While I enjoyed the ”15 Most Surprising Duets,” I would’ve taken out William Shatner and Joe Jackson’s ”Common People” and replaced it with an even more unexpected duet, Shatner and Henry Rollins’ ”I Can’t Get Behind That.” Now, I could definitely get behind that!
Ron Raymond Jr.
The most surprising duet ever is Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger‘s ”State of Shock.” It still gives me chills every single time I hear it.
Robert James Smith
Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé’s feat of vocal pyrotechnics, ”Barcelona,” is sheer joy.
Persons of Interest
In his column, Stephen King says that ”apparently nobody watched [NBC’s Persons Unknown] except for relatives of the cast and crew. And me.” And me too! It was a breath of fresh air amid the potent stench of reality TV programming. I’m glad this cool show was among his Choklits!
I was so excited to read Owen Gleiberman’s revised review of Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann’s film is one of my all-time favorites; Mr. Gleiberman stole the words right out of my mouth when he described it as a ”rapturous modern-musical masterpiece.” It’s definitely too exquisite to deserve a B-.
Park City, Utah
They Are Celebrities…Get Me Out of Here!
You asked, ”Why Are These Women Famous?” in your story on the Kardashian sisters. That’s funny, I ask myself the same question any time I see them in TV ads. (I say ads because I have no interest in watching any show that has them on it.)
Tony W. Vaughn
New Albany, Ind.
The astute essay on the devil’s celluloid shape-shifting missed a cultural touchstone. Joshua is an Omen update for the era of hyper-PC parenting. Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga capture the essence of parents reluctant to discipline, resulting in Joshua’s devilish reign over his family.
Jill Van Vliet
Old Hickory, Tenn.
A Pile of Huey
Your Camp Rock 2 review disparages the soundtrack’s ”Miley Cyrus brand of ‘rock,”’ making an exception for the Jonas Brothers’ ”Huey Lewis-esque” song. But Cyrus has proved she can rock. It’s Lewis-style songs that should be described as ”rock” instead.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
SEXY BEASTS SECOND-CHANCE ROUND
Sixty-four opponents simply weren’t enough for your liking, so it’s high time for a battle of the honorable mentions — chosen by you, the readers. Who deserves to come out on top?
TV Vampires and Their Friends
Mutants, Monsters, and Creatures
Movie Vampires and Werewolves
The Vampire Lovers
Aliens, Machines, and Their Ilk
V (’80s edition)
*Not to be confused with Number Six, who made the cut — and our cover! — the first time around