Feedback from our readers
I felt like I was riding in the fun-vee along with Tony Stark when I saw your cover story on Iron Man 2 (”The Next Wave”). Mickey Rourke looks fantastic, and I am pretty sure his take on Whiplash will be unique. Scarlett Johansson looks sexy and cunning as well. Can’t wait for the first trailer.
Love at First Bite
Thank you for the True Blood photos and write-up (”Bloody Good Show”). The pics of Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin were especially stunning. Every week, I tune in mainly to see Bill and Sookie’s intense connection and unbelievably believable love story. Kudos to HBO for standing by the show, and to EW for finally giving it some in-depth coverage!
While I appreciated reading about the slam-bang new season, I’m disappointed that when discussing the changes from Charlaine Harris’ novels, you didn’t mention the addition of Jessica, who is quickly becoming one of the best parts of the show. Giving Bill a foster daughter deepens his character and allows for interesting observations on the effect children (or newly converted vamps) have on a relationship. Plus, Deborah Ann Woll is a hoot!
I so agree with Diablo Cody’s column ”Summer Sucks” (Binge Thinking). When I tell people that summer is my least favorite season, they look at me like I have two heads, but my pasty white skin fries with the least bit of sun exposure and I am irrationally afraid of flying insects. I have been spending this summer watching the first three seasons of Supernatural and counting down the days until I can put my (not-so-skinny) jeans back on!
In the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince review (Movies section), Lisa Schwarzbaum’s description of Professor McGonagall as an ”imperious dragon-lady teacher” explains what’s wrong with the Potter movies. While watching them, fans of the books must fill in the blanks regarding character development. In the novels, the professor is a bit imperious, but she would risk her life for her students. If you’re unwilling to look deeper, she may seem like a dragon lady. But she — like the rest of the story — is so much more!
Critic Lisa Schwarzbaum responds: You make a great point. The more I love a book, the more I miss everything that inevitably gets left out when I see the film adaptation. And the missing flavor includes character nuances. In defense of the onscreen McGonagall, though, I’d say Maggie Smith makes a splendid Hogwarts teacher on her own terms.
Much has been made of Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (News & Notes), and I am sure she is an incredibly talented director. However, I have to say what few critics seem to be saying: Jeremy Renner, one of its unknown leading men, makes that movie.
Susan Holquist Bluffton, S.C.