Movies today don't offer any true or realistic views of hope for moviegoers. So if some critics are looking for a deep message or an answer to their lonely lives when they watch these films, maybe they are in the wrong profession. Movies are complete escapism.
The only movie this year that left me thinking as I walked out of the theater was Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," which was totally ripped apart by at least one Los Angeles critic. That critique brought out a violent streak in me. I wished the critic would have been fired. Not for his opinion, but because of the hate it seemed to carry--hate directed not only against the movie but also its director.
STEVEN DOUGLAS MARTIN, Pasadena