July 23, 1988
Re "Evangelicals Intensify Struggle to Stop Film" (July 12) and "Temptation: Who Said What?" (July 20): Critics of "The Last Temptation of Christ" seem to be worrying that 2,000 years of good press will collapse like a house of cards should this celluloid vision find its way to the local Bijou. If anyone doesn't care to see it, take a tip from the First Lady and "just say no." KEVIN GILLOGLY Santa Monica
January 12, 1986
Thanks to writer Smith and composers Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith for their views on the current film music scene. The above-named gentlemen obviously subscribe to the statement by Smith's future "biographee," Bernard Herrmann: that film music can and should be "the connecting link between celluloid and audience." Shall we ever again be the beneficiaries of a like attitude on the part of producers and directors, most of whom have taken the stance of "One pop beat fits every dramatic situation?"
April 30, 1994
Congratulations to the Rams for conducting a shrewd 1994 draft. Instead of taking a future franchise quarterback to lead them over the next 10-15 years, the Ram brain trust concurred that any quarterback, even Chris Miller on crutches, can hand off to Jerome Bettis in the Ground Chuck offense. GARY PATTERSON Whittier After watching several segments of Sunday's draft, it struck me that I saw no evidence of any on-line computer support. No PCs, no terminals, just worried-looking guys in their "war rooms" sifting through clipboards full of paper.
June 2, 1985
I am glad to hear that most theaters do not enforce the movie ratings system all too consistently because the system is much too general. What is it about the magic age of 17 that makes kids all of a sudden ready to see R-rated movies? The fact is that most of us can handle these movies (without being corrupted) long before then, because our parents have taught us the difference between real life and celluloid. I do not believe that a movie theater should decide who can and cannot see a certain film according to a person's age. One more thing: Why do theaters that enforce the ratings system still charge adult rates to children who can't see adult movies?
August 10, 1986
Michael Wilmington is amusing, yet inaccurate, when he claims "screenwriting in American movies (in the Easy '80s) . . . just isn't there." When was it there? In the '30s? '40s? '50s? Were the pre-'80s devoid of "burped out" sequels celluloid? The 1932 Boris Karloff classic "The Mummy" was followed by at least a dozen sequels. The "Easy '80s" also do not have a monopoly on "hilarious, madcap movies about daffy, goofy, sex-crazed guys." Just go to any beach and yell "Surf's up!"
September 7, 2003
Tony Macklin (Letters, Aug 31) accuses Manohla Dargis of "snide, easy posturing" for having the temerity to question the apparently sacred notion that the '70s were a "Golden Age" of filmmaking. After making sure to plug his book dealing with that era, he informs us that "No one who wasn't involved can understand it." Well, I wasn't "involved" in filmmaking back in those glorious days, but I certainly saw a lot of movies then. And a lot of celluloid garbage came out, too. (Along, to be sure, with some genuine classics.