Feedback from our readers
I found your cover story on the 101 most influential people in entertainment today (Nov. 2) both fascinating and unexpected. Unlike any of the other magazine lists of the ”most powerful” people in some field of business or entertainment, yours was quite unpredictable. You apparently took into account some measure of quality and talent, as seen in your listing of people like Meryl Streep. She is certainly not the biggest box-office draw, but nonetheless she does bring something very special to her movies and to the movie business.
I have subscribed to your magazine for a while now, and I look forward to each copy. I recently read your ”Power People” issue and found it most entertaining. However, I think you left out a very important figure in the entertainment field — Barbra Streisand. She may not sell out a huge audience like Madonna, but almost everything Streisand has done has been successful. So when Barbra talks, or sings, people listen.
James P. Wachter
Regarding your cover story: Instead of doing nearly an entire issue glorifying the power that accountants, lawyers, and businessmen have over entertainment, why not do an issue about people trying to create uncompromised art? These artists end up pitted squarely against those media moguls you all seem to adore.
Upon reading your ”101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment” story, I had to write right away. First, the serious omissions: Harrison Ford has been in more top money-makers than anyone and he doesn’t make your list? And where was Bill Murray? Bette Midler, Arsenio Hall, and Bruce Willis have more clout than Ford and Murray? As for the people you did include: Steven Spielberg ranked at only No. 21 — are you kidding? Your list needs work.
The Naked Truth
In his review of Quigley Down Under (Nov. 2), Owen Gleiberman wondered whether a double standard on film nudity had been imposed between Americans and aboriginal ”natives.” The answer is a fairly consistent yes, with the logic being if it’s okay for the natives, it’s suitable for a PG-13 movie (or TV documentary). Watching Quigley reminded me of the 1984 version of The Bounty (also PG-rated and up to its neck in seminude native women).
All That Jazz
Since becoming a subscriber last June, I have found your reviews of films, TV, and music to be accurate, as well as amusing. (For example, your review of Flatliners [Aug. 10] was right on the mark-an absolute bore; as well as the review of the new Teena Marie LP [Sept. 28] — she definitely is underrated.) One thing puzzles me: Why don’t you have more reviews of contemporary jazz artists? Do your critics think they are sellouts, or what?
LaTonya Y. Bethea
ED. NOTE: We plan more reviews of contemporary jazz in the near future.