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LOVE, ANTOSHA Brings Heavy Emotion for the Young Actor

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres from director/producer Garrett Price and Lurker Productions is a documentary on the life of Anton Yelchin with LOVE, ANTOSHA.

Best known for his role as the young Chekov in the STAR TREK films, Anton Yelchin wasn’t a new comer to films. Not at all, in fact his career began at a young age beginning in 2000 with a role in the television series ER. I remember that episode clearly and Yelchin plays young boy Robbie who loses his parents.

From the moment Yelchin is on screen, there is something amazing in his eyes that says ‘get ready to break out the kleenex everyone’ which I did. But this wouldn’t be the only time this actor would move me.

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In 2001 in the film HEARTS IN ATLANTIS, he once again tests every emotion possible. Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2004 would show us another side of Yelchin with scenes that were pure brilliance.

HOUSE OF D that same year from writer/director David Duchovny cements Yelchin as an actor beyond words. Next came ALPHA DOG and CHARLIE BARTLETT along side Robin Williams followed by THE BEAVER with Jodie Foster.

In between Hollywood roles, Yelchin made it clear he wanted to make the un-Hollywood type films. Those around him saw that he needed to stretch and explore different characters in different ways.

When STAR TREK came, viewers thought that this was a newcomer to Hollywood. They embraced the young Chekov and now I can even imagine anyone doing the role. Yelchin met Walter Koenig, Chekov from the original 60s STAR TREK and it is easy to see from this documentary that he wanted to please Koenig.

But there was so much more to this talented and sensitive actor. The only son of immigrant Russian parents, Yelchin showed at a very early age that he was fascinated with films and music. He grew with each and every opportunity and influenced by each person he met.

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That is what makes this documentary so absolutely fantastic. It starts with his family talking about where they came from and how they raised their son. Then his close friends talk about the time they spent together and how they always did things nutty (as guys tend to do).

The most surprising part of this documentary is the amount of people that actually knew Yelchin and by this I mean Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Martin Landau for starters. There are funny stories told by Chris Pine and Simon Pegg about Yelchin’s need to photograph the unusualness he would find just walking down the street.

The most moving part of this documentary are the notes that Antosha left for his family to constantly remind them of his love. The raw notes he would write to himself are read by Nicholas Cage who happened to be Yelchin’s favorite actor.

What a rare few knew was that Yelchin suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and, as with everything this young man did, he did not use CF as an excuse to not push himself. Instead he did what was necessary and jumped into his life fray with every bit of heart and soul he had.

June 19, 2016, the world would lose Yelchin in what would seem the most senseless way. A preventable accident would take him away from the world that so embraced his talent.

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In the sadness of this we have to remember one thing, this young actor left behind 69 films and that is stunning. I have seen many of his films but after seeing this documentary, I want to see each and every film he made!

The film brings J.J. Abrams, Sofia Boutella, John Cho, Ian Cripps, Marlon Clark, Willem Dafoe, Joe Dante, Paul David, Ryan Dean, Drake Doremus, Ben Foster, Jodie Foster, Cxraif Gillespie, Dave Glowacki, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Jones, Avy Kaufman, Frank Langella, Mary Lester, Mark Palansky, Jon Poll, Zachary Quinto, Parush Rao, Zoe Saldana, Luke Shaft, Sophie Simpson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jon Voight, and Richard Wicklund out to talk about their feelings and some of it will bring a tear and a lot will bring laughs.

Having amazing access to his journals, writings, home movies, photographs, artwork and music – there doesn’t seem to be a stone left unturned to share with the viewer. That is what makes this documentary so very special – its honesty to both the light and dark of his life.

We should all have such amazing friends that would want the world to know who we are, how we are and everything in between in such a way as Price has put together in LOVE, ANTOSHA.

In the end – he was so much more and now we know just how much more!

 

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HOSTILES Comes to 4K Ultra HD

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The Gritty Western Action Treks to 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack,Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on April 24 from Lionsgate

A star-studded cast leads the powerful and critically acclaimed western, Hostiles, arriving on Digital April 10 and on 4K Ultra HD™ (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand April 24 from Lionsgate. The highly successful independent director, Scott Cooper (Crazy HeartBlack Mass) reunites with his Out of the Furnace star and Oscar® winner Christian Bale (Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter, 2010) in what is being hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the first great western since 1992’s Unforgiven.” Hostiles also stars Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike (Best Actress, Gone Girl, 2014), Wes Studi (AvatarThe Last of the Mohicans), Primetime Emmy® nominee Jesse Plemons (Best Actor, “Fargo,” 2014), Golden Globe® nominee Adam Beach (Best Actor, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, 2007), and Ben Foster (Hell or High WaterLone Survivor).

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army captain (Bale) who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche, and ruthless outliers that they encounter along the way.

 The Hostiles 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD copies include an in-depth 3-part “making of” documentary, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

 

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

·       “A Journey to the Soul: The Making of Hostiles” 3-Part Documentary

o   “Provenance” Featurette

o   “Removing the Binds” Featurette

o   “Don’t Look Back” Featurette

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INFERNO Heats Up a Mystery

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this Friday from director Ron Howard based on the books from author Dan Brown with Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures is INFERNO.

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns but this time in fog and in Italy. In the hospital he meets Dr. Sienna Brooke (Felicity Jones) who is treating him for a gunshot wound to the head. It doesn’t take long before he realizes where he is and that someone is trying to kill him.

Dr. Brooke and Langdon are on the run being chased by a crazed cop but they aren’t the only ones chasing. The W.H.O.’s Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is on the chase up against Christoph Bouchard (Omary Sy) and these two are not friends.

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Starting out with the clues leading to Dante himself, the two are racing against the clock when they discover that Bertrand Zobrist (Ben Foster) is prepared to release a virus. His intention is to clear the globe of overpopulation. Enter Harry Sims (Irrfan Khan), another mysterious chaser who may hold the final piece of the puzzle.

Once again Langdon is out of time!

Hanks as Langdon has solidified his status as this character and there are traits that have popped up from film to film. An example is when he stares at something followed by talking to himself until his eyes are roaming fast like his brain is the actual inferno. This time he has no idea who to trust because even though his historical memory is in tact, who is who in past days – not so much.

Jones as Dr. Brooke goes along for the chase and already knows the famous Dr. Langdon. In this role Jones ‘goes along to get along’ following Langdon keeping an eye on her patient.  Sy as Bouchard wants what he thinks Langdon has and that makes for one gun toting batch of meanness.

Zobrist as Foster is brief but the reason for the entire viral chaos. His story comes in pieces yet every time he is on screen I’m happy about it. Khan as Sims has the opportunity to break away from the pack with his focus on business and mixture of shocking humor.

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Knudsen as Elizabeth will always win in my book. If you haven’t seen the television series Borgen then you are truly missing the extent of what this actress can do. She has a range that had me hating when Borgen wrapped up but thrilled to see her return on the HBO series Westworld.

Extended cast include Ana Ularu as Vayentha, Ida Darvish as Marta Alvarez, Paolo Simioni as Dr. Marconi, and Fausto Sciarappa as Parker.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give INFERNO three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is another installment in the Dan Brown series of Da Vinci Code books and I looked forward to seeing it. I don’t know whether I’m just turning into Langdon myself (which is very cool) because I did figure out several things and I’m keeping it to myself. This is a complete no-spoiler zone when it comes to anything Hanks!

Foster looked amazing but then again he always does and Khan gets the amazing opportunity to bring humor to a dire situation yet I loved it. Both of these actors are high on my list of must-see in everything they do because they are so diverse. I don’t mind being partial as Tom Hanks will win at everything he does because he is has become an icon in a way that is rare and pretty dang cool.

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The tour of Europe and its stunning treasures but then again Academy Award winning director Ron Howard wouldn’t have it any other way I’m sure. Author Dan Brown has grabbed book lover’s attention since the 2006 release of The Da Vinci Code and it’s follow up of Angels & Demons in 2009. Now, if anyone is curious, The Lost Symbol is next on the list of books that I’m sure will have us all waiting for screen.

In the end – his greatest challenge and humanity’s last hope!

HELL OR HIGH WATER

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this week is a film that already has awards buzzing around it. From director David Mackenzie, writer Taylor Sheridan and CBS Films comes a story that asks the question ‘who are the real criminals?’ and who is close to HELL OR HIGH WATER.

In West Texas there is little to see. Small towns are drying up and the oil industry is taking up land for drilling. Divorced dad Toby Howard (Chris Pine) has a cattle ranch and after taking care of his sick mother has a lot of money owed to the bank. Brother Tanner (Ben Foster) comes home from prison to help find a solution to losing the ranch.

The solution is money – and the only way to get it is by walking into a bank and taking it. From the first bank onward there is no turning back for these two brothers and hot on their tails are rangers Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham).

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Hamilton is a soon-to-be-retired ole cuss who isn’t about to let these boys get away with anything. Parker is all in and keenly aware of his partner’s idiosyncrasies and peccadilloes when it comes to finding out where the bandits will strike next.

What law enforcement doesn’t know is the story behind the robberies. Toby is focused on his goal but rogue brother Tanner has his own ideas of how things should be done. Everything leads to a showdown that changes both sides irrevocably.

Justice isn’t a crime!

Pine as Toby is a simple man who just wants to have something of his own to pass on to his boys. Not in a good place with his wife, there is a rift becoming wider with his boys. Pine’s character just wants to keep what the family has worked for. His performance here is not full of words but when he does speak it has heart.

Foster as Tanner gets to be the bad boy with a heart for the situation his brother is in. He is charming and daring but equally frustrating for Toby which sort of made me laugh. The relationship between these two brothers is crazy deep, funny and throughout the film Foster and Pine have us forgetting they aren’t really brothers!

Bridges as Hamilton is gruffy and a huge smartass! Not happy with the thought of sitting on his porch rocking away the golden years, this case is a chance for him to go out with his name becoming as shiny as his badge. Wearing a gun doesn’t mean he draws it when looking for the two men who are not giving him much in the way of clues. Another awesome performance by Bridges.

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Birmingham as Parker understands his partner’s need to get into this case. Putting up with his one liners and stereotypical statements regarding his Indian-Mexican heritage, Parker lies in wait, retort wise, but when he unleashes it is straight faced dead-on fact and in some cases hilarious. I enjoyed this character and Birmingham portraying it.

Other cast include: Keith Meriweather as the Rancher, Jackamoe Buzzell as the Archer City Deputy, Amber Midthunder as Vernon Teller and Katy Mixon as Jenny Ann.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give HELL OR HIGH WATER four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. HELL OR HIGH WATER is an absolute joy to watch and let me tell you why. Not only is the cast weighted equally between Bridges, Birmingham, Foster and Pine but each actor brings their own unique character front and center.

The great state of Texas might as well be a fifth big character in the film with the cinematography that is just stunning. The long shots of the emptiness truly does convey the obvious hopelessness the Howard brothers feel but also others who are equally struggling.

I’m going to also throw in that the soundtrack done by Nick Cave is absolutely stellar from the first frame to the last. This isn’t his first era-themed or western-themed piece as he also did LAWLESS, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES and THE PROPOSITION.

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HELL OR HIGH WATER has the feel of an old western with its mashing of the line between good and bad guys. It is a question of company’s with money abusing those who have no choice when it comes to the care of their families. Finally, it is back to the land and having a piece of something precious that stays with a person.

This is definitely a film that will bring more questions than answers and that’s what good story telling is all about. Visit the theatre this weekend to see the gritty film HELL OR HIGH WATER.

In the end – blood always follows money!

 

 

WARCRAFT Brings in the Heavy Battles

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Jeri Jacquin

Opening this Friday from writer/director Duncan Jones, Charles Leavitt, Chris Metzen along with Legendary and Universal Pictures is the highly anticipated video game come to big screen with WARCRAFT.

The fearsome Orc warriors are living in the dying land of Draenor and looking for a new place to survive. Told by Gul’dan (Daniel Wu) that there is another world call Azeroth waiting, he uses captives draining their life to use magic in opening a portal. Joining in the first wave through the gate is Durotan (Toby Kebbell) the Frostwolf clan Chieftain, his pregnant wife Draka (Anna Galvin), warrior Orgrim (Robert Kazinsky) and the slave Garona (Paula Patton) who is not quite Orc and looked down upon by the others.

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In Azeroth is Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), a commander of the army in the kingdom rules by the Stormwind King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper). When a mage named Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer), who left the city of Dalaran comes to Azeroth, comes warn the King that an evil is coming he is met with resistance.

Anduin knows that they must call the Guardian Medivh (Ben Foster) to learn about the very large army that is out to destroy every kingdom. Once the attacks by the Fel begin, it is Durotan who knows that Gul’dans power is out of control. Reaching out to Anduin and King Llane, with the help of the freed Garona, their goal is the same – to stop Gul’dan.

The gate being built by the Fel to bring in more of the Horde is almost complete and to the shock of Azeroth – the one person they trusted the most has turned in to the one person that is now trying to destroy them.

In this world light can bring dark and dark can bring light!

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I must start out with Fimmel as Anduin Lothar (sounds a little like Ragnar for all you VIKING fans of which I am one). Nice to see hair on the man first of all but nothing, and I mean nothing could hide those recognizable blue eyes. Even though his role is serious he does manage to get in some humor which I liked. Is he the sole reason I wanted to see WARCRAFT in the first place? Absofrakkenlootely. Thanks Travis!

Foster as Medivh looks awesomely cool as the Guardian. Just the right looks and temperament to pull this off. This is what I like about not looking at the roster before seeing a movie – when he turned around off the large sculpture I smiled big! Cooper as King Llane is the kind of king I’d hang around meaning he doesn’t hesitate to get his hands dirty in a fight.

Kebbell as Durotan is an honorable Fel and although his size it rather staggering, he shows every signs of being a good being. Plus he looks cute holding his little one with those large building sized hands. Kazinsky as Orgrim believes in his Chieftain and even though he might lose his way for a second or two, a good heart always wins out. Wu as Gul’dan is creepy, as all narcissistic and power crazed maniacs look.

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Patton as Garona has a story to tell being the littlest Fel in the bunch. She is tough when she has to be and has no problem killing her own half-kind. Her green coloring and very small under-bite is complimented by her Rachel Welch ONE MILLION B.C. costuming

Other cast include: Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, Clancy Brown as Blackhand, Ruth Negga as Lady Taria, Callum Rennie as Moroes, Burkely Duffield as Callan, Ryan Robbins as Karos, and Dean Redman as Varis

Let’s get the con’s out of the way shall we? First, fair warning – this film is in IMAX so don’t sit on the sides of the screen or sit to close, there is so much to see of the story that those two things will put a damper on the experience.

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Second, I have to say that I felt like I was watching bits of HARRY POTTER meshed in with LORD OF THE RINGS, nice green STARGATE, a dash of AVATAR topping it off with THE LAST AIR BENDER. I even thought I saw Gimli sitting at the funeral scene with is long red beard and intense stare.

That all being said I rather enjoyed the film and I actually know nothing about the video game other than it has been a huge success. There were plenty of gamers in the audience who cheered at things I didn’t quite understand (I’ll have to ask my very grown up son about it who is still a gamer). It didn’t bother me but I will admit to a giggle or two knowing what ever it was sure made their day.

There is plenty and I mean plenty of action in this film with huge battles scenes, loads of wizardry, bad guys who aren’t so bad and a kingdom full of heroics! The CGI is nothing to sneeze at either. The film made it pretty clear the story is hardly done in its telling and I absolutely won’t tell you how I know that – see for yourself!

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Coming in at about two hours the film is a feast for the eyes and made a theatre full of people extremely happy. This might by my LOTR replacement franchise so it’s off I go to find out more about WARCRAFT. Grab your friends and prepare for a film royale!

In the end – there are two worlds but only one destiny!

THE FINEST HOURS

Speaking with Director Craig Gillespie and Producer Jim Whitaker

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Jeri Jacquin

This week from director Craig Gillespie and Walt Disney Pictures comes the true and inspirational story of men who comes together during THE FINEST HOURS.

In 1952, young Boatswains Mate First Class Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) is stationed off of Cape Cod. Keeping much to himself because of a prior rescue, Bernie is a stickler for the rules. Meeting a feisty and forward Miriam (Holliday Grainer), Webber is proposed to and now feels he needs the permission of his superior Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana). Wanting to ask, he is interrupted when a storm slams the seas.

On the SS Pendleton, Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) is trying to keep his ship together. As one wave hits the boat, it becomes clear that if they are to survive, the screw must come together to keep the ship afloat until help arrives. When the calls comes in, Webber along with Seaman Richard Livesey (Ben Foster), Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald (Kyle Gallner) and Seaman Wallace Quirey (John Ortiz) get in their small twelve-man boat and head out – but first they must get through the monster waves at the mouth of the port.

Back on the drifting Pendleton, Sybert is dealing with a crew that wants to leave the ship. It is with the help of Frank Fauteux (Graham McTavish) that they begin to rig the boat to head to short where rescuers might have a better chance to reach them. The waves show no mercy as the snow is blinding as Webber keeps his resolve to move forward and find the men of the Pendleton.

It is the three men on a surfboat and the crew of the Pendleton that show us the meaning of bravery!

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Pine as Webber has taken on a role I didn’t expect. Instead of his flashy Captain Kirk smile and witticisms, Pine gives us a character that is introspective, unsure at times but knows that without someone going into the angry ocean, the lives of the men on the Pendleton would be lost. I enjoyed his portrayal of Webber and trusted in what he was doing. I can’t imagine doing any of that in the first place, let alone in 1952 when boats didn’t have the same safety measures or equipment they do today.

Affleck as Sybert is equally as introspective in this role. He knows what he knows but won’t force anyone to take his word. Sybert is very McGyver in a situation I’m sure was unlike none that had been seen before. I have to say I was pretty impressed with this characters concern when clearly there were those who didn’t have everyone’s best interests at heart. Affleck is a cool customer!

Foster as Livesey has a bone to pick with Pine’s character over an accident. Never truly resolving the issue, it makes the rescue boat a little more tense. The struggle to survive is made more difficult by Livesey’s anger. Gallner as Fitzgerald is a frightened kid to say the very least yet he keeps it together following the lead of Webber. Ortiz as Quirey jumped into the fray without a second thought which dropped my jaw a bit but well done!

Bana as Cluff begins his time at the Cape constantly being questioned, second guessed and has Miriam to deal with. McTavish as Fauteux definitely is a guy I’d want on my side when things go as bad as they did for the Pendleton.

Grainier as Miriam is feisty, flashy and a temper that won’t be tamed when it comes to learning of the danger Webber is facing. The only question I had is why did she run out of the Cape station without her coat? I was happy to learn that I wasn’t the only person in the screening who had that question.

Other cast include: Josh Stewart as Tchuda Southerland, Rachel Brosnahan as Bea Hansen, Michael Raymond-James as Seaman Brown, John Magaro as Seaman Ervin Maske, Matthew Maher as Carl Nickerson, Benjamin Koldyke as Sam, Beau Knapp as Mel Gouthro and Abraham Benrubi as Tiny Meyers.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE FINEST HOURS three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. THE FINEST HOURS is based on the book by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.

I had the opportunity to speak with Director Craig Gillespie as well as Producer Jim Whitaker about THE FINEST HOURS, casting, special effects and the message they want to bring to audiences.

Hello gentlemen! I saw the film and I am a sucker for anything ocean but if you throw in disaster it’s even better along with it being a true story. What made you decide to take on this epic story?

Jim: My wife read the book and thought it would make an amazing film. It’s an incredible story and the more you read it the more you think ‘how did this happen?’ and it rolled right out. We were trying to find stories that would make a great movie and this was definitely one. It happened very quickly because we loved it so we brought it right to Disney. They said it would be a great film for them as well. It is exciting and very castable and intense. There are two parts to it really and you are right that it’s an epic film and Craig made it epic. It became more and more epic.

Craig: I was waiting for someone to tell me to stop!

Jim: There is this incredible humanity underneath it as well. You get the epic moments but also moments of humility and grace and emotions. It’s that balance is what makes for a great movie experience.

It is interesting to me that you chose Chris Pine because I didn’t see him as a quiet character. He doesn’t say much in the film but instead he knows the right thing to do so he does it.

Craig: It’s the classic casting against type.

But you also did it with Casey Affleck, again an introspective character and with alarms going off all around him he takes a deep breath and does what needs to be done so they can survive. They are both the calm in the middle of this storm.

Craig: They have similar acts but in different places. Scott Silva created such depths in these characters and such restrain in them also add to the epic scale of it all. I grew up in Sydney so I understand those big waves and the drama of it.

Why these two actors and how do you see them in these roles?

Craig: Chris was already attached to the film and I loved the idea and the opportunity of working with him and Casey. When you go to the classic underdog hero films and the common thread between these two characters not believing in themselves are that they go through this journey and find the courage within themselves to stand up. This affects change in everyone else. There is a sincerity about these characters with strong moral compasses but they just have a hard time believing in themselves. There were these traits and how to build these moments between these two actors.

I love old movies and in this film you brought out that sense of nostalgia with the authenticity of their clothing, the look all the way down to the boat.

Craig: There is this classic restraint but with that era of people who just knew how to get the job done. Even in the way we shot it everything was done in this classic way.

The ocean waves were huge! How did you do that? These poor guys are never dry.

Jim: Yes, there were thousands and thousands of gallons of water. They were constantly soaked.

Craig: There was no way around that. This shoot was really tough. We had this massive Navy shipping yard with a huge hanger that they use to build ships in with the end facing the ocean. They built five massive sets and the engine room that you see Casey at in the opening scene is a set and it’s on a gimbals of steel and it has to rock. This is the most weight they had to do for a set because of the flooding that happens. The top three floors of the tanker are also on a gimbals and it’s about twenty feet long. The side of the tanker they climb down is built and they actually climb down a ladder into water. They were dealing with very technical and hazardous conditions. It was a 110 foot pool with wave machines while they were being pelted with rain!

Miriam is quite a little spicy character. Grainier is a little firecracker.

Jim: That’s who Miriam was. She was a very modern woman of that time. All the details of that night are actually true. She did ask Webber to marry her and that was unheard of at the time. We thought that that was great about her character. We were looking for a fit with Chris and we needed someone to challenge him.

Chris’ accent was so well done.

Jim: The thing about his accent was that there was an interview that Bernie did many, many years ago where he talked about the event. He is speaking about what happened very quietly and some what matter-of-factly. Chris listened to Bernie and listened to it for hours upon days. When you hear Chris you are literally hearing Bernie speak. In that same gentle and quiet restrain type of way.

Through it all you forget it was ‘actor’ Chris Pine because of the different characteristics we might be use to. He became Bernie.

Craig: Chris did an amazing job dedicating himself to playing Bernie with the accent and the mannerisms. I think that rippled through the cast and upped everybody’s game. They wanted to remain true to their characters and portraying them honorably.

When Chris asks for others to go with him on the rescue, the people who go are a surprise, especially Ben Foster’s character because he is holding some rage against Bernie.

Craig: Yes, absolutely. Ben’s performance were these looks and moments and methodically done. His body language shows so much as the tension builds between them.

I think the military and Coast Guard families are going to really enjoy this film, especially in the recreating of the era in this true story of courage.

Craig: Yes, this is an American spirit film back in an era of a can-do kind of attitude. That is what makes this film even more amazing.

What would you like our readers to take away from seeing THE FINEST HOURS?

Craig: For me, hopefully honoring that spirit and those in the service. This highlights the innate goodness of those in service.

Jim: I love that the movie is about quiet humility and selflessness and ultimately the desire to serve no matter what the circumstances. This is about real heroes who go into places that others run from purely to help save people. We are grateful to make a film that honors that part of the military that serves our country.

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We are grateful as well to those who serve in the different branches of our military. This truly is a film about overcoming fears and adversity but it is also about being brave in such a way that it inspires us all.

THE FINEST HOURS is a stunning story in the epic genre of filmmaking. The cast brings it all together in this story of courage in the middle of an angry ocean and the bravery to do what is necessary.

In the end – there are thirty-two survivors and only room for twelve!

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