‘Love Actually’ is probably not excellent, however readers find it irresistible — and Mary McNamara’s column praising it.

One for the vacations

As a Richard Curtis fan, I nearly didn’t learn Mary McNamara’s column about “Love Actually” [“‘Actually’ a Classic,” Dec. 1] as a result of I’m so weary of listening to it’s not a rom-com or a Christmas film as a result of (fill within the clean).

It’s not an ideal movie, the forged isn’t various, and a few individuals don’t just like the sexual content material, however it’s humorous and, more often than not, heartwarming.

The tip of the film with the Seashore Boys’ “God Only Knows” enjoying over numerous actual Heathrow reunions by no means fails to make me cry.

My daughter, the world’s greatest Emma Thompson fan, hates that Alan Rickman breaks her coronary heart, however hey, it’s solely annually.

Because of McNamara for standing up for our yearly “Love Actually” custom.

Kim Rawley



McNamara says that an excavated flaw in repeated viewings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” reveals that George is “giving up his dreams” by marrying Mary. However keep in mind, they have been on their strategy to a worldwide honeymoon collectively when the run on the financial institution stopped them.

It stays the very best film ever made, and now McNamara can find it irresistible with out reservation.

Stuart Fischman

Mission Viejo


I used to be impressed together with your Calendar entrance web page structure, image and McNamara’s column.

Being a fan of the film, I seek for it every year.

I do know that McNamara’s checklist of Christmas film classics wasn’t exhaustive, however there’s one different new basic that I additionally discover myself searching for every year. The animated characteristic “Polar Express,” for its story, gorgeous visible results and voice performing, particularly Tom Hanks, captivates me to the purpose that every December I look ahead to seeing and by no means tiring of those two films.

Ron Garber


Appreciation rings true

As a longtime Fleetwood Mac fan, I wished to acknowledge Erin Osmon’s appreciation of Christine McVie [“Sunshine Between the Thunderheads,” Dec. 2].

Osmon captured the essence of McVie’s spirit and soul. She painted an image in her writing that may stick with me without end as I hearken to the music of the band.

Karen Dall


Kudos to hunky humor

Thanks for the humor in Matt Cooper’s “TV This Week” [Dec. 4], with a hunky businessman, hunky bodyguard, hunky graphic designer, hunky faculty instructor and hunky chef.

My finest snicker of the day.

Judy Melton


A composer’s main work

To Mark Swed’s classical stars of 2022 [“Classical Stars Shine Bright,” Dec. 4], I might add what for me was the famous person efficiency of the yr, the world premiere of Gabriella Smith’s “Breathing Forests” at Walt Disney Live performance Corridor in early February.

I’ve typically puzzled what it could have been wish to be on the premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” and its ensuing riot, or to listen to a brand new symphony by composers similar to Beethoven or Mahler of their prime.

This work, and this composer, are on such a degree.

The fluidity of the orchestration, the precocious mastery of the sonic vary of every instrument, and even exploring the extremes and mapping new territory,the best reward of “Breathing Forests” is in its emotional undercurrents, with motifs which propel and organically invent, and with a climax inside which, anchored by James Mcvinnie’s organ, was simply the loudest full-frequency wall of sound ever uttered inside Disney Live performance Corridor.

To my ears, it was the sound of a full-scale local weather alarm, a name to emergency from the respiration forests and bushes of the world who, unable to talk, are heard by means of the music of this younger composer.

It’s requested if a tree falls in the course of a forest, and nobody hears it, if it nonetheless makes a sound? What if a serious classical work premieres within the midst of a worldwide pandemic and local weather emergency?

Maybe the riot has solely simply begun.

Jonathan Breton

Mission Viejo