Who knew Mummy star Brendan Fraser could raise pulse rates — and the dead — just by baring a little chest hair (#485, May 14)? Kat Deaton of Bountiful, Utah, for one, believed in his monster appeal: ”No wonder the Mummy [on the cover] can’t keep its hands off of him. Women have a tremendous crush on Brendan. He’s the sexiest man alive, the sexiest man of the millennium!” No pressure, Brendan. Kelly Thormodson of Alexandria, Va., was one of the few not completely thrilled by our cover story: ”You call Rachel Weisz’s character an Egyptologist. Well, she was also a librarian. As a librarian myself, I feel compelled to defend my profession. We need all the positive librarian role models we can get!” A sentiment long overdue.
Mum’s the word
The cover with Brendan Fraser was…WOW! It’s about time that he gets the recognition he deserves. I’ve been a fan since Encino Man, and it’s great to see that everyone else is finally realizing what I’ve known since then…that he is one amazing actor! (Did I mention he’s so fine?)
Thanks for the cover and article on Brendan Fraser. I will definitely be seeing more of his movies now and will have to figure out where I can strategically place this magazine to make my husband jealous.
As I was about to rush out the door to see The Mummy, I glanced at Owen Gleiberman’s rather dour B- and thought that maybe he was just being a grouch. Then I saw the movie. Owen, my friend, you were much too kind. And what makes it worse is that this was the first movie of the year that I was really looking forward to! If The Phantom Menace is this bad, I’ll be leading a mob of torch-bearing moviegoers to the gates of Skywalker Ranch.
Carrie W. Reisser
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Mr. Gleiberman, you realize, of course, that you’re accusing a movie whose basic premise is that mummies get cranky when woken up, of lacking sufficient gravitas. What’s next, deriding Essence of Emeril for not addressing the working conditions of migrant farmworkers?
I just read the article on the Star Wars fan celebration (News & Notes) and wanted to add an insider’s point of view. I was the projectionist in the main tent. The article seemed to express more bad aspects of the event than good. Sure it rained, sure there were long lines, but people didn’t seem to mind. Everyone I talked to at the event had great things to say about everything except the weather. The magic that the Star Wars films hold for millions is unmatched by anything in the entertainment industry, anywhere. The magic lives, on screen and off. Believe me, I was there, I know.
Spectrum Audio Visual
Revenge of the Nerds
Re: your article on the mania surrounding The Matrix. There’s a very logical explanation behind the ”otherworldly hold” the film has on moviegoers. The Matrix plugs right in to the fantasy of every intelligent, disenfranchised, socially inept, outcast sci-fi fan, computer geek, and comic-book nerd. When Morpheus tells Neo, ”You’ve felt it your whole life, felt that something is wrong with the world,” he’s actually speaking to the misunderstood audience, who believe that about themselves. The Matrix isn’t just about cool F/X and mind-bending literary allusions — Neo’s odyssey is the ultimate triumph of the nerds.
Noah Robischon seems to miss the point (”Game Over”). While it is true that he may clearly understand that the violent videogames he plays at the office are ”patently not real,” he is a full-grown and mature adult. Children don’t have the emotional intelligence that Mr. Robischon has. The effect these ultrarealistic and ultraviolent videogames have on young children should not be overlooked, simply because everyone knows that ”it’s only a game.” Case in point: In Paducah, Ky., the shooter was eight-for-nine, all of them head shots. The only thing is, this young child had little experience with a gun — except at the video arcade. Not bad.
Jamie S. Kilberg