Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 6th 2014 Contents Douen Islands is an ongoing collaborative project
that draws on folklore---specifically the myth of the
child spirit---as a resource to explore personal and
collective anxieties and to investigate the complexity
of identities in the present-day context of T&T.
The project thrives on input from a range of creative
people, including writers, artists and musicians.
Douen Islands was launched in 2013 by lead col-
laborators, poet Andre Bagoo and graphic designer
Kriston Chen. The group s first products were an e-
book and a series of videos.
The next chapter in the project s development is
a component of the lead-up to this year s Bocas Lit
Fest, which will run from April 23 to 27. On Saturday
April 12, as part of the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest pre-
festival programme, the Douen Islands collaborators
will present an experimental reading event, Douen
Islands: In Forest and Wild Skies.
The event will feature poetry from Andre Bagoo
and Shivanee Ramlochan and prose from Sharon
Millar. The presentation will also include moving
images by Kriston Chen and sitar recordings from
Douen Islands: In Forest and Wild Skies will take
place from 8 pm at Alice Yard, 80 Roberts Street,
Woodbrook. --- Marsha Pearce
It s not so much that we re spoiled
for choice as the choice has spoiled.
Today s second- and third-best bets are
both Holocaust films (*Schindler s List,
1pm TCM---actually today s best film,
by fa---and In Darkness, 6.30 pm, and
again Tuesday 9 pm Max). Nothing else
merits inclusion in even the Also Ran column, although Larry David fans
will lick up what is really a long Curb Your Enthusiasm episode (Clear History,
11 am HBO). Anyone who loves quality film can depress him- or herself by
watching the kind of entirely brainless action flick that just needs a pretty
face, even if it s a male one, and an explosion every few frames to succeed
(White House Down, 3.15 pm HBOC). The week is even more dismal, apart
from the best film of the week, with only a Richard Pryor bio (Omit the
Logic, 9 pm Thursday HBOC) and newish concerts from the oldest rock-
and-rollers in the world worthy of a glance (Neil Young: Journeys, 7.30 pm
Monday HBO, The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun, 9 pm Friday HBO2);
it might really be time to get yourself a Blu-ray player for Easter.
TODAY'S BEST FILM: The Hunger Games (Gary Ross/ 2012/ USA/ Sci-fi-
Adventure-Thriller/ 142 mins/ PG-13 for intense violent thematic mate-
rial and disturbing images), 3.15 pm HBOC and again 5 pm Thursday HBO.
Watch this if you liked Lord of the Flies, Battle Royale or Over the Edge.
Probably the most successful young-adult book series aimed at females
since Louisa May Alcott had Little Women turn into Young Wives in the
late 19th century (even if the plot is stolen from the Japanese cult classic,
Battle Royale), The Hunger Games trilogy made for reading as thrilling as,
say, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For parents who want to see what all
the fuss is about, the first film, though not nearly as good as the first book,
explains that your daughters aren t as foolish as they were when they raved
over, say, the Twilight series. The special effects are great but the real star
of the show is the excellent Jennifer Lawrence, who took our breath away
in Winter s Bone and brought it back with a gasp in American Hustle.
REST OF THE WEEK: Higher Learning (John Singleton / 1995/ USA/
Drama/ 127 mins/ R for violence, sexuality and strong language), 9 pm
Monday HBOC. Watch this if you liked Do the Right Thing, This is Eng-
land or American History X. John "Boyz n the Hood" Singleton s tale of
racial tension at an American university features strong performances
from a star-studded cast including Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Connelly
and a hip hop star-studded cast including Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes---
but the script, sadly, is closer to cliché than classic. It s not Spike Lee, but
it will do.
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese/ 1976/ USA / Drama-Thriller/ 113 mins/
Rated R) 10 pm Friday Turner Classic Movies. BEST FILM OF THE WEEKEND.
Watch this if you liked The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon or No
Country for Old Men. Martin Scorsese s best film, for many---and one of the
great New York movies---also features what is Robert De Niro s best role for
most: Travis Bickle, the yellow cab driver going slowly insane who, by sheer
bizarre luck, ends up on the shiny side of the American Dream. Stunning
cinematography, a great soundtrack, Harvey Keitel, Cybil Shepherd, and Jodie
Foster s amazing debut as a child prostitute make this a great American film---
though the AFI ranks it only at 47. Few things approaching middle age stand
up so well.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: *Marvel s The Avengers, 4.30 pm HBOC; Tues:
Tom Horn, 4.30 pm TCM; Wed: *Alvarez Kelly, 8 pm Enc3; Thurs: In a
World, 6.15 pm HBOC; Fri: Ironweed, 5.45 pm TCM; Sat: The Butterfly Ef-
fect, 7.30 am MaxW.
*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 April 6, 2014
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Tyra Banks and Omar Epps in the John Singleton film Higher Learning.
IMAGE COURTESY: KRISTON CHEN
reading at Alice Yard
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