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a Sunday with not a lot to write
or film choice features about, the
erious (or comic or sci-fi) Also
nclude a sequel to a kiddie flick
fs 2, 12.05 noon HBOF), a great
od bio (*42, 2 pm HBO), a strong,
t, nature documentary (Winged
ion, 3.35 pm HBOF) and a good
tic doomsday-as-car-racing flick that might have got the nod if BC
wouldn t have gagged on two Mel Gibson picks in the same week
Max Beyond Thunderdome, 11.30 am HBOC). The week is pretty bleak
nly two standouts, Quentin Tarantino s most recent excess (*Django
ined, 5.05 pm Wednesday HBO) and a contender for the Best Low
Film Ever Shot (Open Water, 8.15 pm Friday MaxW).
Y'S BEST FILM:
Das Boot (aka The Boat) (Wolfgang Petersen/1981/West Germany/ War-
Action-Drama/149 mins/R for some war violence and brief language), 2.45
pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Crimson Tide, The Hunt
for Red October or Downfall. The definitive submarine movie that conveys
life as it really was in a tin can a few metres wide crammed full of men
deep underwater during a war. The scenes of the U-boat playing dead while
being bombarded by depth charges are some of the tensest sequences in
cinema, even though initially made for German television. Requires, but
repays tenfold, viewer concentration.
REST OF THE WEEK:
A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone/1964/Italy-Spain-West Germany/West-
ern/99 mins/R for violence), 8 pm Tuesday Turner Classic Movies. Watch
this if you liked Unforgiven, 3.10 to Yuma or the Man with No Name.
Whether you reckon the plot was ripped off from Akira Kurosawa (who
made the film Yojimbo three years before) or Dashiell Hammet (who wrote
the book Red Harvest in 1927), what pleases most about Sergio Leone s first
substantial film is the way he unfolds the intriguing story of an outsider
playing two opposing factions against one another. There s a lot of action,
wagonloads of comedy and it s beautifully shot, to boot. A real pleasure.
Ransom (Ron Howard/1966/USA/Thriller/121 mins/Rated R for graphic,
bloody violence and strong language), 10 pm Wednesday and again 7.20 pm
Thursday Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Gone Baby Gone,
Disclosure or House of Games. The real wonder of this superior, richly
scripted, and immaculately paced thriller is that it was done by Ron "Happy
Days" Howard, one of the most sentimental filmmakers in Hollywood.
Drawn from an obscure Glenn Ford 1955 flick, but with a tightly written
modernised screenplay playing perfectly to Mel Gibson s few acting strengths,
this deserved to be better received, commercially, than it was on the big
screen. Thoroughly watchable and with a twist guaranteed to delight everyone
in kidnap-happy Trinidad, this is one of the best surprises cable will spring
on you this year. Recommended like denying Abu Bakr bail.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Side Effects, 5 pm Max; Tues: Close Encoun-
ters of the Third Kind, 4.15 pm TCM; Wed: The Good German, 6 pm
HBOC; Thurs: Cocoon II: The Return, 5.10 pm TCM; Fri: Stagecoach, 8
pm Enc3; Sat: *What Maisie Knew, 6.30 am HBOC.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
Das Boot, BC on TV's definitive submarine movie.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt October 12, 2014
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
TEETH Facebook event page,
the NDDCI Facebook page, on
Twitter @NDLFA or e-mail
celebrates 30 years
Allan Balfour's 2011--2012
restaged for NDDCI's 2013
Vecinos. PHOTO COURTESY
MARIA NUNES/ NDDCI
The Noble Douglas Dance Co
Inc (NDDCI) presents its 30th
anniversary dance season, Teeth,
The season will feature "primarily
new works performed by a cast of
apprentices, seasoned company
members and alumni," the company
said in a press release last week.
Acclaimed dancer and choreog-
rapher Noble Douglas founded the
company in 1985 "with a vision to
use the body for the expression of
a Caribbean aesthetic in modern
The company has worked with
and continues to work with inter-
nationally based performers includ-
ing Jeffrey Carter (Norway), David
Byer (Norway), Richard Lessey
(Norway), Christel De Souza (UK),
Natalie Rogers (USA), Nadine Mose
(USA/T&T), Penelope Kalloo (USA)
and Terry Springer (Venezuela).
Its 2013 dance season Vecinos...
we are Neighbours featured
Venezuelan contemporary dance
company Fundación Coreoarte.
"Over the years, NDDCI has also
cultivated innovative and dynamic
collaborative projects including
Black Burlesque (revisited), an eight-
year alliance between NDDCI and
two international dance compa-
nies---post-modernist, Reggie Wil-
son s, New York-based Fist and
Heel Performance Group and Zim-
babwe s a cappella group known
for its gumboot and African dance
choreography, Black Umfolosi," the
"This project culminated with
the 2003 New York premiere of
Black Burlesque (revisited) followed
by its two-and-a-half-month tour
of seven states in the United States.
The company followed this suc-
cessful international tour with six
performances in the Trinidad The-
atre Workshop s 2005 production
of Derek Walcott s musical, Steel."
The company has also collabo-
rated with the Marionettes Chorale.
The company said the 2014 sea-
son would include four new works
by Douglas, Dave Williams,
Arlene Frank and Kalloo, and a
remounting of De Souza s piece,
Teeth runs October 18--19 at
Queen s Hall. Tickets are available
at Crosby s Music Centre, from
members of the NDDCI, and from
October 14, at the Queen s Hall
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