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The Finest Hours: A Different Kind of Hero


The Finest Hours (2015 PG-13), directed by Craig Gillespie, tells the true story of a 1950’s Coast Guard rescue against all odds.

This movie is about heroes.  The people who sign up to serve their country in war and in peace, and risk their lives for others.  The women who wait.  The men who avoid panicking, and fight against the odds to keep their sinking ship intact until rescue.

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 Holliday Grainger as Miriam and Beau Knapp as Mel Gouthro ©Disney Enterprises. CR: Claire Folger.

Yet the strongest person in the film is the fiance, the girl who barges in to tell the Coast Guard commander to bring her man back.  And also the Coast Guard widow, who packs her young kids in the car during a storm to take food to the community center for the survivors, if there are any.

The other heroes are unlikely heroes.

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Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and Tchuda Southerland (Josh Stewart) struggle to keep their ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking.

Casey Affleck plays chief engineer Ray Sybert, an introvert who would rather tinker with his dials and engines than lead a crew. Yet he must, and reluctantly rises to the challenge of confronting much stronger personalities to do what must be done to save the ship.


Chris Pine plays Bernie Webber of the Coast Guard, a shy man who lives in the shadow of his big brother’s heroics. He leads a crew of four to almost certain death, knowing he is the only chance the stranded men have.  He can barely make eye contact, he is so shy.

Chris Pine is known for playing larger than life characters, so it is really fun to see him act out such a submissive character.


Zachary Quinto, Spock, and Chris Pine, Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek


Anne Hathaway, Princess Mia, and Chris Pine, Prince Nicholas, in a scene from the motion picture “Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.”  photo by Ron Batzdorff


Love that scene from Into the Woods!

Back to our movie….Watch “The Finest Hours.”  Enjoy the performances.  Marvel at the daring rescue. Envy the 1950’s dresses.  Root for the survivors as the ship sinks.

Bring a jacket to the theater…Watching that terrible blizzard and rough seas makes a person cold!

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Cinderella: It’s Fun to Dress Bad


We all rave about Cinderella’s blue ball gown.  And it’s no wonder!  It seems to simply float!

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But I am also interested in the costumes the bad girls wear.

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Every gown the evil step-mother wears is green.  Is the costume designer trying to show us that she is jealous of Cinderella?


All her dresses are full of hard angles and make sharp shadows.

This reminds me of movie stars of the 1940’s.  Do you know these Hollywood beauties?  (The ANSWER is below)


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It turns out that is also what the director was going for!

ANSWER:  The Hollywood actresses pictured, from top left, are Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford again, Lauren Bacall, Rosalind Russell, and Ann Blyth.

How many did you get right?

Interview with Costume Designer Sandy Powell

Dress Old Hollywood Glamour Today

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