Readers respond to our Summer Movie Preview; weigh in on Kate Winslet, enterprising Starship critic

EW under fire: Though our Summer Movie Preview issue (#432, May 15) appealed to the majority, a handful of readers had a, umm, passionate response to Rob Brunner’s review of Hanson’s 3 Car Garage: ”I swear on my mother’s grave that if you ever, ever, ever put down my man Isaac [Hanson] again, I will hunt you down like the beast you are!” warned Elizabeth Johnson of Wellington, Fla. One brave soul, Katie Klemp of Rolling Meadows, Ill., wrote in Brunner’s defense, including a quote attributed to the ”great” Voltaire (no less): ”I know you have gotten a ton of E-mail from overzealous Hanson fans complaining about your review…. ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”’ ”MMMCandide,” anyone?

Sneak Peeks

Great cover of Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler: They are both beautiful, with the same dark hair…and blush? Is Ben wearing blush? Please tell me it’s just a sunburn!
Allison Bellomo
Lewiston, N.Y.

Thank you for not giving too much away in your preview of The Truman Show. With absolutely no idea what it was about, I saw an advance screening last fall. Ignorance was truly bliss; not having seen any commercials or trailers, I wasn’t anticipating any scenes or dialogue and was able to take it all in. I’ll be back opening night.
James Lamb
Los Angeles

In recent years, plenty of straight actors such as Tom Hanks, Kevin Kline, and William Hurt have played gay characters to the point that it’s become commonplace. So why all the hue and cry over Anne Heche in Six Days, Seven Nights? Enough already. Rock Hudson believably played against ”type” his entire career. I, a straight male, am looking forward to seeing the sexy Ms. Heche in the film and will no doubt be wishing I was in Harrison Ford’s shoes.
Tim Callaway
Henderson, Nev.

Sizing Kate Up

I could not believe my eyes when I saw ”Girth of a Nation” had a photo of Kate Winslet. I would hardly call Kate ”full figured.” She has a real body. Let’s break for a reality check, shall we? I saw Meg Ryan in a video store once and had to suppress the urge to call 911. Kate, don’t sell out — as Helen Hunt has — to the worshipers of the Bony and the Gaunt!
Kit-Victoria Wells
Del Mar, Calif.

I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with being chubby — but Kate Winslet is not fat (we’ve all seen her naked), and she does not belong in the same category as the frumpy overdone secretary Mimi. Winslet is a good role model to girls who aren’t interested in seeing their ribs.
Gabe Rodriguez
Florence, Ore.

Kellogg needed research to tell them that ”women were tired of being asked to live up to unrealistic standards of body weight and size”? I have one word for them: DUH!
Lorraine Schwartz
Pawcatuck, Conn.

Video Vanguard

My congratulations to Ty Burr on being the first critic to finally get [Paul] Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers. After reading pan after pan of what I found to be a very intelligent, super-ironic send-up of the sci-fi blockbuster genre and its fascistic undertones, I had begun to suspect that mainstream movie critics had finally become desensitized to any film that fell outside of Hollywood’s own predictable ideologies. Following the equally insightful critique of The Game, it seems that your Video section has found a valuable niche, using hindsight to offer new criticisms on films that — for whatever reason — weren’t originally seen with the clarity they deserved.
David Conner
San Francisco