Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Alanis Morissette, ''The Big Chill,'' and ''Life Is Beautiful''
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Mail from our readers

There was nothing ironic about reader reaction to our Alanis Morissette story. The responses ranged from the ecstatic (”With Alanis on the cover and an excellent review of her new disc in the pages to follow, this could be your best issue yet,” says Ryan O’Mara of Traverse City, Mich.) to the inquisitive (”Is it me, or did anyone else think that the Alanis Morissette cover shot looked like Michael Jackson?” asks Toronto’s Erik Forrester). As for our 15th-anniversary look back at The Big Chill, we heard through the grapevine from Donna Kuhn of Nesbit, Miss., who is begging director Lawrence Kasdan for more: ”At the risk of being attacked for suggesting a sequel in this sequel-dominated world…at least think about it, okay?”

The Naked Truth
I was thrilled to death to see Alanis Morissette on the cover of EW; however, I was disappointed in your assertion that Alanis could be a one-hit-album wonder, and I think EW also owes Alanis an apology for even mentioning Peter Frampton in the same article with her.
Christopher Halverson
Fanwood, N.J.

It’s about time that Alanis Morissette gets some recognition! Love isn’t about pretty flowers or sunsets. It hurts a lot of the time and she isn’t afraid of singing about it. With all of the sappy love songs and happy albums out there, it’s refreshing to know that Alanis is in touch with the real world.
Ryan Talaska
Ypsilanti, Mich.

Thank you for your cover story on Alanis Morissette. I believe her new video says all that is left to be said from Alanis; she has bared her soul and her body with this latest effort and now has nothing left to hide or reveal.
Kevin Baker
Jackson, Ohio

With all the debate about the divine nature of Alanis Morissette in this issue, the art historian in me couldn’t help but notice the similarity between your cover photo of the singer and the goddess Venus in Sandro Botticelli’s late-15th-century painting The Birth of Venus. Could it be…ironic?
Amy McGrew
Larkspur, Calif.

Chilling Out
I got a big chill from reading your Chill reunion article. But I’m red-hot over the fact that no one mentioned the real inspiration for the film, John Sayles’ Return of the Secaucus Seven. I’m very disappointed that Sayles’ independent directing debut wasn’t even noted.
Christopher J. Jarmick
Seattle

  • Life Is Disagreeing
  • You severely criticize Life Is Beautiful for ”vacuum[ing]” the meaning out of the Holocaust. In contrast, I thought the film’s central message was not about the horrors of the Holocaust, but about the triumph of the human spirit and how much a father will risk for his son’s survival. I lost much of my family in the Holocaust, and I do not doubt that there has been enough publicity about its horrors. True, the movie does not portray this catastrophic event realistically, but this is not a documentary. It is a hilarious, inspiring film that had the audience engaged from beginning to end.
  • Bonnie Grzesh
  • Toronto

Your review of roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful missed the point. The film did not take meaning out of the Holocaust by having scenes that were enjoyable. The film was about the power of imagination and love and does not show the pain of the prison camp for a reason. As viewers we are already aware of the horrors of camps like Auschwitz. To add brutality to this film would have confused the point. This film gives a face to the atrocity. It impacts the viewer in a way that three hours of Schindler’s List does not. Life Is Beautiful is one of the most amazing films in recent years. It is a new window into the horror of the Holocaust. It fits in with what Benigni said 12 years earlier in the Jim Jarmusch film Down by Law: ”It is a sad and beautiful world.”
Keith Corson
Las Vegas

The Saigon Six
I’d like to point out an omission in your latest Broadway theater box office report: Miss Saigon grossed $524,912 for the week ending Oct. 18, which ranked it No. 6 between Chicago and Titanic. As someone who still feels great affection for this particular show, I thought I’d let you know.
Lea Salonga
New York

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