Readers respond to "The X-Files," Michael Bay and over-revealing trailers

Mail: ‘The X-Files’

Even the most devoted X-Files fans expressed their longing for a moratorium on Mulder and Scully after our second cover story in four weeks (#440, July 10): “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I would rather see another Seinfeld cover than one more on The X-Files,” says Mary McDermott of Carol Stream, Ill. “If there is some sort of EW-X-Files conspiracy, you owe it to your readers to let us know,” writes Stephen Lenz of New York City. We had our own suspicions of conspiracy when we saw the replies to Jim Mullen’s comment on Culture Club’s reunion tour—”Who cares?” “So far, Jim, enough people to sell out more than a few of the tour dates,” offers Mark Davis of West Hollywood, Calif. Looks like instant karma chameleon’s gonna get you, Jim.


Thank you a million times for your humorous article on the X-Files movie. Although I enjoyed the film, I really wouldn’t have minded that gratuitous shot of David Duchovny’s behind.
Delavan, Wis.

Hey, I love the X-Files so much that I would be eternally grateful if you kept up the good work by continuing to put it on the cover, say, every other week or so. Better still, make that David Duchovny by himself, wearing something revealing. I love his wry wit, intelligence, and good looks. Now, if you could get somebody who interviews him as well as the photographer photographs him, we would be all set.

How many times will we see David and Gillian on the cover this summer? You just had a week off with the double issue (which was brilliant). You should be all rested now. Focus on something else.


I am so glad you addressed the problem of over-revealing trailers. I saw a trailer for the upcoming Nicolas Cage film Snake Eyes, which features a multilayered conspiracy, a muddled assassination plot, and a disguised femme fatale. I cringe every time I think about it. The trailer for this movie, which promised to have as many surprises as The Usual Suspects, reveals every surprise.
Kirkland, Wash.

Thank you for addressing what is sometimes the best part of going to the movies, the trailers. I am not sure which makes me feel cheated the most: when they give too much of the story away, or when the preview is more interesting than the actual movie (a certain large green lizard comes to mind).
Mechanicsburg, Pa.


Your 1998 studio scorecard was great, but I would like to express a different theory about Miramax’s strategy. Could it be that they purposely mix moneymaking films like Scream 2 with smaller films that don’t kick big revenue so that exceptional, important films like Welcome to Sarajevo have a chance to be created and seen? Perhaps the studio actually believes that there’s more to making movies than making money?
Boynton Beach, Fla.


The answer is yes! Michael Bay is the devil—at least when it comes to filmmaking. The devil preys on the worst of us as human beings, tempts us, then drives us to excess. More! Louder! Bigger! Sound familiar? The claim that he is only giving the public what they want is no defense. If his creativity and skills as a storyteller do not exceed the limited imagination of the general public, then he has no business being in the privileged position of making films. A filmmaker should strive to give the public something better than what they want.
West Columbia, S.C.


Thank you for your piece on Olivia de Havilland of Gone With the Wind. Being such a big fan of the movie, I was thrilled to hear from such a remarkable woman.
Augusta, Ga.

CORRECTION: Until two years ago neurofibromatosis was thought to have been the disease that afflicted the Elephant Man. New research suggests he suffered from the extremely rare condition called Proteus syndrome (Encore).