Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 6th 2015 Contents Robin Williams earned an Oscar nomination for his role as an offbeat,
passionate teacher in a private school.
Offbeat choices get the nod
The first Sunday of the last month
of what has been the best year for wide-
ranging film choice does not let the side
down. BC on TV honours that said
wide-ranging choice by picking three
offbeat films but today s Also Rans are
packed with films that could easily have
got the nod, including a just-as-offbeat,
in-your-face Ben Stiller comedy (Tropic Thunder, 2.30 pm FoxCom), a won-
derfully spooky, unnerving, offbeat horror (The Others, 9.06 pm STUN),
another film by today s top director an---yes, offbeat---political thriller that s
so good you don t notice Mel Gibson in the lead (The Year of Living Dangerously,
7.15 am MaxP), what might be Kevin Costner s best movie, ever (Field of
Dreams, 10 pm TCM, and, yes, offbeat), Russell Crowe at his best (Gladiator,
7.10 pm TCM), a strong kiddie flick (*WALL-E, 12 noon HBO), the last Hobbit
film (*The Battle of the Five Armies, 9 pm FoxFam) and the last De Niro/Stiller
comedy (Little Fockers, 9 pm FoxCom), what might be the documentary of
the year (Citizenfour, 10.05 pm HBOS), Spike Lee s non-travesty (if not as
good) remake of Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, 7.15 pm and 10.15 pm F+1), the
best modern remake of an old sci-fi franchise, subject to the release of Star
Wars VII, (Star Trek, 2 pm FoxAct), a good John Le Carre spy thriller (A Most
Wanted Man, 8 pm Max), the best filmic rendition of space, bar none, even
if you have to stomach Sandra Bullock to get it (Gravity, 5.20 pm HBO) and
what might be the finest thriller ever shot of genuinely sordid and gritty
subject matter (*Prisoners, BEST FILM OF THE DAY 8.30 am FoxMov).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM: Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir/ 1989/
USA/ Drama/ 128 mins/ PG), 4.45 pm HBO Caribbean. Watch this if you
liked Dangerous Minds, School Ties or Field of Dreams. Robin Williams
earned an Oscar nomination for what was his best role after The Fisher King
(though it came two years before). His magnificently understated portrayal
of the unorthodox boarding schoolteacher who infuses his students with the
true spirit of learning---only to find some lessons are damned hard---is im-
possible to fault. Director Weir also extracts excellent supporting perform-
ances from a green cast. A gem, if a little sad, and made even more so after
Williams own death, and how it came about. The film itself took the Best
Original Screenplay. Very, very good, regardless of your own political view
of private schools. Heartily recommended, if with a slightly heavy heart.
The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan/ 1988/ USA/ Drama-Romance-
Comedy /121 mins/ PG), 6.40 am HBO Family. Watch this if you liked The
Graduate, The Remains of the Day or Being There. A film for the lovers of
complex drama and fine performance: no explosions, no murders, no green
screen action set pieces, but the relationships between the actors, the fine
script and, more than anything else, magnificent performances from William
Hurt, Geena Davis, Kathleen Turner---and fine supporting performances from
everyone in Hurt s dysfunctional "family"---make this the best way someone
with more O-Levels than video games might spend an early morning; and
certainly far more spiritually uplifting than church.
Stranger Than Fiction (Marc Forster/ 2005/ USA/ Comedy-Drama-Fantasy/
113 mins/ PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and
nudity), 1.55 pm MaxU. Watch this if you liked The Truman Show, Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Pleasantville. In our cluttered modern
mediascape, it is unusual to find anything that stands out at all, far less a
young director original enough to be declared an auteur---but Marc Forster
(born in Switzerland, November 1968) is one, as his earlier films, Stay, Finding
Neverland and Monster s Ball substantiate. His easy handling of what ought
to be impossible fantasy material---he star of the film can hear his narrator
recounting his life as it happens---and the excellent performances he coaxes
from his actors (including Will Ferrell, in easily his best dramatic role) would
be enough reason to watch this oddball, Charlie "Adaptation" Kauffman-
like screenplay brought to life---but the sense of humour Forster adds makes
it a real treat, even if the very end might, for the purist, seem a tad, well,
fantastic. Vigorously recommended for lovers of the broken wall between art
* 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 December 6, 2015
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
The annual jointpop toy drive
concert Noise and Toys takes
place December 10, at Shakers on
the Avenue, Ariapita Ave, Wood-
For 12 years the rock band joint-
pop has hosted and performed at
the show. Entry costs $60 plus a
gift wrapped toy with a label or
note with the information of gen-
der and the age group of the child.
All the toys are collected on the
night and then distributed to var-
ious unprivileged children s homes
across the country. They specify
that the toys should not include
"The show also doubles as the
jointpop Christmas office party
and its always well attended and
a fun filled night," said the band
in a press release.
"This will be the last jointpop
gig of 2015. This year the band
released its seventh album called
Quicksand. The album was pro-
duced by the highly acclaimed US-
based Paul Kimble, of the leg-
endary band Grant Lee Buffalo.
Two music videos, Simply Beau-
tiful and REALITY and T, were
also released, with thousand of
views on social media and lots of
radio play and press reviews locally
and internationally for the album,"
the release continued.
The band has also been selected
to perform at the prestigious event
South By South West (SXSW) in
Austin, Texas, in March 2016.
Doors at the venue open at 8
pm and the live concert starts at
Check the various jointpop
social media pages.
Presentations on architectural photography and
contemporary Caribbean architecture are scheduled
to take place on December 8 and 10, respectively,
from 6 pm, at Medulla Art Gallery in Woodbrook.
The events are planned around the new book Con-
temporary Caribbean Architecture and its accom-
On December 8, architect Brian Lewis, author and
photographer of the book, will take participants on
a photographic journey through the English and
French-speaking Caribbean, discussing the elements
and considerations that went into capturing each
image in his book and the exhibition which is now
on at the gallery.
The presentation, titled How Did You Get that
Picture?, will be supported by anecdotes connected
to the images. T&T Guardian journalist and photog-
rapher Mark Lyndersay will moderate.
On December 10, the Institute of Architects will
host a panel discussion with architects Mark Raymond,
Jenifer Smith, Dion Wilson and Geoffrey MacLean,
exploring the notion of contemporary Caribbean
Issues discussed will include whether a modern
Caribbean aesthetic exists, what contemporary archi-
tecture in the T&T context means---historically and
in terms of consumption---and what relevance it has
for the man in the street. Looking at education,
power, patrimony and legacy, the panel will explore
how modern architecture has developed in T&T,
what was imposed, and how it is expressed by the
State and others in a postcolonial context.
Both events are free and open to the public.
What is Caribbean architecture?
Noise and Toys
back on Dec 10
PHOTO COURTESY JOINTPOP/PAT SUTHERLAND
Photo from Caribbean Contemporary Architecture by
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