Calendar letters: ‘Barbarian’ review prompts cheers, jeers

Review gets them going

Just kudos to Katie Walsh for her great review of Barbarian [“One of the Year’s Best Horror Films,” Sept. 12] This made my husband and I go to the cinema to see an actual movie for the first time in more than two years.

Walsh’s review was spot on for this absolutely wonderful film, beautifully acted, expertly filmed and excellently directed; This filmmaker is one to watch.

And thanks to The Times for printing this review. We had a great time seeing a movie on the big screen after such a long time.

Shelley Butler
Chatsworth

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The real reason Katie Walsh is warning readers to “consider taking permission to stop reading this review now” isn’t because of any spoilers or surprises that “Barbarian” might hold. It’s because it’s so silly and idiotic to fully explain what the viewer would see on screen that it’s ridiculous and not the least bit scary.

Walsh makes a good comparison, citing Edgar Wright’s “Grindhouse” short “Don’t” — that is, a minute-and-a-half parody of what films like “Barbarian” wear out for 100 minutes or more. If you’re planning on watching Barbarian with high expectations, heed Wright’s advice: “Don’t.”

Joe Stemme
Culver City

Let’s keep the show going

Regarding “(Un)Predictable,” the Times Emmy coverage [Sept. 13]: I don’t know the code of conduct regarding the time allotted for acceptance speeches by award show winners, but when Jennifer Coolidge won her Emmy, she started babbles in only semi-coherent fashion before panicking through her list of thanks, I don’t blame the show producers for directing the “playoff” music.

Her resistance to this attempt to keep the show running on time only made a slightly awkward moment even more awkward.

William P Bekkala
West Hollywood

Endless royal soap opera

Monarchs are an anachronism. Mary McNamara aptly describes the British royal family as a soap opera [“Well Played, Ma’am,” Sept. 9]. Like all soap operas, there is no ending.

Britons benefit from this uninterrupted history as thousands of tourists visit Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle each year.

Don Evans
Canoga Park

A few music requests

I’m glad Calendar covers rap and hip hop which is new and interesting and gives a voice to the voiceless. But more and more to the exclusion of pop, country and jazz. How about some variety in your music coverage?

Chris Erskin
La Canada Flintridge

Editor’s note: Erskine is a former Times columnist.

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