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Today s also-ran section includes a
Sam Peckinpah Western that almost
made the cut (Major Dundee, 3.40 pm
Enc3), last week s second pick (Django
Unchained, 5.05 pm HBO, again Tuesday
5 pm HBOC) and a strong, different
Holocaust film (In Darkness, 6.35 pm
Max). A stronger runner-up category
in the week includes last Sunday s top
pick (*The Deer Hunter, BEST FILM OF
THE WEEK 10 pm Tuesday, and again 4.45 pm Wednesday TCM), the week s
next best film (Another Year, 9 pm Friday Max), and one each of Hitchcock s
(North by Northwest, 3 pm Friday TCM), Ron Howard s (Cocoon, 3.20 pm
Thursday TCM) and Spike Lee s (Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth, 9 pm
Wednesday HBOC) best films.
Today's best film: Beverley Hills Cop (Martin Brest/1984/Action-Com-
edy-Crime/USA/105 mins/R), 4.25pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this
if you liked Trading Places, Pineapple Express or Oceans Eleven. Eddie
Murphy s first lead feature and fourth film role remains a contender for his
best, with the most serious challenge coming from his first role (in 48
Hrs). It generated two sequels relying on the main reason for its success,
which, certainly by III, it had lost: Murphy s own delight in and enjoyment
of his formidable talent infects everyone that watches it. Audiences cheer
for him, not Alex Foley. This is Eddie Murphy Delirious, not Raw, before
his strange and engaging innocence was lost, and it reminds us all why we
loved him as a human being, and resent his transformation into a celebrity.
The film itself is immaculately paced, packed with action and explosive
with laughs. A real treat.
Today and rest of the week: The Breakfast Club (John Hughes/1985/
Comedy-Drama/USA/ 97 mins/R), 10 pm tonight and again 6.15 pm to-
morrow Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked The Perks of Being
a Wallflower, Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Ferris Bueller s Day Off.
Probably the late John Hughes best and certainly his most enduring film,
even the idea for the Breakfast Club was as good as the one for the Canter-
bury Tales: a group of misfits at an American high school spend a Saturday
together in detention and get to know one another. You could criticise it
for its white America-ness---and it s white American in spades, as it
were---as many critics still do, or you could relax and enjoy one of the most
solid youth films ever shot in North America. The Mean Creeks, Easy A s
and Junos of today stand firmly on its shoulders.
*Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Alex Gibney/2012/ UK-
USA/Documentary/106 mins/Not rated but deals with paedophilia) 6 pm
Friday HBO. Watch this if you liked Doubt, The Stoning of Soraya M or Rab-
bit-Proof Fence. Not the kind of film that s ever going to be recommended
by your parish priest, Mea Maxima Culpa is an extremely well-researched
documentary setting out how carefully, deliberately---and how very hard---
the Catholic church worked to protect paedophile priests instead of the
children they ruined; and, through some of the best journalism ever, how
that protection went to the very top: the Pope himself. It makes the blood
boil cold. If you watch this and remain Catholic, you care more about the
politics of the afterlife than the torture of the helpless in this one.
Best of the rest: Mon: Life, Above All, 5.10 pm Max; Tues: *Anonymous,
7.40 pm Max; Wed: Think Like a Man, 10 pm HBOC; Thurs: Horrible
Bosses, 9 pm HBOC; Fri: The Last Station, 9 pm HBOC; Sat: Field of
Dreams, 6 am TCM.
*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
Early Eddie in a great role
Paul-Robert Pryce and Natalie Paul in She Talks to Beethoven. PHOTO COURTESY DANIELA FIFI
In Adrienne Kennedy's She Talks to Beethoven, an African-American woman living in 1961 post-independence
Ghana finds comfort in the spirit of famed German composer Ludwig van Beethoven after the disappearance
of her husband.
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Braithwaite, the director, helmed Pryce s production
of Smile Orange at the Little Carib in 2001. She is
Barbadian by descent and the release quoted her as
saying about She Talks to Beethoven:
"The mix of languages, French and English, presents
viewpoints of post-colonial locations reflected all over
the world especially the Caribbean. The shared
Caribbean heritage of many of the collaborators---
installation designer Abigail Deville (Dominican descent),
actress Natalie Paul (Haitian descent), actor Paul Pryce
(Trinidad/Martinique/Jamaican descent), and my own
Barbadian descent---created an environment where
this shifting of languages felt natural and unforced in
trying to communicate the complexities of the char-
acters collective psyches."
The playwright, Adrienne Kennedy, has won several
awards and honours for her work, the release noted,
including a Guggenheim fellowship, the American
Academy of Arts and Letters award, PEN/Laura Pels
Award for Master American Dramatist, and three Obie
Awards (given by the Village Voice newspaper for off-
Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions).
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