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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record m Helping others out of their gloom ROLL TO ME CNS COLUMNIST Look around your world pretty baby/Is it everything you hoped it would be/The wrong guy, the wrong situa- tion/The right time to roll to me/Roll to me And look into your heart pretty baby/Is it aching with some nameless need/Is there something wrong/And you can't put your fin- ger on it/Right then roll to me (REFRAIN) And I don't think/That I have ever seen/A soul so in despair/And so if you want to talk/Guess who will be there So don't try to deny it pretty baby/You've been down so long/You can hardly see/When the en- glue stalls/And it won't stop raining/It's the right time to roll to me/Roll to me/Roll to me (REPEAT IFRAIN) (REPEAT FIRST VERSE) Written by Currie Sung by Del Amitri Copyright (c) 1995 by A&M Records Ltd. Del Amitri's "Roll to Me" is up- beat and to the point. This musical approach is interesting, especially considering what the song discusses. In the song, a guy says to his friend: "I don't think that I have ever seen a soul so in despair." Apparently, the woman has been "down so long you can hardly see." To him, the answer to her depression is sim- ple: "When the engine stalls and it won't stop rain- ing, it's the right time to roll to me." Clearly, this guy thinks that he can make the girl forget her blues. Perhaps he is right. If she is down over something minor and passing, say, a fight with her boyfriend or flunking a test, a little distraction might help her get past her difficult feelings. But what if she has been depressed for a long time? Teens often have the best glimpse of what is going on with other teens. Sometimes young people can fake out their parents or teachers but can't fool other teens. So, how should one respond to a friend who is "depressed? What if someone you care about just can't find the light at the end of the tunnel? Much depends on how open this person will be "?i with you. If your friend is willing to rite this person to express any feelings anger or depression. Listen carefully. advice or quick fixes. Instead, try to the reality your friend faces. Life begins to get better when we don't isolated, lost or depressed. True, only as an! vidual can any of us experience our feelingS, friend's caring can provide a bridge of more promising future. However, if the person mentions thoughts or plans, it's time to act. Ask the to talk with some trusted adult. Offer to pany your friend as she or he reaches out to who can provide the support and skills get out of the depression. If the person refuses to do so, do knowledge alone. Depression can steal away at son's ability to see reasonable approaches tion. A person's life and future could be ance. Tell some trusted adult what you Depression can affect a person of any times being a caring, listening friend is not help a person with this kind of hurt. must act on your caring, even when your not understand why you do so. (Your comments are always welcome. address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, IN 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule revi THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN FNEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. "The Big Green" (Disney) The economically depressed residents of a tiny Texas town get back their fighting spirit after a perky new teacher (Olivia d'Abo) from England, as- sisted by the local sheriff (Steve Guttenberg), shape the listless junior high schoolers into a win- ning soccer team. Writer-direc- tor Holly Goldberg Sloan's bland story of underdogs beating the odds is an innocuous, slightly amusing family film which never ventures beyond the thoroughly predictable. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I general patronage. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Broken Harvest" (Kit Parker Films) A farm boy (Darren McHugh) in 1950s Ireland gradually becomes aware that bitter enmities dating from the 1920s civil war still divide his rural community and indi- rectly cause the death of his fa- ther (Colin Lane). Co-written and directed by Maurice O'Callaghan, the Irish produc- tion is a slight but evocative anecdote about a boy's intro- duction into the adult world of politics and its consequences, though the context of Irish re- publicanism may be lost on American viewers. Stylized vi- olence, some sexual innuendo and an occasional profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. ! "Dead Presidents" (Holly- wood) Crime melodrama in which a black youth (Larenz Tate) re- turns to the mean streets of the Bronx after serving four years in Vietnam, then turns to crime to support his family. Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes, the story of a disillusioned veteran becoming an armed robber is not new but the African-American context gives it a fresh vitality. Some intense violence, sexual situations and rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Devil in a Blue Dress" (TriStar) Hired to find a mysterious woman sought by rival mayoral candidates in 1948 Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck veteran (Denzel Washington) becomes trapped in a case of double murder the cops are willing to pin on him if he doesn't quickly find the actual killer. Writer-director Carl Franklin spins an atmospheric, engrossing tale of deceit and racial tension, marred only by one character's ca- sual reliance on violence to solve problems. A discreet bedroom scene, some intense violence and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" (Dimension) More mindless gore from the title's unstoppable homicidal maniac (George Wilbur) who this time is bent on killing his niece (Mariann Hagen) and snatching an infant boy, despite his old psychiatric nemesis (Don- ald Pleasence). Director Joe Chappelle stages some gross murders but wrings little men- ace or suspense out of a fright formula long since grown stale. Graphic violence, sexual innu- endo and rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classi- fication is 0 -- morally often- sive. The Motion Picture Associ- ation of America rating is R -- restricted. "How to Make an American Quilt" (Universal) Unsure over her recent engage- ment, a graduate student (Winona Ryder) spends the summer with her grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and six quilting-bee cronies who influence the young woman's deci- sion with tales of their own trou- bled romantic relationships over the years. Director Jocelyn Moor- house salutes sisterly solidarity in a sentimental, pokily paced tale of age bringing emotional maturity. Fleeting bedroom scenes, sexual references and an in! recreational drug Catholic Conference is A-III -- adults. ture Associati is PG-13 -- parents cautioned that some be inappropriate under 13. "Persuasion" Artful ada Austen's 1818 novel upper- class EngliS (Amanda Root) who grets having erished seaman years earlier, just as proud to admit his her now that he is and ready to settle tor Roger Michell look of the era and its distinctions while ploring the repressed of the would-be loverS, complications and a dent-related injurieS: Catholic Conference tion is A-II -- adults cents. The Motion ciation of America -- parental guidance Gregory Peck to receive Catholic media lifetime achievement LOS ANGELES (CNS) Gregory Peck will receive a lifetime achievement award from Catholics in Media Asso- ciates at the organization's an- nual awards ceremony Oct. 29 in Los Angeles. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles is scheduled to present the awards after a Mass he celebrates at the award site. Peck was called by Catholics in Media "an actor, a producer, an industry leader, a citizen and a remarkable human being who has not only embodied, in his life and work, the highest ethical standards, but has expressed them with magnificent artistry." He has served as president of the Academy of Motion Pic- ture Arts and Sciences. He has been given lifetime achieve- ment awards from the Lincoln Center and the American Film Institute. Peck also has been awarded the Medal of Freedom, which is the nation's highest civilian decoration, has received Kennedy Center Honors and the French Legion of Honor. His films include nae Keys of the Kingdom," "Duel in the Sun," "Moby Dick," "Spell- bound,  "The Yearling,  "The Guns of Navarone," "How the West Was Won," "MacArthur," "Old Gringo," and his Academy Award-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird." The Catholics in Media life- time achievement award is meant to honor an individual who has affirmed "the highest ethical standards of the Judeo- Christian tradition." Other winners of the Catholics in Media awards are "Mi Familia" for movies; "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" for television; and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood  for children's television. The creators of "Mi Familia," ("My Family"), were honored for "their reverent depiction of the human condition, with all its flaws and weaknesses, with all its energy and heart; with all its rejection and acceptance of God's grace, as a life-affirming film about God's people.  "Dr. Quinn  was honored "for its portrayal of an inde- pendent, caring, feminist role model, for its courage to make the chaste tween the two lead compelling and its creation of a 'God' is a part nity's everyday Fred Rogers Rogers' Nei called "television's ure, gifted children's faithful his outstanding three decades of dren with affirmation of their and a place cepted, safe,