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Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Grabfest, Dana Stevens, offers her take on movies in theaters over the holidays. What's your recommendation?
Pina Bausch is very easy to pronounce phonetically which should give even us Americans a chance to not mangle (as without embarrassment we ususally do even on that citadel of intellectualism, NPR) her name. It's Pina ( like Penis) and Bausch as in "ouch!" without the "T" sound! Yes it hurts! Great artists from all over the globe come to perform in America, in P.B.'s case often at the BAM, let's pay them the respect to pronounce their names correctly. And don't even get me started on Vincent van Gogh - he is NOT French, his name is not "go" - it goes on and ends in a scrapy CROAK!Sincerely,H.L.
Pina by Wim Wenders is a great use of 3D. I agree with the caller Margo, but the choreographer 's last name is pronounced" bow- sh. " Good to change the subject from "family holiday movies " to movies worth seeing, not pablum or mindless stuff. I'd recommend "Melancholia" by Von Trier also, if viewers like to be transported to a different place.
Dana Stevens has not seen the most interesting & talked about movies that have come out over the holidays. Why is she on the show? Someone a little a more edified would have lent to a more interesting conversation.
TinTin good, not great. Visually good.
"Margaret" by Kenneth Lonergan is fantastic , playing at Cinema Village for 2 more days. On village voice critics' top ten, and overlooked.
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