Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 14th 2014 Contents An exceptional day for cable/DirecTV
choice features two movies BC on TV
would declare BEST FILM OF THE
WEEK (*Dog Day Afternoon, 6 am
HBOS, *The Artist, 9 pm Max), a good
Ben Kingsley bio of a great man (Ghandi,
1.55 pm Fox Classics), an Aids drama
that won Best Actor (Matthew
McConaughey) and Best Supporting
Actor (Jared Leto) Oscars, and a film that surely will be picked in the future
(Dallas Buyers Club, 5.05 pm again 9 pm Wednesday Fox1), a very funny old
parody (Airplane, 3 pm TCM) and a chance to see the bound-to-be-disap-
pointing adaptation of one of the great modern world novels (Midnight's Chil-
dren, 11.20 am Max). The week offers a great film based on mental illness
(Take Shelter, 3.55 pm Max) and Ken Loach s lovely little paean to Scotch
whisky (The Angel's Share, 6.10 pm Wednesday Max). AUGUST: OSAGE
COUNTY Monday 3.55 pm fox 1, 6.55 pm fox1 east. Regretfully, BC on TV
is still unable to source advance cable/DirecTV scheduling past Wednesday.
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine/ 2013/ Horror-Romance-Comedy/ USA-
Canada/ 98 mins/ PG-13 for some language and zombie violence), 8 am,
11 am and again tomorrow 5.55 pm, 8.55 pm Fox 1 East/West. Watch this
if you liked Zombieland, Paul or Shaun of the Dead. The young writer-
director of 50/50---which BC on TV decidedly did not rave over---masterfully
combines the usually contradictory genres of zombie and rom-com entirely
seamlessly: the horror parts are genuinely scary, the zombie bits thoroughly
George A Romero, the comedy cracking loud laughter straight out of the
horror and the romance really working to define---and turn (a crucial word
in a zombie flick)---the plot. Most movies attempting to straddle so many
genres fall inwards on themselves; this one succeeds brilliantly.
REST OF THE WEEK:
August: Osage County (John Wells/ 2013/ USA /Drama/ 121 mins/ R for
language including sexual references and for drug material), Monday 3.55 pm
Fox 1. Watch this if you liked Nebraska, Enough Said or Hope Springs. A cast
including Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette
Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Cooper would only have to turn up
to be worth watching but John Wells superb direction makes this relation-
ship-based drama one of the best American movies in a long time. A film
for book lovers.
The Fighter (David O Russell/ 2007/ USA/ Biography-Drama-Sport / 116
mins/ R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality),
5.10 pm Wednesday Fox Movies West. Watch this if you liked Million Dollar
Baby, Friday Night Lights or The Wrestler. The Silver Linings Playbook
director s best film (until he made American Hustle) features an Oscar-
winning Best Supporting Male Actor performance from Christian Bale and
the only quarrel a viewer might have with that is how Bale could be viewed
as a supporting actor when he s the star of the show and actually the titular
character; it would be a fair question to put to producer---and "lead" actor---
Mark Wahlberg. That quibble aside, this is a fine, apparently historically
accurate biography of a colourful man worth having a film made about him;
especially as played by Christian Bale.
ALSO LOOK OUT FOR:
Mon: *We re the Millers, 7 pm HBO; Tues: *Prisoners, 5 pm Fox1; Wed:
*Gravity, 9.05 pm HBOP.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 14, 2014
T&T writers Shani Mootoo and
Vahni Capildeo will read and dis-
cuss their work at an event at
Alice Yard, Woodbrook, on
Shani Mootoo s most recent novel,
Moving Forward Sideways Like a
Crab, was longlisted for the 2014
Scotiabank Giller Prize, an annual
juried cash prize awarded to a
Canadian writer of fiction for a
work published the previous year.
Her other books include Cereus
Blooms at Night, the Man Booker
Prize-longlisted novel of love,
repression, and family secrets for
which she is perhaps best known.
UK-based Vahni Capildeo s most
recent book of poems, Utter, was
published by Peepal Tree Press in
2013. She is the author of four
other collections of poems, includ-
ing the OCM Bocas Prize-longlist-
ed Dark and Unaccustomed Words.
Both writers will read from and
discuss their new work in an infor-
mal conversation with Guardian
Sunday Arts Section books writer
Shivanee Ramlochan. The event
is jointly hosted by Paper Based
Bookshop and Alice Yard, and
begins at 7 pm. It is free and open
to the public.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Mootoo, Capildeo at Alice Yard
Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult in Warm Bodies.
A zombie rom-com that flies
Capildeo's most recent
book of poems, Utter.
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