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Today s also-rans include what would
have been the pick, had it not been cho-
sen in the last month (Mea Maxima
Culpa: Silence in the House of God,
BEST FILM OF THE WEEK 2.25 pm
HBO), a Matthew McChest&Shoulders
thriller that will be picked in the future
(Killer Joe, 7.15 pm HBOC). an unusual,
and very good, Holocaust film (In Dark-
ness, 9 pm Max) and a top-notch recent
pick, once your sympathies don t lie
with theocratic Iran (*Argo, 7.50 pm HBO). The week offers one of the best
book-to-film thriller translations ever done in Hollywood (Marathon Man,
10 pm Tuesday TCM), one of the earliest and still one of the best American
spoof movies (Top Secret, 10 pm Monday TCM) and one of last week s picks,
which should be compulsory viewing for all teenagers who think alcopops
are cool (*Smashed, 5.50 pm Thursday Max).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Anonymous (Roland Emmerich/2011/UK-Ger-
many-USA/Drama-History-Thriller/130 mins/Rated PG-13 for some vi-
olence and sexual content), 4.45 pm Max. Watch this if you liked
Coriolanus, Elizabeth or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Named the
sixth-best DVD release of 2012 by BC on TV, Anonymous cuts across al-
most every genre classification---adventure, action, biography, drama, his-
tory, mystery and more---and does so magnificently with the exception of
only the genre of "Phoney Intellectual", if there were such a one. The liter-
ature departments of universities around the world might be up in arms
over the reduction of the debate over who, exactly, wrote the plays of
Shakespeare to such a thrilling movie, but audiences would beg to differ.
Masterful pacing makes up for whatever the film might be imagined to
lack as the basis of literary doctoral theses. And you can tell yourself the
kids will learn some history and still get to bed early on a school night.
REST OF THE WEEK: *In Bruges (Martin McDonagh/2008/UK-USA/Black
comedy-Thriller/107 mins/R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language
and some drug content) 9 pm Wednesday MaxW. Watch this if you liked
Inglorious Basterds, The Hangover or Intermission. A very dark, very, very
funny comedy about two hitmen relaxing in the medieval Belgian city between
jobs. Biting script and---would you believe it?---Colin Farrell keeps up with
Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. There are several moments of very real
and quite disturbing violence though.
Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen/1981/West Germany/War-Action-Drama/ 149
mins/R for some war violence and brief language) 5.20 pm Friday Turner
Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Crimson Tide, The Hunt for Red
October or Downfall. The definitive submarine movie that conveys life as it
really was in a tin can a few metres wide crammed full of men deep underwater
during a war. The scenes of the U-boat playing dead while being bombarded
by depth charges are some of the most tense sequences in cinema, even
though initially made for German television.
BEST OF THE REST:
Mon: In Darkness, 7pm Max; Tues: The World According to Garp, 5.15pm
HBOC; Wed: Bad Day at Black Rock, 2,30pm TCM; Thurs: Barton Fink,
5.20pm TCM; Fri: Ghandi, 4pm HBOC; Sat: Round Midnight, 7.15am MaxW.
*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
and life in a tin can
In Bruges: Colin Farrell keeping up with Brendan Gleeson.
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"The people were welcoming. I
didn t get a sense of poorness.
They have a lot of style. They are
funky. You see how much dignity
they have and how much they care
about themselves. I got a real sense
of community, and I felt more
comfortable than other places in
the world that are supposed to be
safe," she said.
Rafy sees her role as more than
that of taking pictures. People fea-
tured in her exhibition have been
given free copies of the photo-
graphs. "Years ago, people would
go get their portraits done. It was
mostly the wealthy who would do
that. My first love is portraiture,
so I wanted to give the people a
gift of portraiture. I did not want
to take something from them. I
wanted to give them something,"
Her effort to give back also
includes her donation of all of the
photographs to the National
Library collection as a way of con-
tributing to the archiving of T&T s
people. Furthermore, Rafy is giving
the gift of heightened awareness,
using photography as a tool of
social intervention to increase vis-
ibility of and support for Beetham
Gardens and Sea Lots. She plans
to publish a book of the images,
with proceeds going to the com-
For this photographer who has
done portraits of such prominent
actors as Whoopi Goldberg, Sophia
Loren, Eartha Kitt, Colin Farrell
and Tim Robbins, her candid por-
traits of the Trinidad communities
defy the popular obsession with
images of stardom. "The photo-
graphs in the exhibition are dif-
ferent because the people are not
famous. Everyone wants to see a
picture of celebrities. Really, what
is more important is the everyday
people," she said.
The work reminds its audience
that greatness exists in day-to-
day activities and that, indeed, the
true stars are the everyday men,
women and children living with
courage and hope.
She insists that her decision to
work on this photographic project
is not an extraordinary one.
Instead, we are to see her work as
that which is born of an emotion
that is accessible to all of us: love.
"I wasn t trying to do any big,
superman thing. This is an act of
love back to the places that I was
told are dangerous places and a
lot of locals don t go there."
Shots of Beetham, Sea Lots...
Through lens of positivity
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