Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 15th 2015 Contents The Couch March race
As a service to the handful of unpa-
triotic Trinis not worshipping at the
Carnival altar (ie, those who have not
paid three months' rent to pretend to
live the high life for 14 or 15 of the next
36 hours), BC on TV will today pick the
top six films of each of the next three
days, one major choice and five run-
ners-up. BC on TV knows it is tanta-
mount to treason for a Trini to refuse to either take part in or religiously bear
witness to the Conny Voll, but BC on TV feels duty-bound to those few
disloyal Trinis who prefer to watch films of substance instead of live coverage
of the greatest show of feathers and sequins on Earth. Ho-firetrucking-hum.
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese/ 2010/ USA/
Thriller-Mystery-Fantasy/ 138 mins/ R for disturbing violent content, language
and some nudity), 5.17 pm Paramount. Watch this if you liked Inception,
Memento or The Matrix. A contender for Best American Film of 2010, and
almost certainly the Most Imaginative, this is the film Martin Scorsese should
have got the Oscar for, not The Departed; you spend the first four reels
thinking, "WTF?" and the last reel going, "Wow!" Almost unbelievably, in
the 130-plus weeks this incarnation of BC on TV has been running in the
SAS, this film has never been chosen, a reflection, not of its quality, but of
how relatively rarely it screens on cable and DirecTV.
THE NEXT FIVE IN THE COUCH MARCH RACE: 1. *The Paperboy, 9.15
am Fox1. 2. King Kong, 6.30 am HBO. 3. *Prisoners, 8 am and 11 am Fox1E,W.
4. Murder by Numbers, 7.15 pm TCM. 5. Rush, 3.50 pm and 6.50 pm Fox1E,W.
CARNIVAL MONDAY'S BEST FILM: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese/ 1976/
USA / Drama-Thriller/ 113 mins/ R), 1.50 pm Fox Classics. Watch this if you
liked The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon or No Country for Old
Men. Martin Scorsese's magnum opus and one of the greatest New York
movies ever made stars Robert De Niro in his greatest performance as Travis
Bickle, the titular taxi driver who descends into the city's madness. "You
talking to me?" Violent, gritty, quoted by everyone from David Letterman
to the Clash (on their Combat Rock album) and heartbreakingly real, the film
is also an astonishing technical masterpiece with every scene beautifully shot
and the climactic multiple murder establishing the benchmark for film editing.
Jodie Foster's stunning debut as the teen prostitute is surpassed only by
Harvey Keitel's magnificently understated pimp. One of the great American
films (even if the AFI, somehow, rank it at only 47). Put the children up for
adoption if you have to, just don't miss a moment of this.
THE NEXT BEST FIVE J'OUVERT BOMB TUNES: 1. Omar, 7 pm MaxE.
2. The Wild Bunch, 4.45 pm TCM. 3. Jaws, 6.55 am CnCl. 4. Simon Killer,
6.07 pm HBOP. 5. *Juno, 4.45 pm CnCl.
CARNIVAL TUESDAY'S BEST FILM: Her (Spike Jonze/ 2013/ USA/
Romance-Drama-Sci-fi/126 mins/ R for language, sexual content and brief
graphic nudity), 7.40 pm MaxE. Watch this if you liked Mr Nobody, Lucy
or Lost in Translation. Her is not a film for everyone and, for the Trinidadian,
it might well ground a treason charge, since Her is as deep and imaginative
as modern Trinidad Carnival is shallow and mindless. Set in a not-too-
distant future Los Angeles, Her asks important questions of self, identity
and relationships to others in a story of a lonely man who falls in love with
his computer operating system. (It helps that the OS speaks with Scarlett
Johansson's voice.) It won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and Golden
Globe and Joaquin Phoenix was highly deservedly nominated for Best Actor
in both. The thinking person's antidote, perhaps, to the featherbrained feath-
THE NEXT BEST FIVE STEPS TO LAS' LAP: 1. *The Artist, 6.45 pm
Max. 2. *We're the Millers, 3.28 pm HBOP. 3. Metro Manila, 5.35 pm MaxE.
4. The Other Boleyn Girl, 4.15 pm Max. 5. Disturbia, 3.55 pm CnCl.
*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
A US film set to premiere later this year will fea-
ture a track from long-time Trinidadian rapper/
musician/producer Make It Hapn.
The film is Fade Away, a gritty urban drama about
a young pro-basketball prospect who sees his dreams
dashed, forcing him to give into the lure of the streets.
It will be director Antwan Smith's fourth feature
film. Among the cast are Antwon Tanner of TV's
One Tree Hill, whose film credits include Coach
Carter with Samuel L Jackson and the DMX-led
Never Die Alone; Omar Gooding, Cuba's brother,
who's probably best known for the sitcoms Smart
Guy and Hangin with Mr Cooper; and Clifton Powell,
who had roles in Ray and Norbit.
The song is Ghetto Child, a jazz-influenced look
at the hardship of growing up amidst poverty and
crime. It's the title track of Make It Hapn's first
album, released in 2007, which after seven more
albums remains his most popular, he said. Make It
Hapn's raps are distinguished by a distinctly Trinida-
dian accent and vocabulary.
Copies of his albums---in true underground fash-
ion---are made and sold by Make It Hapn (real name
Rayon Bernardo) himself.
Make it Hapn has worked with Machel Montano,
joining the soca star on the track Pray, off his 2009
album Heavenly Drum. He's working on a soon-to-
be-released collaboration with Bunji Garlin. And he's
produced music and directed videos for other artists.
But he remains very much an underground artist
and experiences the struggle that comes with that.
He's recently had to---not for the first time---sell
equipment to pay bills.
He welcomes the opportunity Fade Away will give
to earn money and, more important, get his work to
a larger audience.
"Putting my song onto a CD wouldn't have the
same far-reaching results of putting it in a movie,"
he said. "Because people will bootleg the movie all
the way in China and Africa, and the song will get
He hopes his experience will also benefit T&T as
"I feel like I representing for Trinidad and getting
it on the map," he said. "I want to send the message
out to people in Trinidad that it have things going
on outside of Trinidad. People willing to hear your
music and to use it."
Independent movies and black films in particular
are possible means of getting local artists' music to
audiences, he said.
The opportunity with Fade Away came about
through Make It Hapn's mom, Sharon "Shazz"
Browne. Based in Miami, she offers hair, make-up
and other ancillary services to movie makers, including
"I have placed Make's CDs in the hands of dozens
of industry players," said Browne.
Smith, she said, "was one of many who really dug
the entire Ghetto Child album. So I was not too sur-
prised that he presented the title track to the director
of music---Fentz Louis---to be used in Fade Away."
Make It Hapn updated and re-recorded the song
for the film.
Smith said of the track: "I instantly fell in love
with it because it captured the soul of the film."
Fade Away, which is currently in post-production,
is due to premiere in the fall, he said. Ghetto Child
accompanies the final scene of the film.
T&T rap track in
US film soundtrack
Make It Hapn signs agreement and it's witnessed by Lustra Cudjoe
A still from the trailer for Fade Away.
Leo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.
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