Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 27th 2015 Contents Ending 2015
with a bang
The last Sunday of the best year for wide-ranging film choice closes with a bang: the choice is spread
wider than most Sundays this year and still contains the usual half-dozen-plus outstanding films BC
on TV has come to expect from 2015. The Also Rans start with the film BC on TV called the best
children s DVD release of the year (The Tale of Princess Kaguya, 10.45 am Max), three other strong
kiddie flicks (How to Train Your Dragon, 4.25 pm; Kung Fu Panda, 5.55 pm; and The SpongeBob Movie,
7.25 pm Fox Fam), a feel-good black American Christmas musical that s done well (Black Nativity, 10.15
am FoxFam), a great family film that has now caught up with the present, at least chronologically (Back
to the Future, 8.15 am HBO), a great adventure bio (Captain Phillips, 9.45 am HBOC), one of BC on
TV s documentary DVDs of the year, which would have been picked today if it started an hour earlier
(Citizenfour, 10.05 pm HBOS); the best of the Wachowski Siblings (The Matrix, 6.05 pm Max), the film
BC on TV called the fourth-most underrated big screen release of the year (Wild, 6.05 pm F+1, see
this supplement itself), Matthew McChest&Shoulders acting magnificently in a middling film (Dallas
Buyers Club, 9.15 am, 12.15 noon F1), the first of Peter Jackson s first Tolkien trilogy (The Lord of the
Rings I: The Fellowship of the Ring, 3.30 pm HBOP), a great American Indie (The Squid and the Whale,
4.10 pm MaxU), a good-but-no-Inception time travel thing (*Predestination, 3.55 pm MaxP), a great
dark crime flick (The Place Beyond the Pines, 5.40 pm MaxP) and a great action superhero flick (Guardians
of the Galaxy, 9 pm HBO). And then you still have a very good Will Ferrell---yes---drama inspired by
a Raymond Carver short story (Everything Must Go, 10.10 pm ISat) and an action film with child sex
overtones that worried Americans and amused the French (Leon: The Professional, 10 pm TCM). For
the masochists, Sylvester Stallone can be seen in all his dumb glory several times today (the Rocky
movies, starting 2 pm DTV, and First Blood, 8.10 pm TCM); and there s still The Hunger Games at 9
pm on Cinemax!
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM:
Birdman [or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance] (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu/ 2015/ USA/ Com-
edy-Drama/ 119 mins/ R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence), 9 pm Fox+1
BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Kingsman: The Secret Service, Cloud Atlas or Adaptation.
With its theme of creativity and integrity in the film industry itself, the Amores Perros guy s Best Picture
Oscar-winner might be closer to Federico Fellini s masterwork, 8 1/2, than the films to which it s compared
above, but one of the sad truths of modern life is that few people could sit still long enough to watch
8 1/2 once, far less the five or six times they ought to, to get its full effect. Today s great Mexican director
spares his audience any chance of boredom---perhaps even any repeated viewings---with breakneck pacing
(though he still creates languid interludes) and exuberant direction. Boyhood was a better film and
deserved the Oscar more, perhaps, but Birdman is the one Hollywood liked. Still, it s exhilarating and
hilarious. People who like their films to progress in quiet linear fashion are unlikely to see its point; or,
indeed, very much of the movie itself.
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), 1.20pm Sundance Channel.
Watch this if you liked Elizabeth---The Golden Age, Finding Neverland or Goya s Ghosts. By someone s
oversight, the credits at the end include the standard legal liability denial phrase that declares the film
to be a work of fiction but this is actually an historically accurate account of the sister of Anne Boleyn,
second wife of Henry VII, who precipitated the establishment of the Church of England. It is very well
done and features strong performances from Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and---astonishingly---
Eric Bana. It s not quite Anonymous, perhaps, but it s still very good and its themes of ambition ruining
family life could apply today, to those other Kardashian girls.
Desperado (Robert Rodgriguez/ 1995/ USA / Action-Crime-Thriller/ 104 mins/ G), 6.28 pm Edge.
Watch this if you liked El Mariachi, Scarface or Django Unchained. Easily Robert "Machete" Rodriguez s
best film (including Sin City), Desperado is the one movie in which he got the balance between the
over-the-top and down-to-Earth on the one hand and guerrilla cinema and big budget on the other
perfectly right. The result is a high-octane action thriller as entertaining as it is gory, with hefty slices
of quotable dialogue thrown in, and all of it wrapped in a smoking soundtrack, to boot. Quite apart
from all that, it also has Salma Hayek and a contender for action cinema s Most Erotic Love Scene.
Screens on cable relatively rarely and worth pouncing on.
* Starred films have been chosen within the last three months
Salma Hayek in Desperado, quite possibly Robert Rodriguez's best film.
December 27, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Deliberately buying what is
designed and made here---buying
local---is a revolutionary act. That s
the opinion of fashion designer Robert
Young of The Cloth.
Young---along with 13 other local
designers---has taken this as the theme
of his annual pop-up market at the
Propaganda Space, 24 Erthig Road, Bel-
"A wide range of artists is involved,
from UTT Caribbean Academy of Fash-
ion and Design student Harvey Kayodo
Robertson who I mentored earlier this
year to designers who have been work-
ing for up to 30 years in the local fashion
industry," Young says in a press release
issued by Artz and Ideaz.
Young believes that Things Designed
& Made Here will appeal to those seek-
ing quality goods while supporting the
local economy significantly by pur-
chasing locally, the release says.
"People will be purchasing things
designed and made by people in T&T.
The power exchange is currently
unequal. We import a lot and all the
money is going in foreign exchange out
of the country."
"Most of us as designers make prod-
ucts (with) imported raw materials but
at least we make use of our creativity
and labour here. This market is about
building relationships, breaking the iso-
lation from the computer screen (from
online shopping) to making a choice
of buying something physically present
and face-to-face from the person who
is giving it to you."
The 13 designers collaborating with
The Cloth in the revolution of Things
Designed & Made Here are: Rachel
Rochford, Mark Eastman, Adele Todd,
Kavir Mootoo, Neil Adams, Harvey
Kayodo Robertson, Lupe Leonard,
Leslie-ann Robertson, Johan
Mohammed, Kevon Gareth Fodering-
ham, Gregory Young, Ai Naturals,
Young has been doing local fashion
pop-up markets since 1987, one year
after the launch of The Cloth, at a vari-
ety of venues, the release said.
Along with Nathalie Phillips, Camille
Selvon Abrahams and Adele Todd, who
are all the original designers of the
fashion label, Young started to create
a space for his brand and now, along
with others, each market has had its
own special theme. All his market
endeavours have carried local items---
designed here and made here.
Facebook search Things Designed
And Made Here or call 721-7616.
as a revolutionary act
collection is on
sale at the pop-
up shop Things
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