Regarding "Golden Globes 2016: Bleeped Words and Surprise Winners," Jan. 10: I too wondered about the sudden silence in the audio, thinking it was a malfunction. And when it happened with Mel Gibson, I knew. There were a lot of them. Kind of takes away the glow and lowers the affair. I've decided that I like Lady Gaga. She is talented, and she has a lot of courage. Much more courage than I have.
Paul L. Hovsepian, Sierra Madre
David Bowie remembered
Regarding "An Appreciation: Bowie, the Gentle Explorer" [Jan. 12]: David Bowie's music, entertainment style and fashion was light years ahead of everyone else. He was revolutionary, avant-garde, fearless and not afraid to take risks, futuristic, unpredictable, a visionary, a showman, groundbreaking, innovative, theatrical, controversial, flamboyant, eclectic, electric, a musical genius, a maverick, an experimenter, and perpetually pushing the envelope and breaking down boundaries and reinventing himself. He was definitely one-of-a-kind, a true original.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman
I so appreciate your words today about David Bowie. Very, very well done! Many thanks!
The BAFTA technical awards
Regarding: ["Quick Takes: BAFTA Nominations," Jan. 9] In covering the recently announced BAFTA awards you noted that "Mad Max: Fury Road" earned "seven technical nominations." Please help me understand what qualifies a filmmaking discipline as "technical." Michelangelo used brushes, palettes and custom scaffolding of his own design. Was he a technician?
Talent for Los Angeles Theater
I want to echo a few of Mr. Charles McNulty's points on his succinct recap of the theater scene ["A Decade Filled by Brilliant Theater," Jan. 10] and implore the artistic directors at Taper, Geffen and South Coast Repertory to bring Ivo van Hove to the Southland. Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" is a stunningly visceral revival under his direction in NYC, and his use of Greek chorus, staging, lighting and engineering design is nothing short of pure genius.
Photos reveal the story
Mary McNamara's superb review of a "Shades of Blue" ["Ready to Get Dirty: JLo, Liotta Take the Law to a Dark Place," Jan. 7] runs under the glam shot of a character who's a tough, capable cop. But Jennifer Lopez plays a cop who happens to be female, her photo must be angled for a profile that accentuates her ample bosom thrusting beneath a thin, white pull-over. By contrast, male co-star Ray Liotta's photo need not emphasize his physique or profundity, as he sports an archetypical rumpled jacket and firmly clenched jaw. These artful photos well corroborate McNamara's take: This show is "first and foremost a star vehicle," with characters contrived to appear so compelling.
Kenneth Turan has said that director Alejandro G. Iñárritu is "pretentious" and "self -important." ["A Frontier World," Jan. 8] This redundant name-calling has no place in a serious review.