When an extinction-level event is pending, you bet nobody over fifty will be on the short list; with two million people as survivors, humans will need all the reproductive potential they can get. There are also background reports of worldwide strife, rioting and looting throughout the movie. Listen more carefully next time, Peter. People are also rioting at the gates of the limestone caves; note that the president invoked martial law to maintain order, knowing people will resent the "chosen"!
I think this movie was a true heartbreaker, and Peter is suffering from Post-Traumatic Titanic Sour Grapes disorder; he just doesn't understand how a sci-fi movie can have so few special effects, so much "human drama," and still survive. Isn't the end of the world all about human drama, Peter? Would you rather it be about Mom having sex with the pool boy as a last fun romp before Armageddon? In truth, most people would prefer closure before they die. Personally, I'd prefer to be hugging Mom at the final moment.
What would you do, Peter? Think about it.
Robin K. Ricca
About James Mayo's "Mob Rules," in the May 7 issue: For once, thank you so much for writing about a talented group. In a time where everyone wants to be like Puffy, the Goodie Mob is definitely a wake-up call.
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Out, Damned Spot
I've been meaning for some time to write regarding Jim Lillie's excellent critiques of our theatrical scene in Westword. Many thanks. What sparks this letter, though, is to agree with Lillie on Macbeth ("Big Mac Attack," April 9), but to take it in a slightly different direction.
The comment that the rousing verison of the play proved to be more melodramatic than tragic is certainly true. I have admired Powell's direction in other productions, particularly Racing Demon, The Dresser and The Last Yankee; his conception of Macbeth was probably good and would probably have worked, but to me, the actors were not believable. Except for McDuff and Lady McDuff, the cast was "reading" lines--yes, reading them very well, but declaiming rather than being believable. The same can be said of the movement, including the fight scenes.
Either the production was under-rehearsed (and if so, should have become better as they continued) or the direction was misconceived or not communicated.
I continue to look to Lillie for the most consistently insightful reviews in our media.
Annabel B. Clark
Why does every headline have to be a pun? You've been doing this for years. Why not try something different?
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He'll Take Romance
I enjoy reading your paper weekly. It certainly entertains me. I look forward to the articles and especially your Romance-seekers. Keep up the outstanding work, and don't let the naysayers get to you!
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