Mail from our readers
Thank you for the article on Julia Roberts in your summer movie preview issue (May 24). Movies today are so routine. The producers of Roberts’ new film, Dying Young, should have kept the original sad ending to the picture. I love shocking endings, and I feel that movie viewers in America are ready for something new. Tell Dying Young producers Kevin McCormick and Sally Field to shock America — we need it!
Shingle Springs, Calif.
Finally, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, I know what movies I’m going to see this summer. And I know that almost all of my picks will be great. Thanks a lot for the issue.
Allen Park, Mich.
Thank you for the article on the diving-horse rider, Sonora Carver, in your summer movie preview. Carver is truly amazing. I saw the premiere of Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken on May 23 because I was an extra in the movie. I thought Gabrielle Anwar portrayed Sonora Carver wonderfully!
‘Thelma & Louise’
Having just seen Thelma & Louise with a feminist, progressive male friend who claimed he could relate only to the ”quasi-sympathetic police investigator” (or, as I pointed out, the only moderately realistic male character in the film), I’m not surprised Owen Gleiberman finds that the movie ”never quite connects with us emotionally” and that it is ”shallow” and ”weirdly synthetic.” Nor am I surprised that he makes two comments about Geena Davis’ appearance but only one about her acting. It’s not too difficult to imagine that men might feel threatened by and defensive about Ridley Scott’s brilliant reversal of stereotypes. It’s too bad that an unenthusiastic B grade had to be the manifestation of Owen Gleiberman’s insecurities. A film as exciting and moving as Thelma comes along very seldom, and the feminist slant makes it all the more thrilling. Kudos to Davis, Sarandon, and Scott, and especially to scriptwriter Callie Khouri.
Janna M. Baty
New Haven, Conn.
Your article on Car Talk‘s Tom and Ray Magliozzi was stereotypical fluff. Although my mechanic husband didn’t go to MIT, he can read, doesn’t lie about repairs, and is certainly not a sleaze-ball. It’s precisely this kind of article that perpetuates the stereotype of the mechanic as a macho Neanderthal incapable of sophisticated thought. In fact, the complexity of the modern automobile (which was probably invented by some idiot at MIT) requires that my husband read extensively so as to keep up with changes. Talk to a real mechanic next time.
Kendra D. Comiskey
On the Charts
Thanks so much for your reporting on the changes that Billboard has made in getting information for its record-sales charts. I spent 11 years in radio, two years of that as a music director at a medium-market rock music station. I had to deal with record weasels and retail liars daily, trying to separate truth from fiction in every conversation. The music industry people are hopping mad now about Billboard and SoundScan using barcode data for the sales charts, because they can’t bribe a barcode machine with a few free copies of the latest release for a ”very special friend.” I learned after all those years that the words ”music industry” and ”honesty” are truly mutually exclusive. That’s why I quit the business last year to study computer science. Stick it to them, Billboard!
Jon C. Austin
Metal and Country
About your ”Pop in a Blender” review of funk-metal: When are your reviewers going to learn that rock music has two roots systems — one in blues, the other in country? Simon Reynolds’ idea that heavy metal became ”stiff and sterile” shows how little your magazine acknowledges this. What about the folk leanings of Motörhead? Or the hillybilly blues stylings of Cinderella and ZZ Top? And what was thrash? Rappers didn’t invent it; punks and rivetheads did. It will be a wonderful day when everyone realizes what metalheads know now — music critics aren’t doing African-Americans any favors with their sanctimony.
John P. Maycumber
I was appalled by the C+ you gave to the Forester Sisters’ new Talkin’ ‘Bout Men album. It’s great! The Forester Sisters are the Helen Reddys of the ’90s; they get an A+ from me.
ABC’s cancellation of thirtysomething is a heinous crime. No other show in ABC’s current lineup is as witty, thoughtful, and intelligent. The ratings may not show it, but there are a lot of us who enjoy such characteristics in a TV show. I’ll be damned if I’m going to watch any of ABC’s fall lineup for fear that they might yank another great show at the peak of its creativity and depth.
Farmington Hills, Mich.