Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 1st 2015 Contents An epic epic
The second month of 2015 starts today
and the New Year resolution of cable
and DirecTV to show excellent films
remains as strong as it was a month
ago. Today s Also Rans include one of the best Best Picture Oscar-winners
ever shot (*12 Years a Slave, 10.25 am FoxMvs), a tense Best Picture Oscar-
winning thriller (The Hurt Locker, 3.10 pm FoxAct), an excellent Bruce Dern
vehicle he drove to the Oscars, even if he didn t drive away with Best Actor
(Nebraska, 7 pm and 10 pm Max), a contender for the Best Graphic Novel
Film Adaptation (Watchmen, 9 pm FoxAct), back-to-back screenings of the
Christopher Reeve films that show up Man of Steel for what it really is: Man
of Stillbirth (Superman, 2.45 pm, Superman II, 5.25 pm TCM) a top-notch
Paul Giamatti mystery drama that might be aired in English (Barney s Version, 11
am CineCanal) and a dodgy but still worth a glance thriller set in a fast food
storeroom (Compliance, 11.25 amMaxP). The week offers the best (only good?)
of the Wachowski Bros sci-fi trilogy (The Matrix, 7 pm tomorrow, HBOP)
and an excellent Belgian-Canadian drama that may or may not have English
subtitles (Monsieur Lazhar, 6.10 pm tomorrow MaxW).
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick/ 1960/ USA/ Epic-Action-Drama/ 153 mins/
PG-13), 12.30 noon DirecTV Channel. Watch this if you liked Gladiator, Lolita
or Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Any topic American-British director Stanley
Kubrick tried, he usually defined. His Vietnam film was Full Metal Jacket
(surpassed by only Apocalypse Now Redux). His horror was The Shining,
the genre s benchmark. His sci-fi flick was 2001: A Space Odyssey. His vision
of the future was A Clockwork Orange. Spartacus, his epic swordplay film,
is far better than the modern cable TV series because it replaces gore and
nudity with a spectacular script and cast, including Kirk Douglas, Laurence
Olivier and Peter Ustinov. The more patient attention you sow, the greater
the satisfaction reward you reap.
REST OF THE WEEK:
The Hunt aka Jagten (original title) (Thomas Vinterberg/ 2012/ Denmark-
Sweden / Drama/ 1115 mins/ R for sexual content including a graphic image,
violence and language), 6.10 pm Monday Cinemax West. Watch this if you
liked A Separation, After the Wedding or Locke BEST FILM OF THE WEEK.
The film BC on TV named the Best DVD Release of 2014 would probably
be on the Top 50 Movies of All Time list of anyone who knows anything
about cinema. A straightforward Danish drama that tells anything but a
straightforward story is best enjoyed without a word that would spoil the
tense, deeply sympathetic and---sometimes awfully so---very human story of
a man facing a great challenge with great dignity. Magnificent, though not
for anyone who expects an explosion or car crash every ten minutes.
Open Water (Chris Kentis/ 2003/ USA/ Drama -Horror-Thriller/ 79
mins/ R for language and some nudity), 6 pm tomorrow Fox Cinema. Watch
this if you liked Jaws, Compliance or The Grey. Made by a husband and wife
team on weekends in the Bahamas, with the whole crew---namely said husband
and wife director and producers, who also shot all the footage on digivideo---
and the whole cast---effectively the male and female leads---flying in and then
heading out to the open water from which the film takes its title. The actors
playing the scuba divers forgotten by their tour boat spent 120 hours in the
water. Shot using real sharks, up to 50 at a time, attracted by throwing
bleeding chunks of tuna into the water, and without stunt doubles, this is
a riveting account, home-movie style, of tragedy. Reviewers summed it up
as Jaws meets Blair Witch but it really should have Boys Don t Cry thrown
in, for the misery. Not for everyone, perhaps, but possibly the best low-
budget film ever made.
*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 February 1, 2015
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Playwrights Workshop Trinbago will launch the
Scarborough Playwrights Circle tomorrow. Its first
meeting is scheduled to take place at the Michael
K Hall Community School, Carnbee, Tobago, from
The Playwrights Workshop was founded in 2003
by veteran theatre director, scriptwriter and actor
Tony Hall. At present, the Port-of-Spain circle hosts
a Readers Theatre Series on the first Wednesday of
every month at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in
The foundation s mission is to support the devel-
opment and production of new plays for street, stage
and screen. In an e-mail interview, Hall described
the Scarborough Circle as a vital and necessary addi-
tion. Hall explained, "The circles start with five
months of intense writing sessions and then gravitate
to monthly readings and studio theatre productions."
When asked about the potential benefit of the
Scarborough Circle to Tobagonian arts and culture,
Hall said, "We will have to see how the culture of
writing new plays and producing them develops in
the Tobago environment. Today we have a new gen-
eration on the island."
This new generation, he qualified, includes "UWI
graduates in theatre and drama in education... the
circle will initially give them, and a potential audience,
an opportunity to embrace a process of making their
own plays with some kind of support on the ground."
The criteria for acceptable scripts are wide open,
according to Hall. He encourages submissions of
"whatever sort of scripts people want to write" and
"whatever sort of plays people want to make."
"Tobago is a place where there is a vibrant heritage
festival," Hall mused. "What does that mean? What
is the relationship between all this heritage and crime?
Between heritage and education? What does heritage
mean? Maybe Tobago play-makers can explore some
of these themes." ---Shivanee Ramlochan
Taking in classic cinema under the stars is an
enchanting way to spend a Thursday night. That
was the consensus among audience members on
January 22 as St Clair-based design company Above-
group hosted the latest edition of Picture House,
featuring La Haine.
The screening took place at HOME, a multifunc-
tional, creative work-hub space on Scott St, St Clair.
Home is a partnership between fashion designer Anya
Ayoung-Chee and Abovegroup.
Members of the public were invited (via Facebook
and e-mail) to bring their blankets and refreshments
and watch the movie on the rooftop. Over 100 people
Fellow Home "residents" north eleven, who have
facilitated outdoor screenings for the TTFF (Trinidad
and Tobago Film Festival), Green Screen Environmental
Film Series, and others, had set up a huge inflatable
screen on the flat, paved roof. Guests mingled until
the 8 pm start time and, after a brief welcome by
the Abovegroup team, the movie began.
French film La Haine (Hate), a gripping drama in
black-and-white, held the rapt attention of the audi-
ence, with its affecting story of inner-city youth in
Paris, seemingly trapped in a cycle of anger and vio-
lence. Three friends must negotiate hostile race rela-
tions, poverty and lack of opportunity, and a war
with police in their embattled tenement.
The Picture House series was created by Above-
group managing partner Gareth Jenkins, who started
off showing movies for friends in his back yard. With
the additional support of Abovegroup, Home and
north eleven, it has grown in scope. Previous screen-
ings featured Dr Strangelove and Easy Rider, both in
Speaking on the choice of La Haine, Jenkins said:
"I chose (it) for its powerful portrayal of the alienation
of young people on the fringes of society.
"While this film was made for a previous generation,
it is very much relevant today, as we have seen with
the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and beyond.
History has a way of repeating itself---a lesson worth
bearing in mind."
He said Picture House is getting bigger "while
keeping the backyard vibe".
"We re going to be building on the atmosphere
and context of the film though music, design, fashion
and more." ---Gillian Moore
Submissions and requests should be made to
members of the Scarborough Playwrights'
Circle Coordinating Committee:
Jared Rewind Prima: 386-9038
Onika Henry: 381-3049
Tony Hall: 681-7475
E-mail: email@example.com or
Calling Tobago playwrights
Classic cinema in an outdoor
setting at HOME.
PHOTO COURTESY ABOVEGROUP
Picture House at HOME
Kirk Douglas in Spartacus, Kubrick's epic swordplay film.
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