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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Page 7 OO@OOOOO@OOO000000@OOOO@O00@@OOOO@OO00@0@O00 by Bob Morello : ... more than mee the eye Ooo•ooioeloleo@ooeoo•oeeeoooeee•ooeeeeeoeoooe ENCHANTED TALES: SNOW WHITE & THE PRINCESS CASTLE (DVD) Cinedigm Ent. Young viewers and their families enter the spellbind- ing realm of a pretty young princess, a scheming queen and seven funny little fel- lows with very big hearts in a lively re-imagining of the timeless fairy tale, 'Snow White.' In 'The Princess Castle,' sisters Claire and Caitlin discover a secret door under the stairs. When they peek inside, the ad- venturous girls find an en- chanted trunk, a mysteri- ous locket and an invitation that whisks them away to a magical kingdom. Addi- tional info coming on more of this exciting series! THE EXORCIST (Blu-ray) Warner Bros. Home Ent. 'The Exorcist' tells the now-famous story of a girl's demonic possession, and a gripping fight between good and evil. Linda Blair portrays Regan, a young girl who starts to exhibit strange, arcane behavior. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) calls upon a priest, Father Karras (Jason Miller) to investi- gate. But Karras, who has a spiritual crisis of his own, is suddenly confronted with the unimaginable evil of Regan's possession. Father Lankester Merrin (Max Von Sydow), an arc, ql gis˘- priest, is called to help, and a horrific battle for her soul begins. 40 years have passed since this William Friedkin masterpiece was first released (1973), and the film is still intriguing! LOST AND FOUND (DVD) Entertainment One 'Lost and Found' is a film based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, this award-winning film tells the unforgettable story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. Unsure of what to do, the boy becomes deter- mined to help the penguin find his way back home... even if that means rowing all tile way to the South Pole! Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent provides the endearing narration on this breathtakingly, beautiful tale about the power of friend- ship, that's sure to captivate the hearts of young and old alike. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (5-Blu-ray/3D) Warner Bros. Home Ent. The epic fantasy adven- ture 'The Hobbit: An Unex- pected Journey' is released as an Extended Edition' on Blu-ray 3D. Thi new cut includes 13 minutes of ex- tra film footage that extends individual scenes, plus nearly nine hours of new bonus features. Filmmaker Peter Jackson said he is thrilled that this edition will give fans the chance to ex- perience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, allowing them to immerse them- selves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy. Five discs of excite- ment feature part one of J.R.R. Tolkien's popular masterpieces. CLEAR HISTORY (DVD) HBO Home Ent. A comedic original film starring Larry David as Nathan Flomm, a marketing executive at a start-up elec- tric company, who after a petty argument with his boss (Jon Hamm), gives up his ten-percent of the shares. The company goes on to make billions of dollars, leav- ing Nathan publicly humili- ated. Ten years later, after creating an entirely new life on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts, all is well - until his past ar- rives to threaten his new life. THE BISHOP'S WIFE / THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video Two Samuel Goldwyn films released in the late 1940's, 'The 'Bishop's Wife' (1947), and '~he Best Years of Our Lives' (1946), make their debut from Warner Home Video. 'The Bishop's Wife,' starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven, is filled with Christmas joy, as Henry, the young clergyman struggles to raise funds for a new cathedral, and save his marriage. A powerful and handsome angel arrives ~:i from above with a mind of his own.., and teaching mor- tal Henry an immortal les- son in romance isn't all he has planned. 'The Best Years of Our Lives,' is an Academy Award-winning film flhat recounts the prob- lems faced by three return- ing veterans after WWlI, as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives. One returns to a loveless mar- riage; the second is a stranger to a family that has grown up without him; and the other veteran is tor- mented by the loss of his hands. Can these be the best years? IMPRACTICAL JOKERS: FIRST SEASON (DVD) Warner Home Video 'Impractical Jokers' is truTV's hit series starring four longtime friends, Q, Sal, Joe and Murr, who dare each other to do outrageous things, all while being filmed. This DVD includes all 17 first season episodes, as well as commentary tracks from the cast. The friends dare one another to do ridiculous things in pub- lic, then capture their ex- treme dares on a hidden camera, culminating in a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to determine who succeeded under pressure and who col- lapsed in defeat. At the end of each episode, the guy with the most fails, must face a mortifying punishment with truly humiliating conse- quences. 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 ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LATINA KNIGHTS Recently, at Dunkin' Do- nuts on Bennington Street in East Boston, the beauti- ful Veronica Robles stopped by to say hi to all the Knights holding court at the front table. She never knew the group even existed. We did tell her she could fill out an application for knight- hood but she wouldn't com- mit herself. Apparently, she needs to know more about us. Veronica did invite all to attend the open house of her Veronica Robles Cultural Center which by the way was held on Sunday, Novem- ber 24th at 175 McClellan Highway next to the Court- yard Marriott. TOYS FOR TOTS PARTY AT ITAM POST On Saturday, November 23rd, the members of the ITAM Post 6 held a very successful Toys for Tots Christmas Party. Everyone had a great time and with toys as the only admission price. Santa now has so many toys to give out to deserving boys and girls waiting for their Christmas gifts. 33 GALLONS OF MILK SYNDROME Michelle McPhee is a great local talk show host who should once again have her own radio show. For now, she fills in on WRKO. Most recently, when Howie Carr was out of town, she brought up a personal observation that she encountered at Shaw's Market at Liberty Plaza in East Boston. A woman in front of her pur- chased 33 gallons of milk and paid for the items with her EBT card. Michelle be- ing that great investigative reporter decided to follow the lady out to the parking lot and tailed her to a nearby grocery store where she al- legedly unloaded all the milk bottles. Michelle wondered how much suspected abuse of the system like this goes on daffy. A few days after her radio commentary, I was at the same Shaw's checkout counter and saw a woman purchasing 25 two liter bottles of ginger ale using her EBT card to pay the bill. Could this be the same lady?. Either way, bulk purchases like this clearly is abuse of taxpayer monies, isn't it? SANTA ARRIVES BY PARACHUTE IN QUINCY Santa Clause will be parachuting into Pageant Field in Quincy at on Satur- day, November 30th around 12:30 pm. 61"t ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE The City of Quincy holds the largest Christmas Parade on the South Shore and probably in all of New England. This year's parade will be held on Sun- day, December Ist starting at 12:30 pm. The parade's route is from Quincy Center and works down Hancock Street to North Quincy. Best place to view it is my favorite place in Wollaston Center. NORDBLOM PLANS 602 APARTMENTS NEAR OLD HERALD SITE More than 600 apartments are planned in the South End across from the old Boston Herald site. The proposal at the old Graybar Electric Company on Harrison Av- enue will consist of two buildings. The former Herald site is being developed and already under construction for nearly 500 luxury apart- ments, rental units and a Whole Foods Supermarket. BEHIND WHAT KIND OF TRUCK One day on my way from Eastie to the North End, I found myself behind a casket truck. I quickly decided to pass it right by because it made me feel uncomfortable. Then, with- out warning, I found myself in front of the caskets but now behind a truck hauling portable johns. Talk about being sandwiched between a rock and a hard place. Hey, at least I thought no dead people inside johns for the most part. Personally, I would rather be behind a Frosty Truck. • L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore (Continued from Page 1) For me, Advent means Italian Christmas tradi- tions, those beautiful cus- toms which tap into the true love and generosity of the holiday through their rustic simplicity. My father knew Christmas was approaching when he heard the sound of zampognari descending from the frosty hills of his home- town region of Abruzzi. The zampognari are bagpipers dressed in traditional garb who entertain people in vil- lages, city squares, and re- ligious shrines across Italy with their melodic tunes. Presepi, or Nativity scenes, also appear in nearly every Italian home and town. The presepi serve as Italy's pre- miere Christmas decoration, nowadays standing along- side Christmas trees, in part because they were created by one of the country's most famous saints, St. Francis of Assisi. Presepi range from small, humble figurines adorning someone's fire- place to large statues grac- ing public plazas; they even include living presepi where actors assume the role of the Holy Family. My father fondly remembers helping his local parish priest build a large presepio that took up most of the room and sported such realistic touches as moss and running water. In addition to presepi, holiday preparations in Italy always comprise of Christmas mar- kets. Among decorations of seasonal greenery, shoppers scour through the stalls for handcrafted Christmas ornaments, toys for children, fresh produce, and baked holiday goods like cookies or the fruit-studded breads known as panettone or panforte. The most famous Christmas market in Italy is housed in Rome's Piazza Navona, though villages also boast their more quaint ver- sions. Finally, the Italian Advent season brims with boundless generosity: fami- lies inviting lonely people over to share a holiday meal, children bringing gifts to the elderly, charity campaigns across the country. Because Italian traditions largely miss the flashy commercial- ism that often plagues the holiday season in America, they can focus on more sig- nificant issues like family, spirituality, community and kindness. As the holiday season settles in with a burst of cheer and goodwill, I urge everyone to focus on the simple aspects of this time period rather than getting caught up in any tumult. Light an Advent candle and watch it flicker against a dark sky. Eat a crispy latke, or potato pancake, for Hanukkah, perhaps ac- cented with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce, and note the way the traditional flavors explode in your mouth. Donate to a charity, and spend time with your family. I know that I will take a cue from the Italian Advent and pay attention to the side of Christmas that includes olden customs and the wisdom of past genera- tions. Looking beyond the superficial and into the heartfelt sincerity that marks these traditions will produce a holiday that is more meaningful and com- forting, something well worth waiting for this Advent. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM 376 North Street • Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 • Fax (617) 523-3530