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WHILE I would agree with Evan Williams’s comments on Tom Cruise’s track record of ‘‘uniformly dull and forgettable’’ performances (‘‘Rock steady’’, June 16-17), I feel that, in fairness, mention should be made of the excellent 1989 film Born
on the Fourth of July, directed by Oliver Stone. It was an acting tourde-force from Cruise, who played a returning Vietnam veteran, paralysed from the waist down. Cruise is undoubtedly talented but I was surprised to learn that he can sing! I look forward to his new film
Rock of Ages with great interest. Tony Ogier Kensington Park, South Australia I COULD not agree more with Julie Gill, who wrote in appreciation of the light-hearted Q& A program on June 6 (News & Views, June 16-17). I am a keen fan of Q& A and anticipated some fun with Barry [Humphries], David [Marr], Miriam [Margolyes] and Jacki [Weaver] on the panel; even serious John [Hewson] joined in. I have not laughed so heartily for many a long day, as Tony Jones let them enjoy themselves in professional humorous mode. Variety is the spice of life — for me anyway, at 85. Ann Shevill Kenmore Hills, Queensland JULIE Gill declared herself horrified at our inability to laugh at ourselves and speculated that this was evidence that we are ‘‘a racist, ignorant society’’. However, our complaint was not that the participants laughed at us (and they certainly weren’t laughing at themselves) but that they made gratuitous offensive gibes at the physical appearance, personality and behaviour of a fellow private citizen. Her shame and horror was unfortunately misdirected. Bob Wallace Dover Gardens, SA DAVID Stratton was starry-eyed over Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi epic,
Prometheus, giving it 31/ stars
2 (‘‘Creation myth’’, June 9-10). Scott’s Alien (1979) was the exemplar. This current prequel shamelessly references 2001,
Contact and Independence Day. No creativity here, just more space junk. I once saw a wheelchairbound man at a screening of
Avatar. For him, the paralysed marine Jake (Sam Worthington) was an inspiring role model. Our disabled daily show courage beyond any celluloid heroes. Mike Fogarty Canberra REVIEW is the favourite section of my fix of The Weekend Australian. Most of all I have loved reading Kerrie Murphy’s witty reviews of the week’s TV. Ian Cuthbertson took over the slot and while his views are spot-on, they don’t give the same acerbic twist on what can be unremarkable programming. Kerrie has an amazing ability to highlight some of the sillier aspects of TV but also admits to enjoying some of the trashier moments, and that has always resonated with me. Great to see Ian taking a well-earned break but only because, once again, I get to read Kerrie’s missives! Jane Schober West End, Queensland (Cutho’s back from his break next week, Jane, but you’re dead right — we’re lucky to have TV writers of such quality as Ian and Kerrie — Ed) To be considered for publication, letters must contain an address and telephone number for verification. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.