In the article about career makeovers ”Switch Hitters” (#351, Nov. 1), I was appalled at the implication that Madonna had a baby for the sole purpose of changing her image to boost her fizzling career. Although Madonna hasn’t been the most conventional public figure, I find it unwarranted to suggest she took the decision to have a child so lightly.
My hat is off to Sylvester Stallone for his ability to admit failure and try something new. Doing Copland for scale sends a big statement to Hollywood. Maybe other overpaid actors will follow in his footsteps.
If anyone doubts Jim Carrey’s ability for dramatic acting, let them recall his outstanding performance as a dysfunctional family’s alcoholic son in the Fox TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive.
Iowa City, Iowa
Catch of the Day
It is great to see the band Phish finally get recognized, and Jeff Gordinier’s article gave some interesting insights. The band’s subtle notoriety is probably what keeps me listening. However, let’s keep Phish our little secret; does anyone remember what happened to the Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler?
Kerry Wayne, Jr.
Floating a Quote
Call me paranoid, but I get a little bit nervous when a full-page ad for the movie Swingers appears in the same issue as the review, and the ad manages to quote from the review. Why are the studios getting access to your reviews before publication? It sure looks inappropriate.
Iowa City, Iowa
EDITOR’S NOTE: The advertisement quotes from an article about the Toronto International Film Festival (#346, Sept. 27), not the review.
As They Like It
Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet will be 3 hours and 58 minutes in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto, and 2 hours and 15 minutes elsewhere? What an insult to fans in the rest of North America. And this because a former studio marketing chief says, ”Four hours is a problem for anybody”? After three decades of controversy surrounding the editing of his 1962 masterpiece, David Lean had some words for all marketing men: ”God knows, Lawrence of Arabia is a long film, but I don’t apologize for it. I mean people go to the opera for five hours, don’t they? … The ideal for a theater owner is to have a masterpiece that’s half an hour long. Twelve shows a day and make a fortune.”
L. Robert Morris
Coauthor, Lawrence of Arabia: The Official Thirtieth Anniversary Pictorial History