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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 3, 2012 row, O$$Q$@@$$$$$$$$$@$$@$$@@$@@@O$$@@$OtOOQ$$$$1@ |/IDEO by Bob Morello ! VIEWS... more than meets theeye eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee i FRANKLIN & BASH (DVD) stellar cast, including Kyra Sony Pictures Home Ent. Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker Jared Franklin (Breckin and Robert Duvall, in this Meyer) and Peter Bash uplifting story of an ordinary (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) have man transformed by extraor- a funny way of practicing the dinary events. On the night law. From making out with of his 37 th birthday, George a plaintiff, to fist fighting on Malley (Travolta) is knocked the courtroom steps, to chug- to the ground by a mys- ging beers as evidence, terious, blinding light and these rogue lawyers will pull develops amazing mental any wild stunt to win a abilities. With his newfound client's case. But their un- knowledge, George astounds orthodox methods get re- everyone in town, but comes sults. 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Set in Nottingham, too soon, the mild-mannered the film revolves around John discovers he has be- the relationship between the come an unwilling passen- thuggish Danny and Joseph, ger, trapped in a murderous a giant of a man with a men- ride through town and deep tal age of seven. When Danny into the countryside. When finds himself in debt to a lo- Richie decides to pay a cal crime boss, he feels he visit to John's wife {Leslie is left with no choice but to Bibb) and kids, John decides manipulate Joseph into par- to confront this sadistic ticipating in a series of un- and unpredictable killer and derground cage fights in the risk it all to try to save his world of MMA, from which family. Danny can pay his debts. STRIKE BACK: CINEMAX TREASURE PLANET SEASON I (4-DVD) (2-Blu-ray Combo Pack) HBO Home Ent. Disney A high-octane, globe: 'Treasure Planet' is a fan- spanning thriller with tastic story of courage, storylines ripped from friendship and self-discovery, today's headlines, Strike A secret map inspires a Back focuses on two mem- thrilling treasure hunt bers of a top-secret intelli- across the universe as gence agency knows as young Jim Hawkins and his Section 20. Members are hilarious cosmic crew, Michael Stonebridge, a Brit- headed by the daring Cap- ish sergeant on the elite tain Amelia, set off in search counter-terrorism team and of their destiny. Aboard a Damien Scott, a former U.S. glittering space galleon, Jim Delta Force operative who meets the ship's cyborg cook, was discharged on the John Silver, who teaches eve of the U.S. invasion of him the value of friendship Iraq. Stonebridge, Scott and and the power of dreams, the rest of Section 20 criss- Jim teams up with robot cross the globe on the trail B.E.N. and Morph to discover of a deadly international a treasure greater than he terrorist named Latif, who is ever imagined, planning a major attack PHENOMENON (Blu-ray) involving a cache of WMD Touchstone Home Ent. that could have global. John Travolta leads a repercussions. 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 REMEMBERING COL. RICHARD MALVESTI As a Vietnam-era veteran, myself, the news was good that Richard Malvesti, who served his country in combat in the Vietnam War was post- humously honored with in- duction into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, Georgia on July 12. His induc- tion will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by so many from Quincy in the life of this nation. Malvesti was only 44 years old when he was killed in a training acci- dent on July 4, 1990. He was one of 12 Rangers inducted at this recent ceremony.--*He served in the Army for 23 years before that fatal train- ing exercise at Ft. Bragg, N.C. During his career in which he earned two Bronze Stars, he also served in Grenada and Panama actions. A NIGHT WITH THE KNIGHTS Recently, Chuck DiPrima showed up at a meeting at the round table of the Knights of Dunkin' Donuts on Ben- nington Street. DiPrima is now in his pre-announce- ment campaign period mak- ing the rounds around East Boston at the moment. He showed up with Anthony Albano who is never confused with Captain Lou Albano. By the way don't call us dark knights since we meet late at night except if you're talk- ing about Steve from Winthrop. DiPrima lives around the corner from me on Saratoga Street and like me is a Sicilian with an Irish mother from Charlestown. We will be hearing more from him as time goes on. STEPHEN PASSACANTILLI MAKING HIS ROUNDS TOO Stephen Passacantilli is another guy getting ready for his chance at elective office. Currently, he is City Coun- cilor Sal LaMattina's go-to guy over in the North End. Freddy Langone was his grandfather. Like Fred, he is a guy who loves retail politics, which means, that when Sal becomes Registrar of Probate by winning the September primary with no November opponent, that the race for District 1 Councilor starts right up in high gear. Politics is definitely in his blood. MAMMA MIA IT'S LA VITA MIA I recently stopped by La Vita Mla up on Hamilton Street in Saugus with a bunch of friends and all of us were in the mood for great Italian food. From the outside, it looks like a strip mall restaurant but as soon as you enter the place, you feel like you're in the old North End. The atmosphere was quite Italian. There's was low-playing Italian music playing in the background. The menu is unbelievable and I chose the polio, broccoli and fusilli floating in a sea of Alfredo. The price was quite reasonable. You are treated like family. The servings were so large, I had enough left over for the following evening. "STUFF IT TO CI-IICK-FIL-A" : M.ayor ,Tpm Menirto  qest, want CHICK-FIL-A coming to Boston with its Southern fried fast food opening at a Union Street address now occupied by The Purple Shamrock which is planning to move from this site in mid-Septem- ber. It appears the president of this family-owned business is a social conservative and is opposed to gay marriage. The Mayor said this place "doesn't belong in Boston. You can't have a business that discriminates against a popu- lation. We're an open city." I guess not that open if you're on the wrong side of the gay marriage issue, huh? The Mayor talks about the Free- dom Trail but apparently doesn't understand blocking a restaurant from opening based on the personal opin- ions of its owners isn't exactly an idea on the Mayor's ver- sion of the Freedom Trail. By the way, this fast food chain is one of the healthiest chicken joints in America. No bad fat in this place. And does the Mayor know that the president of this company do- nates more than 30 percent of his profits every year to charities? This place is never open on Sundays either. Does that bother the Mayor too? When people eat fast food, that's all they are doing. It is not like this place won't serve gays. The owner has his per- sonal opinion on gay mar- riage. America is a free coun- try. It was born right here not far from the proposed site for this new chicken place. The Mayor has a right to his opin- ion. The restaurant owner has a right to his. The rest of us have a right to a healthy piece of fried chicken with- out any politics on it. Case should be closed and Chick- Fil-A should be able to open. NEW NAME FOR MATTAPAN BRIDGE Boston military veterans and Mayor Thomas Menino recently paid tribute on July 17 to the nation's first black military pilots. A new reconstructed bridge on appropriately named Ameri- can Legion Highway over Morton Street was renamed "Tuskegee Airman Bridge." This group were the first black pilots, navigators and aircraft maintenance work- ers allowed to fly in WWII. I still am amazingly bothered by the fact that it was two months after my birth that President Truman integrated the United States Military. We fought a whole war against the Nazis and the Japanese using a segregated fighting force. It should not have taken until August 1948 to undo this injustice. This bridge will be a reminder of how far we have come and of what was sadly acceptable in this democratic republic. TOGETHER FOR EAST BOSTON I live in East Boston and East Boston has all kinds of neighborhood groups. I live in Eagle Hill and I belong to the Eagle Hill Civic Association. The folks in Eastie fighting the casino have their own group, "No Eastie Casino." to get a expensive looking piece of direct campaign mail would be an understatement. The brochure is multi-colored and beautifully put together and was sent out by 1199 SEIU, the United Healthcare Work- ers East announcing that "SEIU Community Action and Neighbors United for a Better East Boston are two organi- zations of active East Boston residents ... dedicated to bringing neighbors together and making our community a better place to live, work and raise a family." I know what SEIU is. It is a radical left-leaning agenda group that has lots of money to spend especially at election time for the most liberal can- didates on the ballot. I do not know who "Neighbors United for a Better East Boston" is however. Who are these people? Are they really East Boston residents? What does NUBE plan to do that all of our neighborhood groups have al- ready been doing for years? What is the real agenda of these two groups working to- gether and why the push in East Boston? Who doesn't sup- port a better East Boston by the way? Tell me more if you want my support and that of my neighbors. EAST BOSTON'S COLOMBIAN FESTIVAL Folks from East Boston's Colombian community are still talking about their great July 15 festival at LoPresti Park where 4,000 folks took part in this new East Boston tradition marking the cel- ebration of Colombia's inde- pendence from Spain in July 1810. Colombians living here were happy to share their heritage with all who at- tended this festival. The swel- tering heat did not stop every- one there that day for the food, music and dancing. Members of Eastie sponsored numer- ous cultural performances all day on that Sunday. HAPPY ANNIVERSARIES GO OUTTO ..o East Boston's Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH} is celebrating its 25 th anni- versary this summer. The program began in the base- ment of Our Savior's Ameri- can Lutheran Church on Paris Street and is still going strong today ... August also marks the 20 th anniversary of the Memories Station, WJIB 740 am. Send congrats to COMBAT VETERANS HOLDING GOLF TOURNAMENT The Quincy chapter of the Vietnam Combat Veterans, a group started out as a self help group of guys who needed to talk about their experi- ences in Vietnam. It now serves all veterans coming home from war. This group will be holding its Golf Tour- nament on September 24, 2012 at 7:00 am at the Presi- dents Golf Course in Quincy. For more details on the Quincy chapter, go to For more details on the tournament, "The only reason people get lost M thought is because it's unfamiliar territory." say th_at,_I_was .surprised. to_ email, _.