Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 12th 2015 Contents A couple of the greats
What we can now call the norm for
this year of a great Sunday film choice
leaves in the Also Rans half-a-dozen
films that might have made the cut on
another day, including the comedy
drama that will surely be chosen one
Sunday, just not today (Silver Linings
Playbook, 10.20 am FoxMov), a film
from the same director, David O Russell, that would have knocked it out
today-self (American Hustle, 4.45 pm MaxP), a terrific, three-bags-of-
popcorn, sci-fi time travel action flick (*Looper, 6.30 pm Max), the third,
still very funny instalment in the franchise that cracks up Trinis with its title
alone (Little Fockers, 1.40 pm FoxMov), a strong, if worrying about the
teenage sexuality theme, crime flick (Killer Joe, 9 pm Max) and a family/ani-
mation flick BC on TV dearly wanted to recommend, if only it could have
got in the ring with today s violent heavyweights (WALL-E, 5.30 pm HBOC).
The second string is strong, too, including a high-def version of a strong
kiddie flick parents can really like (Monster House, 1.50 pm CnClHD), a far-
better-than-you d-think period horror starring Harry Potter grown up (The
Woman in Black, 4.30 pm Max) and a documentary about James Brown no
fan should miss, even though there s very little performance footage (Mr
Dynamite, 9 pm DirecTV Channel). Anyone desperately needing to fall asleep
early can rely on a sedative posing as a movie that is mind-numbingly boring,
the edible Vera Farmiga notwithstanding (At Middleton, 7.15 pm FoxCin).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM:
The French Connection (William Friedkin/ 1971/ USA/ Crime-Thriller-
Action/ 104 mins/ R), 9pm Fox Classics BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch
this if you liked The Departed, Mean Streets or Wonderland. The gritty tale
of Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo---Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider in two
of their great roles---is one of the great New York City movies and features
the film school textbook chase scene, one of the best chases ever shot in
cinema, and one that remained unsurpassed (as an on-foot chase) for 35
years, an entire anthropological generation, until it was clipped by the one
in the Daniel Craig Casino Royale. No 70 on the American Film Institute Top
100 American Films list and deserved to peg much higher.
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton/ 2007/
UK-USA/ Horror-Musical-Thriller-Fantasy/ 116 mins/ R for graphic bloody
violence), 8 pm Tuesday DirecTV Channel. Watch this if you liked Pan s
Labyrinth, Tim Burton s Corpse Bride or Kill Bill Vol I. The kind of musical
you d expect Tim Burton to make: one filled with buckets of gore, sliced
throats set to music and a stunning songbook, as clever as it is macabre.
Almost by lagniappe, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman
are amazing in the lead roles---but the violence is extreme, superbly done
and deeply disturbing; assume nightmares as the price of admission. One
of those rare films you re glad is broadcast in stereo rather than 5.1 sound,
so you don t hear the immaculately well reproduced sound of throat gristle
being sawed or bones crunching as corpses hit the ground.
Gladiator (Ridley Scott/ 2000/ UK-USA/ Action-Adventure/ 155 mins/ R
for intense, graphic combat), 6.55 pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if
you liked Braveheart, Kingdom of Heaven or 300. Ridley "Black Hawk Down"
Scott s gladiator film deserves to capture the word itself as title: it is the
definitive modern version of Spartacus; and won Oscars for best picture, lead
actor (Russell Crowe), costume design, visual effects and sound. Nearly three
full hours whiz by with the viewer letting his or her breath out only in the
quieter moments, while admiring John Mathieson s cinematography. Incredibly,
it screened for general audiences in Trinidad cinemas, causing intense unhap-
piness for the young children dropped off at the cinema: in the first few
minutes, a severed head is thrown through the air to land and roll with blood
spattering; not for kids at all, even if adult cinephiles might admire the DP s
handiwork in the shot.
*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
Gene Hackman in one of his greatest roles: as Detective "Popeye" Doyle in
The French Connection.
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His audio piece, dealing with
pervasive racist attitudes in Latin
America, was recorded in his native
Spanish and met with varying levels
He presented 365, a collection
of 144 small self-portraits in various
media, a selection from an extend-
ed practice of doing one daily. He,
too, said his materials and process
influenced the work, adding that
"experimentation created evolu-
tions in his style" over time.
Tam-Cruickshank said her
process greatly influenced her
product and caused her to be very
deliberate. She said the work dealt
with the idea of nation and of
national narrative. She said, "Our
built heritage represents visual cues
in environment that are laden with
Her pieces included fractured
images of iconic local architecture
that she manipulated in Microsoft
Word and printed on glass. She
also created fretwork-like designs
on adhesive paper interpreting the
watchwords of T&T: "Discipline,"
"Produce" and "Tolerate."
Lee Loy presented a collection
of personal family photographs
which she altered using household
chemicals. The images depicted
familiar domestic scenes and wed-
ding photos. The faces of the sub-
jects had been removed, creating
an eerie effect.
She also showed a text piece in
rose petals, Sorry, which was well
Milne showed several works in
clay, including replicas of match-
boxes which she said were inspired
by growing up in an Arima suburb
that never lived up to its promise
of edenic bliss. She said her slip-
cast sculptures also explored
themes of family heritage.
Her work had also been damaged
by a patron on opening night.
One patron asked the artist
panel: "What did you want audi-
ence to receive?"
Milne said contemporary art is
not easy to read and it was encour-
aging to hear people asking ques-
tions and discussing the work.
Noel said, "There is so much
given to audiences, there is not
much room for the audience to
interpret, think about and put
themselves in the work.
"We wanted to leave some room
for the audience to confront the
Lee Loy added she is trying to
move away from explaining her
work to people in an attempt to
avoid influencing their interpreta-
Another guest noted that not all
the works were listed for sale.
The artists said they had dis-
cussed pricing for their unconven-
"We were aware the work is very
different and that people might
not be encouraged to buy them,"
Milne said. They had even con-
sidered not putting any of the work
up for sale.
"Then we asked ourselves, are
we selling ourselves short? We
decided to price the work to what
we think it s worth." The works
range from $3,000 to $25,000.
Noel s salt lines, Lee Loy s Sorry,
Vasquez La Roche s audio item and
the collaborative piece Space Cook-
ie Mountain---made of a small pile
of concrete rubble with nails and
a rum bottle cover---were among
those not listed for sale.
All the artists in (S)HOW have
studied together, have collaborated
in the past and shown jointly
before. They are involved in an
informal collective to read art the-
ory and learn from and support
"There is something about being
an artist in Trinidad that makes
you want to go it alone," said Noel.
"But we think it s important to
bring an atmosphere of criticality
to the work: informed feedback
and open, honest conversation
about the art.
(S)HOW continues at Medulla
Art Gallery, 17 Fitt Street, Wood-
brook, until July 15.
confronts the art
Salt Line 3 by Nikolai Noel.
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