Movie fans had a bone to pick with Red Dragon director Brett Ratner and his comments on the first adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel (#677, Oct. 11). ”I never thought the director of Rush Hour 2 would be throwing potshots at a legitimate filmmaker like Michael Mann,” says Andrew Dignan of Ithaca, N.Y. ”Those who haven’t seen Mann’s Manhunter should seek it out instead of spending money on the cheap knockoff that Mr. Ratner unleashed.” The unleashing, and casting, of Ratner’s upcoming Superman also ate away at readers. ”Why not cast Dean Cain as Superman?” suggests Donna Bell of Portland, Ore. ”Why not Smallville’s Tom Welling?” asks Bob Kneevers of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. ”Jack Black,” says Seattle’s David Schwartz. ”The thought of him in spandex makes us queasy, but he’s got that intangible je ne sais quoi that makes you think superhero.” What’s French for fat chance?

‘Dragon’ Train

Thank you for your wonderful behind-the-scenes look at Red Dragon. He took one heck of a chance (despite Manhunter fans scolding him) with this one. Mr. Ratner, you pulled it off nicely! JOSEPH M. BELLROSE Nashua, N.H.

My take on the mesmerizing Red Dragon: tickets to Red Dragon, $10; soda and hot dog, $8.50; Ralph Fiennes running around buck naked with a body tattoo, priceless! CONNIE WILSON Philadelphia

Brett Ratner’s disparaging comments regarding Michael Mann’s excellent Manhunter make him sound like an ignorant, mouthy punk. Apart from the pre-credits sequence and final 15 minutes, Red Dragon seems like an homage to Manhunter. Brett Ratner is plenty talented behind the camera, but should perhaps let someone else do the talking. JOHN PRIDE Atlanta

I am not the only one who realizes how bad Michael Mann’s Manhunter is. I have spoken to people and they all agree it was the inane attempt of a TV guy to go Hollywood. Mann should have stuck with picking out pastel colors for Crockett and Tubbs to wear. Red Dragon, while not The Silence of the Lambs, was 1,000 times better than Mann’s joke. Why are you people so taken with such a poor attempt at moviemaking? CHRIS DOAR Columbia, S.C.

You Bet Jurassic!

I can’t put into words how excited I was while flipping through my issue to find your very informative article on Jurassic 5 (”Jurassic Spark”). It’s great to see the most entertaining hip-hop group in the world finally get the recognition it so richly deserves. MIKE FEW Dublin, Ga.

You’ll forgive me for not applauding Jurassic 5’s nice-guy stance. When they use the word homo to describe a weak male, what then does that say about homosexuals? Should we be grateful that they’re not out to ”stab” or ”push” us, but merely taunt and ridicule us? Thanks, guys. May that river of Courvoisier continue to pass you by. PHILLIP LANE Philadelphia

Sweetheart Attack

As a longtime fan of Reese Witherspoon, I’m happy to see her getting the success she deserves. However, in Hollywood’s drive to crown her ”the next Julia Roberts,” I fear that we’ll be seeing more of Reese in high-concept and safe projects like Legally Blonde 3 and Sweet Home Alabama 2 rather than the edgier fare like Election and Freeway made many of us admire her in the first place. TOM LARKIN Orlando