Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on ''Mission: Impossible 2'' and ''Shanghai Noon''

By EW Staff
June 23, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mail from our readers

Tom Cruise? Hot. John Woo? Not. At least that’s what disgruntled M:I-2 goers think. ”[Woo] seems to be preoccupied with including the L.A. pigeon population in every movie,” says Eric Erickson of Savannah. Some just want more Thandie Newton. ”It would have been more entertaining with only her in it,” snipes Dan Basso of Vancouver. Nothing, however, rouses readers like Eminem, though a few see Dylanesque brilliance in his music. Says Mari Guarino of Norwalk, Conn.: ”The words can be hard to listen to at times, but underlying are truly powerful messages.” Hey, she said it, not us!

Mission: Accomplished
Good morning, EW. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to feature Tom Cruise on every cover until the end of time. Should you refuse the mission, I will self-destruct in 30 seconds.
Lisa Davis

In ”Spy Harder,” Benjamin Svetkey wrote ”mercifully, the story line has been simplified just enough so that you won’t need your 12-year-old nephew to explain it to you.” Arrrgh! Please. Some of us enjoyed the twists and turns of Mission: Impossible. This bomb, with its Woo pigeons and knobbed Triumphs, you can keep. All the reaching-behind-the-neck-to-reveal-fake-rubber-faces was a disappointment.
Cameron Johnson
Columbus, Ga.

Producer’s Credit
Your article on Rodney Jerkins was fantastic. Rodney is producing some of the freshest music in decades. Keep up the good work, and don’t leave Pleasantville, N.J.
Bruce Johnson
Arcola, Tex.

‘Shanghai’ Surprise
I saw Shanghai Noon, but i have to wonder if Lisa Schwarzbaum did. The review is so full of presumptions and condescending sentiment that it reads as if she’d heard about the movie secondhand. The fact that she cites an outtake in the end credits to denote the director’s contribution and complains of Owen Wilson’s character looking for a big laugh every time he pronounces the princess’ name ”pee-pee,” when that occurred only once, tells me she wasn’t exactly taking notes. I would expect her to at least get her facts straight before saying it was a waste of ”wampum.” Mine was well spent.
Ben Lichius
Durham, N.C.

First Offense?
So Will Hermes is giving grades in moral responsibility now? Eminem gets a D+? Why Eminem? Why now? Is Eminem really the first artist who has written violent, offensive lyrics? No, but he does just happen to be the best.
Eric Murphy
Winterville, N.C.

Correction: Abide With Me, by E. Lynn Harris, follows the lives and loves of five thirtysomething professionals, three men and two women.