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Today's also rans include two former picks, one
excellent (The Artist, 8.15 am HBOC BEST
FILM OF THE WEEK) and one very good
(Argo, 6.45 pm HBOC), a documentary that
will thrill the intellectual sections of the horror
crowd (Room 237, 2.40 pm Max) and two
chances to see one of the most influential
Westerns ever shot (the 1939 version of Stagecoach, 2.10 pm and again 10 pm
The kiddie choice today peaks at tertiary level, so to speak (Monsters University,
5 pm HBO). The week offers one of BC on TV's most beloved horrors (*A Nightmare
on Elm Street, 10 pm Tuesday TCM), a strong feminist/humanist Jodie Foster (The
Accused, 10 pm Monday TCM), a contender for Spielberg's best (*Schindler's List,
5.05 pm Tuesday TCM) and, on the other end of the scale, a chance to see, for free
(so you waste only your time) how bad a film a genuinely great filmmaker can make
(Side Effects, 9 pm Wednesday HBO).
Today's best film: The Dark Knight aka Batman (Christopher Nolan/ 2008/ UK-
USA/Crime-Thriller/ 152 mins/ PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some
menace), 9.30 pm HBO Family.
Watch this if you liked Batman Begins, Watchmen or Sin City. By far the best Bat-
man film made to date, The Dark Knight surpasses the first film of the Christopher
Nolan/Christian Bale trilogy, which was itself the best non-animated, non-Frank
Miller or Alan Moore depiction on screen of the near anti-hero. It also trumps the vi-
olence-as-spectacle conclusion and even (and BC on TV never thought it would say
this) features a better Joker than Jack Nicholson in the first Tim Burton/Michael
Keaton Batman. The late Heath Ledger steals the show in his last major role (dis-
counting the dubious Imaginarium of Dr Whatshisname) and makes sure no one
will ever play the Joker as if he were the King. Hugely entertaining, almost as dis-
turbing, this is Hollywood at its best.
Rest of the week: Killer Joe (William Friedkin/ 2011/ USA/ Crime-Thriller/ 102
mins/ R for strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and
language), 6.15 pm Monday HBOC.
Watch this if you liked The Paperboy, Prisoners or The Woodsman. One wouldn't
be surprised to find disturbing themes in a film by the maker of The French Connec-
tion, The Exorcist and The Boys in the Band, even though he was aged 76, but
William Friedkin outdoes himself with a hugely watchable film about a corrupt cop
turned hired killer who is also merrily skating on thin underage sex ice. This ex-
tremely edgy kind of material should not be manageable at all---as films like Birth
and Mysterious Skin illustrate---but Friedkin handles it so well that the viewer does-
n't have the chance to react with revulsion. Not for everyone, and many who do
enjoy it may well be attracted for reasons far more base than the appreciation of
the filmmaker's craft, perhaps; but it remains a surprisingly well-made film about
distressing subject matter.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa/ 2011/ USA/ Romantic Comedy-
Drama/ 118 mins/ PG-13 for coarse humour, sexual content and language) 9 pm
Watch this if you liked Hall Pass, The Hangover or The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Crazy,
Stupid, Love is far less coarse than any of the films to which it is compared and
probably delivers fewer belly laughs, but the script is tighter than all the others, its
pacing more polished and the story unfolds far better---and it still will have you
laughing out loud often. It is quite a polished little film with very strong perform-
ances from Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, whose vehicle it is. Few rom-coms could
be labelled "intelligent" without chortling, but this is one of them.
Not for the kiddiewinks, perhaps, but teenaged offspring will chuckle along with
parents; if they laugh out loud in some places, they're probably far more aware than
Best of the rest: Mon: Cinderella Man, 7 pm MaxW; Tues: Monsters University,
5.45 pm HBOC; Wed: Looper, 6 pm HBOC; Thurs: Donnie Brasco, 10 pm TCM; Fri: Tin-
ker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 9.15 pm Max; Sat: Letters from Iwo Jima, 7.30 am HBOC.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled In-
ternet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
The T&T Film Festival is mak-
ing a call for submissions for its
Film in Development award. The
award is a place in the Rotterdam
Lab for producers at the presti-
gious International Film Festival
Rotterdam in January 2015.
The Rotterdam Lab---of which
the T&T Film Festival is a nom-
inating partner---is designed to
provide emerging film producers
with assistance in getting their
film projects completed and
brought to audiences around the
world. The lab includes panel dis-
cussions organised on different
topics, like development, produc-
tion, sales, financing, distribution,
promotion and television.
In these panels, experts from
the international film industry pro-
vide producers tools on how to
present their projects and how to
build up a useful international net-
In addition to the organised lab
programme, selected producers are
encouraged to take advantage of
their time in Rotterdam as much
as possible by strengthening their
network and participating in other
events, like networking lunches,
cocktails and other panels.
To be eligible for the Film in
Development award, you must be
a citizen or permanent resident of
a Caribbean country producing a
film in the region. You must pro-
• A producer s statement
• A treatment between five and
ten pages long
• An estimated budget
• A list of key crew members (if
any are committed)
In addition to a place on the lab,
the chosen producer will be pro-
vided with five nights accommo-
dation in Rotterdam as well as a
festival pass and invitations to net-
working events. Please note the
lab is conducted in English and
airfare and per diem are the
responsibility of the producer.
Matthew McConaughey and Juno Temple in Killer Joe.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
'Killer' on thin ice
The 2012 Film in Development award
went to Deresha Beresford and Teneille
Newallo for their film, The Cutlass.
PHOTO COURTESY T&T FILM FESTIVAL
Film Fest calls for
movies for 'Film in
Send your submission to
(subject line: Film in
Development Award) no later
than September 1. Shortlisted
candidates will be notified by
September 14 and the awardee
will be announced at the ttff/13
awards ceremony on
The award is sponsored by
The T&T Film Festival announced last week on
its Web site that the opening night film of this
year s festival will be Pan! Our Music Odyssey.
Directed by Jérôme Guiot and written by Kim
Johnson, Pan! is a docudrama about the instrument
and features re-enactments of some of the key
moments from its history.
Johnson, the foremost pan researcher in T&T, is
the author of such books as The Illustrated Story
of Pan and If Yuh Iron Good You is King: The Pan
Pioneers of T&T.
Belgium-born filmmaker Guiot---who has been
awarded in France for his music-video work with
the pop artist Stromae---directed the film. Barthélémy
Fougea (who received the César, the French equivalent
of the Oscar, for best documentary in 2014 for the
film On the Way to School) and Jean Michel Gibert
(Maturity Productions/Caribbean Music Group)
served as producers. They will be present to introduce
"I always thought of T&T as the place to unveil
Pan! to the public," said Gibert.
"I am happy we will be doing so at the T&T Film
Festival, before the film travels abroad to other film
festivals, theatrical releases, and network televi-
Eighty minutes long, Pan! Our Music Odyssey
dramatises the almost mythical invention of pan in
the 1940s, and then surges forward to tell the stories
of people from all over the world---T&T, France,
Japan, the USA---who have staked everything on
their love of the instrument, and whose passion
and daring draw them each year to the "world
championships" of pan, Panorama.
Pan! is interlaced with dramatic re-enactments
of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement,
which was born into poverty and violence but
climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic
"The T&T Film Festival is honoured to be asso-
ciated with Pan!, a film that celebrates the history
of our magnificent steelpan," said Bruce Paddington,
T&T Film Festival founder and festival director.
"We are proud that it will be opening the festival,
on what we expect to be a triumphant note."
The opening night, September 16, will mark the
film s world premiere.
It is scheduled to take place at Napa, Frederick
Street, Port-of-Spain. The festival said on its Web
site that ticket information would be out soon.
Pan! opens Film Festival
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