Feedback from our readers
Thanks, EW, for prepping us for what looks to be the best fall movie season ever. Where the Wild Things Are! The softer side of Clive Owen in The Boys Are Back. Michael Jackson’s This Is It! And with the release of the long-awaited The Road and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, this has got to be a great Oscar year.
While I enjoy a good vampire as much as the next person, I think your coverage of Twilight, True Blood, and so on has gone a bit overboard, as evidenced by the Fall Movie Preview. There are so many more interesting movies to look forward to beyond New Moon. Couldn’t one of the smaller, inset pictures have been the cover instead? Or even a movie that doesn’t have much buzz yet, but truly deserves it?
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Some Kind of Wonderful
Thank you for your affecting tribute to the late John Hughes (”John Hughes Remembered”). The Hughes oeuvre remains indelible to anyone who grew up in the ’80s. He tapped into the zeitgeist of the times and showed that teenagers were multifaceted, not just numb archetypes looking to score. Fortunately, he’s left a superlative cinematic legacy that many generations love and will never forget.
Yes, Hughes certainly deserves his status as king of the teen genre, but his caricatures of middle-class family life were spot-on as well (think Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie in Vacation, or the grandparents in Sixteen Candles). He seemed to know so much about us. It’s sad that we’re only really getting to know the director after his death. And ”John Hughes nostalgia” in the center of your Bullseye was one last burst of fireworks.
I really appreciated that you listed some of John Hughes’ best song choices in his movies. But how could anyone possibly overlook Pretty in Pink‘s Duckie lip-synching Otis Redding’s ”Try a Little Tenderness” and dancing through the aisles of the record store? That’s my favorite moment in the film.
(Under)dog Days of Summer
At last somebody agrees with me about the worthiness of Steven Spielberg’s 1941, and of all people, it’s Stephen King, in his column on movies to rent this summer. Now if I can just find someone who also thinks Empire of the Sun is Spielberg’s greatest film, I’ll die with a smile on my face.
Brent Perry Shaw
Sustained applause for Stephen King’s comment that he prefers William Friedkin’s 1977 film, Sorcerer, to the original French version, Wages of Fear. I’ve been taking heat from film aficionados for years because I too prefer the gritty, suspenseful, underappreciated remake. Here’s hoping that King’s words will generate enough interest in the film that it finally gets a remastered edition.
EW.COM Emmys and EWwys
If you’re obsessed with the Emmys, EW.com has you covered. On TV’s biggest night (Sept. 20), we’ll live-blog the ceremony on PopWatch, and count down the Most Memorable Emmy Moments and the Best and Worst Emmy Fashions at ew.com/emmys. And if you’re apoplectic over those Emmy snubs (where’s Chuck? Battlestar Galactica? The Shield?), check out the second annual EWwy Awards (ew.com/ewwys). Find out who EW readers think should have been contenders, and vote for your favorites from now through Sept. 10. Then watch clips of EWwy-nominated performances at hulu.com/ewwys2009.