LETTERS TO L.A. LIFE GETTING TERMINOLOGY CORRECT FOR TEENA.Dear L.A. Life: I take exception to the use of the term ``charming, confused cross-dresser,'' used by Glenn Whipp to describe Hilary Swank's character in ``Boys Don't Cry'' (Daily News, March 27). It's a cutesy cute·sy
adj. cute·si·er, cute·si·est Informal
Deliberately or affectedly cute; precious: a cutesy boutique for children's fashions. phrase for what is a complex character, and is, in fact, inaccurate. Teena Brandon, the true-life subject of the film, dressed as a boy because she wanted to be a boy. My understanding of the term ``cross-dresser'' does not include such an inclination, whatever its own complexities are.
And Hilary Swank's Oscar win was not an upset over Annette Bening Annette Carol Bening (born May 29, 1958) is a Golden Globe-, BAFTA- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actress. Biography
Bening was born in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Shirley and Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. , as indicated by your headline. Having won a Golden Globe and numerous film critics awards, she came to Oscar poised as a front-runner. She carried that honor with dignity and grace.
The film itself was a study in character. Its images remain powerful, uncompromising in in their emotional truth. Swank inhabited Brandon, and every ache was real.
I'm thankful ``Boys Don't Cry'' got made. Don't call it what it's not - an irony Brandon might appreciate, if only he were here.
Stop griping about Oscar show - you know you like it
Dear L.A. Life: It seems everybody complains that the Oscar show was too long. Yet year after year, we camp outside the Shrine Auditorium The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California, USA. It is also the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple, a division of the Shriners. for days preceding the show. On Oscar day, we leave work a little early to catch the preshow. We don't cook but order takeout and glue our eyes to the TV to watch the show. We then watch its highlights on the evening news and read about it the next morning. We could care less who may win the award for some of those trivial categories. Nevertheless, we love to see the emcee, the presenters, the stars and their companions. The more the better. Thank heaven the show was long. We wanted it to be long.
Julian T. Nguyen
No support for local actor in 'God, the Devil and Bob'
Dear L.A. Life: Marilyn Beck reports that James Garner is ``miffed miff
1. A petulant, bad-tempered mood; a huff.
2. A petty quarrel or argument; a tiff.
tr.v. miffed, miff·ing, miffs
To cause to become offended or annoyed. at 17 NBC NBC
in full National Broadcasting Co.
Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network. affiliates' reaction to ``God, the Devil and Bob'' by refusing to air the show (L.A. Life, March 21). James Garner says he is ``dazed daze
tr.v. dazed, daz·ing, daz·es
1. To stun, as with a heavy blow or shock; stupefy.
2. To dazzle, as with strong light.
A stunned or bewildered condition. and confused'' by that decision. Don't be, James; it is nothing personal.
When I heard the voice of James Garner coming out of the cartoon in the character of God, I was surprised and dazed as well. What a stretch: Jim Rockford Jim Rockford is a fictional character on the television series The Rockford Files. The character, played by James Garner, is different from the average fictional P.I. in many ways. , as God, out of his white robe and no staff, wearing his ``grungies''!?
Garner is merely miscast mis·cast
tr.v. mis·cast, mis·cast·ing, mis·casts
1. To cast in an unsuitable role.
2. To cast (a role, play, or film) inappropriately. here. Even though we hear only his voice, we see him in his trailer on the beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu. Pul-eese.
So, now, why should anyone tolerate the Omnipotent One depicted on the same level as Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse
Famous character of Walt Disney's animated cartoons. He was introduced in Steamboat Willie (1928), the first animated cartoon with sound. Mickey was created by Disney, who also provided his high-pitched voice, and was usually drawn by the studio's head animator, - a mere cartoon? I hope this idea is now recognized as a big mistake and nothing more. It just does not mesh, James.
Editor's note: NBC confirms that ``God, the Devil and Bob'' has been pulled from its schedule because of poor ratings in the 8:30 p.m. Tuesday time slot. In its most recent airing, the show averaged just 6 million viewers.