Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 20th 2015 Contents Ethan Hawke in the sci-fi art house flick Predestination.
Satisfying time travel flick
Even if today s Also Rans aren t quite running
over the top of the lid, they include several that,
on another day, could be---or were before---
picks, such as a great heist flick (American Hus-
tle, 12.35 noon MaxP), a great seedy side of LA
flick (Falling Down, 8 am MaxP), a great bio of
one of our kind s greatest minds (Theory of Everything, 4.45 pm HBO), a
sardonic look at modern obsession with physical beauty (Little Miss Sunshine,
5.35 pm FoxMov), a very good Chris Rock drama with a lot of good jokes
(Top Five, 1.50 pm FoxCom), an insanely funny and highly offensive Jackass
outing (Bad Grandpa, 9.05 am FoxCom), a Western that helped define revenge
flicks (Death Rides a Horse, 3 pm FoxClas), the always reliable Harry Potter
(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 5.50 pm Max), a slick crime flick
based on a slick limo driver (Stretch, 5.45 pm MaxP) and one of the two
films---the other being Django Unchained---in which Jamie Foxx actually acts,
instead of just being Jamie Foxx in costume (The Soloist, 8.45 pm STUN).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM: Predestination (Michael Spierig/ 2014/
Australia/ Action-Drama-Mystery-Sci fi-Thriller/ 97 mins/ R for violence,
language, nudity and some sexuality), 8 pm MaxPrime. Watch this if you
liked Inception, Looper or The Usual Suspects. Unfairly dismissed by some
critics as the poor filmmaker s Inception, this imaginative Australian movie,
set in the US, is well worth not just a look, but a second look, when even the
carping critic is forced to concede the screenplay does stand up to scrutiny
(making the perhaps dangerous assumption that time travel flicks can stand
up to scrutiny at all). Ethan Hawke is perfectly cast and is very good as the
detective/ "temporal agent" and Sarah Snook is perhaps even better as the
single parent who might be a mother. Even those who guess the denouement
(and Predestination s end is worthy of that label) will be pleased at how well
it is finessed; and all but the most jaded time travel sceptics ought to enjoy
the drama of each major character s backstory. Very well made and equally
ALSO WATCH: A Fistful of Dynamite [aka Duck, You Sucker] (Sergio
Leone/ 1971/ Italy-Spain/ Western-Action/ 157 mins/ PG), 12.20 noon Fox
Classics. Watch this if you liked The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon
a Time in the West or The Magnificent Seven. Criticised---probably accu-
rately---for being overlong in the director s cut, what screens on cable is usu-
ally the American release, 37 minutes shorter (and probably that much better
for it). Lovers of Sergio Leone, though---a group to which BC on TV is de-
lighted to belong---usually can t get enough of the genuinely legendary Ital-
ian director s sweeping cuts and his still-astonishing gift for adding
immensely to the storytelling by shooting grizzly faces in what ought to be
far-too-close a close-up. Add the Ennio Morricone soundtrack that co-de-
fined the "spaghetti Western" and you almost don t need two great lead per-
formances from Rod Steiger as the bandit who just wants to rob a bank and
James Coburn as the IRA bomber who brings the titular dynamite into the
Mexican Revolutionary War. Perhaps the strongest criticism, even for Leone
lovers, is that he seems to have married two earlier screenplays---The Good,
the Bad and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West---to give birth to
this one. The action is no match for today s CGI spectacle but all the stunts
are real and the story, with frequent flashbacks, keeps the viewer intrigued
even in the full director s cut runtime. A lovely Western for the Sunday be-
fore Christmas. You can nod off under the ponche creme manners and still
catch up with, and be carried away by, Leone.
Puss in Boots (Chris Miller/ 2011/ USA/ Animation-Action-Adventure-
Comedy-Family-Fantasy/ 90 mins/ PG for some adventure action and mild
rude humour), 11.05 am Fox Movies, 6 pm Fox Family. Watch this if you
liked Rango, The Adventures of Tintin or any of the Shrek movies. With
Eddie Murphy playing the donkey the hilarious way he did, it was against
the run of the Shrek play that Puss in Boots should have got a movie of his
own first, but he did, and the good news, for parents who have to watch a
"family" film with their little ones is that (the voices of) Antonio Banderas,
Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton et al and the efforts of the screenwriters
rise to the occasion. The PG rating need not worry parents of even very small
children. The bawdy jokes go over the little ones heads and the "adventure
action" is mild compared with most cartoons. This is a tight little film with
great excitement for young ones and a couple o good sniggers for grown-
ups, too besides. Not a life-changer, but it could help to lift adult moods
from stressed to relaxed without the addition of anything in a glass.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 20, 2015
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Alleyne's designs make a bold statement
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Before her stint at The Shop, Alleyne had used
pop up shops---temporary retail events---by herself
and with others as another cost-effective way to sell
and promote her work. Her work has also been shown
at various events. This year she showed at the Pana-
mania in Toronto, the Fashion Gallery at the New
York Fashion Week, and at a trade show in Tokyo
facilitated by the Tobago House of Assembly for
designers from the island.
She survives by teaching part-time at the fashion
academy and running her business like a "one man
"I do everything, from my research, to my pro-
duction, to my marketing," she said.
"The only thing I don t do is model and shoot the
The arrangement like the one she has with The
Shop eases some of the pressure.
"It makes it easier because they have people to
man the space, to sell the products, to oversee the
products. If I m home creating I can t be here doing
that. So it s a great, great advantage of being in the
space," she said.
Retail space for local artisans is a growing idea.
There are popular regular events like UpMarket in
Port-of-Spain, a monthly bazaar of handmade and
artisan goods, and a few shops like the recently
opened Akimbo in Arima.
Being assured of a space to sell their goods allows
artists to focus on other things. Parsons praised
Alleyne for the growth she s shown as a business-
woman and designer since offering her first collection
at The Shop earlier this year.
"She hired a photographer. She did her own styling.
It was brilliant. It knocked me to the floor," Parsons
said of the launch and promotion of Let s Paint.
"My pores raised. I said, Girl, well done. "
Besides offering retail space, Parsons, an interior
architect of more than two decades, gives art entre-
preneurs encouragement, advice and occasional tough
She remembers what is was like to start out in a
"When you start it s so hard, and I can t see that
happen to them," said Parsons of the people she calls
"my artisans who I love dearly."
"I just don t want it to happen to them," Parsons
"She hired a photographer.
She did her own styling. It
was brilliant. It knocked me
to the floor.
"My pores raised. I said, 'Girl,
Quashie, Nathea Job,
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