Mail from our readers
Thank you for the cover story about Kurt Russell (June 14). I’ve been a big fan of his for years, and Backdraft is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Kurt Russell made me cry — something I’ve never done at a movie before. It’s nice to know Hollywood is finally figuring out what I’ve known for years: Kurt Russell is one of the best!
New Black Cinema
It was refreshing to read the article on soon-to-be-released ”black-themed” films. The success of films like the hilarious House Party and the thought-provoking Do the Right Thing shows that these films do have a chance to cross over. I’m looking forward to seeing many of the movies mentioned in your article and hope that others will seek them out too.
Thank you for the article about the new black films coming out later this year. We need this type of media attention if we are ever going to receive the recognition that white filmmakers get at awards time. As a black aspiring screenplay writer, I can only hope to someday be successful enough to be mentioned in your magazine. Until then, this is a start.
Sherman Oliver Jr.
Please give me one reason why you felt it important to reveal the final scene of Thelma & Louise in your article ”Diving Into Pay Dirt.” Did you think that the two-week, $11.9 million gross represented everyone who was ever going to see it? Did you consider that some people actually like to find out the ending of a movie by watching the movie? Jeffrey Wells’ article is somewhat interesting, but its interest doesn’t by any means justify your revelation of the movie’s ending.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
After seeing Backdraft, my girlfriend and I commented on how glad we were that the main plot twists had not been revealed by reviews that we had seen. It made for a much more enjoyable film. How surprised I was to receive my Entertainment Weekly the next day and see the article that gives away the ending to Thelma & Louise. I don’t know how much knowing this would affect my enjoyment of the film, but I’m not going to spend $6.50 a ticket to find out.
Stephen R. Hungsberg
The Compound Kennedy
I am appalled at Nicholas Von Hoffman’s lack of professionalism in his review of the book Cadillac Jack by Thomas C. Reeves. His review and assessment of JFK were sadly subjective. While it is healthy to have such a book written, much of what it has to say is based on conjecture and is therefore open to debate. I find it very prejudiced and narrow-minded to call this book an accurate and complete portrayal of Kennedy, as Von Hoffman does in his review. Whatever your views on Kennedy, you cannot ignore the impressive and egalitarian legislation he fought for. While Von Hoffman appraises Kennedy as self-centered, in accordance with Reeves’ book, he should question his own motives in calling Cadillac Jack a complete and accurate story.
Eau Claire, Wis.