Tripewriter for March
elicited a surprising volume of interest regarding the proclamation
that, of nine movies seen in 2003, eight "were all much
more enjoyable and far more rewarding than Sean Penn's look-at-me-emote
Perhaps the only thing more surprising than the number of responses
is that about 60 percent seemed to agree with the assessment,
while 20 percent disagreed and the final 1/5 was somewhere in
between. Responses came from Florida, Texas, Massachusetts,
Minnesota and Oregon. Here's a sampling:
I agree with you about Mystic River, and the fact
that Penn took the Oscar for his hyper-emoting just goes to
show how flawed the system is.
Good issue this month; I agree on Mystic River.
I personally like this description, because Mystic
River made me wanna barf, too: "... Sean Penn's look-at-me-emote
... you are not allowed to not like it if mainstream
middle America likes it didn't you know?
Sean Penn is perhaps the most consistently exceptional
actor maybe beside Johnny Depp that Hollywood has to offer.
Of course, by the logic of the last writer, Pedro Martinez
should already be given the 2004 Cy Young Award. And Jon Stewart