Good review, bad film

Thank you for your review of the monumentally overrated The Prestige `Film, Oct. 19`, whose magic consists of attracting hordes of moviegoers to pay money to see a movie that never rises above the level of solid mediocrity.

What baffles me is how any Londoner could be fascinated and fooled by a so-called trick whose "secret" would be easily discernible to at least 60 percent of any fourth-grade class in the U.S.

George Haber, via the Internet

What he said

What an accurate review `The Prestige, Film, Oct. 19`! I didn't care about the characters, and it was "Spy vs. Spy" in 19th-century England.

And the stupid, scientifically implausible explanation for something we kinda knew was going to happen 40 minutes into the film? Gah!

Stephen J. Miller, via the Internet

Props for John

Orlando Weekly has made a good choice in hiring young film critic John Thomason. His voice is a welcome addition to the paper. Props to all.

Joseph Berkowitz, via the Internet

The gay old days

I grew up in Orlando along with my brother, who was a regular at the P-House in the early '80s. My first experience was as a wide-eyed 14-year-old at the leather bar in the back of the motel. Wow! I never knew that stuff existed (at that point in time) and there were all these brawny, strong men. I thought, "They're not gay!"

This was the "coming out" celebration between my brother and me; he finally admitted to me he was gay and then he let it all hang out. His best friend did the drag shows. He worked at the magazine store there selling "poppers" and various other sundries for a wild night's pleasure fest. (My parents said he worked in advertising for a small company).

Unfortunately my brother passed away about 11 years ago from AIDS. I still have the fun memories of dancing the nights away with him after the drag shows and hanging out by the pool. I am so glad that the Parliament House is still going strong after all these years and all the controversy.

Emily Riggan-Werfel, via the Internet

Who's the body?

Rob Brezsny: In reference to the item about supermodels Elle Macpherson and Heidi Klum both wanting to be nicknamed "The Body" `Free Will Astrology, Oct. 19`: Jamie Lee Curtis was nicknamed "The Body" for her roles as slain Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten in Death of a Centerfold and as an aerobics instructor in Perfect. Former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura was nicknamed "The Body" before he went into politics. So out of those four, who do you think would in a fight for the nickname "The Body"?

I think the winner would be Jamie Lee Curtis!

Wes Pierce, Orlando

Oldie but a goodie

Jason Ferguson: Reading your article about Langerado was an absolute pleasure `"Contact high," March 24, 2005`. I have to admit that many times when reading an article I miss the entire point due to the rage that fills me with authors' apparent lack of grasp of the English language. I sincerely enjoyed reading your article and look forward to reading more of your work.

Thank you for reminding me that there are people out there who aren't too lazy to write the way English was intended to be written.

James Lovell, via the Internet


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