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The Art of Expression
I’m excited to see The Avengers, and Mark Ruffalo is one of my favorite actors, but what’s up with his Zoolander Magnum face on the cover?
Thanks for featuring my favorite creative people, South Park‘s Matt Stone and Trey Parker. I recall getting an email with ”The Spirit of Christmas,” and have watched since season 1. When The Book of Mormon came out, I drove to New York twice to see it. I’m psyched that a movie version will happen so I can show my friends that, yes, it really is that good.
Even More Cool TV Cops
They didn’t make our EW Looks Back list, but these investigators of otherworldly phenomena and underworld sleaze are the best on the beat, according to readers
Harry S. Truman and Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks
They solved the murder mystery of a homecoming queen using deductive Tibetan techniques! Does it get any cooler?
Andy Sipowicz and Bobby Simone, NYPD Blue
I have to say, Andy looked pretty cool in those short-sleeved dress shirts.
Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, The X-Files
The yin-and-yang soul mates had a flawed, fleshed-out partnership that was more real — and fruitful — than most TV marriages.
Eddie Torres and J.C. Williams, New York Undercover
Their brotherlike relationship was so close, when Torres was killed, the show was basically killed along with it.
Jimmy McNulty and Bunk Moreland, The Wire
They played off each other perfectly, and they also knew how to unwind like pros after a long (or short) day’s work.
Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler, Law & Order: SVU
Their partnership was the definition of cool — how could you have picked the Hunter duo over them?
Crime Doesn’t Pay
I continue to wonder why critics keep praising Pulp Fiction (DVD). At best, it’s the bastard child of ’70s drive-in schlock and cheesy Italian cinema. It wasn’t even the best movie of 1994. The Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump were far and away better films.
Whistling While They Work
As comprehensive as it was, your sidebar on whistling songs (Music) disregarded perhaps the biggest of them all, Whistling Jack Smith’s ”I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman.” It didn’t just feature whistling, it was all whistling. I’m not sure which is more amazing: that the song was a hit or that I remember it well enough to write to you about it!
Where was Andrew Bird in this timeline? He’s the master of whistling.
It’s the End of the Band as We Know It
I was disappointed with how you dealt with the breakup of R.E.M. They were pioneers in the college-rock genre, and they were still boldly experimenting with new music past the time when many bands had become sad parodies of themselves. For this, they deserved more than a box in the Music section and the comment ”R.E.M., 1989 will miss you!” on The Bullseye. 1989 will indeed miss them — and so will 2011 and beyond.It Rob Harrison
Little Falls, N.J.
I was thrilled to see your appreciation for Kate Hudson’s fantastic performance in Almost Famous (DVD). It showed she can rise above the clichéd films she’s done.
In Monitor (#1176/1177), two ages were switched: Matthew Bomer is 34, and Emily Deschanel is 35. Bryan Cranston does not appear in The Grief Tourist. The leads are Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith (Home Improvement, #1176/1177).