Reversal of Fortune
Thanks for the feature on Louis C.K. I was happy to learn the origin of ”C.K.” (no, I somehow never Googled it or looked it up on Wikipedia). But it was disappointing to read that Louis felt he could have done a better job with Lucky Louie, since it was that show that got me hooked on his comedy! I even bought the DVD set — before it was in the clearance section. It reminded me a lot of Roseanne, if Roseanne had been able to swear and appear naked on her show. I enjoy Louie, but it doesn’t hold up to repeat viewings like Lucky Louie does.
Eric A. Klee
I remember watching an episode of Dr. Katz in 1996 that had a segment with Louis C.K. It was only a two-minute skit, but based on his material and delivery, I could already tell he was a comedian to watch out for. It’s too bad that it took so long for America to catch on, but kudos on his much-deserved success.
Rock of Pages
I really enjoyed your article on the Rock Bottom Remainders. I was actually at their last performance, at the American Library Association’s annual conference. Who knew that these authors could rock so hard and have so much fun doing it? Amy Tan in a dominatrix outfit is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
Lights, Camera, Action!
It was very refreshing to read your article on stunt coordinators. I always wonder, ”How did they do that?” whenever I’m watching movies, and I like reading up on what goes on behind the camera. It takes a lot to do what these awesome people have done, and in my eyes they’re as much the stars of their movies as the actors.
He’s No Jack
NO!!! I have had an intense crush on Jack Reacher for years, and was excited to learn that the character is finally coming to the big screen (First Look). But I am very unhappy with the casting of Tom Cruise. If Clint Eastwood had been younger, he would have been my first choice. I also would have preferred Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Jason Isaacs, or Clive Owen, among others. I’ll still probably see the movie when it’s released, but I’ll pretend not to enjoy it.
Salem Twp., Maine
Ann Curry’s goodbye was heart-wrenching (News and Notes). After 15 years with Today, she was entitled to a proper send-off rather than just a few minutes.
In ”What the Heck, Let’s Heckle!” (Movies), we mistakenly reported that Jason Segel participated in one of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruptions; while he was scheduled to attend, he ultimately canceled.
Your Fave Underrated Films
”The 50 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen” had you loading up your Netflix queues — and lauding these unsung flicks
The Nines (2007)
It’s a twisty, mind-bending existential flick that showcases how good an actor Ryan Reynolds can be. —Andy McGuire, Los Angeles
The Fall (2006)
It became my favorite movie the first time I saw it. The visual beauty and emotional resonance of the story are unparalleled. —Brooke Michael, Nescopeck, Pa.
My Life Without Me (2003)
Sarah Polley was Oscar-worthy as a terminally ill woman who finds great passion and purpose. —Michael Nejman, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Igby Goes Down (2002)
It’s a coming-of-age story told with compassion, humor, and honesty. Kieran Culkin shines as the endearing Igby. —Christine C. Heuner, Bound Brook, N.J.