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heart in your mouth
The New Year resolution of cable and
DirecTV to show excellent films continues
into the third weekend of the year, longer
than most New Year resolutions would.
Today s Also Rans include the 2013 Best
Foreign Film Oscar-winner that would
have been picked if it started earlier and
BC on TV could be sure of English sub-
titles (Amour, 10.30 pm FxCl BEST FILM OF THE WEEK) a brace of high end
B-movies as good as youth-aimed Hollywood martial arts flicks will ever get,
which would both have been picked if the first started earlier (The Karate Kid,
6 am, The Karate Kid II, 8.15 am HBO), an old Hitchcock that, though dated,
still chills to the bone (The Birds, 11 am FxCl), a new Brit nick flick that will
surely be picked in the future (Starred Up, 9.35 pm MaxP), a strong Bruce Dern
vehicle that nearly drove him to the Best Actor Oscar (Nebraska, 5.10 pm Max)
and a pre-implants Jane Fonda liberal anti-war Vietnam vehicle that isn t slowed
down by having Jon Voight also in the front seat (Coming Home, 9 pm FxCl).
Any airheads angered by so much quality film today can let it all go (ie, all that
grey matter) tomorrow with the latest really distasteful-but-firetrucking hilarious
Johnny Knoxville excess (Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, 9 pm FoxCom).
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis/1993/USA/Comedy/102 mins/ PG-13), 10 pm
today and again 5.05 pm tomorrow Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you
liked The Truman Show, Forrest Gump or Hugo. Groundhog Day was the turning
point in Bill Murray s career, the first time audiences could see the stinging
talent for character acting that led to his magical performances in the offbeat
The Life Aquatic and the otherwise boring Lost in Translation. Groundhog Day
is far, far better than either of those. Buddhists revere it and even Hollywood
critics concede it is an intelligent, penetrating comedy with more than a little
to say on the human condition; and the belly laughs are there in abundance.
Murray is amazing and the rest of the cast uniformly excellent. This, their sixth
collaboration, was Murray s last film with Ramis; if neither has gone on to top
it, it is because it reached so high. Unstintingly recommended.
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK:
Sideways (Alexander Payne/2004/USA/Rom-Comedy/126 mins/R for language,
some strong sexual content and nudity), 10.45 am Fox Comedy. Watch this if
you liked The Social Network, Little Miss Sunshine or He s Just Not That Into
You. The film that took Paul Giamatti from oddball main (American Splendour)
or oddball minor (Planet of the Apes, Man on the Moon) roles into strong
dramatic and comedic leads, and a contender for the best romantic comedy
ever made, is based on a smart script, perfect casting and seamless, seemingly
effortless direction. The guffaw per scene rate is high; if you like wine, it s even
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer/2013/UK-USA-Switzerland/Thriller-Sci-fi-
Drama-Art house/ 108 mins/R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence
and language), 9 pm tomorrow Cinemax. Watch this if you liked The Double,
The Machine or Melancholia. The first frames reveal the same director who
made both Radiohead s Karma Police music video and the Ben Kingsley mas-
terpiece, Sexy Beast: this is a visually striking, beautiful-even-when-depicting-
something-ugly film that starts with you at the edge of the seat and ends with
your heart in your mouth. A strange, menacing tale of aliens masquerading as
humans in Scotland is as enthralling for the genuine cinephile as it would be
bewildering for the average viewer seeking distraction rather than engagement.
Could have missed, the way Glazer s own ambitious Birth miscarried, but hits
*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 January 18, 2015
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
ECHo---A Digital Chronology, launched a series of one-night exhibits by artist Che Lovelace. The first of the
events, ECHo featured artwork projected onto massive outdoor screens covering either side of the
building at Studio CL, his studio space in Macqueripe.
In a press release, Lovelace said the December 27 show was "an innovative event that promises to put
forward a unique and groundbreaking framework by which art can be presented as a dynamic interactive
environment that engages the audience in fresh new ways."
On the screens were projected images of pieces from Lovelace's 20-year art career.
"Visitors were invited to walk around the entire studio building and take in four separate screens, each
showing artwork from a distinct period in the artist's production," the press release said. "In this way the
viewer was able to trace Lovelace's paintings, objects and performance-oriented work, from his first
exhibitio---at the then existent Aquarella Gallery, Port-of-Spain in 1991---to his most recent colourful, more
As part of the project, Lovelace introduced pupils from Pt Cumana Government School to the practice of
art. He intends to turn ECHo "into a series that showcases the creative achievements of other artists
while always including youth art workshops as an integral part of the programme," the release said.
PHOTO COURTESY CHE LOVELACE.
In this Clyde Lewis photo, photographers Roshini Kempadoo and Gerard H Gaskin sit with Alice Yard co-
director Christopher Cozier, right, on January 6 for a conversation about images, archives and visual
histories, based on their recent work. It was part of Passing Presence, a two-night event at Alice Yard,
Roberts Street, Woodbrook.
Gaskin, T&T-born and US-based, is an established freelance photographer whose book Legendary: Inside
the House Ballroom Scene (Duke University Press) won the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in
Kempadoo is a photographer, media artist, and lecturer at the University of East London. Her research,
multimedia, and photographic projects combine factual and fictional re-imaginings of contemporary
experiences with history and memory. Kempadoo's recent work as a digital image artist includes
photographs and screen-based interactive art installations that fictionalise Caribbean archive material,
objects and spaces.
Scarlett Johansson pulled off an impressive performance in the R-rated sci-fi
movie Under the Skin.
PASSING PRESENCE AT ALICE YARD
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