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The first Sunday of the year 14 offers
a choice so good, all three of the week's
picks can be viewed today (although the
least of the three does squeeze ahead
of other films by coming up with two
more chances in the week to see it).
Today's also-rans include a strong for-
mer pick the whole family will love (Field
of Dreams, 6.05 pm TCM), a T&T Film
Festival 2012 selection that would have
made the cut, if BC on TV could be sure it would be subtitled in English,
too (Life, Above All, 10.50 am Max) and T&T Guardian columnist Debbie
Jacob's all-time favourite movie (Gone With the Wind, 1 pm TCM). The week
offers Stanley Kubrick's magnum opus (2001: A Space Odyssey, 5.20 pm
Tuesday, TCM BEST FILM OF THE WEEK) Marilyn Monroe's most loved
film (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 3 pm Friday TCM) and a Top Three contender
for Scariest Movie Ever Made (The Exorcist, 12.10 midnight Friday TCM).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino/1980/USA/
Western/219 mins/G) 9 pm HBO. Watch this if you liked Unforgiven, The
Deer Hunter or Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid. It is no accident that the great-
est American Western ever made should be virtually unheard of: the
American ruling class did everything in their power to kill it a full anthro-
pological generation ago. The two-hour butchered version died instantly
on the big screen but the director's cut will live forever, for its honest de-
piction of the Johnson County Wars, in which rich cattle barons, with the
assistance and connivance of the US government, systematically extermi-
nated 125 poor farmers to gain control of Wyoming's pastures. Three mag-
nificent performances (Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John
Hurt), US $40 M worth of realism that bankrupted United Artists, and the
revelation that the American dream is chiseled out of the backs of the poor
make this a magnificent film, lovingly made. Even the firmest of God's be-
lievers might find themselves doubting at the end.
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK: Boyz 'n' the Hood (John Singleton/
1991/USA/Crime-Drama/112 mins/R for language, violence and sensual-
ity) 10 pm Saturday TCM. Watch this if you liked Menace II Society, Juice
or New Jack City. Once you can get past the fact that what they call
poverty in America is actually upper middle-class in the Caribbean---
everybody has their own house, car and yard---John Singleton's debut fea-
ture about life in an inner city LA neighbourhood is strong on
performances, hard on content and runs tightly all the way through.
Though it's been named as a weekday pick often, this is the first time the
film makes the actual choice cut; it should have, before.
Smashed (James Ponsoldt/2012/USA/Drama-Comedy/81 mins/Rated R for
alcohol abuse, some sexual content, brief drug use and language) 9 pm today,
again tomorrow 7 pm, and again Friday 6.40 pm Max. Watch this if you liked
An Education, Nobody Walks or Starlet. In his relatively short second fea-
ture-length film, James Ponsoldt focuses on alcohol dependency and its
ruination of lives. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad's Jesse) is strong in support but
the real screen time is deservedly devoted to Mary Elizabeth Winstead's lead
role as the young woman struggling to escape alcoholism. A film every parent
ought to have their children watch, particularly with drunkenness being glam-
ourised in every other movie in the "young adult" demographic.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Derailed, 9 pm MaxW; Tues: Looper, 6.50 pm
HBO; Wed: Von Ryan's Express, 5.45 pm TCM; Thurs: Hope Springs, 4.45
pm MaxW; Fri: Contagion, 9 pm HBO; Sat: Serpico, 7 am Max.
*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
2014 starts off strong
Hailed by some as a
great film, panned by
others, Heaven's Gate is
today's top pick.
Terry Springer didn t set out to
be a dancer.
"Actually I was a percussionist,
I used to play drums," the T&T-
born member of the Corearte Dance
Co of Venezuela said in an inter-
He started off with the Upper St
Francois Valley Road Village Coun-
cil, performing in the Prime Min-
ister's Best Village Trophy Com-
"Then I fell in love with a girl
and I wanted to be closer to her,
so I started dancing."
Springer has since gone on to a
dance career in Latin America,
where he's lived for over 20 years.
From Best Village, he was dis-
covered by Patricia Roe from the
Caribbean School of Dancing. "Ms
Roe saw me dance once and invited
me to take classes at Caribbean
School. Roxanne Fung of the Astor
Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre
also encouraged me and I just
decided to go. I thought, if I'm
spending so much time dancing,
why not do it professionally?"
Springer joined the Caribbean
School of Dancing in 1987 and from
there he danced with the Rep and
Noble Douglas' company, NDDCI.
In 1989, he got a life-changing
"A dance master visited Trinidad
to host auditions for male dancers
for his dance troupe in Caracas and
at the time, the guys in my class
were Ronald Taylor, Richard Leslie,
Alan Balfour and Marlon Phillips.
"Everybody was aiming for New
York or Europe to dance. But I really
had nothing to lose and I thought
that I could always come back. I
had no idea what I was getting
myself into. I did not speak a word
of Spanish but I went anyway."
In 1991, Springer left Trinidad
for Caracas on a one-year trial peri-
od; he has stayed since then.
"Ninteen years ago Noble got in
touch with me and she said, Terry,
we are having a show and I would
like you to come and perform'. So
our amazing artistic director and
founder of Coreatre, Carlos Orta,
generated a piece for me in an
incredibly short time. The piece is
about the Gypsies, how they come
explore and then they leave---they
are forever travelling. The dance
is called Gypsy Thunder.
"Now, of course, I am 45 years
old, so when Noris Ugeuto (Core-
arte's current artistic director) was
thinking of the programme she
challenged me to do the piece again.
Now like I said, that piece was 19
years ago! She had faith in me and
encouraged me, so I did it."
Coreatre and NDDCI had been
working together for decades; how-
ever, until their collaborative show
at Queen's Hall in October, Veci-
nos---Spanish for "neighbours"---
most of the dancers of the com-
panies had never met.
Douglas said, "Isn't it strange...
? They live around the corner from
us [and] we are neighbours. People
live so close to us and yet it takes
us so long to connect."
Springer said, "Dance for me is
life. It is life itself. The message I
hoped to leave... is that dance as
an artistic genre has no barrier and
that we are neighbours."
Both Corearte and NDDCI see a
future in continued collaboration
between the two dance companies.
"We are hoping that this is the
beginning of something bigger in
terms of us sharing works together
and sharing a programme or a work
from our artistic ministry," Douglas
said. "Collaborations of this nature
will take money. The various gov-
ernments must realise that the arts
require a real investment, not just
lip service. Support should be given
to those who do the work, not to
those who have the right' net-
Springer, too, is optimistic about
the future. "This is like the first
step to a long term relationship
from our vision. I already spoke to
the artistic director and she gave
us the go ahead to speak about
bringing NDDCI to come to
Venezuela, because we really would
like the exchange of culture to con-
tinue. We hope that will happen
soon, maybe some time [in 2014]."
T&T-born dancer Terry Springer.
PHOTO COURTESY COREARTE DANCE CO
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