Thank you for your article on Ted Danson ( 227, June 17) — it was a refreshing change from all the tabloid baloney. Danson is an underrated actor and a fine man — what a shame we cannot allow him to experience life’s sorrows and joys with the relative obscurity most of us take for granted. But why no mention of Cousins, a literate and beautiful movie in which he distinguished himself with a mesmerizingly romantic, and real, performance?
Sara L. Pollard
I really enjoyed your story on Ted Danson. It was a tribute to a fine actor whose characters are honest and at times funny. However, you did not mention his exceptional work in the passionate film Dad.
Lawrence O’Toole criticizes Philadelphia because it isn’t R-rated enough. So what if it doesn’t show sex? I found the movie educating and emotional — and not about who was right or wrong or about justice prevailing. It was about not judging, about opening your mind. The film may end in love, tolerance, and understanding, but it also left a trace of hopelessness, anguish, and a pain for which no cure exists. That is reality.
I disagree with some of your News & Notes article ”Earp Rides Again.” The motion picture Wyatt Earp is a story of a man’s life, not a lone incident in that life. For once, Wyatt Earp is portrayed as a normal man of that time period, and not just a crude gunman who happened to be on the right side of the law. He was not a saint, but he did stand for the good of that day. And let’s give Kevin Costner credit for more than his smile, eyes, and hot love scenes — for finding a script with substance to it. I have heard enough complaining about the three-hour-plus sprawling epic! Some stories need detail, and when you deal with a man like Wyatt Earp, you need time.
Blue Earth, Minn.
MTV MINUS MUSIC
Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving voice to my frustration with MTV. I can’t remember the last time I tuned in and saw a music video without first seeing Rock N’ Jock or Spring Break or Catwalk. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has noticed the lack of music on MTV — which now seems to stand for Miscellaneous Television.
Despite Judy Garland’s many low points, her later years saw many of her greatest moments — like the legendary Carnegie Hall concert, her Oscar-nominated performance in Judgment at Nuremberg, and acclaimed shows at the London Palladium and the Palace in New York — not the great fiasco your Encore portrayed them to be.
New York City