August 02, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Field ‘Day’

I’m proud to say that I contributed my seven bucks to the millions Independence Day made on its opening night (#335, July 12). My reaction? Unbelievable! Your cover photo and story were fantastic. And I especially liked the pic of the Jeff Goldblum action figure with the kung fu grip!
Greg Robinson
Patchogue, N.Y.

You characterize Independence Day as ”adorable”? I do not believe I have ever sat through anything so inane. I knew from the beginning, when we encounter the stereotypical geeky intellectual Asian computer nerd, that I was in for trouble, but I still held some faith in good actors Will Smith, Judd Hirsch, and Jeff Goldblum. My cynical belief that everyone in showbiz is in it for the cash has been confirmed.
Kristine Mattis
Washington, D.C.

Thanks for the only accurate review of ID. It was the best time I’ve had at the movies in ages. Get a clue, movie execs: No sex, no super bloodletting, and very little profanity does $100 million in six days.
Michele Clark
Los Angeles

News & Notables

Every time Joel Schumacher mentions Batman, he’s obsessing over nipples, codpieces, or how exciting George Clooney is in leather. Maybe if he directed some of that obsession into a plot he’d make a Batman movie worth watching.
Clark Brooks
Sarasota, Fla.

You ran two pages tsk-tsking about Demi Moore’s exhibitionism that featured eight photos of her in various states of undress. Why snipe about the fact that she uses America’s fascination with beautiful bodies to make money when you do the same thing?
Nicole Gaoette
New York City

In your article about the problems on the set of the movie The Devil’s Own, you said there was concern about Harrison Ford having to play opposite the Sexiest Man Alive. That doesn’t make any sense. Harrison Ford is the Sexiest Man Alive.
Beth Wilson
San Diego

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not upset in any way. It’s just that finding out that there’s ”usually a lot of a white fatty substance” after squashing a roach was much more than I needed to know.
Randy T. Heaps
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Are They For ‘Real’?

Ken Tucker’s review of The Real World made me laugh so hard I dropped the magazine. We should all step back and realize this ”real” show is one long ad for zit cream and soda pop.
Drake Patton

Slinging the Blues

David Browne’s review of Blues Traveler is a classic. Even the title (”Blue in the Face”) and caption (”Popper needs a brand-new bag”) are a hoot! Of course, it helps that I’m not a Blues Traveler fan.
Nancy Bilka
Downingtown, Pa.

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