The Good Humor Man
Denis Leary‘s guest column seriously should have come with a warning: ”Reading this article in public — say, on a city bus — may be accompanied by embarrassing, eye-watering giggling and covering of the mouth, to the shock and amusement of onlookers.” That’s what happened to me as I attempted to appear sane while reading his editorial on the ”Dennys” during my commute home. Leary’s voice and delivery style rang loud and clear, and I had the best laugh I’ve had in weeks.
Paying Homage to Harry
In between heaving sobs over Mr. Potter’s disapparation from our Muggle world, readers took the time to react to our farewell issue
I loved your tribute. The books and movies created a generation who draw scars on their foreheads and secretly wish Hagrid would bust through their door and take them to Hogwarts.
Thanks, Bullseye, for giving me license to admit that a single sneer from Severus Snape gets me hot and bothered and in need of an Aguamenti spell.
Your articles on Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint showed what wonderful young adults they’ve become. My daughter stood outside for 60 hours to be near the red carpet for the London premiere. She got all three autographs and later called me ecstatically, telling me how gracious they’d been.
I’m aghast at your lack of coverage of the Potter films’ soundtracks. How can you properly celebrate Potter magic without a single mention of ”Hedwig’s Theme”?
In ”Magical Devices We Wish We Had,” you listed the Nimbus 2000. Why not the faster Nimbus 2001 or Firebolt? I’d also love things like a wand, so I could actually do magic, plus Polyjuice Potion and Hermione’s Essence of Dittany.
You said you don’t care about Tonks and Lupin, but the couple really got gypped in the movies. They’re a great addition to the books, a reminder of the battles — both magical and everyday — going on during Harry’s journey.
Passing the Torch
It thrilled me that Torchwood: Miracle Day got both a spot on the Must List and an A- in the TV section! I’ve seen every episode of the earlier incarnations; the first two seasons were delightfully quirky, while Children of Earth presented a quantum leap in quality. Plus, Captain Jack is the most charismatic lead on TV, and Gwen is an (un)believably empathetic yet strong woman. I join Ken Tucker in his hope that Miracle Day will ”broaden…[the] franchise’s audience” so that Starz and showrunner Russell T Davies will have an excellent reason to produce many additional seasons.
A Sillier Side of the Sleuth
Thank you for acknowledging the passing of the amazing Peter Falk with a list of his essential movies (News and Notes). But I would add the all-star 1976 Neil Simon-penned comedy Murder by Death, one of the funniest spoofs preceding the Airplane! era. Mimicking Sam Spade, Falk has great moments with the incomparable Eileen Brennan. Anyone who loves to laugh should check out this film.
Oldies but Goodies
I was surprised at the results of the favorite Woody Allen movie poll (What’s Hot on EW.com). It’s shocking that Match Point or even Midnight in Paris could beat out older gems like Zelig. While Midnight is not without its charms, I wonder if people would still vote for it after experiencing Sleeper. But maybe I was just born at the wrong time.
Winnie the Who?
In the Movies section, there’s a picture of Tigger stretching Eeyore’s face into a creepy smile, eerily matching the Brazil photo in DVD. Kinda made me wonder what a Terry Gilliam-directed Winnie the Pooh would look like!