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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE,MARCH 22, 2013 ...,, r ~OgQOOOOOQOOO~OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOQOQOOQ000000~ by Bob Morello ! .. more than meets the eye HOUSE OF CARDS TRILOGY (3-Blu-ray) BBC 'House of Cards' is the origi- nal UK series remastered on a three-disc set. This thrill- ing adaptation of Michael Dobbs' best-selling novels is a delicious tale of greed, cor- ruption and burning ambi- tion. At its heart is Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), a black-hearted villain with a smiling face. He shares with the viewers his es- tranged humor and inner- most thoughts to destroy each of his political rivals. One by one his opponents tumble, until at last there is just one wild card left in the pack. Play the cards you are dealt! PUPPY LOVE (DVD) Gaiam-Vivendi Ent. When single mom Megan Nolan (Cameron Bure) moves to a new town, she feels guilty for uprooting her ten- year-old daughter, Caitlin. She decides to let Caitlin adopt a dog, probably not a great decision, as her choice is the biggest, sloppi- est dog in the pound, Jake. Megan's new home is now in shambles and she considers returning Jake to the shel- ter. When Ben (Victor Web- ster), a handsome ballplayer shows up and claims that Jake is his dog who ran away. As Megan and Ben butt heads, he sees that Caitlin loves Jake as much as he ever could, and the solution = joint custody! TOP GEAR: 50 YEARS OF BOND CARS (DVD) BBC Top Gear' marks 50 years of James Bond films with a celebration of 007's most iconic cars. From the gor- geous, gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 and aquatic Lotus Espirit to the gawky Citroen 2CV and spiral jumping AMC Hornet, Rich- ard Hammond presents a look at the machines that moved the world's favorite spy. In addition, he gets the stories behind them from Bond legends, including actors Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore, directors Guy Hamilton and Vic Armstrong and producer Michael G. Wilson. Inspired by the on-screen Q Branch, Ham- mond takes a stab at build- ing a fully working Lotus submarine. BROTHER BEAR AND BROTHER BEAR 2 (3-Blu-ray) Disney Two heartwarming movies in one incredible collection about a boy named Kenai who is transformed into a bear, he and his little brother bear, Koda, take a fun journey to see the Northern Lights. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME AND THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME II (3-Blu-ray) Disney The world's most unlikely hero meets his first real friend, Esmeralda, while fighting to save the people and city he loves. Quasi reunites with his gargoyle friends to protect the cathe- dral's most famous bell and find true love. Magical! MULAN + MULAN II (3-Blu-ray) Disney Celebrate the 15~ anniver- sary of Disney's acclaimed masterpiece 'Mulan' -- as Disney's most courageous princess breaks tradition by joining the Imperial Army accompanied by her hilari- ous guardian dragon, Mushu. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (2-Blu-ray) Disney It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck detective is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toon- town, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Car- toon superstar, Roger Rabbit. LEGO - NINJAGO: MASTERS OF SPINJITZU SEASON TWO (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video After defeating the Great Devourer, Ninjago is en- joying some much-needed peace. But the Serpentine Army is still at large and the dark Lord Garmadon now holds the four golden weap- ons of Spinjitzu, as Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane will prepare him for the ultimate battle with his father. All hope rests on Lloyd, the Green Ninja, to complete his training and realize his full potential in time. CARE BEARS: TOTALLY SWEET ADVENTURES (DVD) Lionsgate Ride the rainbow to Care- a-lot and join Share, Cheer Bear and all the other Bears in four exciting new ad- ventures -- 'Emerald Bridge,' 'Jealous Tea,' 'Sad About You' and 'Lazy Susan.' Whether teaching a new friend how to find her courage, helping a girl find the joy in mak- ing new friends or learning how laziness can lead to un- bearable consequences, the Bears are always there for each otherl SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS - BALTIMORE RAVENS (Blu-ray) Vivendi With award-winning video and cinematography, NFL Films captures the non-stop action-packed season, play- off and Super Bowl XLVII highlights and behind-the- scenes footage every die- hard fan loves to see. The 'Super Bowl XLVII Champi- ons' film allows fans to relive the incredible journey of their Ravens team from opening kickoff through the regular season and playoffs and finally culminating with the glorious Super Bowl vic- tory. Fans get a VIP Pass to their championship team from the beginning of the season, through the post- Super Bowl press confer- ences. Superb! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW JP HOUSING The Jamaica Plain neigh- borhood recently had a rib- bon cutting over at Centre and Creighton Streets at the Dona Betsaida Gutierrez Housing Coop. The project contains 36 affordable rental housing and 7,600-square- feet of ground level retail space. The developers are the Jamaica Plain Neighbor- hood Development Corp., and New Atlantic Development Corp. This new housing was named after a local community activist and will be owned by the residents and providing needed afford- able housing opportunities in J.P.'s Latin Quarter. FATHER RONAN'S HOMILY Recently, I attended Mass for a deceased friend of mine from Charlestown who had moved to Texas with his wife. His family brought him back home to St. Mary's in Char- lestown, the place where he entered life. As Fr. Ronan explained it, Arthur Crotty had a life and a time, it was always Charlestown. He met his .wife in Charles- town. Some called it an ac- cidental meeting at a store on Main Street, but was it? We live constantly with time. Our time. When Arthur and his wife Margaret met, wasn't it their time to meet? Arthur travelled that long and winding road we all do. One day it was our time to meet each other at Thomp- son Square where Arthur and I became good friends. He was a good man who used his time well and left many behind who loved him and will keep his memory alive. Time for us continues on. Our road unfinished. Our goal like his was to get to that place without pain and time. Fr. Ronan's homily made me think about the gift of friendship. Nothing really happens by chance. The real gifts in life aren't wealth and honor but cherished love between us. Walking the road side by side and strug- gling to understand the whys of life in the time we are given. His Mass lasted about one hour but his life is now endless. Thank you, Fr. Ronan for that reflection of yours. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HALF-MARATHON FROM CATHEDRAL TO CITY POINT? Every year I think in Feb- ruary or early March there used to be a road race serv- ing as a prep for the Boston Marathon, I would usually watch it by Worcester Square across from Boston City Hospital. All the big names ran it. I would keep my eyes peeled for both Johnny Kellys, the younger and elder and rooted the runners on as they headed toward City Point in Southie. It was a big event back when I was grow- ing up in the South End/ lower Roxbury area in the '50s and '60s and then poof, it just disappeared into thin air. Anyone out there know about this South End- Southie road race? ARTHUR CROTTY, R.I.P. A good friend of mine for many years, Arthur Crotty, who I first met back in the late '70s during my Charles- town years recently passed away in his new home in Dallas, Texas. He had been there there for about a dozen years before he passed away several weeks ago. He was 78 years old. When I first met him , he was a community activist in his early 40s and I was a mere kid to him in my late 20s. In fact, he called me "Kid" almost as much as he called me "Sal." I last bumped into him sev- eral years ago when we met in Thompson Square. He told me he loved Texas but didn't own a cowboy hat. We talked about Texas for a while since I have family down in Austin. We were so up on Texas, we could have done a tourism commercial for the Lone Star State. There was a special Mass for him on Saturday, March 9 at St. Mary's Church and I was there to say good bye to my Townie Texan buddy. JAWS DROPPING IN TRURO On Cape Cod, folks in Truro are upset with the town's newest beach sticker show- ing a grinning shark. Many think that sharks are no laughing matter. The town's Recreation and Beach Direc- tor Kelly Clark wondered if the new design would come back to bite town officials. Too bad she was asked for her opinion before the shark hit the sticker. SHAMELESS HEADLINE Right there on the Bay State Banner front page on March 7th was a shameless headline attacking those se- questration cuts with a head- line that read: "Sequestra- tion cuts would harm black, Latino babies" written by Khalil Abdullah. These cuts, they don't affect white or Asian babies do they? This news story was really an opinion piece as the headline would suggest to this writer. NOW PLAYING AT DAVIS SQUARE THEATRE Frank McCourt's The Irish and How They Got that Way features an ensemble of per- formers who charm the au- dience with a great two-hour show celebrating a heri- tage that confronts adversity with determination, humor, music and a zest for life. As a Gaelic-Garlic guy, this might help me understand just why I act, at least half the time, the way I do. For tickets and information, go to or call 800-660-8462. GRACE CHURCH IN EASTIE GOES GREEN Grace Church on Saratoga Street held its annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Sup- per on Saturday, March 16th and had the usual great crowd doing the corned beef and cabbage thing. The place was filled with green people. The color of the day. DEVOTIONS TO ST. ANTHONY UNDERWAY Devotions to St. Anthony are now underway every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Sa- cred Heart Church in East Boston. The final Tuesday is June 11th. At that time, the annual Spaghetti Supper in honor of St. Anthony will be held. BROCKTON'S FOUNTAIN OF GRACE When I think of a foun- tain, I think of water, I think of refreshing, I think of thirst and I think of cleans- ing. When I think of religion, I think healing. A co-worker of mine, Frank Coulanges, attends Fountain of Grace Church in Brockton and is active at his church. He is young, a husband and father and is always trying to do the right thing. How often we hear of violence in urban areas. It seems almost ev- eryday some act of violence tears at the seams of a community's tranquility. People watch other people die and then ask why. They blame everyone but them- selves. A young man was recently gunned down at Dudley Station in Roxbury next to a bus filled with passengers and the MBTA police nearby. On the news, a woman was interviewed and appeared quite angry stating that this violence must stop. She then an- nounces that a rally against violence will be held on the following evening at Dudley Station. Rallies don't stop continuous violence. Police don't stop continuous vio- lence. The community's af- fect must change. They can stop the violence by stand- ing up to it. The effect of community empowerment can be life changing. Getting back to my co- worker and getting back to church is a step in the right direction. We value life when we cherish it. Understand- ing right from wrong. Look- ing inside one's self. Assist- ing directly in the quality of life where you live. A rally is a momentary cry for help. Those who need to hear it don't attend rallies because they are too busy robbing their neighborhoods of its life. The motto of my friend's church is 'Adding color to life." We can view our sur- roundings in bland black and white or we can see life in living color. As the church says, "Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh. we cry, we learn and we reach out to our world with life-transforming truth." When good people do noth- ing bad things happen. When good people do some- thing, it is a life-transform- ing truth. Communities weren't lost in one day, one month, one year or one decade. It happened almost invisibly. You cannot take back the night instantly. It took a long time getting there and it will take seem- ingly endless work to get it back. However, things are not impossible unless you say they are. All of us need to believe again in ourselves (Continued on Page 15)