It’ll Be Epic!
Opened my mailbox and felt my heart jump out of my chest at your cover of Oscar winner Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. It was a pleasure having writer Jeff Jensen take us on one last trip into the Batcave. It’s been a great ride, and I’m sorry that it has to end.
In the lovely 2012 Preview you mention ”newcomer” Benjamin Walker in ”Honest Abe Movies.” Is this the same Benjamin Walker I saw in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson? If so, awesome casting because he was great in the role. He’s playing a president who kills vampires and he was in a musical called Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson? Talk about finding a niche!
Culver City, Calif.
Senior editor Thom Geier responds: Yes, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker also had the lead in the short-lived Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Memo to Oliver Stone: Here’s the new go-to guy for revisionist takes on former U.S. presidents.
Has your staff been taken over by teenagers? The Dark Knight, The Amazing Spider-Man, two Snow White films, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted? Are there no promising movies for adults amongst the TV retreads and comic-book heroes? 2012 promises to be a pathetic year movie-wise if this is all there is to get excited about.
I’m still in shock over Kim Novak’s misguided and offensively worded comments about the appropriation of Bernard Herrmann’s music in The Artist (News and Notes). What particularly surprised me is that it’s not even the first time recently that this has happened. Not only did Tom Ford’s 2009 A Single Man use excerpts from Herrmann’s Vertigo score, but it also appropriated the famous Jimmy Stewart/Grace Kelly kiss from Rear Window, in much the same way that The Artist appropriated the dining-table scene from Citizen Kane. Why, then, did Ms. Novak remain silent in 2009, but invoke artistic rape now?
Beach Haven, N.J.
Laughing With Libby
I wanted to thank Libby Gelman-Waxner for the fabulous ”Girl Talk” column about female characters in our society (If You Ask Me…). I found myself laughing at the spot-on interpretations of the people (and characters) mentioned and agreeing wholeheartedly as well.
San Jose, Calif.
Mr. Smith Goes to South Park?
Is Will Smith riding South Park’s Mr. Garrison’s invention, the IT, in the Men in Black 3 write-up in ”42 Movies We Can’t Wait For”? Let’s hope that they pass on the flexi-grip handles option!
Los Gatos, Calif.
Your Picks for 2012
Our 2012 Preview gave you the lowdown on 43 movies, 11 TV shows, 6 books, and 10 albums. But here’s what you have marked on your calendar.
(Tuesdays, 10 p.m., USA)
I am disappointed and shocked you didn’t include White Collar, which returned this month. It is TV’s best, and you don’t even mention it! Shame on you.
Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
I can’t believe you left his new album off the list!
Of course he would have made the cut had information been available at press time. He is the Boss, after all.
The Expendables 2
The stellar cast of action heroes from the first film returns, joined by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris! This is easily my most anticipated movie of 2012.
Wheat Ridge, Colo.
The Gangster Squad
How could a movie set in 1940s L.A., about badass gangsters, starring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Anthony Mackie, not be on your list? Michelle O’Brien