Bogdanovich is back
How refreshing. Most people under age 50 probably have no idea who Mr. [Peter] Bogdanovich is ["'Old-Timey,' and Proud of It," Aug. 16]. What a shame. Look up and watch "Paper Moon." It goes back to 1973. It was brilliant. Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. I will definitely go see this new movie because Mr. Bogdanovich's name is attached to it.
I rarely go to the movies anymore. Most movies are one dimensional, shallow with little plot and unnecessary (literally in your face) gratuitous sex and violence. Welcome back, Mr. Bogdanovich. I hope your new endeavor is a huge success.
In 1968, I was taken to see a new film by a new director, called "Targets." It was filmed in the San Fernando Valley and was truly one of the most shocking films I have ever seen. Peter Bogdanovich and his friend, Boris Karloff, both played large roles in the film.
"Targets" transcends time and age range, and should be seen now, 47 years later, for its relevance in today's America.
Joy inspired by 'Walking Dead'
Zombies and Priuses [A Sensitive Apocalypse," Aug. 16]. Could not be happier about "Fear the Walking Dead."
The national guilt in Germany
I don't know what world Christian Petzold and Jeffrey Fleishman are living in, but I have often remarked to Americans and Germans alike how almost every German film I see, and I see a lot, either takes place in WWII or references (often frequently) WWII ["Haunted History in Germany," Aug. 2]. If anything, I would say that modern day Germany is wallowing in national guilt over WWII, not in denial of it. And as for the Greek debt crisis, making Germany out to be the bad guys because Greece has been partying like drunken teenagers for decades is a bit disingenuous.
N.W.A's violence against women
N.W.A — you and your cohorts set women's dignity and safety back decades ["Straight Into Now," Aug. 2]. You inspired three, four, five generations of men to treat women 10 times worse than they were already treating them, and all the while playing the victim: "Oh, cops are so mean to me just because I create a culture that glorifies violence and criminality and shooting cops all the while beating women down and reducing them to b's and ho's." Poor babies.
Pull your britches up and quit whining. And Ms. Ali, you say the film's depiction of police brutality is more topical than the rampant, soulless, ruthless misogyny? How do you figure? Maybe you better check your math on comparing police brutality to violence against women. I'm pretty sure there's no contest.