Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 16th 2014 Contents Into the third week of
Lent, the resolution of
cable and DirecTV to give
up good programming
seems fixed: today s qual-
ity adult film choice is
restricted to late night,
with the day s best and
second-best films both
losing out to today s pick only because they screen that much
later (The Ox-Bow Incident BEST FILM OF THE WEEK 10.45
pm Enc3, and again Thursday 9.20 pm, Animal Kingdom 11
pm MaxW). Apart from that, the Sunday Also-Ran list is
limited to three French animated features on HBO Family, if
you loved the books (Tintin and the Mystery at Shark Lake
9.05 am, Tintin & the Calculus Affair 10 am, Asterix & Obelix:
God Save Britannia 4.10 pm). The week is only marginally less
bleak, with only a couple of Westerns to fuss about, a decent
Charlton Heston one (Major Dundee 8 pm tomorrow Enc3)
and a great John Wayne one (The Searchers 2 pm Friday TCM)
screening at sleep-friendly times, the factor which prevented
two excellent films from being reviewed, though they are sec-
ondary selections for Monday and Saturday. If it s still playing
on the big screen, the top pick from two Sundays ago remains
by far and away this Sunday s best choice (*12 Years a Slave,
possibly still on at MovieTowne Port-of-Spain). If BC on TV
could be sure there would be English sub-titles, an outstanding
Palestinian documentary would certainly have been chosen (5
Broken Cameras 6.20 pm Friday Max).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Basic Instinct (aka Ice Cold Desire)
(Paul Veerhoeven/1992/USA/Thriller-Mystery/ 127 mins/Rated
R for strong violence and sensuality, and for drug use and lan-
guage) 10 pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked
Fatal Attraction, Body Heat or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The most famous leg-crossing scene in cinema overshadows
the very well made film that defined "erotic thriller". The parts
of her role that weren t talked about as much as the leg-crossing
gave Sharon Stone a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination,
proving that the value of the eroticism was the tension it brings
to the mind, not to any other area. For BC on TV, this remains
Michael Douglas best film---to the extent that he can be noticed,
next to Sharon Stone, who really is smoking throughout.
REST OF THE WEEK: Dead Calm (Phillip Noyce/ 1988/
Australia/ Drama-Thriller/ 96 mins/ Rated R for language,
nudity, sex, violence and scenes of peril) 6.40 pm Monday
Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Cape Fear, The
Kill List or Fatal Attraction. Nicole Kidman s first major feature
is just the kind of film BC on TV lives for and thrives on. As
a piece of storytelling alone, it is admirable---the effortless
acquainting of the audience with the necessary backstory, the
rustle-free unfolding of the plot itself---but it excels as a psy-
chological thriller. Open Water was far more harrowing and
Das Boot remains the benchmark for seafaring film anxiety---
but in an all-time competition for Tense Water Scene, there
can be few that will top the one with the cameo from the
insect; you ll know it when you ve sat through it. Heartily rec-
Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg/1993/USA/ Biography-
War-Drama-History-Holocaust/195 mins/Rated R for language,
some sexuality and violence) 4.50 pm Tuesday Turner Classic
Movies. Watch this if you liked Downfall, The Pianist or Life
is Beautiful. A contender for Steven Spielberg s great work and
near the top of most lists of Holocaust films, Schindler s List
is as lovingly made as its subject matter is distressing. With
hardly a lag in its three hours-plus length, the film details one
of humanity s great sins---the systematic, racist murder of six
million innocents, three-quarters of them women and chil-
dren---with surprising restraint. The film could hardly avoid
being harrowing but remains spellbinding. The sequence in
which the rooftop camera follows the child, identified by her
spot-coloured coat in a sea of black-and-white foreshadowed
the use of the blood-splattered lens in the cinematography of
Saving Private Ryan. The performances of the male leads are
astonishing. Yes, he lays the sentimentality on a little thick at
the end---but it at least gives you something to be gruff, instead
of weepy, about.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Saturday Night Fever, 10 pm HBO;
Tues: Bless Me, Ultima, 9 pm HBOC; Wed: Rock of Ages, 5.35
pm HBO; Thurs: Silverado, 6 pm TCM; Fri: Deja Vu, 4.15 pm
MaxW; Sat: Quiz Show, 5.15 am TCM.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Sched-
uled Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
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"Damn! Shorty got her hair down
her back with an ... so phat and a
waist like a tic-tac." The conversation
with actress, writer and producer
Marjuan Canady has taken an unex-
"I get ..... and rims, bitch...it goes
on like that." The 28-year-old graduate
of New York University s Tisch School
of Art concludes, "The lyrics are
She should know; she wrote them.
The slobbering, leering lyrics, and
the obsession with automotive parts in
the chorus, are taken from Girls! Girls?
Girls. (GGG), a satire on the media s
treatment of women, and women of
colour in particular.
Canady, who holds a Master s in Art
and Public Policy, wrote the play in
graduate school, produced and mar-
keted it herself, and toured the one-
woman show, in which she plays all
ten characters, extensively around the
US.In the four years since its first per-
formance, the play has run in regional
theatres, off-Broadway, in high schools,
and at more than 50 American colleges.
Now Canady is developing the work
for a larger audience by turning it into
a feature-length documentary.
The song, Pussy Rims, and its fic-
tional creator, "the hottest rapper in
the game," 40 Ounce, are central to a
performance that is intended to be
funny, over-the-top and inspiring.
"What it says to young women is
they can choose to participate, they
can make their own media. If you don t
like something, you can create your
own story"---and not the story 40
Ounce is telling.
The message struck a chord ("We
got a lot of young people to come to
the theatre") and a nerve. Canady recalls
a performance in LA: "Some people
were walking out, they were concerned
by what I was doing. Because in LA,
this is where people are making deci-
sions to sometimes denigrate people,
and where people are signing off on
It was audience response that
encouraged Canady to try her hand at
filmmaking. After a performance in
Atlanta, a TV network representative
suggested the play be filmed for the
small screen. Canady thought bigger.
"I didn t want to just do the play, I
wanted to do a full-length feature."
Over the last year, she has gathered
the technical and financial support nec-
essary to adapt the 45-minute stage
performance to a screenplay, profes-
sionally filmed on a sound stage in LA.
Staged fiction will be combined with
fact. Canady has spent much of the
past year interviewing real people, such
as Dr Jean Kilbourne, an influential
media critic, and Dee Dee Trotter, the
400m runner who won gold in the
relay and bronze in the individual event
at the 2012 London Olympics.
She also interviewed Calypso Rose.
Canady was born in Washington, DC,
but has visited Trinidad all her life. Her
mother is Trinidadian, and currently
lives in Tobago. It was her T&T heritage
that Canady drew upon last year for
her play, Callaloo: A Jazz Folk Tale.
That production combined music
from Etienne Charles s 2009 album
Folklore, with Canady s own research
into T&T oral traditions of the super-
natural. The resulting theatre combined
music and dance to tell the story of
Winston, a young American visiting
his grandmother in Tobago.
Winston s story is also now a chil-
dren s book, Callaloo, written by
Canady and illustrated by Nabeeh Bilal.
A launch event is being planned for
June 2014, to be staged at the Smith-
sonian in DC. In January of this year,
Canady read from the book at the
National Library in Port-of-Spain, and
in Tobago, where she was acting in The
Resort, a short film by Jamaican-Amer-
ican filmmaker Shadae Lamar Smith.
The Resort looks at tourism in Tobago
from the perspective of its beachfront
entrepreneurs, men strolling the sand
offering snorkeling packages and "other
things" to visitors. Smith intends to
release the film later this year.
Canady hopes her own film will be
ready by January 2015. Four years ago,
she was giving her first public per-
formance of her first play in a Mexican
restaurant in Washington, DC. Now
she is jetting from a Caribbean movie
set to post-production in LA for a 70-
minute feature film. It sounds glam-
orous, but when you get your start
competing with a burrito for attention,
you retain a sense of perspective.
"By training, I am just an actress---
it came together," she says, mindful of
the work still to do to get GGG into
cinemas. "As young people who can t
turn to major studios, we do what we
have to do to create work."
The TV fast continues
T&T heritage artist...
Making noise with documentary
Girls! Girls? Girls.
GRAPHIC DESIGN BY
Artist, performer and filmmaker Marjuan
Canady on set of the documentary Girls!
Girls? Girls., a film based on Canady's
stage play by the same name.
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