Playing it Cool
What’s cool: your ”Summer Cool” issue (#333/334, June 28/July 5). What’s uncool: putting the film Trainspotting on the cover and then not devoting an entire article to it. There was more information about Rosie O’Donnell — and her name doesn’t even appear on the cover!
Many of the celebrities pictured in your Extreme Hall of Fame look like the disciples of hell. No wonder Generation X likes Tony Bennett.
So Downtown Julie Brown sometimes finds Nicolas Cage’s performances irritating. What a hoot, considering that her performances on E!’s Gossip Show are irritating, aggravating, and downright annoying all the time.
So Helen Hunt thinks Very Special Episodes of TV shows are ”uncool.” She must have hated the last few weeks of Mad About You even more than I did!
You show a picture of Joi Gilliam and indicate she is ”cool.” But in some circles, the two teardrop-shaped markings she displays in the photo are gang symbols representing murder: Two teardrops indicate two confirmed kills. I certainly would not suggest this woman has killed anyone, but the fact that you glorify this look only helps to legitimize gang culture.
North Plainfield, N.J.
Editor’s Note: Gilliam’s makeup artist claims the idea for the teardrops was influenced by the French pantomime character Pierrot, and that no reference to gang symbols was intended.
Your Extreme Cool feature was disheartening. Marilyn Manson and Taco Bell ads gather praise in our pop-culture-cannibal country, while true artists such as musical genius Frank Zappa, poet Charles Bukowski, and filmmaker F.W. Murnau are ignored. But I give you credit: Your article on Natalie Portman was deserved, as was the article on the Preacher comic.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
The Common Element
In Ty Burr’s video review of Mr. Holland’s Opus, he says Richard Dreyfuss is in his ”hambone-common man element.” Would this be in the tradition of Jimmy Stewart? Or Spencer Tracy, perhaps?
Paul E. Swansiger
New Castle, Pa.
Your mail-page correction was, I’m sure unintentionally, hilarious. The confusion between Moss Hart and Mozart reminds me of a Seinfeld exchange in which there was confusion between the words salsa and seltzer. Keep the fun comin’.
Corrections: Anthony Hopkins was nominated for a 1995 Best Actor Oscar (Video); Mel Gibson, who was not nominated in this category, won Best Director. A photo of actor Ewen Bremner (p. 73) was misidentified. The sunglasses (p. 16) are by Christian Roth for Optical Affairs.