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Feedback: Dec. 16, 2011

More A-lister embarrassments, mixed reviews for Lisa Schwarzbaum’s ”Breaking Dawn” review, and more

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Talking Turkey
When I saw Reese Witherspoon on the first page of ”Stars’ Worst Movies,” I knew her worst film had to be Overnight Delivery. Why? Because I’ve seen it a thousand times — it’s my guilty pleasure! So bad, yet so good. What a fun article.
Liz Strain
Chicago

Cyborg 2, Fire on the Amazon: Too many of the movies you picked were made by struggling actors who later made it. It would have been more interesting to choose films with big budgets and more star power: Jennifer Aniston in Derailed, or Angelina Jolie in Life or Something Like It.
Rob Phelps
San Jose, Calif.

More Stinkers From the Stars
And we thought we had seen the worst of it. EW readers offered up their own picks for A-list actors’ movies that are hard to sit through. Believe us — we feel your pain.

Christian Bale
Oh, you guys are gonna get an earful for calling Equilibrium Christian Bale’s worst film. Granted, it’s a Matrix knockoff. But how can you ignore the truly abysmal Captain Corelli’s Mandolin?
Patrick Taylor
Norfolk, Va.

Katherine Heigl
I think you could have found even more humiliating examples for ”Stars’ Worst Movies.” Like Jake Gyllenhaal in Bubble Boy, or My Father the Hero with Katherine Heigl.
Marybeth Simone
Wantagh, N.Y.

Matthew McConaughey
Surfer, Dude? I am in no way defending it, but deeper digging into the vaults might have unearthed an even bigger gem of Mr. McConaughey’s: Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Nicole Tepper
Pittsburgh

Bruce Willis
I’m surprised you missed North, which is easily Elijah Wood’s worst film — as well as the worst film of virtually everyone who was in it: Bruce Willis, Alan Arkin, Kathy Bates, Scarlett Johansson.
Dan Burke
Roslindale, Mass.

Breaking Point
As an educated adult woman and self-described Twi-hard, I can’t take Lisa Schwarzbaum’s Breaking Dawn review seriously when it’s so heavily laced with condemnation of the source material (Movies). People who read Twilight are not under the false impression that we’re reading Shakespeare. We read the books because it’s easy to get lost in the idea of finding a true love and a happy ending.
Kim Burch
New York City

Thank you, Lisa Schwarzbaum, for your refreshingly honest review of Breaking Dawn. I agree wholeheartedly with your assertion that Bella is a terrible role model for girls. You touched on many of the things I find worrisome in the series, such as Bella’s passiveness and contented readiness to give up everything in her life for Edward. Girls should look up to female characters with more substance and learn to be confident and happy with themselves.
Rebecca Cammarata
Keyport, N.J.

A Case of Mistaken Identity
I saw Hugo, which you just reviewed (Movies). Is that Johnny Depp (listed as a producer) playing guitar in the small band that appears in a few scenes?
Dan Klimovich
Circleville, Ohio

Senior editor Thom Geier responds: Paramount has confirmed that the actor in question is not, in fact, Johnny Depp.

The Strong Silent Type
In ”5 Fabulous Silent-Film Classics” (Movies), how could Owen Gleiberman ignore The Passion of Joan of Arc, the greatest film of the silent era — and also one of the greatest films of all time?v Bridget Baker
Columbia, S.C.

Owen Gleiberman responds: Two other famously great films that I left off my list are Nosferatu and Intolerance. Trust me, though, I didn’t ”ignore” them (or The Passion of Joan of Arc). I felt that all of these films are so iconic that I wanted to find other — in my opinion, equally great — silent movies to share. I also wanted to choose films that influenced the style of The Artist, and The Passion of Joan of Arc, in all its sublime severity, did not.

Correction
We misspelled actor Karl Slover’s name (Monitor). Best remembered as one of the last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, Slover passed away on Nov. 15.