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Two weeks in a row of wide-ranging
film choice; you just know next week is
going to be all Vin Diesel! Today's also-
rans include one superhero flick that
might have been dismissed as
lightweight in pre-HD days (The
Avengers, 2.45 pm HBOC) and another
that would be good even without the CGA (The Amazing Spider-Man, 11.15
am HBO, and again in daytime on both public holidays 9.30 am Thursday,
HBO, and 9.45 am Friday, HBOC), a groundbreaking horror that is as good as it
is gory (Saw, 11.30 pm, and again 10 pm Thursday TCM) as well as the film
that would have been chosen if it had not been only last month (*Slumdog
Millionaire, 11.30 am MaxW). The week's three choices very nearly included
two movies showing tomorrow, another Western (The Magnificent Seven, 8
pm Enc 3) and, if only it screened a titch later, the role many consider to be
Paul Newman's best (Cool Hand Luke BEST FILM OF THE WEEK, 2 pm TCM).
The Thursday holiday also offers Christopher Reeve's Superman I and II back-
to-back (1.45 pm and 4.15 pm MaxW).
Today's best film:
The Searchers (John Ford/ 1956/ USA/ Western/ 119 mins/ Unrated, but
dealing with mature themes), 8 pm Encore 3. Watch this if you liked 3.10 to
Yuma, Hombre or Unforgiven. You'd expect a 57-year-old film to be dated, and
some aspects are: the music is often intrusive; what was risqué in 1956 is
passé now; and audiences tolerated goofiness that bordered on inanity.
Additionally, the male lead is Da Dook, the most wooden of all Hollywood
actors, probably the man least deserving of success in film history. Still, there
had to be something to it for The Searchers to jump from No 96 in the 1998
list to No 12 in the 2007 American Film Institute's Top 100 Films. And there is:
John Wayne's best performance; a solid script tackling taboo issues;
Monument Valley's stunning locations, beautifully shot; and the doorways
opening and closing the movie are only the best known illustrations of the
now legendary shot-framing. Recommended like a 57-year-old lingerie model.
Rest of the week:
Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg/ UK-USA-Canada/ Thriller-Crime-
Drama/ 100 mins/ Rated R for strong, brutal and bloody violence, some
graphic sexuality, language and nudity), 8 pm Wednesday MaxWest. Watch
this if you liked Killer Joe, Lawless or No Country for Old Men. On paper, A
History of Violence remains David Cronenberg's most marketable film but
Eastern Promises may in the long run turn out to be his most profitable, if
relative availability on pirate DVD shelves is anything to go by. It could be that
less discerning audiences, without fully understanding the integrity of a
notoriously uncompromising director, unconsciously recognise a work of
quality; but then, they might just be grooving on the extreme violence, which
is superbly orchestrated. The troubled, ineffectual, latent homosexual son
character is mangled into cliché at points but, otherwise, this is a first rate
film deserving careful attention. Strongly recommended with the reservation
that it is as draining as it is rewarding.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill/ 1969/ USA/
Adventure-Drama-Western/ 110 mins/PG), 5.10 pm Thursday Turner Classic
Movies. Watch this if you liked The Sting, Cool Hand Luke or True Romance.
William "Marathon Man" Goldman's film school-textbook screenplay, George
Roy Hill's direction, the original buddy-film lineup of Redford and Newman and
one of the great Western legends add up to one of the most watchable
movies ever made. If Quentin Tarantino was around then, this is the kind of
film he'd have made. Unmissable, even if it will be ruined in full screen.
Best of the rest: Mon: The Dirty Dozen, 4.10 pm TCM; Tues: Rise of the
Planet of the Apes, 10.15 pm MCH; Wed: Hall Pass, 3.45 pm HBO; Thurs:
Spartacus, 2 pm TMC; Fri: Stuart Little, 2 pm HBOC; Sat: The Natural, 3.45 pm
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
On May 1, Rodell Warner held his new inter-
active exhibition, Year of the Snake Eating
Itself, at Alice Yard in Woodbrook, Port-
of-Spain. A well-attended event, with guests including
artists Christopher Cozier and Richard Rawlins, Year
of the Snake marked an installation in multiple parts.
Pairs of attendees were invited into a small viewing
room which contained projected, moving images of
two of Warner s .gif designs. A .gif is a digital image
that moves, and as Warner explained, .gif art has
been making popular strides in the global online art
Accompanying this visual display were Warner s
zines, small, staple-bound pamphlets produced by
the artist, bearing the name of the exhibition as well
as illustrations and text. Though most zines are
subject to a limited print run, typically, of 100 copies,
Warner confessed that he enjoyed the idea of "infinite
edition" zines, expressing his desire to create and
Sharing his work in public performance spaces
like Alice Yard is always a pleasure and challenge,
said Warner. The question he frequently asks himself
on the cusp of a new installation is, "There s all this
available space; now, what do I do with it?"
The artist s expectations of what viewers should
specifically glean from Year of the Snake Eating Itself
are minimal to virtually non-existent.
"Any interpretation," Warner said, "is as valid as
any other. People are embracing non-specific gallery
ideas at this type of thing... so any version of that
Even the process of mounting the exhibition, said
Warner, has given rise to new creative ideas, ones he
plans on exploring both singly and in collaboration
in the near future.
A graphic designer and photographer, Warner was
the recipient of a February 2013 residency at New
Local Space, an artist-run initiative in Kingston,
In 2011, Warner received a Commonwealth Con-
nections International Arts Residency, which took
him to Johannesburg, South Africa. His recent col-
laborative art projects include commissioned .gif
work for issues 10, 11 and 12 of the Sheroes series,
a monthly art party based in Toronto, Canada.
Better with age
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
John "The Duke" Wayne in a Western that seems to have improved with age.
Portrait of Brianna McCarthy from the installation at
Year of the Snake Eating Itself.
IMAGE COURTESY RODELL WARNER
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