Hi everyone, I’m Joe Crowe, the guy who put the
“slert” back in “letters.”
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Jayme Blaschke says: I am agog.
Back to Joe: TENTACLES!
And now, your letters.
Wow! Mr. Martin was real honest with his opinion. I just
wish he was a bit more constructive rather than vicious. We
did the best we could with what we had. BTW, could you please
fix the link, in the review, to our homepage: www.whatisbroken.com
That's all we ask. All the best and good luck with all your
Movies editor Jason Myers says: The link was BROKEN.
Ah, the wacky two-fisted synchronicitous irony!
"BROKEN is essentially a demonstration of the mastery
of horror imagery and techniques. The film is effective and
professional and the ominous sound track works with the images
to create the desired effect. Looking forward to “BROKEN:
The Feature." — Roger Ebert (Film Critic Chicago
SunTimes/Ebert & Ropper) (indiefilm)
Jason again: Dear Ebert-approved filmmakers: I know
reviewer Martin Thomas's address, and you can know it too, if
the price is right.
Subject: Dark Angel Season 2
I like a letter that gets right to the point.
Joe-- you're quite right that Rockne "Farscape"
O'Bannon's "Cult" show would be cooler if it was
about the rock group "the Cult." But it would be
*even cooler* if the band members were played by MUPPETS.
Now THAT would rock. Or... maybe not. (waiting for Muppets
to start turning up on Stargate SG-1) (Humor editor-- you're
to bla-ame-- humor editor you're to blaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaa-aaaaaaaaame!)
Well, everything else that was on Farscape has turned
Except good writing.
Why I Cared
Thanks Mr (?) Shane Ivey. Thanks for this tribute to Boone.
I believe you are a men. I'm a French woman (no, not Danielle).I
thought only girls cared the tragic and rather unfair death
I could feel his pain too. Beaten, used and deceived and
forgotten by those he loved. Fans and reviewers just stopped
to the "step-incest" thing to scream "It's
wrong!" without paying attention to the deepness and
complexity of his love-hate for Shannon. He was the weakest
character (so, should he died?), but also one of the most
human and intense. (Lydia@.fr)
Shane says: Thank you. After all this time, FINALLY
a French woman acknowledges that I'm a man.
Back to Joe: That’s the kind of letter the rest
of the RevSF staff gets. Shane gets a letter from a French woman.
But here is a sterling example of the kind of letters that are
sent to me, Joe Crowe.
the Source bashing
[Filk] off you are mad because not only are you not goodloking,
but you are a [sexual preference insult redacted] and adrian
doesnt want you.
I am indeed jealous of Adrian Paul’s triple-mullet
length horse-tail-like hair. And the fact that Adrian doesn’t
want me? Want me for what?
First off, I wanna say that I'm a big fan of Lost, and that
it's one of the better series debut last season (The best
goes to Veronica Mars). It's got great evolving 3 dimensional
characters, fantastic storytelling and it's big with the suspense.
So, all in all, I was happy with the series and I was immediately
interested in reading what you thought of the series.
All in all, I thought you did a good job reviewing the series,
but I had one problem with the part.
"Truthfully, by the time you finish watching the entire
season most of these questions are answered . . . but several
new ones pop up in their place"
What the ... they were? We still don't know where the island
was, nor what brought them there. We don't know what the monster
is, except it's some sort of "security system".
In fact, we don't really know that much more in the season
finale from the first episode. Lost has one of the most frustrating
season enders, more so because of all the suspense building
over the season. I understand not wanting to give everything
away, but the fact that nothing was really answered is ridiculous.
I’m with you there. We got gypped in the season
finale. Now, I’m all for boat-ridin’ hillbillies,
but let’s be fair.
I’m just glad it’s back on, so I can be
confused further. They did finally answer something in the first
episode last week, and it was not exactly what I expected. That
is good. But what I anticipate that, based on what was in the
hatch, that this season they will discover where they are —
that they traveled through time and are back in the 1960s. On
an island filled with beatniks.
Subject: Something Positive
Just to pass on: the current story arc in the Webcomic "Something
Positive" is being written by former "RevSF"
writer Paul Riddell. Specifically, check here
for the first installment. Pass it on.
Always nice to see our people bettering themselves.
Next step: The GED.
Tell me why USA and John Shiban aren't being sued for plagiarism,
PLEASE. This story is Dean Koontz's FRANKENSTEIN. I have read
Books 1 and 2, Book 3 is forthcoming, I'm told.
I did a little bit of so-called research, and it turns
out that Koontz DID know about this. He’s credited as
“concept by” and he was executive producer. But
they didn’t call it Dean Koontz’ Frankenstein, which
sorta makes me wonder: Did he not dig it, or was he too busy
writing 78 novels to let them know to stick his name on it?
C'mon, Joe. Given the huge acreage of material that would
have to be cut to make Watchmen fit into a feature-length
film, is it really such a hot idea to make one? And let's
not forget the other BIG reason not to revisit it (and NOBODY
EVER wants to talk about this): Alan Moore (not to mention
others of his political persuasion) was COMPLETELY and TOTALLY
100% WRONG about the Cold War. The entire geopolitical situation
portrayed in the book was intended to be a stab at Ronald
Reagan; unfortunately for Moore, the belief that the Cold
War was "unwinnable" has ended up being completely
discredited by the last 20 years of world history. Watchmen
is still a great book, but history has, in many respects,
robbed it of its impact. (gbeenie)
I’m just afraid they’d skip the whole
Vietnam thing and make it more modern-day. But then what would
prove that Dr. Manhattan had super-powers? Preventing the dot-com
bust? Ah . . . a world without the dot-com bust . . .
I’d be writing this letters column while seated on my
Peter David was on the verge of revitalizing the Supergirl
comic with his "Many Happy Returns" storyline. But
his run was stopped short, apparently so they could introduce
a "new" Supergirl, Cir-El. Cir-El went over like
a Kryptonite brick. I didn't have any problem with the character,
but she just wasn't up to taking the SG mantle. (Did they
ever wrap up her storyline?)
Now we have another version of Supergirl. *sigh* Is this
#4 or #5? After only two issues of the regular series I probably
should withhold judgment, but I'm not impressed. Loeb seems
to be on a "Supergirl can beat-up anybody" rip.
His Kara is obnoxious and slightly scary, like Britney Spears.
Is anybody left at DC who *gets* Supergirl? Perhaps that
isn't the most important question in comics today, but SG
comics were some of the earliest I remember reading, and the
character means something to me. (tinrat07)
Pardon my Comic-ese:
They did wrap up Cir-El’s storyline, which I
found tedious in the first place, because Jeph Loeb had a new
Supergirl on the way. As for “getting” Supergirl,
I don’t think there’s ever been anything to get,
because she’s been written differently in every title
she’s ever appeared in. So in that regard, if you don’t
like the way this one is being done, just wait a year.
Or look no further than the Justice League Unlimited
cartoon, where Supergirl is done perfectly. She met the Warlord
last week. (The Warlord!)
I came with two different drinking games for "The Island."
(alas, I couldn't get anyone to play them at Dragon*Con, as
they both entail watching the movie)
The first is the Product Placement game. As the clones relax
in their custom Pumas (to the outside world, the clones aren't
supposed to be "real" people; didn't the manufacturer
wonder why they got an order for a couple thousand custom-made
shoes?) and drinking their Aquafina, there is ample opportunity
to become well and truly hammered.
The second is more esoteric and, to me at least, potentially
more fun: the Holy Shit, It's a Michael Bay Movie game. In
this game, whenever there's a stupid rail death (poor Steve
Buscemi!), bad PG-13 sex (how DARE you taunt me for an hour-and-a-half
with the promise of Scarlett Johansson's breasts and then
not deliver? Bastard!) or aircraft that continue to fly after
being sheared in half, it's time to raise your glass in that
most time-honored toast: "Holy shit! It's a Michael Bay
Important Safety Note: It is imperative that you do not
attempt play both of these games at once, as fatal alcohol
poisoning is almost certain to result. (gbeenie)
I’m tortured about that Scarlet Johansson thing,
and I didn’t even see the movie!
And if you play the game in the theater with popcorn,
your hands turn urine yellow.