Mmmmm…beefcake and best-of lists! Hungry for Daredevil’s food, readers gobbled up our story on hunky Ben (#694, Feb. 7), but they have lost their taste for the J. Lowdown. ”We get it! J. Lo and Ben are an item,” exclaims Natalie King of Boston. ”I don’t need to see so much of her name in an article about Ben and his new movie. He can hold his own and had been doing so way before she came along.” Fans of the equally stalwart Simpsons couldn’t get enough of our list of the animated sitcom’s 25 best episodes (see below). And movie fans longed for a bigger helping of our annual box office wrap-up. ”I was disappointed that you included only the top 50 and the bottom 10 of last year’s films instead of the top 140 or so you’ve done before,” notes Jonathan Tucker of Blackwood, N.J. ”I like looking back at all the movies of a certain year.” As Barbra Streisand put it, what’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget.
Ben There, Done That
I was totally sick of the incessant media attention given to Ben Affleck until I saw that Daredevilishly handsome photo on your cover. Keep up the good work! BRENDA WILSON Dover, N.J.
Is your story about Daredevil or Zoolander, Part 2? Ya gotta admit that Ben Affleck is looking very ”Blue Steel” on your cover. If I were Ben Stiller, I’d sue for appropriation of his hilariously cliched male-model look. But I will say this: Affleck, he’s hot now! Claire Connors CPC2000@aol.com New York City
‘Toon It Up!
I had to let you know how pleased I was at your choice of ”Last Exit to Springfield” as the best Simpsons episode (”The Family Dynamic”). It’s been my favorite since it first aired. Best…episode…ever. CARY AARON email@example.com Shreveport, La.
A great feature on a great show. But any best-of list invites criticism, something Simpsons fans are notoriously good at. You forgot to include ”Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” arguably the show’s finest dig at the music industry, and ”Lisa the Vegetarian,” which showcased all the things that make The Simpsons the best — great gags, cool celebrity cameos, dead-on satire, discussion of important cultural issues, and wonderfully sweet endings. MATT SINGER SuperPulse@aol.com Morganville, N.J.
…The Frank ”Grimey” Grimes episode (”Homer’s Enemy”), a perfect mix of the ludicrous (Bart owns a factory) and self-parody (Frank’s brilliant commentary on Homer’s obvious flaws). RHONDA MCCOMB firstname.lastname@example.org Decatur, Ill.
…”Krusty Gets Kancelled.” How often do we get to see Johnny Carson lift a 1987 Buick Skylark over his head? While singing opera?! RYAN HOPAK email@example.com Hollywood
…”A Streetcar Named Marge,” a hilarious takeoff on Tennessee Williams’ play that turned it into a musical with Marge in the lead. JOHN M. O’SHEA Jmo1959@aol.com Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
…”Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment” (better known as the ”Beer Baron” episode). MELISSA NURCZYNSKI Baltimore