Not long ago, film reviewers liked to fall back on the phrase "the Masterpiece Theatre set," as in, "this is a film for the ___________." Now, I see in your recent review of Atonement [Dec. 19] that tired phrase has been very slightly updated to "the Merchant/Ivory set" (although since Merchant is dead, the update is still dated).
When a science-fiction film like Danny Boyle's Sunshine comes out, does any reviewer write (dismissively) "this is a film for the Star Trek set"?
Many moviegoers are history buffs who enjoy "historical dramas," a subgenre of film that has been around since the silent era. And many of these same people also enjoy sci-fi, detective films, biopics, comedies, road-trip movies, etc. So enough with the "set," already.
— Carol Hamilton, Shadyside
Thank you for your exposé on the Highmark gift card [News, "Card Games," Jan. 2] and the commentary concerning the UPMC Pittsburgh Promise tax write-off gambit [Potter's Field, "Living Up to a Promise," Jan 2]. The articles point out the nature of our hometown health care giants and their ability to manipulate politicians and media with goodies and advertising dollars. These articles illustrate the need for a single-payer healthcare system. The present system becomes more absurd with each passing City Paper edition
—Ed Cloonan, Munhall