June 10, 1991
Here it is 1991 and white paternalism rears its ugly head once again. Rick Edelstein ("Enraged Over 'Harlem's' Portrayal of Blacks," June 3) is hampered by his inability to see blacks as human beings. He fervently wishes that blacks could get past those terrible crudities that people like him--liberals and conservatives--are so afraid truly represent them. The fact that Edelstein wasn't entertained by the many layers of irony in "A Rage in Harlem" attests to his cultural deprivation.
August 27, 2006
CARINA CHOCANO wrote a great article on critics versus marketing and public attendance ["It's Critics vs. the Hype (Not the Audience)," Aug. 20]. The fact that marketing has dumbed down young audiences to swamp "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" does not make it a good movie. It's not even a good bad movie. It is a ludicrously inept film. Money does not a good movie make. RICK EDELSTEIN Los Angeles I'VE always admired and respected Chocano's film commentary. However, her writing today about critics and marketing in the film industry is nothing short of brilliant.
July 7, 1991
T imes staff writer Itabari Njeri's commentary on Spike Lee's film "Jungle Fever" ("Doing the Wrong Thing," June 23) has prompted an outpouring from readers, with responses supporting Lee outnumbering those supporting Njeri about 2 to 1. A sampling: Defending Lee on Racism Itabari Njeri calls Spike Lee an "infantile black nationalist" and a racist. That's like calling a Jew who hates Nazis a bigot. Lee is not anti-white or anti-Italian. Otherwise, how could he write, cast and direct such sensitive portrayals as those in "Jungle Fever" by John Turturro and Annabella Sciorra?
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May 21, 1998
Arianna Huffington (Column Right, May 17) criticized James Carville for saying things about Kenneth Starr without one iota of evidence on any of his accusations. This is the same Arianna that made charges against President Clinton on a TV program and, when asked where she got the facts from, replied "the New York Times." SID LAZAROW Orange Huffington must have been wearing blinders when she wrote her column on White House spinning. Her essay should have been about spinning encompassing all parties, not just the Democrats.
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December 16, 1989
Rick Edelstein's Dec. 9 letter on a Peter Rainer article criticizing Eddie Murphy movies points up the need to take great care in distinguishing what is based on racism and what is not. Edelstein makes good points; but as a black who grew up in the segregated South, I have been unhappy with Murphy's movies, especially his recent ones. He has been willing to sell the stereotypes to simply make money. The bite of youth has not been replaced by a maturity with verve.
December 9, 1989
Peter Rainer criticizes Eddie Murphy for giving up those great moments on "Saturday Night Live" for commercial films that--according to Rainer--don't measure up to Murphy's talents ("Murphy & Pryor's Star Trek," Nov. 24). How come Rainer doesn't criticize other "Saturday Night" graduates such as Chevy Chase, who continues to make those innocuous "on the road" movies; or Bill Murray, who did "Ghostbusters II," a film that didn't make me laugh once; or Dan Aykroyd, who is to the art of acting what apartheid is to compassion.