Feedback from our readers
Sorry, Michael Mann, but your big Miami Vice movie doesn’t come close to the original, primarily because of the casting. Jamie Foxx is okay as Tubbs and Colin Farrell acted as though he were contractually obligated to be there. Just goes to show what an underrated actor Don Johnson is.
Linda T. Dennison
”Booty and the Beasts” (News & Notes) had to be one of the more depressing articles I’ve read recently, given that it’s heralding the return of profitability to Hollywood’s film companies. Am I the only one underwhelmed by this summer’s ”blockbusters”? Dull sequels, stale ‘toons, comic-book tales, and unexciting laughfests: to paraphrase The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy, ”worst summer movie season ever.”
Loved your profile of Tim Gunn (”Top Gunn”). I had the pleasure of sitting next to Mr. Gunn on a flight to L.A. after Project Runway season 2 ended. Expecting only a gracious thank-you after telling him I am a fan, I was amazed that he talked to me for several hours. Mr. Gunn is not only impressive as a mentor on the show but he is an impressive human being. Mama Gunn should be proud of such a wonderful man, and the fashion world owes her a big thank-you.
Lee Ann Schwartz
Adventures in Babysitting is one of my favorites (Movies). It’s a classic: funny, exciting, and with death- defying feats performed by kids. Any remake starring fluffy celebutantes is not going to make the grade.
Fort Collins, Colo.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water (Movies) is his best yet. Lisa Schwarzbaum fixates on the demise of the movie critic and makes it sound more important than it is. The movie is an allegory for the state of the world and the need to pull together to address its problems. At least that is how I saw it: as a fairy tale with a moral that moved me. In a summer of mediocre-to-terrible movies, this one is worth every cent.
Kudos for giving a shout-out to Pinky and the Brain, one of the most clever animated series (DVD). I shot right out and got the set, as well as Animaniacs, equally great. Do you have any idea if Histeria! and Tiny Toon Adventures will ever be released on DVD? To have the complete set would be a true bonus!
Number of readers who noticed that the made-up word ”narf” appears in both Lady in the Water and Pinky and the Brain, reviewed seven pages apart
Number of readers who shared our dismal expectations for the upcoming Adventures in Babysitting remake
OBSESSIVE FAN OF THE WEEK!
Michelle Welch of Madison Heights, Mich., just can’t get enough of Alan Rickman. Since seeing him in the Harry Potter movies, she’s enjoyed his charming manner in 12 other films (and at least one episode of The View). ”Give him the cover,” she oh-so-modestly pleads. As she understands it, Rickman’s fan base is ”almost as wide” as Brad Pitt’s. Guess that depends on your definition of ”almost.”