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More than a Trifecta of What's Best at the TT Film Fest

THE SINGLE best week of the entire calendar year for film runs from Wednesday coming to Wednesday next.There is no other time that you will be able to see films like the ones screening at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival; not even the European Film Festival in Port of Spain comes remotely close to the TTFF for wide-ranging choice.

And you’re genuinely spoiled for choice this year, even with the festival necessarily feeling the financial loss of former title sponsor, Flow.Everyone involved with any form of visual content in the world has been either hit or knocked right over by Netflix, of course, and, in that context, the ongoing support of BP – who sponsor the Youth Jury whom I serve as mentor – is to be lauded.

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 9 September 2018

Today’s Number One Film:

Dunkirk, 6pm HBO. Watch this if you liked United 93, Saving Private Ryan or The Revenant. The director of Inception, Memento and the Dark Knight films returns, splendidly, to the form that had vanished in Interstellar.From

the very first frame, he captures the strange mix of horror,

excitement, violence and boredom that make up a war – as well as the

true story of one of the great humanitarian actions in modern history,

the rescue from the beach at Dunkirk of

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 2 September 2018

Today’s Number One Film:

Star Wars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 12.55 midday MaxPrime. Watch this if you liked the Indiana Jones or the Lord of the Rings trilogies or the Avengers. Though

one of the “new” ones, this Star Wars blockbuster fits in,

chronologically, somewhere around III-and-a-half and, technologically,

way on top of all its predecessors – including even perhaps The Force Awakens.

The bigger your home TV, the more you will enjoy a movie

purpose-designed for Imax screens. Even on regular human being TVs,

though,

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 24 August 2018

Today’s Number One Film: The Silence of the Lambs, 1.15pm HBO Signature. Watch this if you liked Manhunter, Psycho or Se7en. Though judged by some critics to be not as scary as Manhunter, the first movie based on the “Hannibal Lecter” books, The Silence of the Lambs is a top-notch thriller with huge atmosphere and two very strong performances from Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The cage-to-elevator-to-ambulance scenes alone make the whole film worthwhile. Of course you have to come to terms with the extremely challenging concept of a cannibal – someone who eats human beings - being a “star”, but that’s a piece of cake

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A Trifecta of What’s Best on the Box for Sunday 12 August 2018

Today’s Number One Film: *The Hours 9.30pm Fox Cinema BEST FILM OF THE DAY. Watch this if you liked Closer, House of Sand and Fog or The Ballad of Jack & Rose. Technically masterful – indeed, marvellous – adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s novel recreating a single day in the lives of three women, one in 1923, one in 1951 and one in 2001. A powerful and ultimately hopeful film although dealing with that entirely depressing subject matter: the human condition. A hugely enjoyable drama with a soul-shaking denouement should

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