Men of the Hour
A million — or should I say 4.5 million — thanks for your fantastic Mad Men story. The show has a small but incredibly loyal fan base, so Matthew Weiner has nothing to worry about. If he makes it, we will come! And this season, we will bring a friend!
Van Lear, Ky.
Here’s to You, Mr. Nichols
”Life of Mike” was a terrific walk down memory lane. Just seeing the pictures brought back fond memories of my time spent enjoying Mike Nichols’ brilliant work. Congratulations, sir!
Midwest City, Okla.
I loved reading the highlights of Mike Nichols’ career, but two of his best were missing: 1996’s The Birdcage and 2005’s Tony-winning Monty Python’s Spamalot. Between the two, he squeezed in as many laughs as most directors squeeze out of 20 comedies.
Lost in Translation
It’s egregious that Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin wasn’t one of your picks for ”Great Book, Lousy Movie” (EW Looks Back). It was a sweepingly fantastical war novel but a wretched dud of a film. This was the movie that made me realize that Hollywood often does not get it right when adapting a beloved novel. I felt betrayed, but lesson learned: It helped me lower my expectations for Memoirs of a Geisha.
I disagree with your comments about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I loved the film for its quirky yet lovable characters and for the great Johnny Mercer music. I also fell in love with Savannah after seeing the movie. When I finally visited a couple of years ago, it was every bit as charming as the movie showed it to be.
Can’t Get You Out of My Head
I’m so glad you included ”What’s That Song? TV Ad Edition” (Music) in your latest issue! I’d been trying to figure out the song in the Citi commercial for months, and ”Alouette,” from the Target ad, is just so catchy. I find myself singing along whenever I see these commercials, and that will be much easier now that I know what they’re called!