Molte grazie, EW, for your photo essay on Sophia Loren! She has great passion, a big heart, exotic beauty, and, of course, incredible talent, which ensured that she was destined to be world famous. Thank you for giving us a little taste of her humor and wit by captioning the photos with her quotes. I would have loved to be on that phone call with her! This is why I love you, EW: You honor Hollywood’s rich past while introducing us to what’s new in the world of entertainment.
Just when I started grumbling about your choices for the Must List, I was gobsmacked by your photo spreads of the luminous Sophia Loren. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is my favorite Loren comedy, and Two Women helped her grab her rightful place — at the top of the mountain — in the small group we call screen legends.
North Bennington, Vt.
Connoisseur of Crime
It was great to see your Binge! on Michael Connelly. I discovered his books five years ago on Audible, listened to all of them in less than six months, and have eagerly awaited each new book’s publication ever since. Beyond the gripping plots and well-drawn characters and locations, what impresses me most is that Connelly knows his stuff when it comes to crime journalism and police procedure, so that his writing is full of the tiny details that make a story real to the reader/listener.
Clare McIntyre Hanscom
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
In your ”Creep-o-Meter” sidebar (Movies), you left out one of the creepiest characters of all time: Francis Dollarhyde (played by Tom Noonan) in Michael Mann’s Manhunter, the first film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon. The scene in which he rips his fingers into his van’s dashboard is unforgettably creepy, and I will never hear any part of ”In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” without thinking of the movie’s climactic scene.
Obviously you guys forgot about Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. The gas station scene alone is enough to creep you out for days.
West Seneca, N.Y.
In The Talented Mr. Ripley, Matt Damon achieved an awe-inspiring level of creepiness. Tom Ripley‘s boyish charm paired so memorably with his good old-fashioned case of narcissistic personality disorder. He effectively killed Rudy Baylor, Will Hunting, and Private Ryan in one fell swoop.
West Point, N.Y.
Senior editor Missy Schwartz responds… You have all submitted excellent examples of cinematic psychos. But because the Creep-o-Meter was inspired by Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Nightcrawler, we intentionally excluded outright serial killers and murderous monsters to focus instead on characters whose menacing threat of violence or amorality keeps us up at night, even if they haven’t racked up an actual body count. So no Hannibal Lecter, Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates, or any of the dastardly chaps you guys suggested. The exception to our no-kill rule was Travis Bickle, because how could we not include such an iconic creep?
Correction: In our Michael Connelly Binge!, the plot synopsis for The Last Coyote was mistakenly attributed to Lost Light.