Feedback from our readers
You’ve got to be kidding me. Kirsten Dunst on the cover, looking hotter than ever, and then another seven pictures gracing the pages inside, each one better than the last? I am currently working on bettering my marriage and you come out with this? Thanks for nothing!
State of the Art
As a teacher at a performing arts school, I always look forward to receiving the annual Photo Issue. When I saw the famous film-scene locales (”On Location”), I thought, How can they top this one? Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait another year to find out; I simply had to turn a couple of pages. Real-life movie subjects posing with their onscreen doppelgängers (”True Twosomes”)? That’s priceless!
Pining for Needles
You took a look at the acting career of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (Spotlight), yet you failed to mention his role as Needles in the two Back to the Future sequels. Please fix this egregious error. Here’s how: Find a DeLorean with a flux capacitor, travel back in time, and rewrite it.
Do all critics take a secret oath to bash anything sentimental? Jennifer Reese said Mitch Albom’s latest had ”set tough new standards for sticky sentimentality, insipid moralizing, and cheesy plotting” (Books). Sentimentality is not a dirty word. The Five People You Meet in Heaven was a heartwarming masterpiece that touched countless souls. I, for one, am eager to read Albom’s new work.
Veronica Mars has indeed lost its way, and not only for the reasons cited by your Jennifer Armstrong in ”When Good Shows Go Bad” (Television). This is an issues show, but the first season’s originality and freedom from stereotypes have been replaced by the standard Left Coast paradigms. Having a character call himself Rick Santorum may be Hollywood’s idea of cutting Swiftian satire, but to most viewers, this sort of thing is meaningless, boring, or offensive. Life as we know it no longer exists on Mars.
West Orange, N.J.
Over the summer, I had the distinct joy of reading Joss Whedon’s glowing review of Veronica Mars’ first season in EW. I tuned in based on his recommendation (as well as Stephen King’s) and then gobbled up the second season as well. Recently, I opened my issue to find you criticizing our darling gumshoe’s show, which had to lighten up its tight storytelling after it jumped to a new network. If Veronica Mars didn’t broaden its appeal, we most likely wouldn’t be given any new chapters to enjoy. Sounds like you want Ms. Mars out of a job!
Federal Way, Wash.
About a Girl
Alynda Wheat complains, ”What is she, 15?” when she notes in What to Watch that Lorelai Gilmore realizes her emotional life is based on playing the opposite game with her parents. That Lorelai is stuck at the emotional maturity level of the teenager that she was when she got pregnant has been the basic premise of Gilmore Girls since minute one of the pilot six years ago. Welcome to the best show on television — better late than never.