Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on our Best & Worst of 2008 issue
Feedback from our readers
Three of a Kind
Wow! Tina Fey had such a good year that she’s on your Best & Worst of 2008 cover twice, as herself and in character as Sarahcuda Palin. You go, girl!
Ron Barth Jr.
If you were going to give an actor’s accomplishments for 2008 a fair shake, you should have also included an image on the cover of Robert Downey Jr. in his role from Tropic Thunder.
A fourth appearance on an EW cover for my beloved Robert Pattinson? Be still my heart! For a new and relatively unknown actor (pre-November, anyway), I think it’s a huge compliment to his promising career and also those rabid Twihards. Here’s to a big 2009 for Rob and EW!
”…And I’m 50!”
Re: ”This Was the Year That…Everybody Turned 50” (Monitor), I realize you may not have room to list every celebrity hitting the half-century mark, but you left out Sharon Stone and Belinda Carlisle, who are at least as famous as Shaun Cassidy and Joan Jett!
Michael C. Harwood
New York City
All Stars Thanks for highlighting Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester in ”Great Performances.” Fun, romantic, passionate, and sincere, they elevate the quality of Gossip Girl every week. And kudos for the lovely photomontage of the talented cast of How I Met Your Mother (”The Mother of All Years”). No cast deserves exposure more than this underrated group.
There isn’t one mention of NCIS in your Best & Worst issue. How about a little love for the very successful series? These characters are fascinating, funny, sexy, and darn nice.
Lizabeth S. Tucker
Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that WALL·E was Lisa Schwarzbaum’s No. 1 film of the year. I can’t remember the last time a film captured my attention the way WALL·E did. The animation is amazingly lifelike, and the story is heartwarming. I am glad to see that someone else sees WALL·E for the masterpiece that it is.
I wanted to thank Owen Gleiberman for his top 10 list, featuring a number of movies you’re not likely to hear about from major awards shows. He chose the ones that moved him most, and gave rapt readers like me great film moments to look forward to. Thank you, Owen, for following your instincts!
Long Lost Love
One of my favorite episodes of 2008 was Lost‘s ”The Constant.” It was a beautiful episode that made us fans fall in love with the show even more. The creators managed to build momentum with smart narrative, by using the romance card to develop such a complicated topic as time traveling. It was exquisite, mind-blowing, impeccably done, and unforgettable.
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