Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2014 Contents A pretty miserable range of choice sends you scampering to the big screen
for the best of the Also Rans (X-Men: Days of Future Past, various times,
MovieTowne, Invaders Bay, POS [X-Men 3D: 10.45 am, 1.45 pm, 4.45 pm,
7.45 pm, 11 pm; XMen 2D: 6 pm, 9 pm]; Chaguanas [X-Men 3D: 10.45 am,
1.45 pm, 4.45 pm, 7.45 pm, 11 pm], and
Tobago [8 pm, 10.45 pm). Even if you
stay home, it's for older, less spectacular
film versions of one comic book hero
(Batman [Michael Keaton], 12.45 pm
midday MaxW, Batman Returns, 1 pm
TCM, Batman Forever, 3.15 pm TCM)
or another (Spider-Man, [Toby Mcguire]
3 pm MaxW, Spider-Man 2--- still the
best web-slinging scene in the pizza delivery intro, 5.15 pm MaxW) or a com-
ing-of-age film that's better than all the Also Rans but too recently picked
to be placed above them (*What Maisie Knew, 1.20 pm Max). The week
includes one of the great American films, also just too recently picked to be
named (*Chinatown, 10 pm Thursday TCM BEST FILM OF THE WEEK)
and a chance to be disappointed by the film version of a truly magnificent
book without paying for it (Midnight's Children, 8.50 pm tomorrow Max).
More objective/less enthusiastic Wong Kar Wei fans may not share BC on
TV's unbridled enthusiasm for his first English-language film, the only reason
it wasn't picked (My Blueberry Nights, 8.15 pm tomorrow MaxW).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: *Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantion/2013/
USA/Western-Action-Drama-Thriller/165 mins/R for strong graphic vio-
lence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity) 6 pm today
HBOC. Watch this if you liked Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years a Slave or Saw.
Quentin Tarantino's latest film jumps past everything since Reservoir Dogs
and Pulp Fiction to sit with them, along with the screenplay of True Ro-
mance, as a contender for his best. Long on homage and filled to bursting
with the originality he can so often explode, his take on the Western is ex-
tremely violent and just as thought-provoking. The trouble with his brand
of lavish violence is it is artistically justified in his case, but never could be
in the thousands of copycats he inspires. Dark, troubling, upsetting and,
somehow, hugely entertaining. Not for the Sunday School crowd, perhaps,
REST OF THE WEEK: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah/1969/USA/ West-
ern/154 mins/R) 5.55 pm Friday Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you
liked No Country for Old Men, Unforgiven or 3.10 to Yuma. Sam Peckinpah's
best-loved Western follows a band of hard men to their destinies; stunning
cinematography throughout, including the spellbinding, mood-setting
opening scene in which children drop a live scorpion into an ants' nest and
watch it die. A Western for people who can't stand Westerns, BC on TV
would rank it much higher than the American Film Institute did (No 80 in
the Top 100 American films).
Dark Water (Walter Salles/2005/USA/Horror-Drama-Thriller/105 mins/PG-
13 for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images
and brief language) 10 pm Friday MaxW. Watch this if you liked Ringu (remade
as The Ring in the USA), Ju On (remade as The Grudge) or Shutter (remade,
to the eternal confusion of DVD suppliers, as Shutter). Perhaps the only
American remake of a Japanese horror that might be better than the original,
the American version's superior production values make the film much easier
to follow, which adds substantially to its creepy vibe. Additionally, the far
more literal American approach that usually annihilates the essence of the
horror, actually adds to spookiness. This is both good drama and a horror
for people who don't like horrors.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Trading Places, 6.20 pm TCM; Tues: Ed Wood,
6.15 pm MaxW; Wed: *Seven Psychopaths, 9 pm HBOC; Thurs: *Quiz Show,
6.05 pm TCM; Fri: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 4.30 pm MaxW;
Sat: Serpico, 7 am Max.
*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 June 15, 2014
Earlier this month local students of the perform-
ing arts at tertiary level were given the opportunity
to apply for the Neil Latchman Bursary for Voice
Internationally renowned T&T-born tenor Latch-
man returned home to perform during the celebration
of this country's 50th anniversary of independence.
The $5,000 bursary is granted on the basis of financial
need and offered to promising and outstanding stu-
dents in pursuit of vocal (singing) studies at tertiary
It is also one of the initiatives of the Patrons of
Queen's Hall's Development Programme. Applicants
must be between 18 and 28.
Patrons of Queen's Hall CEO and administrator
Terri Roxborough says the bursary was offered for
the first time this year and will be offered every year
on or near its anniversary date in the month of June.
Out of three students who applied, Daniel de
Cranie-Pierre, was awarded the bursary.
"The quality standard of the applicants was very
high. Daniel de Cranie-Pierre, at age 21, is very pro-
fessional in his approach to his singing studies. He
exudes a lot of positive energy and has a beautiful,
rich baritone voice. Daniel was very convincing in
his performance," Roxborough said.
The finals of the bursary auditions took place in
the Queen's Hall lobby on June 2.
De Cranie-Pierre is studying voice at State Uni-
versity of New York (Suny) at Plattsburgh.
"As a student studying abroad, every little bit
counts. So I took a leap of faith," he said.
For the audition, de Cranie-Pierre performed the
passionate piece Von Ewiger Liebe (Of Eternal Love)
A choir member at the Sixth Form Government
School, he went on to compete in the SanFest com-
petition as a soloist. After being introduced to noted
vocal coach June Nathaniel, he trained for five months
before competing in the 2012 Music Festival, going
on to win the categories boys' vocal solo (16-19) and
religious contemporary solo (16-19).
"All this led to me applying for the State University
of New York at Plattsburgh where I had an amazing
first year of study experiencing growth I only thought
possible in my dreams."
To continue to raise funds to support his studies,
de Cranie-Pierre plans a series of concerts both in
his home town of Sangre Grande on July 13 at St
James the Just Anglican Church and later on in Port-
of-Spain on a date yet to be finalised.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Better go cinema this week
Outside of cinema, today's best is Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx,
Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Young singer Daniel de Cranie-Pierre,
winner of the inaugural bursary.
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