Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 8th 2013 Contents B4
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 8, 2013
Escape From Babylon, the recently released
local feature film by Nicholas Attin, will be
showcased on December 15 at 6.30 pm by The
Reel Caribbeing, at Trevor s Edge in St Augus-
tine. The director will be present, a release
from Yao Ramesar said.
The screening, which is free and open to the
general public, will be followed by a talk from
Attin on producing ultra-low-budget local feature
"The Reel Caribbeing, dealing solely with cin-
ema, is a branch of Caribbeing---first developed
as a Caribbean cinema aesthetic in the 1980s
by local filmmaker Yao Ramesar," the release
said. "It partners Reel Trini, co-founded by
Ramesar and Trevor Castillo in 2010, showcasing
solely indigenous cinema fare from its location
at Trevor s Edge, itself a vibrant cultural hub
and community cinematheque for over a decade.
"Trevor s Edge has hosted calypso legends;
acclaimed Caribbean writers and artists; Song-
shine, a seminal talent showcase and incubator
produced by singer/ songwriter Gillian Moor
among many other cultural manifestations.
"Trevor s has also played host as film location
to numerous local productions including Escape
From Babylon and as such is an example of the
collaboration between the local film industry
and local communities."
Escape From Babylon is the director s second
completely local feature in the past three years,
the first being Little Boy Blue (2010). Though
produced on a shoestring budget, Attin has been
able to land Escape From Babylon in cinemas in
Trinidad and Barbados.
In Escape from Babylon, Randolph Briggs is
an ex-cop living in Port-of-Spain. After being
unjustly drummed out of the force, he now
works as a taxi driver on the graveyard shift.
He s a loner who cruises the streets at night in
a city plagued with crime and violence. A serial
killer, posing as a taxi driver, also prowls the city
at night stalking young female victims.
Stripped of his official authority but burdened
with a need to protect the innocent, Randolph
Briggs eventually makes the ultimate decision
to follow his instincts and Escape From Baby-
A miserable Sunday for film choice (though the
Movie City programming was unavailable at time of
picking) sends you out to the cinema---Digicel IMAX,
if you can---and leaves only a Brando-fan Western
(The Missouri Breaks, 9 pm Enc3) making the also
ran cut! The week offers more, including two far
better Westerns, the greatest of the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood works (*The Good, the
Bad & the Ugly, 3 pm tomorrow, TCM) and John Wayne s only critically good movie (The
Searchers, 3.20 pm Wednesday TCM), a great Robert De Niro/Christopher Walken/Michael
Cimino antiwar movie that would have been picked if it screened an hour later (The Deer
Hunter, 3 pm Tuesday TCM) and a member of the BC on TV list of the 50 Best Movies
Ever Made (*A Separation BEST FILM OF THE WEEK, 9 pm Thursday Max). Last week s
blood-boiling pick (*Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, 3.30 pm Friday
HBO) should not be missed by anyone who prefers God to religion.
Today's best film:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (AKA Hunger Games 2) (Francis Lawrence/
2013/USA/Sci-Fi-Thriller-Action-Adventure/146 mins/Rated PG-13 for intense sequences
of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation
and language) 3-D at 7.35 pm, Digicel IMAX; 2.15, 5.30, 7.30 (POS only) and 8.45 pm
MovieTowne Port-of-Spain and Chaguanas; 4.30 and 7.30 pm Tobago. Watch this if you
liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Lord of the Flies or the first Hunger Games movie.
If the first film was not quite as good as the first book, the second instalment surpasses
the second book with style. Though you need to watch the first one again---this is not
a stand-alone sequel---Catching Fire is far better than its predecessor. Jennifer Lawrence
is as close to perfect as an action role allows, but the real star of the second film is modern
technology. There are scenes, such as Katniss archery practice, or virtually any of the
games sequences themselves, that take the breath away, in the manner of the first moving
pictures in France, a century ago. In IMAX 3-D, this would be mind-blowing, justifying
the label of "experience." A movie to remind you why you love to go to the movies.
Rest of the week:
The Illusionist (Neil Burger/2006/Czech Republic-USA/Thriller-Mystery-Drama/ 110
mins/PG-13 for some sexuality and violence), 7 pm Thursday Max West. Watch this if
you liked The Prestige, The Usual Suspects or The Magician of Lublin. Neil Burger s stirring
adaptation of the Steven Millhauser short story is a rare treat from an even rarer source:
Hollywood. Based on a sharp script and solid direction of immaculate performances, The
Illusionist happens also to be a thoroughly watchable mystery thriller. Some might wish
for a little more grunge but that would be pedantry. An exceptional Phillip Glass soundtrack
renders the whole thing all but flawless. Not a literary worthy, to be sure, but, as a lovely
blend of period piece and well-paced whodunit, it delivers in spades. Think of it as The
Usual Suspects meets Pride & Prejudice.
Friday the 13th (Sean S Cunningham/1980/USA/ Horror/95 mins/R), 10.05 pm Fri-
day---the 13th---Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Halloween, A Nightmare
on Elm Street or The Shining. As with the Halloween and Nightmare films, the slew of
dreadful sequels shame the groundbreaking original. Though not as menacing as Halloween,
this was the film that, in tandem with it, set up the genre known as "splatter." Far better
than the sequels would have you suspect. This is the first time since BC on TV began
almost 15 years ago, that a cable channel has had the sense to screen it on a Black Fri-
Best of the rest: Mon: Stuart Little, 5.45 pm HBOF; Tues: The Girl with the Dragon
Tattoo, 4.10 pm HBO; Wed: *Field of Dreams, 10.05 pm TCM; Thurs: A Lonely Place to
Die, 6.45 pm HBOC; Fri: Forbidden Planet, 4.40 pm TCM; Sat: Dark Water, 7 am LMN.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled Internet times
often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
A Trifecta of the Week's
Best Films on the Box
Jennifer Lawrence "is as close to
perfect as an action role allows" in
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Escape From Babylon
screens free next Sunday
Check The Reel Caribbeing or Reel Trini
Kearn Samuel in Nick Attin's sophomore
feature Escape from Babylon.
CONTINUES FROM PAGE B3
The calculations of Bishop Berkley illustrate
one of the major obstacles in the way of pro-
"The figure to repair this house can build us
six houses," he said of Hayes Court. Keeping
it standing "has no other value to us except for
sentimental reasons, for the historicity of the
It s unlikely Berkley would seriously consider
getting rid of Hayes Court. Other than the
affection parishioners still hold for the building,
he also wouldn t want to incur the wrath of
the small but vocal group of heritage protection
activists in T&T, led by the recently reignited
Citizens for Conservation.
When the 144-year-old McLeod House in
Chaguanas was demolished late last year, it
sparked "outrage"---the word used in one head-
line---that was expressed online and in state-
ments to the media.
Berkley remembers the incident well. In fact,
he s reminded of it, he said, by parishioners
worried he doesn t share their attachment to
"There will be a huge outcry," he said, pre-
dicting the reaction to the demolition of Hayes
Court. "I suppose we ll be demonised, probably
blacklisted, which would not add to our business
as [a] church."
But with other pressing demands on the
church s limited finances, it s impossible to
stretch them to cover the cost of restoration,
which has been estimated as $34.5 million, and
the subsequent recurring cost of maintenance.
A committee has been set up to fundraise
for the project. But such attempts have been
made in the past to no significant effect.
The statutory body in charge of documenting
and protecting heritage sites, the National Trust,
so far has compiled an inventory of 408 of
them. Almost half are owned by non-state enti-
To the relief of activists, the trust has finally
begun bringing these buildings under the legal
protection of the National Trust Act, enacted
14 years ago, which prohibits owners from
demolishing or seriously altering the buildings
without the trust s permission.
So far 13 buildings, including Hayes Court
and the rest of the Magnificent Seven around
the Queen s Park Savannah, have received this
But on top of what critics have called an
inadequate fine for breaching the law---$5,000---
legislation alone won t save buildings if private
owners simply can t afford to restore or maintain
'Sentimental reasons for keeping Hayes Court'
Links Archive December 7th 2013 December 9th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page