Letters from our readers
Your cover photo of Reese Witherspoon puts earlier so-called classics, like the 1976 Farrah Fawcett poster, to shame.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Great job on your classy four-page cover spread featuring Reese Witherspoon! With the exception of Pleasantville and Election, I haven’t been a fan of her work. But your article (”She Had Us at Halo”) and her comments suggest she just might be worth watching out for this fall.
I never thought I would be be one of those people who write in to complain about a celebrity death not being featured on your cover, but here I am. Was it so important to put a full-length photo of Reese Witherspoon on your cover that all Peter Jennings got was a small mention at the bottom? Even one of those itty-bitty pictures in the corner would have been better!
The Fall Movie Preview issue gushes with the love of film from every pore of every page. From the extremely perceptive and intelligent Reese Witherspoon article by Karen Valby, to the flawless coverage of the months ahead, and finally, the long-overdue write-up on the criminally underrated Curtis Hanson (one of the best storytellers working today), this issue has got to be my favorite that you have ever published. Kudos to your writers and staff for this issue. It should be referenced as a gold standard for years to come.
Long Beach, Calif.
The cover of your Fall Movie Preview informs us that inside the magazine, we will be instructed on the upcoming 145 films for our enjoyment and pleasure. I would just like to point out, especially to those who wonder why movies aren’t doing as well as they used to, that there are only 52 weeks in the year. You do the math. A person doesn’t have the time or money (to waste) on so many films. And that’s just the fall preview. What about spring, summer, and winter? Maybe the industry should focus more on quality than quantity. Then, perhaps, they might get people to go back to the multiplex, rather than waiting for a film’s DVD release.
Thank you, EW, for giving Viggo Mortensen some much-deserved copy in your issue (”’History’ Teacher”)! Like many, I was initially drawn in by the fantasy of Viggo as some gorgeous warrior-poet. Those fantasies aside, I’ve since learned he’s a talented, thoughtful man who takes his work, if not himself, seriously. While I’d love to read about Viggo every week in EW, the fact that he shuns the spotlight makes him all the more appealing. Thanks for a wonderful article on a fascinating artist.
LISA MCNEES RICHARDS
Thank you so much for including Serenity in your Fall Movie Preview (”’Serenity’ Now?”). I watched Firefly from the beginning, and was heartbroken when Fox canceled it without really giving it a chance. I can’t wait until Sept. 30, when I get to see ”Captain Tight Pants” and the rest of the crew on the big screen.
South Bend, Ind.
After receiving my Fall Movie Preview today, I quickly flipped to the Rent pages only to wonder how it was that I got delivered the latest copy of IN STYLE. Why a fashion spread is in the midst of it instead of any real content on the upcoming film version of Rent still baffles me. What a complete waste of pages this photo shoot was.
Just a tip, Ms. Shaw… Margaret Cho has always been ”out” — as in outspoken (News & Notes). Out about gay rights, out about being the fag hag we all aspire to be, out about the basic human right of gays to marry, out about her criticism of the president, out about making your voice heard — she’s so ”out,” she’ll always be ”in.”
Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of Four Brothers, which practically demands that every John Singleton film be laced with the realism of Boyz N the Hood, is a disservice to EW readers everywhere. By no means should they be deterred from seeing this crowd-pleasing (and often crudely funny) Motown Western that can be enjoyed by viewers of all colors.
CORRECTION: All the King’s Men is not director Steven Zaillian’s feature debut. He previously directed Searching for Bobby Fischer and A Civil Action (Fall Movie Preview). We misspelled the name of illustrator Mirko Ilic (#837, News & Notes).