Thank you for the wonderful article about attending the “Star Wars” marathon [“Perspective: Longtime Fan Counts Hours,” Dec. 19]. I also have a 23-year-old son whom I was thinking of doing the marathon with, but I chickened out. I really enjoyed your story of the 30 hours and your thoughts of each movie. Wow. I am now ready, if only I could find a theater that is repeating the marathon.
You are made of tougher stuff than I.
That is so cool that you and your son have this bond. Thanks for describing the marathon so I could experience it vicariously. I was a first-year sixth-grade teacher in 1977 and would never have gone to see a movie called “Star Wars” except for the enthusiasm of all my boy students. Who knew the characters and story would be so compelling and enduring?
He’s good, but he’s no Mozart
To say that “John Williams (excellent composer of music for movies) is the Mozart of our days,” as Gustavo Dudamel said [“Quick Takes: Baton or Lightsaber?” Dec. 15], is irresponsible. John Williams has a real talent, but to put him in balance with Mozart is nonsense.
composer, Nice, France
One crossword puzzle solved
RE: Crossword [“Puzzler: La-La Land,” Dec. 20]. The search is over: Garry Morse to succeed the legendary Merl Reagle. He has the proper level of difficulty, with whimsy and topical relevance. Spread the word: The savior has come.
One true story, 2 tales and films
Susan King, discussing “45 Years” [“Classic Hollywood: A ’45 Years’ Friendship,” Dec. 20], cites the film’s source material, “In Another Country.” That short story by David Constantine happens to be based on a true incident, the same one that inspired Kay Boyle’s short story “Maiden, Maiden” — which in turn was filmed by Fred Zinnemann as “Five Days One Summer,” in 1982.
Preston Neal Jones
She seconds that recommendation
Thank you, Virginia [“Letters to Calendar: C’mon, Give Him an Award,” Dec. 20]. It’s about time someone stood up for Tom Hardy. His work in “Mad Max,” “The Revenant” and especially as the Kray twins in “Legend” depicts an actor in a league of his own. He’s this generation’s Brando.
Death camps still horrify
This sounds like a great life-affirming movie [“Set in Nazi Death Camps, ‘Son of Saul’ Is a Powerful, Immersive Vision of Hell,” Dec. 18]. The gut-wrenching tasks depicted in the review of the movie are still as upsetting 70 years later as they were then.
‘Luther’ is not his cup of tea
I managed to watch about three-fourths of “Luther” before turning it off [“‘Luther’ is Back in Tweed for a Glorious BBC Special,” Dec. 17]. The plot was tedious and mediocre. It became a waste of time for me. Nothing can compare to watching Ruth Wilson as the devilish Alice Morgan.
Paul L. Hovsepian
Great show, but not Motown
I too saw “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Motown” and loved it. My only complaint on the show is the same one that I had with the review [“‘Santa Claus Is Comin’
to Motown’ Finds its Groove in Troubadour Theater Company,” Dec. 18]. None
of the three “Motown classics” mentioned was a Motown song. Although they were all great songs — not Motown.
Classic rock in the Hall of Fame
It is long overdue that two staple powerhouses of music, Chicago and the Steve Miller Band, finally got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [“N.W.A: Out of Biopic, into Hall,” Dec. 17].
Kenneth L. Zimmerman