Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 28th 2016 Contents An art house trio
Once or twice a year, the Internet gets
screening times wildly wrong---today could
be one of those days: double-check the
starting time of any film you want to see.
The DirecTV Channel leads the way, musi-
cally, as usual, with Lady Gaga & Tony
Bennet, 11 am, James Blunt Live at Baloise
Sessions 1 pm and Wyclef Jean Live at about 2.30 pm. Deadpool remains hugely
worthwhile at MovieTowne and Digicel Imax.
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM: Locke (Steven Knight/ 2013/ Drama-Thriller/
UK-USA/ 85 mins/ R for language throughout), 8 pm Cinemax BEST FILM OF
THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Unfriended, Snowpiercer or the original
Michael Caine/ Laurence Olivier Sleuth. The best film comparison to represent
Steven "Eastern Promises" Knight s wonderful, and wonderfully tense, film is
probably 12 Angry Men, the classic film of conflict set in a murder trial jury
room. Locke is even more claustrophobic: apart from a very few establishing
shots, the entire film takes place in the interior of a BMW driving from Birm-
ingham to London. The full cast numbers 12---like the Angry Men---but you see
only Tom Hardy as the titular Locke at the wheel of the Bimma; all the others
are just voices coming in on the car s mobile phone. Out of that ultra-minimal-
ist set-up, Steven Knight---and Tom Hardy and the 11 voice co-stars---craft a
superbly watchable film that will have you on edge for almost all its runtime;
and nothing really happens. Simply wonderful. One of the best films ever shot,
but clearly not for the Fast & Furious crowd, who would just consider it a waste
of a firetrucking BMW...
ALSO WATCH: *An Education (Lone Scherfig/ 2009/ UK-USA/ Drama/ 100
mins/PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content), 11 am
Paramount. 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
Carey Mulligan in the lead (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 light-hearted 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 lunatic/ religious fringe).
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer/ 2013/ UK-USA-Switzerland/ Thriller-Sci-
fi-Drama-Art house/ 108 mins/ R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some
violence and language), 1.30 pm HBO Caribbean. Watch this if you liked The
Double, The Machine or Melancholia. The first frames reveal the same director
who made Radiohead s "Karma Police" music video and the Ben Kingsley mas-
terpiece, Sexy Beast: this is a visually striking, beautiful-even-when-depicting-
something-ugly film that starts with you at the edge of the seat and ends with
your heart in your mouth. A strange, menacing tale of aliens masquerading as
humans in Scotland is as enthralling for the genuine cinefile as it would be
bewildering for the average viewer seeking distraction rather than engagement.
Could have missed, the way Glazer s own ambitious Birth miscarried, but hits
big. Really good for those who will like it; you ll know whether you re included
in that number from the first frame.
JUST NOSED OUT: *The Silence of the Lambs (Thriller), 10.50 am FoxMov;
*The Bridge on the River Kwai (War), 2.15 pm TCM; *Boyhood (Drama), 3 pm
Max; CitizenFour (Documentary), 11.05 am Max; Ex Machina (Sci-Fi), 9 am
Max; **Brokeback Mountain (Drama), 9 am Max; *The Place Beyond the Pines
(Crime-Drama), 6.30 am Max; Foxcatcher (Biography), 11.10 am Prime; **Bird-
man (Drama), 8.20am F+1.
ALSO RAN: Action/Adventure: *Batman Begins, 9 pm Max; **Kingsman, The
Secret Service, 9.15 pm F+1; Art House/Independent: Nebraska, 12.45 noon
Max; Little Miss Sunshine, 9 pm FoxCom; Biography: **The Theory of Every-
thing, 5.35 pm Max; Children/Family: ET: The Extraterrestrial, 5.15 pm TCM;
Despicable Me, 9.20 am FoxFam; Night at the Museum, 5 pm CnCl; Comedy:
*There's Something About Mary, 8.30 am Film; Raising Arizona, 6 am Fox-
Clas; Drama: *Whiplash, 9 am HBO; *Parkland, 2.15 pm Prme; **Forrest Gump,
6.30 pm Prmt; The Fault in Our Stars, 2.15 pm CnCl; Horror: The Sixth Sense,
8.10 am HBOP; *Dracula Untold, 9 pm Prme; Sci-Fi/Fantasy:
* Starred films have been chosen before. ** Double-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 February 28, 2016
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Hundreds of people turned
out to the launch of a new
book, A Walk Back in Time:
Snapshots of the History of
Trinidad & Tobago, by Angelo
Bissessarsingh, on February 18.
The historian, founder of the
Virtual Museum of T&T,
launched the new publication
at the rotunda at West Mall, at
an evening hosted by Nigel R
Khan. There was a sense of
poignancy at the gathering, as
Bissessarsingh, popular for his
passion and wit, has been diag-
nosed with pancreatic cancer
and had been given only a few
months to live.
Fellow historian and author
Fr Anthony de Verteuil said an
opening prayer before Kerry Ann
Bishop of Queen Bishop Pub-
lishing, publishers of Snapshots,
Prof Bridget Brereton, author
of A History of Modern
Trinidad, lauded the new book,
which includes many rare and
diverse photos of T&T s past.
Lord Relator (Willard Harris)
treated guests to some fitting
vintage kaiso selections including
Bring Them Back, Old Time
Days and Gavaskar (A Lovely
Day for Cricket), before Bisses-
sarsingh came to the lectern.
He thanked those who had
"supported and sustained" him,
including the doctors and nurses
on his medical team, family
members and other "guardian
angels," Simone de la Bastide
and the committee formed for
the promotion and publication
of his work, Nigel R Khan,
friends in the media and those
who had "found value in what
I have to say."
He called on all citizens who
care about preserving national
history to join him on his mis-
sion. "This book is about us, it s
the story we all share."
"We all remember some-
thing," he said. "We must build
on what I and others have built."
But, he lamented, cultural
imperialism and a culture of
indifference to history were fast
diluting the nation s heritage:
"It pains me that very soon our
identity may be lost," he said.
T&T s oil wealth has been a
mixed blessing because it has
allowed us "to throw out the
old and bring in the new."
He cited numerous indications
that American culture, made
ubiquitous by the mass media,
was capturing the hearts and
minds of citizens, particularly
"Our children need to know
where they come from," he said.
He encouraged everyone to "do
your part toward preserving the
legacy for our children," and so
they have "a sense of pride" in
who they are.
He spoke passionately about
the importance of cherishing
the rich and multi-faceted
national legacy of T&T, much
of which remains undocument-
ed---his life s work.
"As short as my life is, I have
been privileged to walk part of
it with you."
But despite his daunting prog-
nosis, he urged those present to
continue the work of document-
ing the past: "As little as we
have left, there is still that in
each of us that will enrich our
knowledge of ourselves."
"There are still many more
stories I have to tell."
The 300-strong audience rose
to their feet, giving Bissessars-
ingh a standing ovation.
His Excellency, President
Anthony Carmona, shared
remarks, also praising Bisses-
sarsingh for his "inspiring"
Throngs of readers at the launch of Angelo Bissessarsingh's new book A Walk Back in Time: Snapshots of
the History of Trinidad & Tobago, February 18, at West Mall, West Moorings. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Bissessarsingh: We all
Author and historian Angelo Bissessarsingh signs a copy of his new
book A Walk Back in Time: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad &
Tobago, for His Excellency President Anthony Carmona, right.
PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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