Mail from our readers
I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see Linda Hamilton back where she belongs — on the silver screen, in Terminator 2. Hamilton’s transformation from television’s highbrow beauty to the lean, haunted Sarah Connor was inspirational.
The nostalgic picture of Michael Landon was perfect. It showed the face I fell in love with as a little girl. There was just one problem: I’m sure it was really supposed to be the cover story. No offense to Arnold, whom I love, but he shouldn’t have been on the cover of the same magazine with Landon’s last story.
‘GH’ Face Lift
General Hospital was once a good show. But Gloria Monty has created ”Monty Hour” and left the original concept of the hospital in the dust with the ratings.
Kevin J. Fay
I want to thank Gloria Monty for returning as producer of what is once again daytime’s best soap. Robert Scorpio and his TV wife, Anna, are the Nick and Nora Charles of daytime. Also, the return of Tony Geary with a new identity is just what the doctor ordered.
In the sidebar that accompanied the review of my book, Teenage Wasteland, Tina Jordan quotes me as saying, ”First, we can change laws that affect young people by liberalizing abortion, drinking-age, even car-cruising laws.”
What I actually said was that young people are in the curious position of seeing the age of eligibility for the death penalty lowered at the same time that the drinking age is being raised. As the adult authority structure continues to fail to provide for young people, new laws restricting cruising, drinking, and cigarette smoking simply seem petty and punitive to teens. Finally, limiting minors’ access to abortion may have serious ramifications — the terror of an unplanned pregnancy is often a precipitating factor in female adolescent suicide.
Carle Place, N.Y.
I hope your readership is educated enough to know that N.W.A do not represent the black perspective on life. What they do represent is shock rap, which sells a lot of records. I only hope that one day positive rap will be as popular as negative rap is right now and such artists as KRS-One, Queen Latifah, Chubb Rock, Poor Righteous Teachers, Harmony, and Public Enemy will get their due respect.
East Orange, N.J.
Thank you for what I know were countless hours of wandering, zombielike, through video stores (”100 Best Movies You’ve Never Heard Of). May I humbly add two films? First, The Creator. Who on earth can play an eccentric better than Peter O’Toole? Second, Inside Moves, an which is absolute sweetheart of a movie about a bunch of down-and-outers with a dream.
Kevin J. Johnson
In the case of Withnail & I, mentioning Withnail (Richard E. Grant) without mentioning ”I” (Paul McGann) is like discussing Thelma without Louise. You might also add Pretty Poison, Rikky & Pete, and the uncut version of Wickerman to your next list of overlooked gems.
Robert F. Drake
I take issue with Owen Gleiberman’s review of Boyz N the Hood. The film is about people in an urban hellhole and the hopelessness therein, and he claims there’s not enough story in that? I hope his B- review does not discourage the viewing of this film and that our white brothers and sisters will appreciate and understand some of what black children are exposed to in their lifetimes.
Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Corrections: Many vigilant readers caught the omission of one of Arnold’s few lines of dialogue in the first Terminator. The missing line is ”Give me your address there.”
Our ”100 Best Movies” feature had George Sand pining for Franz Liszt in Impromptu; she actually pined for Frederic Chopin. And it was David Carradine, not his brother Keith, who starred in Death Race 2000.