Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 16th 2014 Contents Three great old films screening on TCM don't make the cut today, a great,
sight gag-heavy, zany comedy (Airplane, 1 pm TCM), Clint Eastwood's
magnum opus (*Unforgiven, 2.40 pm) and what would have been the best
film today, if it hadn't been chosen recently (*Quiz Show, 7.30 pm). The week
has several films that could be picked most weeks, including a grim but won-
derful multi-story from the Mexican master Alejandro González Iñárritu (*21
Grams, 8.15 pm tomorrow, MaxW), the best shallow film ever shot (The
Matrix, 9 pm Wednesday HBOC), BC
on TV's favourite horror (*The Shining,
BEST FILM OF THE WEEK, 10 pm
Thursday TCM), Steven Spielberg's best
movie (Schindler's List, 6.15 pm Friday
TCM) and one of the most interesting
horrors shot this century (Insidious, 4.10
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
American Hustle (David O Russell/ 2013/ USA/ Crime-Drama/ 138 mins/
R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence), 3.15 pm
today HBOC. Watch this if you liked The Sting, The Counsellor or The Bank
Job. The director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter turns his hand
to the caper flick and turns in a seamless, fast-paced film crammed with
excellent performances and with the hottest rock n' roll/R&B soundtrack
since The Departed, to boot.
Jennifer Lawrence won the best supporting actress Golden Globe as Christian
Bale's wife; but it is Bale himself, as the small-time conman looking to go
big and Amy Adams as his co-conspirator, who really shine---even though
Bradley Cooper, Lawrence's co-lead in Silver Linings, is also magnificent in
a strong supporting role. Add a script that keeps you guessing but doesn't
fudge the resolutions in the least and you have a great experience. Movie
magic, for sure.
REST OF THE WEEK:
Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle/ 2008/ UK/ Drama-Romance/ 120
mins/ R for some violence, disturbing images and language), 3.10 pm
Wednesday Cinemax West. Watch this if you liked any of Bride and Prejudice,
Monsoon Wedding or Mississippi Masala AND Life is Beautiful, American
Beauty or The Departed. Danny Boyle's exuberant direction makes the stark
poverty of inner-city India bearable long enough for his deeply compassionate
and sympathetic story of young love to take hold; worth it just for the clever
flashing back from the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? game show premise
to explain why a slumdog could answer difficult questions. Contains gruesome
images that are not for children at all, at all.
Mad Max (George Miller/ 1979/ Australia/ Sci-Fi-Thriller / 88 mins/ R),
6.15 pm Thursday HBOC. Watch this if you liked any of the other Mad Max
films, any of the Terminator films or Waterworld. An Australian upstart of
an action movie and one of the great cult films of all time, anywhere, more
than makes up with imagination and attitude for all it might lack in budget
and production values. Set in a fuel-starved, post-nuclear Apocalypse world,
it made a star of one Mel Gibson but even that can be forgiven.
BEST OF THE REST:
Mon: What Maisie Knew, 4.15 pm HBO; Tues: *We're the Millers, 6 pm
HBOC; Wed: *The Place Beyond the Pines, 9.55 pm Max: Thurs: Tinker Tailor
Soldier Spy, 4.55 pm Max; Fri: The Hunger Games, 8 pm MaxW; Sat: Beverly
Hills Cop II, 6 am TCM.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
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A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
The Trinidad Theatre Work-
shop (TTW) will launch a year of
new plays with its final public
performance for this year, a
staged reading of Carnival Medea:
The play, written by Rhoma
Spencer and Shirlene Holmes, is
directed by Timmia Hearn.
"This re-write and re-imagina-
tion of Euripides' Greek tragedy
sets the classic in 1950s Trinidad,"
said the company in a release. "The
play brings its audience a rich mix
of traditional Carnival characters,
beautiful poetry, Orisha deities and
a stirring narrative that will sur-
prise even those familiar with the
"Spencer and Holmes take a
daring deviation from the known
narrative of Medea's revenge
against her unfaithful husband
Jason, bringing the audience both
tears and laughter."
The TTW plans to produce a
full-scale production of Carnival
Medea: A Bacchanal for the Car-
nival 2016 season, the release said.
The staged reading, which takes
place December 6 at 7 pm, will
follow a Christmas dinner.
"This dinner theatre is also a
fund-raiser for our School for the
Arts Scholarship Programme," the
company said in the release. "All
proceeds go to support and make
possible our programme, which
continues to provide over a dozen
students with full and partial
scholarships every term."
The TTW added, "The produc-
tion was in part commissioned by
Atlanta's Georgia State University,
where it was performed by stu-
dents and alumni this past July. It
was subsequently selected to par-
ticipate in the International Col-
legiate Theatre Festival during the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scot-
land from August 5-15, 2015. After
this collegiate tour, the professional
world premiere will take place right
back home in T&T with most of
the same cast and crew as this ini-
tial staged reading.
Tickets for the dinner and read-
ing cost $300.
Christmas Peace, the 2014 edi-
tion of the Marionettes Chorale s
annual Yuletide concert, runs
from December 4-7 at Queen s
Hall, St Ann s.
After the successful staging of
its mid-year production of Les
Misérables, the Marionettes will
once again present its adult, youth
and children's choirs in four nights
of music, song and dance.
The chorale's extensive repertoire
comprises the genres of European
Renaissance, Caribbean folk, calyp-
so, Broadway and opera. Audiences
can anticipate a mix of styles rang-
ing from classical to gospel and
familiar local and international
Christmas favourites in a themed
presentation, said a press release
from the choir. The choir is direct-
ed by Gretta Taylor.
"This year's title, Christmas
Peace, was selected to convey the
idea that if we focus our energies
on cultivating a spirit of love,
friendship and community in our
own circles, we just might begin
to experience a tangible difference
in the world," the release said.
Tickets go on sale November
24, at the Queen's Hall box office
and from members. Early bookings
American, Indian and
Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto
in Slumdog Millionaire.
Call 624-8502 or e-mail
For reservations firstname.lastname@example.org or call 790-1751
TTW stages reading
of new Medea
Marionettes bring Christmas Peace
The Marionettes Chorale's Christmas 2013 show.
PHOTO COURTESY BUTCH AND ALLAN LIMCHOY/ MARIONETTES CHORALE
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