Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
“The Finest Hours”
The Finest Hours is based on a true rescue story about a massive storm that hit New England on February 18, 1952, ripping the SS Pendleton oil tanker in half and trapping 32 sailors in the aft section, adrift with no radio or commanding officers. First assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) takes charge of the frightened crew and inspires the men to work together in hopes of being rescued. After a distress call is received, the Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts sends four men out in a wooden lifeboat, led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine). The men go above and beyond the call of duty facing frigid temperatures, 70-foot high waves, mechanical failures and hurricane-force winds, to rescue the stranded men. Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainer, also star.
I enjoyed this well-crafted PG-13 man-vs-nature story, that opens with a sweet courtship between Bernie and his girlfriend Miriam then quickly moves into a thrilling nautical disaster. There are plenty of dramatic moments showing what the men on the adrift ship went through and the incredible courage Bernie and his crew faced, as they fought the storm agreeing, “We all live or we all die”. The mind-boggling, realistic special-effects are so terrifying, it makes you appreciate the horrors these men must have faced and affirms the courage, heroism and selfless duty, of the four brave men who, in real life, were all awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal.
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~Holly On Hollywood~
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Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!