, highlighting it's better points to the detriment of actually telling the readers what it is really like to me hints at a lack of balls. But maybe that's just me. 6/10 Tye features are good though sometimes i feel when reading them that they are only so much padding. The "behind the scenes" or "making of" features can be interesting, althouh anyone can come up with a "50 funniest moments in film" 4-pager, which is pretty similar to the regular "top ten feature" anyway. But without picking on particular features, it's hard to give an impression of what exactly is wrong with it. Ah well. 5/10 So, overall it seems like I like the magazine doesn't it? I haven't given any section less than 5, and i do still buy it right? Well, yes, but that's due to the lack of competition out there. While EMpire may be cursed by it's own popularity into playing it sae, it's rivals are just as bad, if not worse. My film obsession and craving for movie rivia means that if I didn't buy EMpire I would simply have to buy a worse magazine. however, this is no excuse for being wimpy and lazy. While Empire is the best UK film magazine at the moment info-wise, if it continues to rest on it's laurels it's going to get left behind by someone who realises that pandering to the masses and the bosses is not what most filmgoers want, and it's going to lose it's core audience.
I have been buying Empire magazine for around six years now, and for the last four I haven’t missed an issue. I have tried pretty much every other film magazine available, even bought a couple (such as Total Film) fairly regularly for a while. But I always come back to Empire simply because, in my eyes at least, they are the most reliable source for reviews and news available. Empire is produced in Britain for a British audience (lists UK release dates etc.). It is a monthly magazine, and currently costs £3.00. For you money you get approximately 160 pages, which consists of the following sections: First look: Photos and information about forthcoming exciting releases. This section often contains exclusives on films that get film buffs like me very excited! (this month there is a section on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, with lots of groovy new pictures. Front row: General film news, reports of recent award ceremonies. Talent: This section showcases new faces in film, combining professional photo-shoots with short articles and interviews. Pipeline: Rumours and news about films currently in production, there is usually plenty to get excited about, but only half the films discussed see the light of day (looking forward to Titanic 2!) Articles: Each issue contains 5 or 6 articles of varying sizes. These range from on-set reports from films currently on release, to interviews with the stars, to the more unusual articles, such as a recent one on violence in cinema (literally, i.e. the punters slapping each other around, and the effect it is having on the cinema-going experience). Retro: A look a great films gone by. Each month this section contains an article on a film such as Jaws, E.T. or All the Presidents Men, along with a ‘Hall of Fame’ interview with a star of long standing, such as Harrison Ford or David Fincher (director of Seven and Fight Club).
There then follows a review section, taking in new releases, video sales and rentals, DVD releases, books and soundtrack CDs, along with ‘gadgets’, which looks at different film-related hardware (such as DVD players, sound systems etc.) As you can see, the magazine takes in pretty much every aspect of the subject, which is why I prefer it to other publications. The reviews are virtually always reliable, the reviewers having great taste, and almost always point you towards the best films currently on release. The variety of films reviewed is also impressive, considering not only big budget releases, but also smaller indie releases, and foreign language films. The articles are always on well-chosen subjects, and always make for an interesting read. Other perks include exclusive free screenings for films several days before the actual release date. I have been along to these a couple of times. All you have to do is show your issue of Empire at one of the listed cinemas (there are usually between 15 and 20 available) and they give you a pair of free tickets. There is also an affiliated web-site at empireonline.co.uk, where there is the chance to win regular competitions. More than anything else, I feel at home reading Empire. It comes out every month, nice and regularly, and every month I read it. Over the years it has undergone some drastic changes, but it has always remained familiar, and for me, this is the greatest appeal of reading it.