Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Reader critic David Elliott slips on his dancing shoes for the dance-doc Pina, and finds her an able partner: "Although the great critic Arlene Croce called some [Pina] Bausch trademarks 'flashy schtick,' I was entirely engaged by the dancers putting so much on the line without reaching for virtuoso stardom." There's even some movie-dancer context!
But after that, he slips off at least one of those dancing shoes and hurls it at Madonna's paleofeminist parable W.E.: "The best flush for this fluff turd is Noel Coward’s comment on the 1963 epic of Egypto bling, Cleopatra: 'A monument to vulgarity.'" Oh, there's more.
And finally, Elliott shares my sorrow over the odd career of Denzel Washington, currently starring in Safe House: "The Great Debaters wasn’t bad, but it has been way too long since a first-rate Washington movie. The waste of a great talent fits this film’s cynicism."
More like this:
- Wim, Vigor, and Vitality: An Interview with Wim Wenders, Pt. 1 — Feb. 24, 2012
- What Happened? Denzel Washington (Part 1) — Feb. 23, 2012
- Meet Wim Wenders in Person! — Feb. 22, 2012
- Pina, W./E., and Safe House Reviews — Feb. 15, 2012
- Reviews! — Sept. 22, 2011