In fishing through our mail, we had hoped to find letters that would offer clever counterarguments to our opinionated reviews. Or better yet, superintelligent, if somewhat gushy, praise from soulmates. Instead we discovered short notes that simply ply , ”Your reviewer’s a fool” or ”Your magazine’s fantastic” — and stopped there. We were hoping you’d tell us why our reviewers are brainless, why a particular review was totally wrongheaded, or how our critic read your mind and made your day. Do that wittill and tersely and this page will be yours. That’s a promise. Your unique opinions about entertainment and Entertainment Weekly’s opinions are as important as anyone’s, so please back them up in writing. Here is some mail we’ve liked so far.
I wish to take your TV critic, Ken Tucker, to task for his opening statement, ”Based on what is arguably Hemingway’s worst novel…” (EW 6).
Not only is The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway’s best novel, it is the best example of the literary novella form and truly the writer’s masterpiece. Cyril Connolly said it was ”the best story Hemingway has ever written.” Malcolm Cowley called it ”as nearly faultless as any short novel of our times.”
Mr. Tucker may live by the tube, but he dies by the pen. Tell him to stick to TV reviewing and to refrain from making irresponsible criticism of literary works.
S. D. Hart
Your mag totally kicks ass. It’s a totally new-magic-innovative info feed-in! Keep up the good work.
Joan E. Starr
Merritt Island, Fla.
Thanks, we think.
At last, a magazine that combines Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Video Review, and Premiere into one readable and attractive issue. Now I look forward to a solo lunch hour with my Entertainment Weekly to decide what I’ll do after dinner.
Mr. Kopp, what’s a bright guy like you doing eating alone?
Your movie critic is maddening. How can he rate two of the best movies of the year, When Harry Met Sally and Born on the Fourth of July, at C+? What the world doesn’t need is another snotty contrarian movie critic who always pans what everyone else agrees is great. Any critic who rates Steel Magnolias and Stella D+ is not in touch with your readership, not by a long shot.
I am continuing my subscription to Entertainment Weekly because it was worth it not to miss Ken Tucker’s review of The Phantom of the Opera. I wouldn’t have watched the miniseries if I hadn’t read it, and I would have missed one of the best productions I’ve ever seen on TV.
I give the show an A+, and I think that Tucker’s criticism of Adam Storke’s ”pretty boy” Count de Chagny is unfair. Does Ken Tucker wear a mask, perchance?
Michele Patera Biglen
Big Timber, Mont.
Entertainment Weekly has pasted together a half-baked collection of sophomoric impressions jerked out by a batch of high school journalism students thinking they’re ready for the big leagues. Does the term ”career minor leaguer” mean anything to you? My grade for your debut? D+ (elevated a notch for cute postcard idea).