Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 22nd 2014 Contents Between the World Cup and techno-
logical flaws affecting the availability of
full film schedules last week, BC on TV
is this week reduced to a straightforward
pick of three films for today and the
week, plus the daily recommendation
for the rest of the week.
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Cool Hand Luke
(Stuart Rosenberg/1967/USA-UK-Ireland/Biography-Drama/98 mins/R
for violence, language and some drug content) 3.15 pm Turner Classic
Movies BEST FILM OF THE WEEK. Watch this if you liked Midnight Ex-
press, Hombre or Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. Those who know him
for the salad dressing only have a chance to see one of the men who defined
silver screen presence; Paul Newman s role as the indefatigable prisoner is
his best, for BC on TV (except possibly for his alcoholic lawyer in The Ver-
dict) and the tale of resistance to injustice is particularly relevant to the
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK: The Ox-Bow Incident (William A Well-
man/1943/USA/Western-Crime-Drama/75 mins/Unrated but unsuitable
for younger children) 8.10 am today Enc3. Watch this if you liked High Noon,
Bad Day at Black Rock or Hombre. Though there are limitations modern au-
diences spoilt by computer-generated special effects might find difficult to
overlook, such as the most important scene---the lynching---clearly being
shot in a studio, this is one of the great American Westerns. Its many
strengths include a great script (based on a true story), superb direction and
a magnificent performance from Henry Fonda (and an almost-as-good sup-
porting cast featuring Anthony Quinn). Not so much for the crowd that re-
quires their Westerns to be riddled with bullets as for those who like to leave
a film riddled with doubt.
Dead Calm (Phillip Noyce/1988/Australia/Drama-Thriller/96 mins/Rated
for language, nudity, sex, violence and scenes of peril) 4.25 pm Thursday
Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Cape Fear, The Kill List or
Fatal Attraction. Nicole Kidman s first major feature is just the kind of film
BC on TV lives for and thrives on. As a piece of storytelling alone, it is ad-
mirable---the effortless acquainting of the audience with the necessary
backstory, the rustle-free unfolding of the plot itself---but it excels as a psy-
chological thriller. Open Water was far more harrowing and Das Boot re-
mains the benchmark for seafaring film anxiety---but in an all-time
competition for Tense Water Scene, there can be few that will top the one
with the cameo from the insect; you ll know it when you ve sat through it.
BEST OF THE REST:
Mon: Can t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police, 9 pm HBO; Tues:
*Seven Psychopaths, 9 pm HBO; Wed: Parkland, 9 pm HBO; Thurs: *Dark
Water, 3.15 pm MaxW; Fri: Insidious, 10 pm MaxW; Sat: Lord of the Rings
3: The Return of the King, 6.30 am HBOC.
*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 22, 2014
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
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I think I have taken up the man-
tle of such artists as Alfredo Codal-
lo, but in telling the stories, I am
going in a direction that appeals
to a wider age range.
Each of your pieces can be a
protagonist in a fanciful tale. Do
you use any particular visual
strategies for drawing people to
the characters you create and the
stories that can potentially unfold
with each one?
I do a lot of faces because it is
something people can relate to.
They can have a private conver-
sation with the pieces.
People have also mentioned the
Play-Doh or Plasticine look of my
work, which draws them back into
their childhood, their memories
During your time at Scad you
produced a screen-printed book
called the Mystic Beings. The
book includes images of deities
that represent the elements of
earth, wind, fire and water. Do
the clay sculptures continue this
investigation of the mystical and
The clay sculptures do have a
mysticism to them and are, in a
way, a continuation of ideas in that
book project. I love going to
churches, temples and other places
of worship. They all have icono-
graphies, symbols and deities,
which are reflected in my work.
I incorporate shapes and sym-
bols that even I don t know what
they mean. They come from my
subconscious, from what my
dreams make me remember. It is
only when someone comes and
says, for example, "I see a Hindu
symbol," that I can identify some
of the forms I have produced.
Can you tell me more about the
process of creating these works?
While I am working, I have no
idea what I am doing. The shape
forms itself. I have dot---visual
points in my head that I want to
connect---and the shadow of the
work, but I don t have the final
The process happened in two
ways: After a hard day at work I
would sit with the clay, which
would form itself in one night, or
I would have an intricate idea in
my head for days and it would
continue to develop until I was
ready to sit and produce it. People
see the details in the pieces and
say that it must have involved a
lot of hard work and that I must
be a very patient person but the
process didn t feel like work. I
enjoyed it. I had fun.
I notice your use of the word
"enjoy." Do you know that Raku
is the Japanese word for enjoy-
I didn t know that. I guess my
enjoyment started with Bunty s
Raku classes. By shifting from
graphic design to this sculptural
work, I experienced the enjoyment
of unrestricted freedom.
Graphic design is more client-
based [...] but this art was for me.
There was no one saying: "I don t
like those colours."
I also felt joy in moving from
working on a computer screen to
working with physical materials
from the start of the creative
Do you feel your training in
graphic design has influenced this
I am not sure I am completely
clear about how graphic design
influences this work. However, in
my training I learned about design
elements and principles: line,
shape, space, texture, balance and
so on. I love symmetry. I love bal-
ance---visual balance. I don t think
people are conscious of my use of
symmetry in this work. Even the
layout of the exhibition space at
the gallery is balanced, down to
the spacing of the pieces.
What is next for you? Will you
continue to work with clay?
Yes and no. I am always exper-
imenting and clay is one part of
that process. Clay will influence
my next project in some way. I
want to do a performance art piece.
It is something I have never done.
I always want to try something
different at least once and learn
from the process. That is the great
thing about creativity. There are
many paths of expression you can
Dead Calm, starring Nicole Kidman in her first major feature.
If you're not
Drawing back to childhood
memories and imagination
Greed by Joshua Lue Chee Kong. PHOTO: MARSHA PEARCE.
Moulded Memories runs until
July 10 at Medulla Art
Gallery, 37 Fitt Street,
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