When I opened my mailbox and saw the Holiday Movie Preview (#406, Nov. 21) with Kevin Spacey on the cover, I knew there was something to be thankful for! It’s about time that Mr. Spacey was recognized for his enormous talent and the excellent work he continues to do. Thank you for this wonderful cover!
North Franklin, Conn.
I just wanted to say thanks for the great story on Hong Kong’s No. 1 female action star, Michelle Yeoh. Michelle is strong, smart, and beautiful, and while she spin-kicks the s— out of her male opponents, she never loses her femininity. Now, when can I expect a cover story on Chow Yun-Fat?
THE OTHER DARIN
Thank you for finally doing a story on the one and only Darin Morgan. You definitely got it right labeling him ”TV’s reluctant genius.” Still, Darin’s morose lack of interest in everything is proportionate to his brilliance! Who else can make you laugh so hard that you have trouble breathing over Millennium, a show that relishes dark, disturbing images of serial killers and the fear of the apocalypse?
FACE TO FASCIST
I feel that Starship Troopers goes a subversive step further than a mere ”wink-wink” at Nazi fascism. The film seems to suggest that the seeds for this futuristic fascism are already at work in American society, where, more and more, we are concerned with ”winning,” whether it be in a football game, in a film release, or mastering the solar system. Paul Verhoeven and Edward Neumeier sardonically take the prevailing U.S. mentality to the extreme, perhaps in an attempt to shake us up and make us question our own values.
TV IS MY HOMEWORK
My fellow students and I were amused by your description of our pop-culture program. But it should be known that Syracuse University’s ”TV Creators of the ’80s and ’90s” course — taught by Center for the Study of Popular Television founder Dr. Robert J. Thompson — is much more than ”90210 101.” As a graduate student who hopes to make the serious academic study of television my career, I’m doing much more than ”major[ing] in Melrose Place.” I’m learning to think critically about an art form that, though often maligned, profoundly impacts and shapes our culture. If that makes me an aspiring ”nutty professor,” then so be it.
David L. Hixson
CORRECTIONS: Terrence McNally’s play Love! Valour! Compassion! won a Tony award for Best Play in 1995, not a Pulitzer (Video). Sheena Easton, not Melissa Manchester, sang one of the Bond movie themes (Music). Dharma & Greg airs on ABC (#408, TV Winners & Losers). Natalie Portman was not interviewed by Cynthia Ozick for The New Yorker‘s Oct. 6 story on Anne Frank, nor did Ozick’s piece directly refer to Portman’s performance in the Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank. Also, Portman was referring to playwright Wendy Kesselman’s new adaptation of the play when she told EW, ”It is truer to the actual diary than any of the previous [productions] have been” (#408, Stage).