0 Have your say By focusing on the Wayuu people, Birds of Passage delivers a fresh message about the war on drugs. Meanwhile, Beats captures the 1990s rave scene in mythologising monochrome. By Alistair Harkness Birds of Passage (15) ***Beats (15) ****Amazing Grace (U) ***Breakthrough (12A) *Irene’s Ghost (PG) ****It’s not exactly accurate to describe Colombian narco drama Birds of Passage as a genre film, but it’s not entirely inaccurate either. The new movie from the makers of 2015’s hallucinogenic arthouse hit Embrace of the Serpent has many of the genre signifiers found in films such as The Godfather, Mean Streets, Scarface and Sicario, but in zeroing in on one indigenous group, the Wayuu, and tracking the escalating drug wars via a family actively involved in the trade, it resists the cinematic temptation to serve up the sort of pulpy, visceral thrills those aforementioned American classics often revel in. When violence punctuates the … [Read more...] about Film reviews: Birds of Passage
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opinion Richard Fee Published 1:40 AM EDT May 6, 2019 On May 9, representatives of our diverse religious communities will gather together for the annual Guam National Day of Prayer luncheon at the Nikko Hotel. The Interfaith Committee has done a remarkable job hosting events that bring people of different faiths together to examine our commonalities as we seek God in our own ways. More: Sri Lanka says militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath is suspected in Easter Sunday bombings More: Christchurch mosque shooting adds to growing list of attacks in places of worship While I have tried to be a good church member, I have always been very private about religion. To me, it is a very personal, spiritual matter that has hopefully helped me lead a better, certainly not perfect life. I no longer feel that way. My laissez-faire attitude has changed recently. We — the silent majority — can no longer just sit back and simply enjoy the benefits of freedom of religion in this … [Read more...] about Letter: We need Guam’s annual National Day of Prayer
PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 March 2019 Steve Russell Its 1949 and Margaret Thick has qualified as a state registered nurse Picture: FAMILY COLLECTION Archant Margaret Thick was a Woodbridge district nurse and also worked at Ipswich Hospital. Her funeral is on April 1 A 1929 photograph of Margaret Thick as a toddler with brother Lawrie (father of Sylvia and her sister Angela), her mother Helen and father Thomas Picture: FAMILY COLLECTIONIt’s straight out of Call the Midwife. Margaret Thick is delivering her first child after starting work in Suffolk. The county in 1953 has its fair share of poverty, and she finds herself on the top floor of a double-decker bus. It’s home to travellers, sleeping on blankets. “You don’t forget that!” says niece Sylvia Hook. Auntie Margaret was a major influence on Sylvia and her family – virtually a one-woman recruiting officer. “When we used to go to Woodbridge” – where … [Read more...] about Did Suffolk midwife Margaret Thick deliver your baby?
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 1:03 PM EDT Mar 17, 2019 Aretha Franklin’s estate is blasting Wendy Williams for “irresponsible” and “mocking” remarks after the talk-show host attacked the late singer’s upcoming, long-delayed gospel film. In a lengthy fact-checking statement to the Detroit Free Press on Sunday, the Queen of Soul’s family said Williams made “inaccurate and disparaging statements” during a Friday segment about “Amazing Grace.” Shot in 1972, the church performance is set to hit screens in April. Departing from widespread critical acclaim for the film, Williams questioned its visual quality, Franklin’s natural look and the motivations behind the movie’s release. Franklin’s estate said Williams’ commentary “indicates that she has neither seen the documentary nor understands its import or intent.” Williams also seemed to accuse Franklin’s … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin’s family slaps back after Wendy Williams’ diss