Goofy and Gallant
Thank you for the cover story on Chris Pratt. He’s a true original! I love him on Parks and Recreation, but I’ve been a fan ever since his Everwood days. Much like when I watched Leonardo DiCaprio on Growing Pains, I could tell Pratt was destined for bigger and better things. Who knew that meant action movies?
Maple Grove, Minn.
There is nothing better than reading a piece about a down-to-earth actor who likes to have a drink at 2 p.m., lived in a van, worked at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and battles the bulge. I will be watching Guardians of the Galaxy on opening weekend and looking for Pratt at a bar near the theater.
New York City
Throwing the Book
As someone who has made a lifelong point of avoiding celebrity gossip, I was deeply moved by Tina Jordan’s reaction to the accusations against Marion Zimmer Bradley and how her appreciation for the author’s book The Mists of Avalon has been irreparably damaged as a result. I can only imagine the profound sense of loss Ms. Jordan must have experienced over what must be a very personal betrayal. Many thanks to her for reminding me that there is a limit to how much one can ignore.
Lullabies of Broadway
The jazz-hands reviews of Broadway cast recordings need to become a seasonal segment (Music)! I don’t visit New York City as much as I’d like to, so this helped me decide which albums I should get off iTunes.
I saw If/Then in May — amazing! I waited with bated breath for the cast recording to be released, and it’s been playing nonstop in my car ever since it arrived. The talent runs deep on stage and on the recording, with each song magnificently conveying that every day can be a new beginning. And Idina Menzel is just perfection. So only three jazz hands? I can only say, WTF?!
Wild Wild West
Hey, EW, that new ”Binge!” page was way cool. In this day and age when we all love to spend a weekend devouring TV shows, it gave me a detailed look at one of the most underappreciated series ever, Deadwood (TV). I look forward to reading about other series I might want to spend some time with!
David L. Smith
Fort Mill, S.C.
Corrections: While both Annie and Edward Scissorhands merited at least one Oscar nomination, neither won any (”55 Movies Every Kid Should See,” #1320). The Avengers: Age of Ultron cover was photographed by Michael Muller/© Marvel 2014 (#1321/1322).
The Kid-Flick Canon, Part 2
When we ran our guide to essential kids’ films on EW.com, we were inundated with suggestions. (We know you love your Miyazaki!) Ditto when we revisited the list in the magazine.
Where the Red Fern Grows
Forty years later, Old Dan and Little Ann’s story is still affecting. —KYLE VALANNE, Miramichi, Canada
My Neighbor Totoro
How can a child be called film literate without any exposure to Hayao Miyazaki? —ALLISON LUMBATIS, Dothan, Ala.
The boys had so many great, relatable stories (the pool scene, the fair scene). —SCOTT IRVING, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Lawrence of Arabia
Is Titanic the best you can do? Most 12-year-olds would love Arabia. That’s a real epic. —MARGARET GARSIDE, Medford, Ore.
It may not have had the box office numbers of The Muppet Movie, but it’s a fairy tale with an edge. —JENNIFER KATZ, Orlando
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
I still watch it every few years. Who can forget the sing-alongs? —AARON CHATKIN, Gastonia, N.C.