It was refreshing to see your cover story on Susan Sarandon (May 31), a leading lady who can be both funny and dramatic, sexy yet intelligent. Not only does Sarandon have a knack for filtering out the good movie scripts from the trash, but she also seems to expand her lines and characters into actual, breathing people rather than cardboard cutouts. I was disappointed, however, that White Palace was not included on your list of Sarandon’s best work. I considered it one of the best films of 1990.
Richard P. Fernandez
THE NAME GAME
We enjoyed your piece on unusual names for rock bands in the News & Notes section. In case you update the list in a future issue, here are a few of our favorites: Dead Milkmen, Elvis Hitler, Warren Beatty’s Rib Cage, Jodie Foster’s Army, Three Day Stubble, Love Tractor, and Eeyore Power Tool.
The D Cups
I agree with your grades (A and A-) for the Thomas Harris ”serial chillers” The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. However, the killer’s method in Silence is not death by skinning. He only skinned the victims after he had already killed them. And in Red Dragon, the worst thing the killer did was not just biting off the lips of the reporter a person could probably live lipless. Worse than that, the killer set fire to the reporter while he was still alive and rolled him, glued to a wheelchair, down a busy street.
It was wonderfully heart-warming to open up a top-quality entertainment magazine and read a positive review of High Civilization, the new album by the Bee Gees. Finally there appear to be some people who are not still blaming everything negative about the ’70s (namely disco music) on the Brothers Gibb. This Bee Gees fan is glad these guys are consistently persistent, against the odds.
Lee E. Blue
THE GOOD DOCTOR
I was pleased to see the recognition you gave to one of our greatest writers, Dr. Seuss. However, I was disappointed that your list of Seuss ”must- owns” didn’t include The Sneetches, an excellent story about prejudice. Thanks for the article.
In his review of Hudson Hawk, Owen Gleiberman stated that Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello break into a musical number ”for no discernible reason.” The movie clearly shows Bruce Willis saying ”3:14,” referring to the length of the song. So when the pair start their heist singing ”Swinging on a Star,” they know how much time they have to get in and get out without getting caught. This idea was very creative and easy to follow. I think Gleiberman and many other critics went to see Hudson Hawk hating it ahead of time.
Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.