Meth Becomes Them
The only bad thing about the Breaking Bad feature was that it was only 12 pages. On behalf of all Bad fans, thank you, EW, for a wonderful ode to the show, but most of all, thank you, Vince Gilligan, for feeding our ravenous hunger for storytelling so brilliant it can send you into a fugue state week after week.
Best EW cover photo ever, but you gave away the ending. It’s clear that in the final episode Walt and Jesse become zombies and join the cast of The Walking Dead.
Keith Staskiewicz’s Star Trek Into Darkness DVD review was right on target. Being a J.J. Abrams fan, I was surprised by such a misstep. Instead of putting Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in a blender and rehashing, he should have come up with an original adventure. And as bad as Star Trek V was, I don’t remember walking out of that one feeling so…betrayed. Let’s hope the next outing is a more unfamiliar ”enterprise.”
Those Were the Days…
Reading the ”Chart Flashback” (Movies), I was thunderstruck: Over just one weekend 30 years ago, there were dramas, comedies, sci-fi, a movie with a strong female lead…and would you look at that! A majority were original ideas! No reboots, no reboots of reboots, nothing but movies that appealed to every demographic. What a sorry state Hollywood is in these days.
Boynton Beach, Fla.
I take umbrage at your Boardwalk Empire dig in The Bullseye. It is an incredibly well-written show, weaves fiction with historical events/figures seamlessly, and in many ways is superior to fellow HBO series The Sopranos. Gasp! Yes, I said it — it’s even better than The Sopranos. Deal with it, EW.
I really enjoyed Owen Gleiberman’s piece on revenge films. But while everyone is quick to point to movies like Death Wish, Dirty Harry, and Straw Dogs as pioneers of the genre, there are some overlooked gems out there that deserve to be seen. Vigilante, starring Robert Forster, is every bit the film that Death Wish is. And Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader delivered the godfather of revenge pictures with 1977’s Rolling Thunder, featuring Tommy Lee Jones
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Correction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus received 14 Emmy nominations for acting: seven for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and seven for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Movies).