Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 2nd 2014 Contents Carnival Sunday and, even though BC
on TV sends you to the movies TWICE
today, the cable/DirecTV choice could
keep you at home, with two films that
could easily have been named best of the week (*The Artist, 7.10 pm Max,
Schindler s List, 2.35 pm TCM) and two others BC on TV will itself watch,
a Palestine-leaning documentary (5 Broken Cameras, 5.30 pm Max) and a rock
concert (Radiohead at Austin City Limits 8 pm HBO2). Carnival Monday offers
another possible best film of the week in BC on TV s by far and away-favourite
Western, not picked only because it was recently (*Heaven s Gate, 9 pm Monday
Enc3) and the perfect musical for the non-soca crowd feeling like they re being
blocked in (Pink Floyd: The Wall, 10 pm TCM). After that, it s a long, mostly
cinematically dry week to another great Western, generally regarded as Sam
Peckinpah s best (*The Wild Bunch, 5.15 pm Friday TCM).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen/ 2013/ UK-USA/
Biography-Drama-History/ 134 mins/ Rated R for violence, cruelty, some
nudity and brief sexuality) 11 am today, 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm every day, and
11 pm Friday and Saturday, MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain BEST FILM OF
THE WEEK. Watch this if you liked Amistad, Boys Don t Cry or Django Un-
chained. Time your arrival at or departure from your Carnival Sunday all-
inclusive fete to allow you to see the most eagerly anticipated film amongst
the world s filmmakers, which has finally reached the big screens in
Trinidad, just when Trinidadians take on serious movies the least! The best
films in T&T have the shortest runs and this may be the best film of the cen-
tury, so go real fast. It is harsh, deeply upsetting, painful to endure---and
critically important. This is where we started from, and it s no surprise
where we ended up, still willing to inflict pain on one another at the drop of
an eyelash. T&T will be able to assess itself, as a society, depending on
whether it "prefers" this historically accurate account or the Quentin
Tarantino version with plenty more explosion and thing. Harsh as it is, it
could have been a lot harder, if the worst moments of Solomon Northup s
autobiography had been included.
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK: Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener/ 2013/
USA/ Romantic Comedy/ 93 mins/ Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual con-
tent, comic violence, language and partial nudity) 10.40 am today, 1 pm,
3.30 pm, 6 pm, 8.30 pm, and 10.45 pm Friday and Saturday MovieTowne,
Port-of-Spain. Watch this if you liked Blue Jasmine, Nobody Walks or The
Sessions. Toss your pirate DVD copy out and head for the big screen for
James "Tony Soprano" Gandolfini s last film and the first moving pictures to
properly harness the huge dramatic talent of Julia "Elaine on Seinfeld"
Louis-Dreyfus. Enough Said represents both Independent American cin-
ema and the least reliable of all movie genres, the romantic comedy, at their
best. Centred squarely on the relationships between its characters and the
outstanding performances of all, including Catherine Keener in support,
Enough Said never flags for an instant and offers enough laughs to more
than make up for the one fly in the ointment, namely, a plot that might have
worried Shakespeare over its believability.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven/ 1984/ USA/ Horror/ 91 mins/ R
for violence, strong language and sexual content) 10 pm Thursday Turner
Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Insidious, Paranormal Activity or The
Shining. BC on TV s third-favourite horror, after The Shining and The Exorcist,
Nightmare s magic comes from director Craven s melding of the dream world
with the waking one to create a film as big on atmosphere as it was small on
budget. Three full decades after it was made (without a frame of CGA), the
viewer s body hair stands on end for several of the most memorable images
in cinema, like Freddy trying to push through the wall above Nancy s bed
(achieved with a piece of ordinary latex and a startling imagination) or the
children skipping rope, singing, "One, two/ Freddie s coming for you" up to
"Nine, ten/ Never sleep again". Arguably the most astonishing sight in the
film, though, is an unbelievably young, pre-21 Jump Street Johnny Depp. Rec-
ommended like obeah.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: A Lonely Place to Die, 10 pm HBO; Tues: *Das
Boot, 3 pm TCM; Wed: Everything Is Illuminated, 9 pm MaxW; Thurs:
Romeo and Juliet (1968 Franco Zifferelli version), 3pm TCM; Fri: The Wild
Bunch, 5.15 pm TCM; Sat: Pale Rider, 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.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt March 2, 2014
A Trifecta of the Week's
Best Films on the Box
Chiwetel Ejiofor, left, and Michael Fassbender in a scene from 12 Years a Slave.
Wind your way
to the cinema
"Bringing out a band two weeks before Carnival?
Boy, that is a Minshall mas." The incredulous asser-
tion of a visitor to 33 Murray Street echoes across
a quiet evening in Woodbrook.
This is the mas camp of Miss Miles, the band
from Tony Hall and Cecilia Salazar which will bring
Gene Miles back to the streets on Carnival Mon-
Registration started exactly 14 days before show-
time. Challenging, even for this crew: 3Canal on
music, Frank Agarrat and Robin Foster on sound,
a Peter Minshall design, Meiling for costume pro-
The proficiency of the band s creators certainly
helps but it brings its own pressures. Not every
band has to postpone a prototype review because
the Prime Minister wants to give the designer a
house. Salazar and 3Canal are performing their own
stage musical, Grimee, every night at Queen s Hall
for the week before Carnival.
Hall is chaperoning students on panyard tours in
his capacity as a university professor. "My day job
in the night," he says.
Ten days before Carnival, Hall lists the band s hot
issues: "Boobs and music."
The costume silhouette was vexatious from the
start. Minshall s design is inspired by a specific pho-
tograph of Gene Miles: poised, cinched, pneumatic:
the 60s woman. Hair, lips, bust and hips are critical
to this mas, but there is a distinction between satire
and parody; Miss Miles is not a Dame Lorraine.
Then there s sound quality. Keeping a truck on
the road is part of what Hall terms "the secret effi-
ciency of Carnival." CONTINUES ON PAGE B30
Look for Miss Miles on Carnival Monday
afternoon, Black I on Carnival Tuesday
afternoon, and Suck it and Warriors of
Huaracan on both days. All bands will pass the
major judging points.
mas claims its space
Barbados-born, New Jersey-resident
writer AUSTIN FIDO continues his
series of articles attempting to get
behind the mas---from concept to
design to production and performance.
Minshall's Miss Miles.
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