My heart regained that special rhythm it has every year when I receive your Oscar issue. I read anything Oscar-related and would've been satisfied if that had been all, but then you do a full feature on Edith Head. Then I find the article on Sacheen Littlefeather. It told me everything I ever wanted to know about that fascinating Oscar moment. Thank you.
West Windsor, N.J.
Many an afternoon was spent in one of the great Hollywood Boulevard movie palaces admiring the gowns Edith Head produced for classic '50s films. I appreciated your tribute, but I was disappointed you did not include a sketch of Grace Kelly's gold-lamé costume from To Catch a Thief. It still makes an impression on me.
Like many others, I was shocked when I heard that Ben Affleck was not nominated for Best Director for Argo. The fact that he has become such a wonderful filmmaker after having experienced disappointments in his acting career is a huge achievement in itself. A nomination would have served as further recognition of all the hard work he's done to get to where he is in his career today.
I'm glad you showed that there is more to K-pop than PSY with your mention of Girls' Generation in "15 New Stars We Love" (Music). I'd also recommend the South Korean girl group 2NE1, who are a wonderful mix of Lady Gaga and Pink.
Your lukewarm review of the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof revival was on target (Stage). After seeing the show, I returned to the 1958 movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman to remind myself why I found this revival so lackluster. Scarlett Johansson shrieks her way through the first act and left me uninvolved. Frankly, Scarlett, I didn't give a damn!
I agree with Chris Nashawaty that Die Hard may be the "most perfect action film ever made" (DVD & Streaming). I have thought that each of the 20-plus times I've watched it.
Lake Tapawingo, Mo.
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Starting my pre-@coachella homework. Daunting lineups, who to catch? @EW I need help! Please @DarrenFranich and crew, you're my only hope! @justplaythrough
Staff writer Darren Franich responds...
I spent most of last year listening to Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Tanlines and Canadian synth-rockers Metric, so they're mandatory. From there, I'd choose some face-melting Eurobands (Phoenix and Hot Chip) and bands whose whole purpose is to induce joyful melancholy (the xx and Sigur Rós). And because I was the MVP emo kid of 2003, I'd have to go see the reunited Postal Service, who dominated every mix CD back when people still made mix CDs. And Café Tacuba and Janelle Monáe and La Roux and...man, I really wish I were going to Coachella.