Entertainment

Cultural legacy takes center stage

March 20, 2015

The history of the likes of Bahamian icons Paul Meeres, Joseph Spence, Blind Blake, Freddie Munnings Sr., John 'Peanuts' Taylor, John 'Chippie' Chipman, George Symonette, Eloise Lewis and Maureen Duvalier, The BBC Singers and Tingem Dem Band will come to life on stage at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts as Cultural Legacy presents 'Culture 101: 1900s-1960s'.
The stage play by producer Maude Lockhart aims to remember the icons for what they did in the arts, and will be held in honor of Kermit 'KC' Strachan, the former lead singer for The Dicey Doh Singers.
'Culture 101: 1900s-1960s' is the history of our Bahamian icons and what they did on the international scene," said Lockhart.
The play will have a twist from the norm and will showcase lots of flashbacks.
"When I did the research, I thought that it would be a nice history lesson where we have a young girl who goes to The College of The Bahamas and has to do a paper on Bahamian culture, she has a list of names, and not a clue who they are. She goes to her grandmother and says 'Grannie I have a paper to do, I don't know these people, and the information was boring,' so Granny sits her down with her uncle, and a friend comes by and they start to discus all of these different people."
The first scene opens to a talk on the history of Paul Meeres -- how he started, where he went and what happened. After the first scene, the lights go down on the actors, and up comes a gentleman who dances -- he's Paul Meeres, they talk about what he used to do. The lights go up again and the young girls says 'oh Grannie this is so exciting, and they start talking about Joseph Spence. And it goes back and forth.
"One section is a stage play, the other side is like a flashback with people talking history. In times gone by you sat around the table and talked about what happened," said Lockhart.
The entire stage play utilizes four actors -- Patricia Bazard (Grannie), who actually went to church with Joseph Spence as a little girl, and as a result, brings a lot to the production; Ronald Simms (Uncle) who also has a lot to bring because he's involved in the music and entertainment field; Ryan Albury (Asha, the college student) and Claudette 'Cookie' Allen (Suzie), and as the queen of culture, she has a lot of information to give.
Lockhart who said she came across tons of information when she did her research said the audience will definitely appreciate it when they see it come across on stage.
"I was guided to do it in stages from the 1900s and go straight up to now, because there are so many musicians in The Bahamas that have really made it, and some that started and didn't make it, but life happens. But Bahamians need to know that we have talented people here in The Bahamas, and we need to appreciate each other," she said.
"I want them to know that The Bahamas has a wealth of talent, and I think what we really need to focus on is trying to appreciate our own people, regardless to whether they made it successfully for awhile, and then may have fallen from grace so to speak. We still have to acknowledge that the person had talent enough to make it. It's just that life happened or choices were made. But we have that talent. We need to cultivate it and realize that we really have talented people. We have young people we want to encourage them by putting this on and draw them towards the arts, to let them know in the history that they can make it."
The one-and-a-half hour show will feature Freddie Munnings Jr. who will portray his father Freddie Munnings Sr., The Dicey Doh Singers will portray The BBC Singers, 'Peanuts' Taylor will play himself, John 'Chippie' Chipman will play himself, Anita Ellis will portray Eloise Lewis, Chaise Miller will portray Paul Meeres. The stage play is directed by Marcel Sherman.
"It will offer a lot of information that a lot of us didn't know, and I think that the audience is going to appreciate it," said Lockhart. "And my whole thing was my friend Kermit 'KC' Strachan who this is in honor of, who was very active in music and drama. He's had a stroke and unable to move or sing and I said we needed to do something. When we went to Edmond Moxey's memorial and they started to speak about Joseph Spence, I'd never heard about Joseph Spence and said there had been so much that I hadn't heard about, and I'm sure a lot of young kids in school had not heard, and it would be nice to do something historical for the audience."
After Culture 101, which is Lockhart's first play, the producer said she expects to do Culture 102 until she comes up to the present time.
"Anyone who was born in the 1900s down to the children in school should plan to attend. It's a history lesson for everybody."
The gala performance and reception for 'Culture 101: 1900s-1960s' will be held tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75. The second performance takes place on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, adults, $10 students under 12.

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Big Sean lights up a blacked-out weekend

March 20, 2015

Rapper Big Sean came, saw, and conquered a blacked-out New Providence, putting on a show for his Bahamian fans.
The Detroit, Michigan, born and bred rapper, the mastermind behind the hit single IDFWU rocked the stage as the headline performer at the Heineken Red Star Access Concert on Saturday. It was the first stop of his new tour.
Big Sean, who was on his first visit to The Bahamas said, "I'm so grateful for the opportunity to stand here before you all. You have no idea. This is a blessing."
As he hit the stage to the roar of the crowd he belted his signature phrase "Oh God", which sent fans into a frenzy. He then proceeded to perform some of his newest material featured on his recently released album "Dark Sky Paradise". The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Rap/Hip Hop Charts last week.
With fog in the background and neon lights flashing, throughout the crowd the "Blessings" singer had concert attendees shouting and singing along to his well-known lyrics throughout his 45-minute performance. The rapper even gave his fans a treat as he took them back to the "Finally Famous" days with hits like "Dance, Dance" and "Marvin and Chardonnay". He connected with the audience when he sang more recent hits like "Beware and "Guap".
He also performed his portion of hit singles he featured on like "Mercy" and "Burn".
The rapper apparently also noticed how dark the entire city was on the drive to the concert saying, "I know you all have a blackout going on and there's no lights anywhere but that's cool. It's lit in here!"
According to Big Sean, The Bahamas is one of the most beautiful places he's ever been. Which is why he felt the need to bring his father and brother. "I'm so blessed man," he said. "I had to bring my family with me. My dad is somewhere in the crowd, probably talking to one of the beautiful women here. He looks just like me. You can't miss him."
The 26-year-old rapper constantly reminded the crowd of his upbringing and how he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Now, he has three studio albums and several mixed tapes under his belt, in addition to his own clothing line Aura Gold.
Big Sean closed the show shortly before 1 a.m. with his biggest single to date, and one of the hits on his latest album, IDFWU. After that he proceeded to backstage where he took pictures with a few fortunate fans. Then he was whisked away by his security.
Shortly after the concert on his Instagram page Big Sean posted a picture of himself on the stage with the caption "Bahamas was so lit tonight! My first show and I can't wait to come back!"
The Big Sean concert was just the second in the Heineken Red Star Access Concert. American rapper 2Chainz was the first on Valentine's Day at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Big Sean got his start in the rap industry in 2007 when he signed to Kanye West's label Good Music. But it wasn't until 2011 when he really got on the charts with his album Finally Famous.

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'Run All Night' has the gas to go the distance

March 19, 2015

Run All Night (Rated C)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Common
Genre: Action Thriller
Dwight's Rating: 3 stars

The all-in-one printer: these magical space-and money-saving devices, especially the small portable 3-in-1s -- usually with the printer, scanner and (yes, people still use them) fax all-in-one -- have revolutionized many a small business and home office, putting all those often bulky devices in one convenient place.
And while this probably isn't the first example like this, we now have a cinematic equivalent to the 3-in-1; the new film, "Run All Night", feels an awful lot like three mostly well-received releases (all from 2014, by the way) rolled into one movie.
It feels remarkably similar in subject, tone and/or feel to the very dark and graphic "The Equalizer" starring Denzel Washington, the much more humorous but almost as dark and graphic "John Wick" with Keanu Reeves, and especially the crime drama, "A Walk Among the Tombstones".
The similarities with the latter are made even more apparent because both films are headlined by actor Liam Neeson. In the surprisingly but immensely enjoyable "Tombstones", Neeson plays an aged former NYPD cop, now working as a private detective, hired by a drug trafficker to help find and get revenge on his wife's kidnappers/murderers.
In "Run All Night", Neeson is an aging hit man, whose estranged son (Joel Kinnaman) becomes the target of his former mobster boss (Ed Harris). Neeson's character Jimmy Conlon must figure out where his loyalties lie -- with his son, Mike, or with his boss (and long-time friend), who blames Mike for his wayward son's death. Jimmy must figure out how to save Mike from a similar deadly fate.
And like Robert McCall in "The Equalizer" and the title character in "John Wick", all these men are trying to put their violent pasts behind them. But a significant trigger -- bad guys in the mob (Russians in both "Equalizer" and "John Wick", and a couple of Russians in "Tombstones" too) -- sends these volatile men over the edge and into deadly rampages. (There are no Russians in "Run All Night", but there are some Albanians!)
Despite all the similarities and the sense of deja vu, "Run All Night" is, nonetheless, an exciting thriller from beginning to end. It is a whole lot smarter than the caveman-versus-caveman impression given off in the previews, touching on all the right the hot-button issues that make for compelling action drama: innocent man and his innocent wife and children in grave danger; father versus son conflicts; best friends now on opposing sides; corrupt police forces.
There are interesting directorial choices. Again, we get a little bit of everything. At one moment, it feels like a Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood action flick from the 1970s. The very next, it's ultra-modern, with fast cuts and interesting and unusual camera angles. And at some points, there are stylized visual effects. While it sounds like the various styles would conflict, they work together reasonably well, and may go unnoticed by most viewers.
There are car chases in the heart of New York City. And as is typical of these sorts of scenes today, there's lots of fancy editing, and probably quite a bit of green-screen, and especially an overabundance of close-ups. And while not as compelling as these scenes would have been in the good old days of wide shots, they are among some of the most realistic-looking and exciting of recent times.
There are also some decent performances from the nearly entirely all male cast (there's only one adult female with [barely] a speaking role!)
Neeson is playing almost the same character here that he did in "Tombstones", once again reminding us why he had been held in high esteem as a great actor, before he became America's number one ancient action star (he'll be 63 in a few months).
Neeson's Jimmy is a deeply flawed individual, battling the demons from his past. He humanizes Jimmy, imbuing him with a dark sense of humor. It's certainly not like the one-dimensional robotic killing machine he plays in the "Taken" franchise. Between all the fighting and shooting and running and killing, there is actual warmth here. Yes, Jimmy is aged and frail in some ways, but he's still tough as nails, yet still in touch with his feelings.
Kinnaman also shows great potential as Jimmy's son Mike.
The usually excellent Ed Harris is not bad as Neeson's best friend turned foe. But I had major philosophical issues with his character Shawn Maguire. I question whether Shawn, who seemed like the most rational and sensible person at the start of the movie, would risk so much and become so hell-bent on revenge, even after admitting that his son was a reckless lost cause. But Shawn is governed by the rules of the streets, which have their own set of laws.
That issue may actually determine whether you regard the plot of "Run All Night" as completely plausible. Some may be quick to dismiss it as excessive and improbable. But in a nation where revenge killings have apparently become the order of the day, sadly more than a few may be able to understand and relate to Shawn's pain.
Let's just liken that part of the storyline to the increasingly irrelevant and unnecessary fax machine part of our 3-in-1.

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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Help the hurting

March 19, 2015

There's no doubt about it, there are a whole lot of people, both young and old spread throughout this great big world of ours who really are hurting in some way. Now as all of my regular readers will be well aware of, my whole philosophy of life is that it's all about giving, about serving. Now I believe, that one of the ways in which we can all serve our brothers and sisters in God's one universal family, is by taking the instructions given in today's short title seriously. Yes indeed, we all need to devise ways and means to help the hurting, and believe me, there are plenty of hurting people close by to where you live. I guarantee it. All you have to do is "A" have the will to want to assist others in their hour of need, and "B" make the first move to do just that.
There are many charitable organizations that assist the less fortunate in the community like The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, etc. Those organizations rely on donations to help them do their wonderful work in assisting others in their hour of need. They also need volunteers to assist them in carrying out their wonderful work. So my friend, you can assist financially and physically to give back to the society which gives you the opportunity to succeed in life. Yes indeed, now it's payback time, it's time for you to, as today's title puts it help the hurting.
God gave you some very special talents at birth that have contributed to the tremendous success you now enjoy. Don't you think it's time for you to give something back to the community in which you succeeded so very well? Yes it is. So please, start to make a list of the areas in which you feel that you can help the hurting in your community, and then contact the people necessary and actually start giving unselfishly of your time, talents and resources, and believe me, you will receive blessings beyond belief. Yes you will.
Think about it!

o Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Cultural explosion at Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival

March 19, 2015

Food, fun and friendly competition -- it was all to be had at the recent 11th Annual Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival.
Hundreds flocked to Regatta Park in George Town, Exuma, for the cultural explosion, a signature event of the Ministry of Tourism, held under the theme "Celebrating the Islands ... We're Going Island Hopping".
Educational storytelling, poetry readings, a Bahamian history corner, arts and crafts, Bahamian dance lessons, sugar cane peeling, onion peeling and conch eating contests and culinary and bartending competitions were the order of the day. And at night, the festival was transformed into an all-star Bahamian concert with performances from local gospel and secular artists -- Cacique winner Nehemiah Hield, Al Gibson, the Sandals Choir, Prophet Lawrence Rolle, Veronica Bishop, Cindy Romer, Geno D, Puzzle, the Spank Band and Dillon "D Mac" McKenzie all performed.
Gibson, a 42-year gospel veteran performer, and a native of Exuma who has traveled the world said he looks forward to performing at the Festival.
"No matter where in the world, I am mindful of this arrangement. I am even booked for next year. Whenever I leave home I go to represent The Bahamas and everyone knows I live in Exuma -- the one place on earth where God really lives," said.
"D Mac" capped off the festival's performances. It was his third performance at the festival.
"It is a humbling experience. This is home and this is where I am most of the time when I am not in Nassau. I'm glad that the people appreciate me and let me close out the show," he said.
"It's things like the Heritage Festival with the various foods and the various talents that shows the younger people what our culture is all about and how we celebrate it," he said.
There were also a number of surprise acts like a Junkanoo rush-out by the Exuma band featuring Bahamas Carnival models, a circus performance by the Emanji Circus, limbo dancing by "Sweetboy Leroy" and a special dance performance by the Juice Unit.

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Genesis Junkanoo Organization

March 19, 2015

Genesis Junkanoo Organization led by Shaune Adderley paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, March 18...

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St. Patrick's Day Celebrations at Hard Rock Cafe

March 17, 2015

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First Annual Multicultural Heritage Festival Announced

March 17, 2015

The Committee for the Advancement of People (CAP) announced their first annual Multicultural Heritage Festival scheduled for the YMTA grounds in Hunters on March 21...

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Local Musicians to hold 'It's a Bahamian Ting' Pre-Concert in Support of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival

March 17, 2015

The Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said he is pleased that local musicians have stated their support of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, slated for May 7-9, 2015...

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Indigenous Materials Secure New Platform Through BNFC Partnership with BAIC

March 16, 2015

Economic boost to Bahamian Material Producers throughout the country...

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Hard Rock Cafe's St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 16, 2015

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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival

March 13, 2015

As the music, drama, and dance adjudication for the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival...

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The bridal event where wedding dreams begin

March 12, 2015

Everything needed for weddings, proms and other special events will be showcased at the Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear 27th annual Bahamas Bridal Show to be held under the theme "The One".
Over 1,000 patrons are expected to attend the show scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at the Melia Nassau Beach hotel. The Independence Ballroom doors open at noon for the couples who will indulge in wedding cake, food and champagne sampling, participate in wedding demonstrations and have a chance to win their share of $30,000 in gifts.
The full day of activities also includes a spectacular fashion show with a cast of 40 models featuring lingerie, gowns, tuxedos, and apparel for wedding attendants and invited guests. Patrons can also receive ideas for their wedding celebration, learn proper wedding etiquette and receive discounts from most of the exhibitors.
Activities include an exhibition featuring some of the finest displays by 40-plus exhibitors. You will sample wedding cake, food and champagne, see or participate in wedding demonstrations and win your share of $30,000 in gifts including honeymoon stays at Atlantis, Comfort Suites at Paradise Island and The British Colonial Hilton, gowns and tuxedos for an entire bridal party from Buttons, and two round-trip Bahamasair tickets.
Brides and grooms-to-be can register at www.buttonsformalwear.com to qualify to win. People must be present at the show to win most gifts.
Registration for businesses wanting to exhibit will remain open until show date. Visit www.buttonsformalwear.com for more information. Show tickets are $40 at Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear in the Cable Beach Shopping Center.
Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear manager Makeva Wallace coordinates the show which is executive-produced by COO Tommy Stubbs who created the event in the 1990s to promote wedding suppliers and to help prospective brides, grooms, their families and coordinators better prepare for formal events.
Exhibitors
Jewels By The Sea
Burns House
Bristol Wines & Spirits
Arawak Homes
Bertha's Catering
Eye Candy Makeup & Studio

The Cake Box
Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear
Colina Insurance
Clifton Heritage National Park
Take A Bite
Mario Nixon Photography

Pink Soles
Warren Grant Photography
Seleon Productions
SuperClubs Breezes
Calligraphy By TJ
Fairwinds Love & Elegant Settings

Creative Video
Creative Elements & Affordable Elegance
Madistic Photography
Lasting Impression DJ & MC Services
Master Mixx
Eboni Robyn Photography

Grand Lucayan Resort
Personal Touch Weddings & Rental
Unicity Transformation
Melia Nassau Beach Hotel

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Think big -- be bold

March 12, 2015

As we all know, the mind is extremely powerful and is capable of bringing what we think about into fruition. As I put it before in many of these articles over the years, the mind is the cradle of creation, yes indeed it surely is. Everything in your life and in my life commences with a simple thought which we initially placed in our fertile mind, and then nourished and nurtured it until it finally blossomed into the fruits of success. This is the creative process in action. That is how we achieve success across the board.
However, many people are holding themselves back by thinking small. That's right, maybe because of the circumstances of our birth and the negative, narrow, very limited thinking of those who surrounded us during our very young, formative years. Perhaps we're actually limiting the rate of our progress up the ladder of success due to our small thinking.
That's right, it's very sad but nevertheless it is a fact, that when some kids start to dream big and then articulate their dreams, their goals, their ambitions to their parents, guardians or those who surrounded them on a daily basis, far too many actually laughed at them and told them not to expect to get ahead in life.
That's right, some young people get their natural optimistic feelings knocked out of them by those who are extremely negative who surrounded them in their youth. Now if this in fact happened to you in your younger years, today's the day for you to do a 180 degree turn and thus follow the instructions given in today's title, and thus from this moment in time onwards, think big -- be bold.
Yes my friend, today's the day for you to expand your consciousness as you focus on the fact, that you are an awesomely talented, very special and unique child of God, made in his image and likeness and literally born to be a winner. This is who you are my friend, this is the real truth about you and the capabilities installed in you at birth by the Creator. So you really do need to heed the instructions given in today's title and thus from this moment in time onwards, you completely change your everyday mode of thinking and acting by thinking big and being very bold.

o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Chappie is not the movie to spend your money to see

March 12, 2015

Chappie (Rated C)
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
Genre: Science Fiction
Dwight's Rating:

Artificial Intelligence or AI is said to be the intelligence exhibited by machines or software, or the study of the goal of creating intelligence.
The new film, "Chappie", is theoretically a look at some of the potential pros and cons of a future with AI. But instead of "Artificial Intelligence", the AI here might as well stand for "Absolute Idiocy", "Actual Insanity", "Absurdity Incorporated", or "Asininity Infinite".
I'm not sure if it's what Director Neill Blomkamp and his co-writer wife Terri Tatchell intended, but I found myself laughing heartily several times during this movie. Blomkamp and Tatchell teamed up before with great success with smart science fiction that takes a critical look at society in 2009's spectacular "District 9". Blomkamp again held up the magnifying glass in the slightly-less-critically-acclaimed, but still reasonably entertaining "Elysium" of 2013. But while "Chappie" appears to want to put societal attitudes and prejudices under the microscope, it ends up being nothing but a big joke on all fronts.
The premise: in the near future in South Africa, human police officers have, for the most part, been replaced with robots that patrol the streets and deal with lawbreakers. But eventually some of the lawless people in Johannesburg decide to rise up. And one group of mentally challenged criminals (that's my description for them -- not the official movie line) decides to kidnap one of these police droids along with its nerdy creator, Deon (Dev Patel). Deon is forced to reprogram the droid, giving it the ability to feel and think for "himself". The robot is nicknamed "Chappie" (Sharlto Copley), and we follow him as he, in child-like wonderment, discovers the world and the nature of (often cruel) human beings, all while being led into a life of crime by his human handlers.
There is great promise in that premise. But it is mostly squandered through a series of missteps by the writing-directing team.
Blomkamp is of South African and Canadian decent, and quite successfully set his masterpiece "District 9" in South Africa. It was a refreshing change of pace from the typical setting of New York City for most alien/sci-fi flicks. But while that setting worked in that movie, it seems to have been the wrong choice for "Chappie". And unfortunately, some of the characterizations in this film end up feeling awfully racist.
First of, those three nincompoops who decide to use the police droid to help them with a big heist to pay off their debts, are replete with all the stereotypes of ethnic gangsters -- or at least, those that today's movies tell us they possess. They hold their guns sideways, and use words like "illest"!
Two of these are South Africans, and the other American of Hispanic decent. And as our poor robot Chappie is like a baby, he learns to speak English from these fine folks. As such, Chappie ends up speaking in a graceless manner with a horrific mash-up of international accents -- a little bit of South African here, Middle Eastern there, Caribbean too. He sounds like an immigrant who has just learned English.
And because these three clowns apparently think they are rap video superstars, they adorn poor Chappie in gold chains and spray paint "tattoos" all over him.
So picture: an awkward robot with a weird accent wearing gold chains, carrying guns, on a crime spree, carjacking and assaulting people!
It's as bad that those two dingbat "ethnic" robots that so riled up audiences back in 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". At least those silly Transformers were only occasionally on screen, and were supposedly there to provide "(not-so) comic relief".
Chappie, on the other hand, is the star, and is on screen with his constant hood-rat imitation.
It doesn't take much to realize the film is preaching against these generalizations. It is hoping you get the message about treating people who look and who are different from us with respect. But it comes across as making fun of folks, adding fuel to the same incendiary stereotypes it's supposed to be fighting.
The other big problem: the bad performances. In fact, the only tolerable performance is that of Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire"), which can best be described as "not objectionable", given the questionable work material.
On the other hand, Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver is wasted in a superfluous role. And all the criminals (not just our three dim-wits) are overly ridiculous and cartoonish.
But surprisingly, the biggest cartoon and biggest waste of talent and time is Hugh Jackman. Either he lost one helluva bet, or the director or screenwriter saved his life at some point, or he's doing this as a tax write off, but this is arguably the worst ever performance of Jackman's entire acting career.
As a jealous, rival scientist to Patel's Deon, Jackman acts as if he is the ultimate 1980s Saturday morning cartoon villain, or at least the bad guy on a very bad 1980s Australian soap.
Speaking of the 1980s, the musical score feels like an homage to most of the bizarre action or sci-fi movies of that decade, like "Terminator" or "Robocop". But it's more weird than flattering.
In the end, the movie takes a sharp turn into examining the transference of consciousness -- territory last ventured in 2013's fantastic, "Her" and 2014's atrocious, "Transcendence". You don't have to possess much intelligence (artificial or otherwise) to figure out which one "Chappie" handles this topic like.
So, if you are planning on spending your hard-earned money to watch a film, "Chappie" is not the movie to see. It is far too ludicrous. The only place "Chappie" fits in our film-going world is to be used as a tool to firmly establish a standard of what should not be acceptable in a film.

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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Bahamas National Youth Choir joins with Alumni Association to mark 25th concert season

March 12, 2015

The Bahamas National Youth Choir, will mark its 25th concert season with a milestone of a performance. The choristers which comprise students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 25 will be joined by members of the Choir's Alumni Association to make the opening of the concert season one to remember.
The concert that takes place March 25-28 at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts will cover a wide genre of music. The repertoire will includes items performed over the years and a variety of choral favorite composers such as spiritual arrangements by the famous American composer Moses Hogan and classic works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and George Frideric Handel.
Established in 1990, the choir has become well-known for a repertoire that showcases both the vocal talent and engaging stage presence of the members. The choir maintains a reputation for delivering performances of the highest caliber and has filled concert halls across the Caribbean, Europe and North America.
Traditionally, the concert season marks the beginning of the choir's annual tour. The choir is able to tour because of the support of the patrons of the events and donations from corporate Bahamas.
The founder and artistic director of the choir is Cleophas R.E. Adderley, a musician and composer who has performed in the presence of notable world figures including Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II and former presidents of the United States.
The concert will be held under the patronage of Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling.

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Gymnasts Garner Gifts and Give Back
Gymnasts Garner Gifts and Give Back

March 12, 2015

“Promises are easy to make and hard to deliver” but Pete Deveaux easily delivered on a promise made to the “Sensational Six” gymnasts from Bahamas Star Gymnastics who competed at the Gymnastics Around the World competition hosted last October in Jacksonville, Florida...

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When Pigs Swim wins BIFF Oscar

March 12, 2015

The internationally acclaimed film “When Pigs Swim” has taken home top honours back where it all started, winning the “Haven” Oscar for best short documentary at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF)...

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Day 6 of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival

March 12, 2015

Day 6 of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival featured drama...

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