Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 4th 2014 Contents Today s Also Rans include two much-
liked former (Michael Collins, 1pm,
Unforgiven, 10 pm TCM), and two likely
future picks (Hang Em High, 8pm Enc3,
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, 12.45 pm
midday Max). Today s top pick gets the
spot partly because it may be the last
chance to see it the way it should be
and partly because BC on TV can t be sure the second pick will have English
subtitles. Today s third film is certainly today s best film and might have been
the week s, if that title wasn t taken by the film that surely would have been
picked today if it hadn t been in mid-April (Elephant, 5.45 pm Thursday Max
BEST FILM OF THE WEEK).
TODAY'S (probably actually third) BEST FILM: Captain America: The
Winter Soldier (Anthony & Joe Russo/ 2014/ USA/ Action-Sci-fi-Adven-
ture/ 136 mins /PG-13 for intense sequences of violence gunplay and ac-
tion throughout) 3D: 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm, 11 pm and 2D: 6.15 pm, 9.15
pm MovieTowne, Invaders Bay; 3D: 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm, 11 pm Movi-
eTowne Chaguanas; 4.45 pm and 7.45 pm MovieTowne Tobago. Watch
this if you liked Marvel s The Avengers, Terminator 2 or any of the Trans-
formers films. Far better than the first Captain America movie, or it
wouldn t be worth recommending at all, this is a very long, very action-
filled movie that keeps you enthralled all the way. Yes, Samuel L Jackson,
Scarlett Johannson and even Robert Redford are wasted and, no, it won t
change your life in the slightest when you ve got up from your seat but,
while you re there, you ll see some of the best action sequences ever shot.
The Blu-ray will be grand, no doubt, but the big digital screen is the only
way to see such genuinely awesome special effects. Don t miss it.
ALSO TODAY: The Pirogue (Moussa Touré/ 2012/ Senegal/ Drama/ 87
mins/ PG-13) 9.35 am Max. Watch this if you liked Johnny Mad Dog, The
Poseidon Adventure or Captain Phillips. None of the films to which it s
compared reflects the depth or compassion of Moussa Touré s celluloid
monument to the Africans who die or vanish at a rate of one in ten in the
waters between North Africa and Southern Europe. Largely set aboard the
boat itself, this film is gripping from start to finish, with occasional ten-
sion levels that match or surpass those conveyed by Alfred Hitchcock in
Lifeboat and perhaps even Wolfgang Petersen in Das Boot. Intrigue, be-
trayal, hope and its dashing are the subjects of a deeply moving film that,
in its last frame, portrays the pointless anguish of its protagonists. A won-
derful, if heartbreaking, film.
Searching for Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul/ 2012/ Sweden-UK-USA/
Documentary-Biography-Music/ 86 mins/ Rated PG-13 for brief strong lan-
guage and some drug references) 11.10 am Max. Watch this if you liked
Intouchables, 42 or Standing in the Shadows of Motown. The winner of the
2013 Best Documentary Oscar, Bafta, Broadcast Film Critics Association,
Cinema for Peace, Directors Guild, Durban Film Festival and two dozen other
awards deserved every bit of recognition it got---and then more. One of the
best-edited documentaries BC on TV is familiar with (only Dave Chapelle s
Block Party uses editing to enhance storytelling better), and one of the few
good things to have emerged out of South African apartheid, this is documentary
film storytelling at its best. The music is excellent but you could have no
musical appreciation whatsoever and still love a film that could be the other
bookend of The Story of Anvil.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Unforgiven, 10 pm TCM; Tues: The Outlaw
Josey Wales, 6.05 pm TCM; Wed: The Adventures of Tintin, 5 pm HBOF;
Thurs: Escape from New York, 10 pm TCM; Fri: *Argo, 3 pm HBO; Sat:
*Beverly Hills Cop, 6.30 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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A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Don't miss this Captain America
Author Lynn Joseph remem-
bers exactly how her dream of
being a writer began.
"I grew up on Princess Margaret
Avenue, next to the Diego Martin
River, at the time the river was
being torn up to build the high-
way. I used to walk around the
river bank and whole stories would
pop into my head," she says.
Joseph attended Bryn Mawr, a
private primary school in Petit Val-
ley, but migrated to the US when
she was eight. Never shelving her
dream to become a writer, she
found creative ways to live up to
her family s expectations of finding
a "sensible" career while position-
ing herself to become a writer.
In the US, she attended the Uni-
versity of Colorado at Boulder and
got a BA in English; then went to
New York, and got a job in a pub-
lishing house, she says, "because
I knew I wanted to be a writer."
While working at Harper & Row
Publishing (now HarperCollins)
she learned what makes a book
"That was a great experience
rather than just going to school
and studying writing."
Pleased with her new job, and
sad she couldn t return to Trinidad
for the summer, Joseph sat at the
Time Life Building, where
she reminisced about home during
her lunch breaks.
"One afternoon I went back to
the office and wrote a collection
of poems, Coconut Kind of Day. All
those feelings about Trinidad came
spilling out in one-and-a-half
At that time, in the late 1980s,
there were few multi-cultural
books being published for children.
Joseph sent her manuscript to
Dinah Stevenson, now the pub-
lisher of Clarion Books in New
York. Three months later, Steven-
son called to say she was buying
Joseph s book.
"The day I got Dinah s call was
the most joyous day I ve experi-
In 1990, Coconut Kind of Day
Although she was now a pub-
lished author, Joseph still found
herself straddling two worlds. She
entered Fordham University School
of Law, where she would earn a
law degree while continuing to
"At that time I was working on
A Wave in My Pocket: Stories from
Trinidad, which was published in
This was followed by An Island
Christmas (1992), The Mermaid s
Twin Sister (1994) and Jasmine s
Parlour Day (1994). Joseph wrote
Jump Up Time: A Trinidad Car-
nival Story (1998) after she was
dazzled by the costumes and
excitement of Trinidad s children s
Joseph recognises she might
not have had the courage ever to
send out her manuscripts if it had-
n t been for her ex-husband,
"In 1988 he brought me a Broth-
er word processor because he
believed I d be a published writer
some day. It was the most
advanced writing tool at the time.
It could hold 25 pages at a time
"It was the first time anyone
believed and supported my dream
and that gift was a symbol of his
confidence in my ability. It was
only then I submitted my manu-
scripts for publication."
The books---all set in T&T---
kept coming: and then, after The
Color of My Words in 2001, every-
thing came to a screeching halt.
Joseph was on her way to a
trial in New York City on Sep-
tember 11, 2001, when the terrorist
attack on the World Trade Center
occurred. Shaken to the core, she
left New York with her two sons
Jared and Brandt.
"It was so traumatic. I moved
to St Thomas. I never did another
trial again and I stopped writing
for many years."
Her comeback came 12 years
later, in 2013, when her young adult
novel Flowers in the Sky, set in
the Dominican Republic, was pub-
lished by HarperCollins.
"It took a lot out of me to write
about Nina, an immigrant girl
coming to the US. Her story was
my story. This book helped me
speak again as a writer."
Joseph still practises law from
home. Since 2005, she works in
research and legal briefs, which
she can do anywhere in the world.
She has just completed The
Truth Is, a book co-written with
her son Brandt. It s the story of a
16-year-old mixed-race surfer
from Tobago who lives in New
"He gets involved in a cyber-
bullying case that has tragic con-
sequences. It s about learning
In April, Joseph returned to
Trinidad to attend the NGC Bocas
Lit Fest. Then she headed for Toba-
"I feel there is a story there,"
author writes of home
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