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Two for T
Many thanks for the interview with James Cameron (81) as well as the overview and breakdown of the incredible special effects that have amazed and delighted (Terminator 2) audiences to the tune of $165 million thus far. It’s interesting articles such as this and the Randy Travis album review that have convinced me to subscribe to this fine publication.
Dawson Springs, Ky.
Thank you for your article on Eddie Furlong. I’m 14 years old and was happy to see an article about a teenage actor. I saw T2 and thought it was an excellent movie. I also thought your coverage of the movie was terrific!
Come on! First Owen Gleiberman’s C grade for Dances With Wolves in its theatrical release. Now Ty Burr’s B- for the video release. Although everyone is entitled to his opinion, I think that a lot of people would agree that both Kevin Costner and Dances With Wolves deserve a little more praise than either of your critics can muster.
I note with interest Alanna Nash’s description of Randy Travis’ song ”Point of Light” as ”a deliberate promotion of President Bush.” I felt exactly that way myself, enough to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission calling the song ”a free, subliminal, early Bush campaign commercial.” While the FEC dismissed my complaint, it admitted in its report that the song was indeed instigated by the White House. I attach Travis’ statement to the FEC in which he says that the song is nonpolitical on his part. Naive, but I believe him. I’m buying the album, but I don’t buy Bush.
Lina M. Accurso
Port Chester, N.Y.
Randy Travis (responding to the FEC’s inquiry): ”This is very disconcerting. The single ‘Point of Light’ is not meant to be, nor should it be construed to be, a political statement. The song is a personal expression of support for all of America’s many volunteers. It is hoped that the song will help motivate every American to engage in some form of consequential community service to help others less fortunate.”
People for the ‘Music’
I was very disappointed in your C- rating for Marky Mark’s Music for the People. Other than being white, I cannot see any resemblance between Mark and Vanilla Ice. Mark addresses whiteness more honestly than any other white rapper I’ve ever heard (including Vanilla Ice). If honesty like this can’t get accepted in the rap community, perhaps there will never be a place for white rappers who want to avoid ”Vanilla Ice wannabe” stereotyping.
James Bernard’s review, I feel, was a slap in the face to Marky Mark Wahlberg. Comparing Mark to Vanilla Ice was completely unjustified. Mark grew up on the streets, while Vanilla created his street-smart visage and the ”white boys can’t rap” stigma.