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The Finest Hours- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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Chris Pine and Casey Affleck bring a Coast Guard story of courage to the big screen in “The Finest Hours”

The story of one of the greatest rescues in the history of the US Coast Guard comes to the big screen in the new action flick, “The Finest Hours” from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl).  Finest Hours stars Chris Pine, his co-star from Star Trek Eric Bana, Holiday Grainger, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster in a tale of courage and heroism straight from the history of the Coast Guard.

It is February 1952, Cape Cod is getting hit with the worst winter storm in decades. Bernie Webber (Pine), a straight laced by the book sailor in the coast guard, just got engaged to his girl Miriam (Grainger) when he learns a tanker had been torn in half by the waves in the Atlantic. Commander Cluff (Bana) sends out a crew to rescue any survivors and has Bernie go secure the docks. A fisherman hears a tanker horn a mile or so off the shore.

6 miles south of the harbor, another tanker had ripped in half, yes 2 tankers were sinking of the coast of Cape Cod! The second tanker had more than 30 men stranded on the front of the boat. Mr. Sybert (Affleck), a crew member from the engine room, took charge of the survivors and came up with a plan to buy them some time to allow for the coast guard to find them. the rest of the crew decides to use the lifeboats to escape, even though Sybert told them the seas were to rough and they would die. This is one of my favorite scenes in the film as Sybert charges the crew with a hatchet and cuts the rope securing the lifeboat. The boat plunges to the sea and is demolished by a wave in less than 10 seconds! The crew asked “What did you do?!” and the ships cook told them “He just saved your life.”Sybert and the crew craft a man made rudder to steer the half tanker on to the near by shoal and keep them afloat until help can arrive.

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We All Live or We All Die

“The Finest Hours” follows the incredibly true story about a pair of oil tankers (SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton) that broke in half during a violent blizzard off the coast of Cape Cod and the death-defying rescue that came along with it in 1952.  Those on-duty at the Chatham Coast Guard station were preparing for the blizzard by tying-up boats at the dock when a call came over the radio saying a T2 oil tanker had been split in two; resulting in the senior Guardsmen being sent to their rescue.  Our main protagonist Bernie Webber is still at the station when a second call comes over the radio; another T2 oil tanker has been split in half by this deadly storm.  As the most Continue reading

NEWS

WIZARD WORLD IS COMING TO ST. LOUIS AND THEY’VE CALLED A DOCTOR!

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The awesome folks at Wizard World are returning to St. Louis on April 1-3, 2016! 

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Whovians rejoice! The tenth doctor, star of “Broadchurch” and the new series “Jessica Jones”, David Tennant will be attending with his companion Rose aka Billie Piper!

The 2016 show also features Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), the crew from the TV show “Epic Ink” and Jemma from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the lovely Elizabeth Henstridge!

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The Flick Fanatics will be there all 3 days and will get you all the sights and sounds from the Con right here!

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Interviews

A RARE TREAT! WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH TWO HEROES WHOSE BRAVERY AND VALOR IS ON-DISPLAY IN “13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI”!

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On a beautiful morning in November, we got a rare opportunity for a promotional interview.  Instead of speaking with the stars of an upcoming film, we had the pleasure of speaking with John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist (portrayed by Dominic Fumusa and Max Martini in the film).  These two real-life Marines will soon see themselves on the Big Screen (played by other actors) in the upcoming film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”.  The film follows the attacks in Benghazi, Libya by Islamic militants on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.  At the time, they were CIA-contractors and Continue reading

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SAINT LOUIS GOT TO HOLD DAVID OYELOWO “CAPTIVE” (FOR A FEW MINUTES)!

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David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar, The Butler) was in-town to discuss and promote his new film “Captive, opening in theaters September 18th.  For those aware of David’s work, the role of Brian Nichols is quite the opposite of the fine actor’s personality, but he was drawn to the role due to its “story, complexity, and elements of humanity and spirituality”.  In addition to the film, David also Continue reading