Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on John Goodman, Concert For Life, and Robert Altman

Mail from our readers

I’ve just read your article about John Goodman and consider it a fine piece of work about a tremendous performer (116). There was, however, one glaring omission. In the listing of the fine supporting performances that he has turned in over the last several years there was no mention of his work as Al Pacino’s partner in Sea of Love.
Michael Medley
Cherry Valley, Calif.

I couldn’t believe the article on John Goodman made no mention of his fantastic performance as Louis Fyne in David Byrne’s feature film True Stories. For me, it’s still Goodman’s greatest achievement.
Sandy Conron
Union, N.J.

The Cosby Show has been the first television series to view blacks in a nonstereotypical way. For that, Bill Cosby has rightly earned a place in TV history and a place in the hearts of fans everywhere.
Mike Sametz
Allen Park, Mich.

I usually enjoy Jim Mullen’s sharp and witty commentaries, but he missed the point of the Freddie Mercury tribute. Rock stars do contribute to AIDS causes; this concert was main-ly to make kids aware of the danger of AIDS. As long as kids have the ”It won’t happen to me” attitude, and their parents have the ”My children don’t have sex” attitude, AIDS will continue to spread. The concert’s purpose was to inform and hopefully to save some lives.
Beth Tarbet
Richmond, Va.

Your magazine usually covers most events fairly, but your report on the Concert for Life was abysmal. It made me wonder if anyone had even watched Fox’s presentation except in passing. No snide comments on how Guns N’ Roses were held out like a carrot on a stick before every break in the concert? No mention of the incongruous sight of Axl Rose and Elton John together on stage? No note of Liza Minnelli’s longtime connection to Mercury? This is usually the basic stuff of your articles.
MaryEllen Oliver
Gloucester, Mass.

As a French native, I find it very annoying to have to take the ”smart” comments you periodically print about France, such as in your review of the movie Brenda Starr: ”I suspect they won’t even like it in France.” What is this supposed to mean? What do you think France is, a cultural void? I also recall a comment in Hot Sheet several months ago in which Jim Mullen pointed out that Blame It on the Bellboy was certainly not going to compete for any award ”(except) in France.” If I add all the regular mentions to our alleged national disease, i.e., our supposed ”love” for Jerry Lewis (where on earth does this myth come from?), I think I’ve been taking a lot of heat from your magazine, and I fail to see the point.
Anne Quillevere
East Lansing, Mich.

Your investigative reporting has once again proved fruitful. The news of the Laurance twins, Mitchell and Matthew, was quite informative. I thought there was only one person, and he was the hardest-working actor in show biz. But EW got to the bottom of the story and revealed the huge workload was split between the twins. Keep up the good work.
Greg Hotchkiss
Troy, Ohio

Thanks for your article on Mann & Machine, but I think you slight it when you refer to it as a ”$1.98 Sci-Fi Show.” Not all sci-fi shows have the budget of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for what they spend on this, I think it’s very good. Of course, the best effect on this show is Yancy Butler herself.
Richard Kenney
Dover, Del.

As a longtime admirer of Robert Altman, I find his statement that audiences ”are responsible for lousy movies” both unfair and a bit bewildering. While it’s true that audience taste tends to dictate what kind of movies get made, the responsibility rests ultimately — as The Player scathingly makes clear — with those who produce and market them, certainly not with the ticket buyers who are ripped off time and again and yet keep coming back hoping to be reasonably entertained. The sorry state of American movies is the result not so much of audiences supporting bad films (look at what happened to Hudson Hawk) but of the artistically crippling desire of producers to satisfy demographics rather than what (audiences) would actually like to see. When Altman blames the audience for lousy movies, he is invoking the very rationale that the power base in Hollywood uses for churning out garbage: It’s what they want. Rather than blaming the masses, blame those who so greedily and slavishly pander to them.
Hugh Fratt
Los Angeles