January 29, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Adverse F/X
Avatar is most definitely worth the ticket price. But I have to say that come Oscar time, it’s just another film that leaves me wondering where James Cameron would be without his flashy special effects. Good for him for inventing a new way to shoot CGI, but originality in the process should not be misconstrued as originality in the outcome — the story is simply lacking.
Seth David Hanson
Oakville, Conn.

My wife and I (finally) got to see Avatar, making it a point to catch the 3-D version. We really enjoyed the film but were both left with bad headaches afterward. Is this what I have to look forward to? It will have to be another exceptional movie (not Piranha 3-D) to make me want to risk another headache like that. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but 2-D is just fine with me.
Lamar Carr
Woodland, Ga.

James Cameron may want to rethink his endorsement of ecoterrorism. When the ecoterrorists find out he and his wife live in a multimansion compound, they may not be pleased with his carbon footprint.
Jeff Forester
Drexel Hill, Pa.

Avatar actor Stephen Lang is unknown? I don’t think so! I have followed his career with gusto since he appeared as an attorney on the 1986-88 series Crime Story. Check out his comically maniacal serial killer in The Hard Way, his pesky reporter in Manhunter, and his wily coward Ike in Tombstone.
Lita Smith
Mesa, Ariz.

Playhouse…or Penthouse?
I’m confused why you had to put ”The Return of Pee-wee” as a vertical spread instead of the standard horizontal one. As I was reading it, my wife came in and thought I was reading a porno magazine…oh, I get it. Nicely done.
Kevin McNeese
Boise, Idaho

Life-and-Death Matters
I just finished reading ”Celebrity Death Rumors.” You missed the old one about Mikey from the Life cereal commercials, who was said to have died from eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda at the same time. While kids today may not know who Mikey is (or what Pop Rocks are), any 30- or 40-year-old can tell you this was something we heard and believed, and we didn’t have Twitter to tell us that Mikey was alive and well.
Dawn Davis
Beacon Falls, Conn.

Sensitive Soul
The story of Corinne Bailey Rae’s return to music after such tragedy is inspiring. Clark Collis’ writing teems with dignity and sensitivity. Bravo!
David Salter
Los Angeles

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary
I like Lost. I’m a fan, and while I find their Last Supper promo interesting, it raises another question: How short is our memory of the great show Battlestar Galactica? They did the Last Supper promo already. I am looking forward to Lost ending, but I really hope that the finale is as satisfying as Battlestar‘s.
Alex P. Michaels

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