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Another good Sunday for
cable/DirecTV choice features BC on
TV s all-time favourite horror (*The
Shining, 10.05 pm TCM BEST FILM
OF THE WEEK), its near-favourite acci-
dental comedy (Glitter, 3 pm HBOF), a
great sci-fi action flick (*Looper, 9 pm
Max), the 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, 1.20 pm, 4.20 pm Fox1) and a former Best
Picture Oscar-winner (The Hurt Locker, 1.30 pm Fox Action). The week offers
a flawed but still intriguing crime twister (A Simple Plan, 5.25 pm tomorrow,
Sundance) and a great American Independent (Gimme the Loot, 9 pm Tuesday
Sundance). Regretfully, BC on TV is still unable to source advance cable/DirecTV
scheduling past Wednesday, leaving Christmas a big guess, apart from the
near cert of at least one network airing James Stewart s wonderful life.
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
Shrek (Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson/ 2001/ USA/ Animation-Adven-
ture-Comedy-Fantasy/ 90 mins/ PG for some crude humour and mild lan-
guage), 1.05 pm today Fox Family. Watch this if you liked Toy Story, Shark
Tale or Finding Nemo. The sequels have maintained the very high standard
of the original but the first is always most memorable. With a better script
than most modern films, crackling performances from Mike Myers imitating
Billy Connolly and Eddie Murphy as the wise-ass ass---his best role since
Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop---and the rest make this an exceptional film.
Hard to top Dreamworks own tag line: the prince isn t charming, the princess
isn t sleeping, the sidekick isn t helping, the ogre is the hero: fairy tales will
never be the same again.
REST OF THE WEEK:
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton/ 2007/
UK-USA/ Horror-Musical-Thriller-Fantasy/ 116 mins/ R for graphic bloody
violence), 8 pm Tuesday DirecTV Channel. Watch this if you liked Pan s
Labyrinth, Tim Burton s Corpse Bride or Kill Bill Vol I. The kind of musical
you d expect Tim Burton to make: one filled with buckets of gore, sliced
throats set to music and a stunning songbook, as clever as it is macabre.
Almost by lagniappe, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman
are amazing in the lead roles---but the violence is extreme, superbly done
and deeply disturbing; assume nightmares as the price of viewing.
The Polar Express (Robert Zemeckis/ 2004/ Animation-Adventure-Christ-
mas-Family/ 100 mins/ G), 8.15 pm Christmas Eve HBO Family. Watch this
if you liked Hugo, The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Grinch. The first
all-digital film to earn almost mandatory Christmastime scheduling, Robert
"Back to the Future" Zemeckis teams up again with Tom "Forrest Gump"
Hanks to make a film that both captures the spirit of Christmas and maximises
modern technology to build atmosphere, most notably excitement (particularly
in the exterior train sequences). Despite the very strong visuals, only a few
of its awards or nominations were for animation; still, it captures the Christmas
feel remarkably. One for the family to watch by the lights of the tree.
ALSO LOOK OUT FOR:
Mon: *Warm Bodies, 7.20pm Fx1; Tues: Mad Max II: The Road Warrior,
3.50pm Max; Wed: M.A.S.H., 9pm FxCl.
*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 21, 2014
Miss Julie: The first T&T pro-
duction of August Strindberg's
classic naturalistic play Miss Julie
closes tonight at the CLR James
Directed by Errol Sitahal and
co-directed by Aryana
Mohammed, the production stars
Rebecca Foster in the title role and
Vedesh Nath as her servant Jean
(pictured above). Tishanna
Williams plays the role of Chris-
tine, Jean s fiancée. It is produced
by FAB Productions.
Set in Miss Julie s father s estate s
kitchen on Christmas Eve night,
the play shows the developing
romance between Miss Julie and
Jean. Their relationship escalates
when Jean pretends to be in love
with Miss Julie, and persuades her
to run away as it is the only way
they can escape their dark pasts
and even darker realities.
There will be two shows today,
Trinidadian author Amanda
Smyth has made her debut into
the world of children's books. Her
picture book, The Blessing of
Charlie Sand (Caribbean Reads,
2014), is a tale set in Trinidad
about the friendship of two boys---
and maybe some magic.
Illustrated in vivid colour by
Colin Bootman, the book has as
its main characters Bubba and
Sirus. They swim in the river by
starlight, polish shells and collect
feathers together. Their youthful
bromance is interrupted by the
arrival in town of one Charlie Sand,
leaving Sirus to wonder why his
best friend no longer cares to hang
out with him.
Without being preachy or trea-
cly, the story captures the kind of
dilemma one often faces in friend-
ship at any age. It offers a nicely
Zen solution to Sirus s problem,
with a touch of mystery that will
strike just the right note for
Recommended for readers aged
six to nine years.---LAA
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
The magic of friendship
Miss Julie closes tonight
Trini-Irish writer Amanda Smyth.
Yuck it up with a cartoon classic, Shrek.
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