Your ”Oscar Race Begins” issue is consistently the best guide for us amateur Oscar handicappers (#362, Jan. 17). But I was floored that your article brushed over Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet, a big-scale movie with top talent and strong word of mouth, because it’s ”too heavy and he’s not a Hollywood favorite.” Considering half of voting Hollywood seems to be in Hamlet, are you sure you don’t want to reconsider? That is the question.
I thought with most of your nominee ideas you were right on the money. However, while you did acknowledge Samuel L. Jackson for his performance in A Time to Kill, how could you possibly overlook Matthew McConaughey for a Best Actor nod? This relatively new actor definitely gave an award-winning performance in his first large-scale lead.
Thanks for your insightful article predicting who’s likely to take home the little golden guy. I especially enjoyed your picks for ”lovable long shots,” most notably the engrossing Lone Star and that other terrific performance in Shine: Noah Taylor’s. However, I’m a bit concerned. Tom Cruise’s mug has appeared on the cover three out of the last four issues, leading me to wonder if Rosie O’Donnell was hired as your new editor.
West Vancouver, B.C.
ONCE IS ENOUGH
Scream 2? Doesn’t Scream poke fun at unnecessary sequels? During the terrifying opening sequence of Scream, Drew Barrymore’s character says, ”Well, the first one was [scary] but the rest sucked,” in reference to the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Bob Weinstein should take that line as a warning before he starts churning out rehashes of such an original and scary film.
Sorry to let you down, but the first Unplugged album was not Mariah Carey’s. As in most things related to pop music, the Beatles were first — specifically, the newly dubbed Sir Paul McCartney. The album was released in a limited numbered edition and was reviewed by some as his best work since Band on the Run.
MARK D. CLEARY
West Melbourne, Fla.
Regarding your article about mourning TV shows, sitcom writer Dan Wilcox compares a canceled TV show to ”losing a child.” I think he would be hard-pressed to find a parent who is able to get over losing a child in a matter of ”weeks.” It’s a pity he considers TV as important.