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The last Sunday of the year's first
quarter ends with an excess in the made-
for-cable-TV column in the form of all-
day marathons of two of the best series
BC on TV follows (Game of Thrones,
starting 10 am HBO, The Walking Dead,
starting 8 am AMC) but not much in
the Also Ran column, apart from a Coen
Brothers that, though still very good,
not even they would call their best (Barton Fink, 3.30 pm and again tomorrow
at 4.10 pm TCM) and a strong American youth film from the late John
Hughes that still rings true (The Breakfast Club, 7.30 pm TCM). The week
isn't much better, apart from tomorrow, which could have filled all three
choice spots with last week's top pick (*Hard Candy, 6 pm Max), one of the
few black Westerns made (Posse, 8 pm Enc3), an excellent Kevin Costner---
yes, excellent and Kevin Costner in the same phrase---fantasy (Field of Dreams,
6.25 pm TCM) and a Dustin Hoffman thriller that's almost as good as the
book it's based on, which surely would have been picked today if it hadn't
been in January (*Marathon Man, 10 pm TCM).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: The Avengers (aka Marvel's The Avengers) (Joss
Whedon/ 2012/ USA/ Superhero Action/ 143 mins/ PG-13 for intense se-
quences of sci-fi violence and action throughout and a mild drug refer-
ence) 1 pm today and again 9 pm Thursday HBOC. Watch this if you liked
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Amazing Spider-Man or any of Dark
Knight movies. The Avengers is the purest antidote for everyone still feel-
ing poisoned over wasting their time on Man of Steel Birth. Loyal to its
Marvel comics roots, but making the most of modern filmmaking technol-
ogy, The Avengers is everything Man of Travesty isn't: entertaining, capti-
vating and, within its own frame of reference, entirely credible. Have fun
instead of a fit. In high-def, it's visually quite amazing. By far the best of
the Marvel film adaptations yet, it may not change your life, but you won't
think of changing the channel.
REST OF THE WEEK: A Lonely Place to Die (Julian Gibey/ 2012/ UK/ Ac-
tion-Adventure-Crime-Thriller/ 95 mins/ R for strong violence and lan-
guage) 9 pm Monday HBO. Watch this if you liked The Grey, Gone Baby
Gone or Kill List. Though largely set outdoors in the Scottish Highlands, A
Lonely Place to Die manages to be tense to the point of claustrophobic.
Genuinely deserving each of its several genre classifications, it follows the
attempts of a group of hikers to save the life of a kidnapped child buried
alive until the ransom is paid. Shades of Deliverance creep into the country
scenes and, when the action finally gets to a village, the film promptly
segues into No Country for Old Men. Though not quite as good as most of
the films it's compared to, it remains compulsive, if draining, viewing.
Elephant (Gus Van Sant/ 2003/ USA/ Crime-Drama-Thriller/ 81 mins/ Rated
R for disturbing violent content, language, brief sexuality and drug use---all
involving teens) 5 pm Thursday Max. BEST FILM OF THE WEEK. Watch
this if you liked Mean Creek, Old Boy or After Hours. This film is likely to
divide people: some may rail against the cinematography most will love;
some may be as pissed off as others are pleased at the casting of unknown
actors; what a few may declare slow the discerning will find unbearably tense.
The great success of the film, though, is not just its explosive denouement,
but the circular, tension-filled approach that reiterates its inevitability even
as it builds to it. BC on TV will give nothing away about the plot, nor even
its subject matter, on the off chance the viewer is ignorant of same; this is
a film which deserves the full impact for which the filmmaker laboured. Miss
it only if you are giving birth.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: In a World, 9 pm HBOC; Tues: Knights of the
Round Table, 2 pm TCM; Wed: In Darkness. 5.40 pm Max; Thurs: Final
Destination 3, 7.15 pm HBOC; Fri: Wag the Dog, 4.35 pm TCM; Sat: The
Falcon and the Snowman, 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.
The St Joseph's Convent (Port-
of-Spain) Choir concert, We Sing
In Riga!, comes up on April 6 at
Queen's Hall. Featuring Eddie
Cumberbatch, Andre Mangatal,
Renee Solomon, the Symphony
of Saints Steel Orchestra, and the
award-winning St Joseph's Con-
vent Choir, the show is a benefit
to raise funds for the choir's par-
ticipation in the World Choir
Games 2014, in Riga, Latvia.
"The World Choir games is
known as the Olympics of choral
festivals," said an Imagine Media
press release on the event. "St
Joseph's Convent (PoS) Choir will
be the first choir from the
Caribbean to be accepted to per-
form at the World Choir Games.
In addition, the adjudicators were
so impressed with the track record
of the choir at international fes-
tivals that they invited them to
enter the very prestigious Cham-
Participation will cost the choir
about $1 million, including travel
"All proceeds from the concert
will go towards offsetting the cost
of the trip," the release said. "Cor-
porate sponsors such as Nestle,
Media21 and Imagine Media have
already joined the effort to make
the concert a success."
Latin dancers, the 2Cents Move-
ment, Rhythmika (rhythmic gym-
nastics), Gabrielle Francois String
Quartet and Quattro Musica will
also play at the benefit show.
This year's Women in Jazz
series will be held in tribute to
US jazz singer Billie Holiday. The
annual shows, held at Fiesta Plaza
at MovieTowne, return on each
Saturday in April.
Each show will feature a differ-
ent female artiste who will bring
her own creativity to the jazz genre.
"Billie Holiday was an American
jazz singer who passed away in
February 1947 but her music lived
on and was also featured in the
movie Lady Sings The Blues star-
ring Dianna Ross. The Man I Love,
Lady Sings The Blues, and Good
Morning Heartache are some of
the songs that will be featured in
this season of Women in Jazz," said
a press release from Fiesta Plaza.
This edition of the series
includes performances by Lilian
Lopez, Ruth Osman, Mavis John
and Glenda Collens.
Lilian Lopez, a native of
Venezuela, will open the series on
April 5. A mezzosoprano, Lopez
has been experimenting with a
combination of opera, popular
music and jazz she calls MezzoJazz.
Ruth Osman is a regular at the
Fiesta Plaza stage and will be
accompanied on April 12 by pianist
Raf Robertson. Guyanese-born,
Osman is a jazz singer and flutist
who writes her own music and
was recently featured in a tour of
England and France organized by
the Caribbean Export Development
Co.Mavis John performs on April
19. Considered a T&T jazz grande
dame, she plans to sing Strange
Fruit and God Bless the Child, two
of Billie Holiday's greatest hits.
John will be accompanied by
Michael Low Chew Tung of Élan
Bringing down the curtain on
Women in Jazz on April 26 is Glen-
da Collens, artistic director of
Medea, a musical production com-
pany. Last seen on stage at the
3Canal Show Grimee, Collens
holds a bachelor's in music in voice
performance from Boston Univer-
sity and has been featured in solo
recitals in London, France and Italy.
Her own production Swing Out
Live was nominated for six Cacique
Awards. All Women in Jazz shows
are free to the public but dinner
reservations are advised.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
The best of TV's best
St Joseph's Convent
choir hosts benefit show
More info and tickets: Contact
members of the choir, call St
Joseph's Convent at 625-
4502, or call Queen's Hall at
624-1284 or e-mail
Visit the MovieTowne Web
site entertainment page or
call 62-STARS ext 1165.
Women in Jazz sing Billie Holiday
Singer Glenda Collens.
PHOTO COURTESY: FIESTA
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