Your article on Oliver Stone's The Doors (March 1) held my attention from beginning to end. The story gave me a lot of insight into the making of the movie. Val Kilmer did an excellent job playing Jim Morrison the difference between the two is so slight that Kilmer almost seems to be Jim Morrison reincarnate. It may have taken 20 years to make this movie, but the result was sure worth the long wait.
Thanks for your cover story on The Doors. It introduced me to a
different side of Jim Morrison. I can't wait to see the movie.
The Doors were one of the finest bands ever to emerge on the
music scene. Their music was entrancing both lyrically and
instrumentally. To accuse Morrison of being an incompetent poet is
both inaccurate and absurd. Critic Bill Wyman might have observed
that it is highly unlikely that a $$20 million film would ever have
been made about a band whose singer-songwriter failed to stimulate
the imagination and thoughts of anyone who listened to him.
John Douglas Zielinski
Bill Wyman would not know a Door if he walked into one. Instead of
writing a justified review about Jim Morrison, Wyman subjected us to
a scathing critique based on redundant fallacies and sensationalized
negative images. It would be in Wyman's best interests to check out a
few of Morrison's poetry books. He might also direct his opinions
toward something other than surface ballyhoo. Perhaps it's time for
Wyman to cleanse his ''doors of perception.''
Your reviewer's claim that ''the Doors never put out an A record''
is an insult to your grading system, not the Doors.
Osage Beach, Mo.
I enjoyed your article on Jodie Foster. It's time we had a role model like her to look up to someone who works hard and is proud of her performance as an actress. I think Foster is going to be even more popular than she is now. So thanks, James Kaplan, for writing the article. But I really thank Jodie Foster, for being herself.
Agoura Hills, Calif.
James Kaplan's article on Jodie Foster gave wonderful insight into
a very talented and intelligent actress. Foster doesn't just take the
plum roles. She accepts the challenging and controversial parts that
other actresses shy away from. I was especially taken by her
performance in The Silence of the Lambs. She took on an extremely
complex role and played it to perfection.
North Bergen, N.J.
The Power of Joni
Being a longtime Joni-phile, I must thank Entertainment Weekly, and writer Linda Sanders, for the review of Joni Mitchell's latest and past albums. Sanders gives some long overdue credit to the singer-composer's ''vivid and delicious chronicles of a woman's life.'' Joni's life works have filled and followed mine, and she just gets better.