Readers respond to 'Titanic,' 'South Park,' and more

Feedback: ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Titanic,’ and more

High Rollers

I have just one thing to say about your Jan. 23 issue (#415). Wow! That has got to be the best cover ever. The X-Files, South Park, and Titanic in one magazine. I died and went to heaven.
Javier Mayol
Orlando, Fla.

Congratulations on an excellent cover story about the Big Gambles of 1998. However, for the second year in a row, your cover is of the movie I am the most eager to see. (Last year Star Wars, this year, The X-Files.) Maybe you should have changed the title to “The Sure Bet (and the Big Gambles of 1998).”
Justin Burnett
Flagstaff, Ariz.

If I have any trouble believing the romance in 6 Days/7 Nights, it won’t be because Anne Heche is Ellen DeGeneres’ lover; it’ll be because she could be Harrison Ford’s daughter. What are these casting directors thinking?
Martha Southgate

The Lost Don

I would like to thank Don Ohlmeyer for firing Norm Macdonald from Weekend Update. Now I don’t have to stay up late and wade through an hour of insipid TV for what was Saturday Night Live‘s one saving grace. Macdonald is entirely too talented for SNL‘s jejune skits and bland cast. May he rise to the independent stardom he deserves.
Jesse Fox
Louisville, Ky.

‘Jerry’ Blathers

I find it incredibly difficult to believe more Americans prefer the bitch slapping of the Jerry Springer Show over the charming, funny wit of Rosie O’Donnell. I guess there really is no accounting for taste. At least Ms. O’Donnell can honestly say her career makes a difference in people’s lives with all the money she has raised for children, breast cancer, and various other causes. All Mr. Springer can do is let people exercise their fists after the “talk” part of his show.
Terry Tang
Los Angeles

James’ Joys

I’m glad that someone finally wrote the article Degen Pener did about James Cameron’s Titanic. I was scared that everybody was going to come out of that film thinking they now knew everything that happened on that ship, and I appreciate a journalist letting them know that’s not necessarily the case.
Patrick S. Young
Los Angeles

I found your piece on the facts and fictions regarding Titanic interesting. Personally, I found the movie simply fascinating. Sure, we all could sit here and nitpick certain scenes or dialogue; however, from beginning to end, on its own terms — wow!
F.E. Prophet
Charlotte, N.C.

Changing ‘Toon

South Park Rules!” Huh? That’s a startling about-face coming from a magazine that only recently rated South Park lower than Rugrats.
Stacey Oziel
Berkeley, Calif.

Rapp Star

In noting the rise to stardom of the cast of 1992’s School Ties (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O’Donnell, Brendan Fraser), you neglected to mention that Anthony Rapp, who was in the picture you printed, originated the role of Mark in Rent, a major achievement.
Andre Chautard
Los Angeles

Correction: War and Remembrance is the most expensive TV production ever made, with a budget of $110 million (‘”Gambles 1998′”).