Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 17th 2015 Contents All that and a box of chocolates
All year the Sunday film choice has been good and
today is no exception, with Also Rans including five
former picks ranging from family (Honey, I Shrunk the
Kids, 4.20 pm TCM) through fantasy (The Hobbit: The
Desolation of Smaug, 6.25 pm FoxFam), graphic novel
adaptation (*Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 8.15 pm,
10.15 pm F+1E,W) and action (Captain America: The
Winter Soldier, 12.45 noon MaxP) to historical drama
(Parkland, 4.55 pm MaxP). There are also likely future picks in a wonderfully inane old
comedy (Airplane! 6.10 pm TCM), a great, dark, modern political thriller (Zero Dark Thirty,
5.25 pm FoxAct) an offbeat black comic drama (Barney's Version, 1 pm FoxCin) and a tense
crime thriller (Labour Day, 9.20 am, 11.20 am F+1E,W). Parents can enjoy an animated
fantasy almost as much as the kids (How to Train Your Dragon, 8.30 am FoxMvs) and the
falling down rock-and-rollers will surely get it up for one of the great Stones gigs, the newly
sound-and-vision restored (Live at the Hampton Coliseum, 11.30 am DTV).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM: Unfriended (Levan Gabriadze/ 2015/ USA/ Horror-
Thriller/ 83 mins/ R for pervasive language, violent content, some sexuality and drug and
alcohol use, all involving teens), 2.45 pm, 5 pm, 7.15 pm and 9.20 pm MovieTowne---please
check MovieTowne Web site as times may have changed. Watch this if you liked V/H/S,
Oculus or The Cabin in the Woods. There s nothing new under the sun, true, but Facebook
and Skype haven t been around for as long as Shakespeare and the great success of Levan
"Leo" Gabriadze s film of Nelson Greaves hugely inventive screenplay is that it turns hum-
drum areas with which modern audiences are overly familiar---the computer desktop, the
Facebook and Skype interfaces---and warps them to tell a terrific---and, at times, genuinely
chilling---horror it would be hard not to call "new".
Almost every second of runtime is set on a computer screen, with all five or six human
actors never looking one another in the face, just at their Skype camera images. It works.
It s not for anyone who wants their horror in a nice, orderly, linear presentation perhaps
but, for the cinephile and horror aficionado, it s important to see this on the big screen.
It is very unlikely to run past Tuesday.
The Heartbreak Kid (Farrelly Bros/ 2007/ USA / Comedy/ 116 mins/ R for strong sexual
content, crude humour and language), 2.40 pm Fox Comedy, 9 pm Cine Canal. Watch this
if you liked This is 40, There s Something About Mary or Borat. It s hard to spot a flaw
in what is probably the Farrelly Brothers most perfectly realised film (with due and, um,
heartfelt apologies to Mary). A water---no, an airtight ---script, impeccable pacing, astonishingly
good comic performances and immaculate direction make it very hard to beat. It s Farelly
Brothers so it s very, very crude, of course, and definitely not for anyone who thought Dumb
and Dumber and the Jackass movies are offensive. Ben Stiller is, without question, the
funniest white man in America (discounting British imports like Sacha Baron Cohen and
the Ricky Gervais Posse). Chosen today although picked last month because two movie
channels offer it up at different times; and because it s very good and very funny, of course.
ALSO WATCH: The Other Boleyn Girl (Justin Chadwick/ 2008/ UK-USA/ Historical
Drama-Biography/ 115 mins/ PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and
some violent images), 9 am Sundance Channel. Watch this if you liked Elizabeth: The
Golden Age, Finding Neverland or Goya s Ghosts. This historically accurate account of the
sister of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VII, who precipitated the establishment of the
Church of England, is very well done and features strong performances from Natalie Port-
man, Scarlett Johansson and---astonishingly---Eric Bana. It s not quite Anonymous, per-
haps, but it s still very good.
Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis/ 1994/ USA/ Rom-Com-Drama/ 142 mins/ PG-13 for
drug content, some sensuality and war violence), 9 am Paramount. Watch this if you liked
The Shawshank Redemption, Terms of Endearment or O Brother, Where Art Thou? Perhaps
not what the cinephile might call a literary worth and, for the most nitpicking, barely
qualifable as a good film---for them it s more Zemeckis Gumption than Forrest s Gump---
but it remains a film school-film, if only for the seamless cutting and splicing of Tom Hanks
into history s greatest moments. When, in the future, we can t remember what the past
was really like, this movie will be seen as the turning point, where even visual footage could
no longer be trusted. It s also a hugely watchable story. The film s refrain, "Life s like a box
of chocolates" presents the film s attractions and its flaws alike: the book s far superior line
(and concept) was, "Being an idiot is no box of chocolates."
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months.
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Unfriended turns humdrum areas---the computer desktop, Facebook and Skype interfaces---
into genuinely chilling horror.
Flashback: Marsha Gomes-McKie, founder of the Caribbean Books Foundation, left, at the
relaunch of the South Caribbean branch of the Society of Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators, in Port-of-Spain, in 2012. With here is Joanne Johnson, who preceded Gomes-
McKie as regional adviser for the Caribbean South. PHOTO COURTESY LARED GRAPHIC STUDIOS
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Although many of the writers on the cat-
alogue are self-published, the catalogue also
hosts a number of more established authors
and publishers such as Olive Senior (Tradewind
Books) and Robert Antoni (Akashic Books).
In addition to the online catalogue, the
Caribbean Books Foundation hopes to help
authors market their works by hosting book
launch parties and book fairs in the future.
Here, the works of multiple authors will be
presented simultaneously, and readers will have
the opportunity to be exposed to and purchase
newly published works from the relevant ter-
ritories. As such, the foundation is a valuable
resource for readers in search of a wide range
of books by Caribbean authors.
Furthermore, the foundation is committed
to the development of young and aspiring writ-
ers. During the July-August school holiday,
they plan to host a writing camp for teenagers.
In the camp, facilitated by Gomes-McKie s
sister, Niketa Gomes, the young people will
develop story plots, with the aim of having a
final manuscript by the end of the month-
long session. Also in the pipeline is a writing
competition, starting first for writers in T&T,
but with hopes of expansion to other territories
as the foundation grows.
Such a multifaceted programme no doubt
requires a great deal of funding. In the CBF s
nascent stages, Gomes-Mckie received financing
from RBC s Hand Up programme, a special
programme that supports NGOs. Since then,
however, the foundation has been run on the
thrift and generosity of Gomes-McKie and her
sister. The Web site was developed using open
access software, and writers do not have to
pay to have their work included in the catalogue.
For Gomes-McKie, it was more important
that awareness be raised than a profit be made.
At the same, she is open about the fact that
future collaborators, such as booksellers and
publishers, will have to pay to use the service
in order to make it financially sustainable.
For in spite of McKie s philanthropic outlook,
she has hopes of commercial success for herself
and the authors affiliated with her project.
Success, for her, is a matter of productivity:
"Writers need to just sit and write."
She speaks of bestseller lists and the seem-
ingly almost impossible output that an author
must achieve to get there. Her research has
shown her that most authors on the New York
Times bestsellers list get there after about their
sixth novel and, by her calculations, need to
write about a book a year.
Not even Naipaul writes so prolifically. But
the sisters are adamant.
"If you take ten years for each book you
write, you ll never make it," Niketa, also a
Those who are able to roll out manuscripts
at the sisters ambitious rate, however, can be
assured of the foundation s support in pro-
moting their work and spreading their words
to readers across the region.
Taking books to the market
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