Great article on Twister (#327, May 17). EW has always been ahead of the industry, and putting Helen Hunt on the cover just proves it again. She’s not only beautiful, she’s one of the most underrated actresses in the business. If her work in Mad About You got her on the spaceship, her work in Twister will put her in stardom.
Todd W. Talady
How can Twister producer Kathleen Kennedy say the film was ”absolutely not a disaster movie”? Did she see it? Farms being destroyed, towns laid to waste, cows flying around…I think that’s enough to say it was a disaster movie!
By now, we ought to be used to insipid, trigger-happy TV execs who cancel new shows for not bringing in those Must See numbers right out of the starting gate. But it continues to boggle the mind when a show with the kind of delectably twisted wit of Profit is axed while the derivative tedium of The Single Guy and Caroline in the City is allowed to flourish.
Synth and Sensibility
I find it interesting that you list the Moog synthesizer as Comeback of the Week. Almost 30 years after the first Minimoogs were shipped from New York, they are more in demand now than they were in the ’70s. Their classic sound plays a prominent part in today’s dance music. But to credit a ”comeback” to Soundgarden? Please.
Thank you for the insightful review of Elvis Costello’s All This Useless Beauty, proving he is still one of pop music’s most interesting and literate songwriters — though I was surprised you failed to note that the title track was written for the brilliant English singer June Tabor and was recorded on her 1992 release Angel Tiger. Her interpretation of the song is superlative and deserves notice.
The Whole ‘Truth’
Your ”Truth About Hits and Dogs” leaves out an important point. What we see at our local movie theater is dictated by what is offered there. Distribution is a major factor, and whether it’s the exhibitors who are unwilling to put films like Restoration or Georgia on their screens or some fault of studio marketing, we aren’t even given the opportunity to see them. So it’s unfair to call them Losers. They never had a chance!