Letters from our readers
Letters from our readers
Thank you for your usual stellar coverage of the Oscar nominations (Oscar Guide 2006). Flipping through my copy, I realized that this year, for the first time ever, I’m truly excited about the Oscar telecast — and not just because my hero Jon Stewart is hosting (though he really helps!). I’m excited because, for once, I feel like every person or film nominated in the major categories truly deserves an award. I’m delighted with and impressed by the challenging topics the films tackled, the abundant talent demonstrated by the actors, and the skill with which each movie was shot.
Thanks for the wonderful essay chronicling the massive influx of Australian actors into Oscar’s prestigious hall of fame (”Wizards of Oz”). It has seemed for years that Aussies have had a monopoly on the best performances coming out of Hollywood, and I’m grateful that EW went back through the annals of Oscar history to remind us of all the phenomenal actors and performances that came from Down Under in the past decade.
I enjoyed your intriguing article on The Usual Suspects (”Starring Lineup”). It’s my favorite movie. I thought I knew every detail of the film, but I learned so much from your story. Who knew that Söze meant ”verbal ” in Turkish? Fascinating.
Turning the Pages
Five words for Lisa Schwarzbaum: The Bridges of Madison County. A simplistic, and terribly superficial book is turned into a heart-wrenching story of love found and lost with astonishing performances by Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. How could you leave it off your list and include lame fare (by comparison) such as The Verdict? You missed the one example with the widest gap between quality (the movie) and trash (the book).
JOHN D. PATRONE
Anytime Lisa Schwarzbaum wants to hand over her tickets and pass to Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Vancouver, or any other such gathering so that a passionate and devoted moviegoing schmo like me (50-70 films a year) can attend the fest, I’d be eternally grateful (News & Notes). In fact, why not draw from some of your readers and send a few non-jaded cineastic neophytes? Ask them (me!) to pen an epistle or two in exchange for the experience. Who cares about the schwag — for someone like me it would be a filmgoer’s dream come true. Plus, I’d be happy to sign a release promising not to get all angsty, alienated, and bathed in ennui.
I take exception to Marc Bernardin’s comments about Star Trek in his otherwise well-written Battlestar Galactica review. A future where there is no ”poverty, no war; our only pursuit is the betterment of ourselves and the exploration of brave new worlds” is not boring. That’s exactly the future we want to live in. Bernardin is correct that Galactica has ”real, ugly, human conflict,” which is brilliantly written and acted by a talented cast and crew. But while conflict makes for good entertainment, it does not make for a good existence. Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek to show a positive and optimistic view of the future — to show us how we could be if we lived up to our potential. To dismiss Trek as unexciting or uninteresting for not having its crew at one another’s throats is to miss the point, and its message entirely. Galactica is a great show, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
I just wanted to thank you for allowing Stephen King to have a forum in your magazine. His observation about James Frey was spot-on (”Frey’s Lies”). As a member of two 12-step programs, I know that he is correct in calling addiction a ”liar’s disease.” I was glad that your magazine gave King the opportunity to explain to people not affected by the disease of addiction that it is nearly impossible to recover on your own. I have proved that to myself more than once! Anonymity protects our brethren but also allows for many misconceptions. I am glad that King had a place to clear up a few!
CORRECTIONS: Even though DisneyToon Studios is closing its Australian animation studio, DisneyToon will continue to produce theatrically released feature films, DVDs and videos (DVD). Frank Sinatra plays a drug-addicted drummer in The Man With the Golden Arm (”The Little Movie That Could”).