Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 20th 2014 Contents Paintings on display at the Art Society's art market. Photos courtesy: The Art Society.
Easter weekend and the film choice
has risen from the dead. Today s Also
Rans include a young adult sci-fi (*The
Hunger Games, 9.45 am HBOC, and
again Tuesday 9 pm), a fun family ani-
mated flick (Wreck-It Ralph, 7 pm
HBOF, and again Thursday 6.05 pm),
the definitive stuck-in-a-philosophi-
cal-rut comedy (Groundhog Day, 8 pm TCM) and the movie that spawned
the modern romantic-killer-thriller genre (Fatal Attraction, 10 pm TCM).
Tomorrow s holiday viewing is almost as good, with another rewarding family
flick (Underdog, 12.05 noon HBOF), the first of the best known intellectual
romance trilogies (Before Sunset, 11 am Max), a strong Jude Law vehicle
(Breaking and Entering, 4.45 pm Max) and a worrying film about the Irish
Troubles (In the Name of the Father, 10 pm TCM). The week includes two
of last week s picks, BC on TV s favourite Guy Ritchie flick (*Snatch, 10 pm
Wednesday MaxW) and many people s favourite Western (*Unforgiven, 8 pm
Wednesday Enc3), as well as a contender for Worst Movie Ever Made, which
was difficult to avoid picking as an unintentional comedy (Glitter, 5.30 pm
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Ben-Hur (William Wyler/ 1959/ USA/ Action-Ad-
venture-Drama-Not Very Accurate History/ 212 mins/ G) 4.05 pm Turner
Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked 300, Quo Vadis or The Ten Com-
mandments. Affectionately summarised by the Time Out Film Guide as "a
four-hour Sunday School lesson" with the compensations of the chariot
race scene, lots of phallic object-grasping by Charlton Heston and as
much male nudity as the time permitted, Ben-Hur remains surprisingly
watchable half-a-century-and-half-a-decade after it was made. Yes, the
chariot race scene (which required 38 pages to be added to the three-word
summation in the script) remains the best nine of the film s 212 minutes
and, yes, the urban legends about Ben-Hur, such as that four stuntmen
died in filming the chariot race, or that you can see a red VW beetle come
round a corner with the chariots, may be better than the movie itself, but
few films that could attract the classification "gladiator" provide a better
family option on an Easter Sunday; even if the rapturous First Communion
student is likely to be impressed and his or her cynical atheist parents only
REST OF THE WEEK: Mischief Night (Penny Woodcock/ 2006/ UK/
Drama-Comedy-Teen/ 93 mins/ PG-15) 6.30 pm tomorrow HBOC.
Watch this if you liked Kidulthood, Millions or Bend It Like Beckham. Not
nearly as rough as Kidulthood but not as sweet as either of the other two
films, this account of activities on the English equivalent of Halloween but
with tricks only, no treats, takes as its real heart the connections between
the old and the new, as reflected in friendship and romance between
Asian-English and white-English people on and around a housing estate.
This is precisely the kind of film BC on TV takes a delight in recommend-
ing to genuine film-lovers, who might otherwise miss such a treat, even
if---particularly since---a film with a pagan festival setting screens on the
holiest Christian day of the year.
The French Connection (William Friedkin/ 1971/ USA/ Crime-Thriller-
Action/ 104 mins/ R), 4.50 pm Tuesday Turner Classic Movies BEST FILM
OF THE WEEK. Watch this if you liked The Departed, Mean Streets or Won-
derland. The gritty tale of Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo---Gene Hackman
and Roy Scheider in two of their most exceptional roles---is one of the great
New York City movies and features the film school textbook chase scene,
one of the best chases ever shot in cinema, and one that remained unsurpassed
(as an on-foot chase) for 35 years, an entire anthropological generation, until
it was clipped by the one in the Daniel Craig Casino Royale. No 70 on the
American Film Institute s Top 100 American Films list.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 7 pm Max; Tues:
The Campaign, 6.30 pm HBOC; Wed: Clear History, 6.03 pm HBO; Thurs:
Basic Instinct, 10 pm TCM; Fri: Small Apartments, 5.45 pm HBOC; Sat:
Indecent Proposal, 6.20 am TCM.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
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The Art Society will host an art market on April
26 from 9 am-2pm at the society s grounds, corner
of Jamaica Boulevard and St Vincent Avenue, Fed-
eration Park. The event is an opportunity to see
and support a wide variety of creative works, includ-
ing miniature pieces by Maureen Ottier and hand-
painted scarves by Reita Antoine. This is the second
event of this kind for the ASTT at their headquarters.
The first art market was held in December last year
with over 45 artists displaying their work.
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Art Society hosts art market
Hand-painted scarves by Reita Antoine.
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