In the Mood for Love
Thanks so much for doing a whole feature about The Fault in Our Stars. When I got the magazine, I was wearing my ”Okay? Okay.” shirt and I kinda freaked out. The days until June 6 are a steady trek toward my ultimate doom of sobbing uncontrollably in a movie theater.
Hmm, the greatest romance story of this decade is between…pretty young white people? Wake up, Hollywood! The real world is actually made up of — big shocker — different colors and interracial relationships. The rest of us would like to see ourselves on the screen too.
La Habra, Calif.
The Cost of Carnage
Brilliant story, EW, on the Game of Thrones effect on the TV body count (News and Notes). As a television addict, however, I offer that it’s more of a new label than a new effect. Does anyone remember M*A*S*H killing off Henry Blake? If killing a main character is well planned to serve story growth, it can be a powerful emotional tool. If it’s a blatant attempt to blow up social media and it doesn’t serve good storytelling, it could backfire. For me, the only character noted in the story that I’ll miss is Joss Carter of Person of Interest. Unfortunately, she was no longer necessary to the story being told.
Hershel’s death on The Walking Dead had an emotional impact on both the viewers and the characters that will echo through the series for some time. Yet the death of another beloved character, True Blood‘s Terry Bellefleur, was quite the opposite experience. Throughout the promotion of the season, the death of a character was mentioned, sometimes with what seemed like ghoulish anticipation. When it finally happened, Terry’s death felt manipulative, desperate, and hollow. The show should have respected those who invested in the story.
How the West Was Fun
Loved Mel Brooks’ retrospective on Blazing Saddles‘ 40th anniversary (DVD). And no immodesty on his part, as he’s 100 percent correct that AFI missed the mark: Saddles and Airplane! are the two funniest, laugh-till-you-cry movies ever, with Saddles having an edge for its wit.
Coral Springs, Fla.
How could any discussion of Blazing Saddles omit a mention of the late Madeline Kahn’s performance as Lili Von Shtupp, for which she received an Oscar nomination? Her ”I’m Tired” send-up of Marlene Dietrich will be remembered after the fart jokes have faded.
Shock and Oz
When I was a kid, the terror of Dorothy trying to steal the Powder of Life and awakening the heads of Princess Mombi stayed with me long after renting Return to Oz (DVD). Horror films have nothing on this dark sequel. I believe it was the inspiration for the phrase ”nightmares for days.”
In Memoriam: Surviving Jack and Enlisted
Sadly, two of Fox’s undersung bubble shows (plus Dads) have burst. On Twitter, Jack star Christopher Meloni was gracious in defeat (”I stand b4 U, waving my flag of surrender. The battle was lost but we must soldier on to greater victories!”), as was Enlisted Army man Chris Lowell (”So long, brothers. It was a great ride”). Readers pay their respects.
Surviving Jack (March 27-May 8, 2014)
Wow, I really liked it. It offered a look at a parenting style that is not exactly politically correct today, and that’s what made it so entertaining. I enjoyed every single interaction between Jack and his kids. —KewlDawg
My teen years were in the ’90s, so I’m kind of nostalgic for that time, and SJ got so much right about that era. —reader
Enlisted (Jan. 10-March 28, 2014)
Enlisted was a breath of fresh air from the usual sitcoms. It had me laughing at the antics of not only the brothers but their brothers in arms, too. And sometimes it even made me cry over the stuff our soldiers deal with that we never know about. Very disappointed with Fox for not giving it a fighting chance, which it definitely deserved. —Aim