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Half the year is done but cable &
DirecTV keep on serving up a better
choice on Sunday than most priests
sermons. The Also Rans include a brace
of excellent African-American-led
comedies that were very nearly picked
as a couple (Think Like a Man 10.35 am,
Think Like a Man Too, 12.39 noon
HBOP), one of the best films with a "virtual" co-star ever made, and one
that would have been picked today, if it hadn t been recently (*Her, 10.50
am Max), a madcap extravaganza of acting prowess, with laughs (American
Hustle, 9 pm Max), a terrific animation version of a Neil Gaiman young adult
story (Coraline, 4.20 pm CnCl high-def, 3.55 pm regular-def), a pair of
excellent animated Batman flicks (Son of Batman, 6.40 pm, The Dark Knight
Returns Part II, 8 pm HBOF) and a recent, offensive-but-hilarious pick
(*Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa, 10.25 am FoxCom). The next tier of choice
offers a couple of musicals, one aimed at cynical, snickering grownups (The
Producers, 9.30 am HBOC), the other at dreamy kiddies and tweenies (Frozen,
7.45 am HBOC). To delight the people who love wordplay, there are two films
with five-letter titles beginning with "R" and ending with "O" that are both
worth watching but, of course, Johnny Depp trumps Sly Stallone ace-to-
deuce (Rango, 5.35 pm FoxFam; Rambo, 2.50 pm TCM).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM:
An Education (Lone Scherfig/ 2009/ UK-USA/ Drama/ 100 mins/ PG-
13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content), 2.35 pm Paramount
BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Blue Valentine, Juno or
The Education of Charlie Banks. With a strong screenplay from novelist Nick
Hornby (adapted from the Lynn Barber memoir) and excellent performances,
particularly from the lead, Carey Mulligan (who was nominated for the Oscar
and won the Bafta), this film should be mandatory viewing for all SEA girls
entering big school; especially for those likely to graduate from the school
of hard knocks. No modern endeavour, whether film, book or Sunday school,
handles the heavy emotional consequences of lighthearted teenaged sexual
activity better. Even the most conservative of parents would probably far
prefer their young daughter to see than miss it (apart, of course, from the
Zulu (Cy Endfield/ 1964/ UK/ History-Adventure-War/ 138 mins/ Unrated),
6.35 pm Fox Classics. Watch this if you liked Australia, The Last Samurai
or the original King Kong. One of the great old epics---and the first big part
for a young Cockney actor named Michael Caine---Zulu has all the elements
that thrilled 60s audiences and ended, in the advertising boast, with the
words, "plus a cast of thousands". The pre-CGI battle scenes might not rank
amongst the best ever filmed---Peter Jackson won t worry much that people
will twig that he stole the Battle of the Five Armies from it, although he
did---but the tension creeps nicely and the quite long run time never sags.
Much fairer than a 60s film might have been expected to be to the dark-
skinned people but still, politically, a long way from Rabbit Proof-Fence.
Bend it Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha/ 2002/ UK-Germany-USA/
Comedy-Drama/ 112 mins/ PG-13 for language and sexual content), 10.40
am Fox Family. Watched this if you liked Parenthood, Millions or Goal AND
Monsoon Wedding. Gurinder "Bride & Prejudice" Chadha s lovely little film
actually concerns itself far more with adolescence and immigrant families
than football while managing to be both highly entertaining and thought-
provoking. Such flaws as exist are down to its shoestring budget and most
of them are more than adequately compensated for by the sheer enthusiasm
of cast and crew. It also features the first major big screen role for a white
English teenager who went on to become Keira Knightley.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months.
Scheduled Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard in An Education.
As lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transsexual and queer (LGBTQ)
communities worldwide mark the
occasion of Pride Day 2015 today,
local organisations are also cel-
Friends for Life, along with other
supporting community promoters
including Caiso (Coalition Advo-
cating for Inclusion of Sexual Ori-
entation), will host this year s
observance, Celebrating Diversity,
at Big Black Box (formerly
Bohemia) on Murray Street in
The event, which starts at 5 pm
with a cocktail reception, is themed
"Thinking back, looking forward".
Attendees are invited to remember
the lives of those in the LGBTQ
community who have died, while
cherishing life itself as something
to be celebrated.
Luke Sinnette of Friends for Life
said the evening s entertainment
will also include lip-synch numbers
by female impersonators, Indian
dance, spoken word and live
singing, starting from 6 pm.
Admission is free.
Other Pride events in T&T
included Pride parties like Sabar,
a pre-Pride celebration at Witco
Sports Club on June 13, and Fear-
less---Pride 2015 by DeHottestCrew
on July 4.
I Am One, another local advo-
cacy group, hosted a series of Pride
events from June 24-26, including
a TEDx Port-of-Spain Taboo Con-
versation on the topic of inclusion;
an art exhibition and discussion,
a Calypso Cabaret, staged readings
and a dance party, all of which
took place at Big Black Box.
I Am One chairperson Timmia
Hearn Feldman said the slate of
Pride events was not meant to
merely mimic foreign LGBTQ cel-
"A lot of the time when we think
about Pride it s a very western
approach: European or American
Pride marches," she said.
"What we are doing in I Am
One, and with the collaboration
of other groups we work with, is
saying that we have our own Pride,
we have our own way of being.
We want to create our own stories
in a way that is enjoyable, that we
can share with other people.
"We want to find our own iden-
tity in a Caribbean space."
She said the Calypso Cabaret
was particularly exciting. "We are
taking dancehall, soca, chutney,
calypso, and playing with it, telling
stories that are about us.
"We have a man selling DVDs
by the side of the street, we have
a maxi driver, a politician... people
who are part of our community,
who we know, who we see every
day and do not think, Oh, that
person is non-gender conforming,
or that person is non-heterosexual .
"Pride is an opportunity not to
push anyone out into the open but
instead to share experiences, to
understand that we are a commu-
nity and to support each other, to
believe in each other and to say
that our voices and our stories are
Hearn Feldman, who is also the
creative director of Trinidad The-
atre Workshop, added: "I m so
thrilled by the talent that s pouring
"It s not just about proud to
be gay or bi or transgender, queer
or intersex, but also that we are
proud to be Trinidad, Caribbean,
mixed race, etc.
"We are trying to do something
truly revolutionary, whether you re
gay, straight or otherwise, which
is support each other in a way that
is non-judgmental and that is
inclusive, so hopefully everyone
can celebrate Pride in their own
The cabaret took place last night
and was followed by a dance party.
Proceeds from the event went to
I am One s effort to produce a
Pride Arts Festival next year.
Celebrating Pride, T&T-style
People participate in the Trans Pride parade in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual and queer
(LGBTQ) rights, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 21. AP PHOTO
Visit I am One TnT on Facebook.
Andrea Hoffer's current
show Between/Time is on at
Softbox Gallery until July 11.
Hoffer has shown in Trinidad
both solo and with the late
Louise Kimme. This is her
second solo exhibition here.
She has also shown in
Europe and her native
The current show opened at
Softbox, Alcazar Street, St
Clair, on June 12. Gallery
hours are: Monday-Friday 10
am- 6 pm and Saturday 10
am- 2 pm.
For more info: Call 622-8610
PAST PRESENT, BY ANDREA HOFFER:
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