Thank you for the Jeff Goldblum/Lost World cover (#380, May 23). Jeff is an outstanding actor, not to mention utterly gorgeous. I squealed in delight when I saw the issue in my mailbox. Oh, yeah, the dinosaur was cute too.
I loved your Lost World cover with Jeff Goldblum. I found him to be as intelligent and warm as he is on screen. Mr. Goldblum should be receiving a salary as high as that of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone, not just for his genuine quality but because he is also box office gold.
Marina del Rey, Calif.
THE NAME GAME
The real irony concerning An Alan Smithee Film is not that director Arthur Hiller has taken his name off and replaced it with Alan Smithee, as you reported in ”There’s a Name for It” (News & Notes). The irony is that the film, about a pretentious hack director, was written by the pretentious hack writer Joe Eszterhas. Eszterhas, who has made an art form of failing upward with such scripts as Betrayed, Sliver, and Showgirls, is the idiot savant of the movies. He’s a savant when it comes to making money but an idiot when it comes to writing. Soon, the name Alan Smithee will be retired, and when a lousy film comes along that no one wants to lay claim to, it’ll be known as a Joe Eszterhas film.
New York City
It’s definitely true that entertainment prices have skyrocketed over the past 10 to 20 years (”The Price Ain’t Right”). But for over a hundred years, there’s been a tried-and-true way to read books that few people now explore: the local public library. The selection is outstanding, and you can’t beat the price.
At our movie theater you’ll pay $4.75 for a ticket. For that, you get to see a movie that cost maybe $100 million to make. You see it projected on our $1,500 screen with our $14,000 projection system. You hear it through our $15,000 sound system. You sit in a $100 chair. When you consider the above, along with the costs of payroll, utilities, advertising, and all the other costs of running a theater, the consumer is coming out pretty well.
MIKE BLAKESLEY Owner, Roxy Theatre
I loved your article on the Bee Gees. For years, I have told people that the Brothers Gibb have written and performed some of the best songs in popular-music history — but they laughed at me. Now I know what it feels like to be vindicated.
CORRECTION: According to Audience Research & Analysis the cost of living in the United States has risen approximately 170 percent in the past 20 years (”The Price Ain’t Right”).