Thank God It’s Friday

The BC ABC of Caribbean movies

NINE YEARS AGO, as a run-up to the sixth Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, I listed my Top Ten Caribbean Films in a snappily titled presentation called, “Men from Africa, Girls from India, Conquistadors from Germany & Some Cosquelle Rebels”. With this year’s festival happening within Carifesta this weekend, I’m revisiting – and substantially changing – that list. 10. Men of Grey I & II. G Anthony Joseph’s graduate film school feature and its sequel, Flight of the Ibis, together constitute a far, far better film than anyone should have been able to make in Trinidad in 1996. A smoking Sean Bartholomew soundtrack, great stunt & fight choreography and Tricia Lee Kelshall in spandex brandishing an automatic pistol shooed this one in; II also remains the only local film I’ve ever seen on read more...

Trini to d Bone

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​Wait Right Here

My name is Simone Pierre and I am a waitress at a restaurant in a luxury Tobago hotel. I come from Cunupia, real countryside. Girl days was in Penal, the home of doubles, alloo pie, everything. I moved from there to Cunupia. I actually went to Siparia Seventh Day Adventists Primary and then Palo Seco Secondary. I’m a believer but I believe in God, not religion. I think religion is just to separate people. I also would agree that religions were invented to keep women down. For me, a woman is an extraordinary individual with the ability to multiply anything. You give her a sperm, she gives you a baby. You give her a house, she gives you a home. Look, we had a female prime minister and now we have a female president and that makes me feel so awesome. I respect the Read more...
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BC Pires

is a barrister by qualification (class of 1984) but, for the last 28 years, has done nothing but write to earn a living. His flagship column, Thank God It’s Friday, has appeared in either the Trinidad Guardian or the Trinidad Express since Ash Friday, 1988. He has written about film from an informed lay perspective for the same period and is as close as the cricket-playing West Indies gets to a film critic (though he refuses that label). He has written for many publications, including the London Sunday Observer and the London & Manchester Guardian. Since 2010, his personality-based feature, “Trini/’Bago to D Bone” has been appearing in the Trinidad Guardian. Since 2002, he has been the editor of Cré Olé, the Trinidad & Tobago annual restaurant guide.

The Secret Diary of Donald J Trump, aged 71 ¾

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Thanks-Taking Day Blues

26 November 2018Deer DairyWhat a bigly disappointment Thanksgiving always is!!!! You have to pretend to like being at home and Melania gave the turkey drumstick to that fat little kid AGAIN IT IS MINE EVEN IF I DON’T EAT IT and I prefer KFC and Big Macs anyway. YOU CAN’T EAT TURKEY WITH FRIES. Just throw away the turkey and eat the fries, bestly advice I always give myself but at least I am around to save America and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN LIKE A SHARK MAKE AMERICA GREAT WHITE AGAIN. read more

​Me Alone Again Naturally Terrific

13 November 2018Deer DairyEverything I did for those Republican losers and they can’t even keep the House! I win them the Senate with my exhaustingly trips all over the country – 72 rallies in six days, Deerest Dairy, just me winning everything for them with my grandly speaking and bestly words, making every nationalist proud, like me – and they lose the House!!!! HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO ME THE DEMO RATS WILL PUBLISH MY TAX RETURNS NOW!!!! I all ways get what I want except when I have to read more

BC on TV

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A Trifecta of What's Best on the Box for Sunday 11 November 2018

On what might be the best day for film choice on cable/DirecTV, ever, all but one of the Also Rans categories have a bolded film – and there’s a Western – one of the best – in the top three! And each of the three choices could legitimately be called BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Today’s Number One Film:*No Country for Old Men, 7.30pm Paramount Channel.Watch this if you liked Apocalypse Now,The Three Burials of Melquiades Estradaor any film by Sam Peckinpah. Part thriller, part Western, as upsetting as it is intriguing, this modern-day drug money heist flick is Cormac McCarthy’s bleak 2005 novel brought to life. It was a natural fit for the Coen Bros’ dark humour and deadpan violence, but it is so overwhelmingly hopeless, it discourages anyone from declaring it Read more...
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