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PAGE 8 POST-GAZE'I'rE, AUGUST 25, 2017 JOHN WAYNE - RIO LOBO + BIG JAKE (Blu-ray) CBS DVD + Paramount No name is more synony- mous with westerns than John Wayne, and now viewers can enjoy two of "The Dulce's" most legendary performances with the John Wayne Double Feature. In R/o Lobo, Wayne headlines a star-studded cast that includes Jorge Rivera, Jack Elam, and Victor French, as he portrays a Civil War colonel on the hunt for the men who betrayed his unit. In Big Jake, Wayne teams up with his real-life son Patrick Wayne and the incomparable Maureen O~lara in a fill about an aging gunfighter who must rescue his grandson from the ruthless outlaw John Fain (Richard Boone). THE EXCEPTION (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent A riveting World War II thriller filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German officer Captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German monarch Kaiser Wil- helm (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country's authori- ties are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life in search of clues, he finds himself dra~wn into an t~n~t~d~m~d~ passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser's maids whom Brandt soon dis- covers is secretly Jewish. D IARy~OF A WIMPY KID: THELONG HAUL (Blu-ray) 20~ Century Fox Home Ent Pack your bags and load up the minivan for more fun with new laughs and new hilariously "wimpy" mischief. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the Heffley family road trip to Meemaw's 90th birthday cel- ebration takes a wild detour thanks to Greg's newest scheme to attend a video gaming con- vention.. Based on one of the best-selling book series of all time, this crazy, cross-country adventure turns into an experi- ence the Heffleys never for- get. Another plus is fans get two everyone else. But when they put on their pajamas and acti- vate their animal amulets, they magically transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos and become the PJ Masks: Cat- boy, super-fast and agile; Gekko, super strong and able to scale walls; and Owlette, with the power to fly and see great dis- tances. In each of the six excit- ing episodes, the three heroes embark on exciting adventures and work together to solve mys- teries and learn valuable lessons along the way. Also included is the PJ Masks "Feeling Great" sing-along music video, as well as exclusive activity sheets so the little heroes can have even more "super fun at home. FACE 2 FACE (DVD) Candy Factory F/line Having rekindled their child- hood friendship, Teel and Madi- son begin sharing their lives over the Internet as a means .of coping with the typical prob- lems of adolescent life. Though they are on opposite ends of the popularity spectrum, Madison, the A-list party girl, takes pity on Teel, the social outcast, vow- ing to help him win friends on social media. As their relation- ship deepens, Madison falls for Teel, forcing him to confess the hidden cause of the bullying he faces at school. His admission sets off a sequence of events that ultimately motivates Madison to expose her own devastating secret in a disturbing cry for help. This digitailCo~g~f-age story examines some of the most pres~'mg and pernicious social issues facing the world's teen- agers today -- all of it viewed through the brutally honest lens of an online video chat. RIVERDALE: THE FIRST SEASON (DVD) Warner Bros. Home Ent As the school year begins, Riverdale's residents are reel- ing from the news of golden boy Jason Blossom's shocking death -- an event that reveals many secrets bubbling just beneath the surface of this once- idyllic town. All-American teen Archie Andrews grapples with whether to come forward with scandalous information about the day Jason disappeared. Girl-next-door Betty Cooper car- ries a hopeless torch for Archie, moviesf0r the price of one with: while fallen-from-grace socialite this purchase, as included is a Veronica Lodge instantly sparks bonus'copy0fthe original D/ary with him. Cheryl Blossom reacts ofa Wib py Kid movie, tO the death of her twin brother HOW'TO BE A LATIN LOVER L~o~ate Home Ent. Eugenio Derbez heads an all- star cast in this uproariously funny comedy. When aging Latin lover Maximo (Derbez) is suddenly dumped by the older woman he married for money, he moves in with his estranged sister, Sara (Salma Hayek), and her 10-year-old son, Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). Determined to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo uses Hugo to meet a rich widow -- and learns that love and trust must be earned in this hilarious film featuring Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Raquel Welch. PJ MASKS: TIME TO BE A HERO (DVD) 20~ Century Fox Home Ent By day, six-year-olds Connor, Amaya and Greg go to school like by tightening her grip on the River Vixens, while neo-beatnik Jughead Jones sits in a booth at Pop's Chocklit Shoppe, trying to make sense of his darkening town. Riverdale puts~a subver- sive spin on the iconic world of the Archie Comics in sexy, smart and mysterious episodes. THE DINNER (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent In this dark psychological thriller about how far parents Hill go to protect their children, The Dinner has two estranged brothers and their wives meet- ing at a restaurant to discuss a dark crime committed by their sons. With their involvement still a secret, they must decide how far they l go to protect the ones they love. The powerful all- star cast includes Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings WALKS FOR PEACE CONTINUE Boston's neighborhoods con- tinue their weekly Walks for Peace. Here in Eastie, the walks take place every Thursday through September 28" start- ing at 6:00 pm at District A-7. As someone once said, "If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together." NEW RESTAURANT IN REVERE Check out the strip mall where the RMV used to be. The place is called Nino's Ristorante Italian. Great meals! Short money[ I met up with Fabrizio Di Fonzo who is both the man- ager and owner of this hidden gem. Knowing that he was from Italy, I found out he's part Genovese and part Calabrese, one interesting combination. IF YOU LIKED JIM MORRISON ... Over at the Regent .Theatre in Arlington, they will be celebrat- ing the music of Jim Morrison and the Doors on Saturday, September 9~. For more info, go to or call 781-646-4849. CONGRATS GO OUT TO ... Recently two Eastie folks made the news after getting new jobs. Claudia Correa, who had been serving as Mayor Walsh's liaison to the East Boston neighborhood, has now left that post to take a job with by Sal Giarratani the city's Inspectional Services Department. Also in the news was Jason Ruggiero, who was just appointed Assistant Manager for Massport Community and Government Affairs Depart- ment and Hill be focusing on addressing issues and concerns of both resident and community groups. Good luck to them in their new roles in public service. COUNCILOR HOPES TO CURB NEEDLES IN THE STREETS City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, chair of the Council's Homeless, Mental Health and Recovery Commit- tee, has proposed an idea to get those dirty needles out of our parks, playgrounds and streets. She wants pharmacies who sell these needles to be required to act as needle return stations. Sounds like a good idea, right? However, I am not too sure that pharmacies should be needle return stations. Will it just be for their customers or any addict who happens by their way? I am also not too sure that irresponsible folks will do the right thing just because they can. Pharmacies, by the way, are opposed to this proposed ordinance. I would think a better approach might be to have firehouses equipped with these plastic red c.ontalners for used needles. Also, what about neighborhood health centers? Glad to see Councilor George so pro-active on the City Coun- cil. She takes herjob seriously and is always trying to work on issues affecting the lives of the city's residents. TYLER ORLANDELLA NAMED ALL-STAR AND RUNNER OF THE YEAR Beverly High School stu- dent Tyler Orlandella has been recently named Girls Track All- Star and Runner of the Year. She is the daughter of Brian and Erinn Orlandello and the sister of Rocco, her number one fan according to her mom. Tyler is also the granddaugh- ter of former North Enders Mary and Phil Orlandella who I have known for some 40 years now as a writer in the community and as a friend. MePHEE SEEMS EVERYWHERE While up in Peabody on Route i, I stopped for dinner at Broth- ers Kouzzini and while there picked up a copy of Route 1 Magazine .com, a paper for the Route I business community. Right there on page one was a photo of Michele McPhee of Eastie fame. Print and broad- cast reporter and book author. Miss her on the defunct WMEX radio 1510 AM, too. She's a great reporter and good friend. ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT: The Holy Grail of Lost Films In the sad annals of lost films, few inspire more enthusiasm and wonder than London After Midnight, the 1927 horror- mystery bringing together two early shock masers, director Tod Browning and face-shifting Lon Chaney. The last known copy was destroyed in the infa- mous MGM vauit fire of 1967, but plenty of stills, posters, and records of the story survive, all contributing to the film's legend. The plot (written in part by Browning), which was described as "certain to disturb the ner- vous system of the more sensi- tive picture patrons" by Film Daily, involves the mysteri- ous death of Roger Balfour, a respectable London gentleman. The Scotland Yard detective declares it a suicide despite the skepticism of Balfour's friend. Five years later, a mys- terious looking visitor arrives at Balfour's former home, prompting the return of the detective and bringing more of the household personnel under suspicion. Chaney was, by then, Holly- wood's master of disguise and here he outdid himself, playing the Scotland Yard detective, a hypnotist, and the sinister look- ing creep in a beaver hat. The Warren Tribune men- tioned that, "Chaney is present in nearly every scene, in a dual role that tests his skill to no small degree. Chaney needs no introduction as a past master of deception. He attracts with a~ glance, and repels with a leer. Only, in London After Midnight, he does both simultaneously, so that this critic, at least, was continually torn between a strong desire to cheer and an equally strong desire to hissf With his fabled make-up bag making its only known screen appearance here, Chaney incor- porated his talent for face shift- ing into the narrative as the climax revealed the monster to be the detective in disguise. This presented a curious challenge for Chaney, as his make-up was, in the context of the story, supposed to be an obvious disguise (the detective's ploy to flush out the murderer). Reviews were mixed, but the film was a hit and the most profitable of Chaney's collabora- tions with Tod Browning. How the film would hold up today remains, however, something of a mystery since it was last seen in the early 1950s by historian William K. Everson who called it, "routine." The film's legacy survives in reviews, a novelization, and images. In 1935, five years after Chaney's death, Browning remade the film into a talkie titled Mark of the Vampire with Bela Lugosi. The closest con- temporary audiences came to seeing the original film was in 2002 when producer Richard Schmidlin, under a special commission by Turner Classic Movies, reconstructed the film using surviving stills. If there is one thing we can be sure of after watching the 45-minute recon- struction, it is that Chaney's disguises can still send a chili.