Whether or not you're a Wonders fan or have been making your own MARC buttons since the first time Rex Manning Day rolled around, you've probably seen — and loved — both That Thing You Do! and Empire Records. 1994–1996 doled out teen-oriented movies that would eventually become cult classics by the handful, with Clueless, The Craft, Clerks, and other coveted titles constantly evading the grasp of eager viewers as video stores couldn't keep the VHS tapes on the shelves. That Thing You Do! and Empire Records made for two of these films, and the number of fans who can recite each flick verbatim has only snowballed in the two decades following their initial releases.
That Thing You Do!, Twentieth Century Fox/Empire Records, Monarchy Enterprises B.V. That Thing You Do! vs. Empire Records
Empire Records turns twenty in 2015 and is in the midst of a three-night birthday shindig at Rough Trade NYC, but the question remains: Is it really that great a movie, and does it pale in comparison with its peers? Here are two essays — one defending Empire's validity as a cult classic, one dubbing That Thing You Do! the superior film — so read on if you're looking for a reason to justify that Guy Patterson bobblehead purchase or your Doc Martens fetish.More »