Letters from our readers
A Welcome Guest
Thank you from a die-hard Christopher Guest fan for uncovering a photo from his forthcoming For Your Consideration (2006 Preview). Your coverage and support of Guest’s movies over the years make me proud to be an EW subscriber. I can’t wait until you do your first big cover story on his multitalented cast of improv masters.
The teaser you ran for Stephen King’s new book, Cell, reminded me of reading an excerpt of another of Mr. King’s books, Firestarter, that appeared in Omni magazine years ago. It was enough to draw me into reading that book when it came out. I look forward to finding out what the heck is going on in Cell (if nothing else, to see what else in my hometown Mr. King destroys!). Reviews generally aren’t enough to get me interested in them; an actual sample of the text helps. I hope EW will do this again.
I really enjoyed the nail-biting excerpt from Stephen King’s latest, Cell — now I’m desperate to read the full novel. However, were the accompanying illustrations really necessary? Blood and gore don’t bother me, but I was disturbed that an image with such strong potential to frighten would be printed in a mainstream magazine. Word of advice: Leave the red, wet stuff to Fangoria.
Thetford Center, Vt.
Many thanks for your wonderful legacy on Shelley Winters (News & Notes). Being a fan for 33 years, it was my pleasure to become her fan-mail handler for the last year and a half of her life, and right up till the end she had that zest for life. The highlight during that time would have to be sitting with her and watching one of her films; her audio commentary alone was priceless. A true legend in my mind.
Long Beach, Calif.
I agree that Steven Spielberg, a brilliant director, lets the ends of some of his films get away from him (News & Notes). But you forgot to mention one of the worst offenders: A.I. Artificial Intelligence. After leaving the kid waiting in vain for his wish to be granted, Spielberg tacks on an excruciating epilogue in which kindly beings with too much time on their hands fulfill his wish to be reunited with his mommy. Ugh!
Bravo for including The Ricky Gervais Show podcast on the Must List. Here’s hoping all EW readers discover the sheer joy that is listening to Karl Pilkington tell stories about monkeys.
Jay Woodruff’s plea to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck was on the mark (Movies). Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a classic that should remain untouched. Paul Newman and Robert Redford are Butch and Sundance, just as they were Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker in The Sting. I suggest Damon and Affleck concentrate on making new films; surely between the two of them they can come up with something inventive.
Oro Valley, Ariz.
?Comedy? of Errors
Albert Brooks’ latest movie, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, could have been funny and interesting if Brooks actually went to the Muslim world and not to India, a country that is 80 percent Hindu. Why not go to Indonesia or, really, to the Arab world? Hey, I read that France’s population is about 5 to 10 percent Muslim! This is like coming to America to study the African world, because roughly the same percentage of African Americans live here as the percentage of Muslims in India! This movie just adds to the ignorance of America.
Gillian Flynn writes that Love Monkey seesaws between ?this music-biz intrigue (don’t care)? and Tom’s social life (Television). Don’t care? The music biz is the best thing about the show. My husband, son, and I like the show because it depicts the inner workings of the music business and, even better, of an indie music label. That’s what is unique about the show, not the ?big-city-cool social life.? I hope it has a long run, showcases lots of cool musical talent, and has a chance to grow.
Correction: The Oscar ballot that ran in #862/863 left out the nominees for Visual Effects. They are: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; King Kong; and War of the Worlds.