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Lone Survivor isn't a film for the faint of heart. It's a film that beats you down and only lets you up for a few precious moments before the credits roll, but that emotional throttling is what helps make the film such a powerful experience.
Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, primarily focusing on a group of four Navy SEALs who are sent to the mountains of Afganistan to capture or kill a member of the Taliban. The plan goes wrong, and the team has to fight for their lives to escape the enemy-infested area. The film does a marvelous job of ratcheting up the tension before collapsing into its main action sequence, one that is as thrilling as it is unsettling. The long sequence brings forth memories of the infamous D-Day opening of Saving Private Ryan, except this film's fire-fight stretches out the violence like a medieval torture device. The langourous scene is, at times, hard to sit through. Each moment slips by in coiled tension. It's undoubtedly uncomfortable, and the film makes a point to never make the violence fun or enticing. The action isn't consequence-free, and every bullet fired carries weight, making the scenes brutal and unrelenting because of it. The film takes on the aura of a horror movie that wants you to feel every second that ticks by, and director Berg makes sure that a pressing hopelessness starts to weigh on the viewer just as it does on the soldiers.
Mark Wahlberg is plenty capable as Marcus Lutrell, a member of the SEAL unit that is sent on the mission. The supporting cast plays its parts admirably by believably infusing a diverse set of personalities and values into the soldiers, while still keeping them in tune with the same military culture that governs much of their thoughts and actions. There's a great scene where a difficult decision has to be made, and the viewer gets to see the different directions to which some of the character's moral compasses are tuned. Sometimes the right thing can mean different things to different people when the risk of death is on the table. The real standout in the cast is Ben Foster, whose SO2 Matthew Alexson swirls with barely contained fury. He is darkly intense and has electric screen presence that really starts to manifest when the bullets star flying and things become dire.
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For all the good will that the film builds up in its first and second act, the final third of the film hits some snags as history demands that the story take itself to a different location, sacrificing some of the tension that it has built up. In the last 30 minutes of the film, there are some odd tonal choices that don't gel with the tension brimming in the first half. A comedic scene involving a language barrier stands out in particular.
The movie makes a point to steer clear of any political judgment, and it doesn't try to lay blame for the botched mission on any one head. And while the film never outwardly states and opinion on the conflicts that America found itself embroiled in during this time period, the searing brutality depicted in the movie highlight that no one should be subjected to the pain that these men were faced with. Made abundantly clear is the soldiers' willingness to drop everything and serve their country the best way they know how. Lone Survivor tries to honor the soldier, but not glorify war.
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Lone Survivor is at its best when it makes you feel the worst. It gives soldiers their due reverence by showcasing the true terror of the battlefield, and while the film does start to sag a bit in its third act, it's still more than worth the experience in order understand the consequences of war, and its toll on the people in the trenches.
Fans loved watching Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik hand out roses on The Bachelorette and The Bachelor. But, sometimes the stars and the contestants aren't that lucky — and the roses are simply lost in time. With the 24th season of The Bachelorette — starring Emily Maynard — airing on Monday, we here at Hollywood.com thought it would be the perfect time to take a look back at nine moments when roses went missing throughout the 10 years of Bachelor history.
Some lost roses caused tears, while others left smiles. Here are nine roses that have gone missing from The Bachelor franchise:
1. Brad Womack didn't hand out a rose to either of the final women during his first season. Both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft walked away from the show heartbroken.
2. Ashley Hebert sent both Ben Castoriano and William Holman packing during her two-on-one date in Thailand.
3. Ali Fedotowsky left Jake Pavelka's season early to return to her job at Facebook. She was a frontrunner, so Pavelka had to give a rose to someone else. But, she got her own season — so in the end, her decision afforded the franchise more roses.
4. Ben Flajnik didn't hand out the final rose during the episode when Shawntel Newton showed up to try her luck at winning him over. This was such a stressful rose ceremony that one contestant, Erika Uhlig, fainted because she couldn't handle it.
5. Flajnik wasn't the first Bachelor to refuse to hand out a rose. Jason Mesnick broke the rules. In January 2009, Mesnick also declined to hand out a rose at the end of a ceremony.
6. Ben Flajnik sent Casey Shteamer home early because he found out that she still had feelings for her ex-boyfriend. No rose for her.
7. Ali Fedotowsky found out that Justin Rego had two girlfriends back at home while he was competing for her love. So, she sent him home. But the best part about this was watching Rego run away from Fedotowsky.
8. Brittney Schreiner voluntarily left Ben Flajnik's season early on in the game. She didn't even give their relationship a chance.
9. Ed Swiderski left Jillian Harris' season early, meaning he didn't get a rose during that sad moment. But, he returned to the show and won her heart back — so the rose wasn't truly lost.
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
Well guys, I think we can agree this season of The Bachelorette hasn’t exactly been the best one. And I think the guys who participated in it will concur! Ames ended up in the hospital after Ashley insisted he take part in a Muay Thai match in Hong Kong with a concussion. Bentley was disappointed that Emily Maynard wasn’t the bachelorette. Lucas realized that 26-year-old women (who haven’t gotten their dental degree because they spend too much time dancing) don’t believe they can love someone who’s been divorced. Blake (the dentist) realized that there’s a difference between dating a dentist and someone who’s studying to become a dentist. West figured out that no woman wants to date him because his wife decided to die too young. Ryan was disappointed to learn that you can’t actually talk about solar panels on a date, and William figured out that you still can’t make fun of a girl’s breast size (even if she says you can) at a comedy club.
And now we’re down to the final two: JP and Ben. If you’ve gotten as much as a stick of gum from a drug store, you know the tabloids say that Ashley has ended up with JP. And you gotta admit, it’s pretty weird that this whole thing has been shot a while ago, and that Ashley and whoever she chose have been living in secret together so as not to spoil the finale. But it’s tonight, and if Ashley and whoever she chose haven’t started fighting about the impracticality of their relationship and are still together at this very moment, then all the time we spent not trying to find a better job so we can get out of our parents’ house will have been the right decision!
"These are potentially people I will have around me for the rest of my life and I want to make a good impression." - JP The episode kicked off with Ashley getting super excited about her family arriving to meet the two men left standing (and eventually kneeling). Up to bat first: JP. Once the Hebert clan arrives Ashley brings JP over for introductions and a nice lunch outside. Everything seems to be going very smoothly with your basic chit-chat and small talk that is common in awkward situations such as these when everyone is supposed to buy that you fell in love so quickly. Then shit starts to get crazy. After lunch the sister takes Ashley aside and admits that she just doesn't see the connection between her and JP and accuses Ashley of not really being herself when she's with him. This of course brings Ashley to tears and makes her question everything because she is just that easily influenced by the opinions of others. Through tears and hiccup sobs Ashley accuses her sister of being too harsh and judging JP after only knowing him for 15 minutes. This should be the part where Ashley remembers that she asked her family to come out and give her outside perspective about how she acts around both guys, but since it's Ashley we're not holding our breath for this to happen. Her sister is only stating what all viewers are thinking -- are you really thinking that this can last when basically all other relationships that stem from this show have failed? Is it really possible that they found love this quickly? The sister even voices her concerns to JP during a little one-on one time saying that she felt her sister was happier with Brad (ouch) and after some uncomfortable stuttering and mumbling, JP declares that his love is for real. Ashley, however, does not enjoy being hit by the rational stick and needs time to take a step back and rethink things. Oh boy.
"You just come across like you’re being such a bitch." -AshleyBefore the family meets up with Ben, Ashley has a one-on-one talk with her sister about how she's not telling her exactly what she wants to hear and how that's really bitchy of her. The sister accuses Ashley of only wanting approval, not opinions which I thought was a pretty good point. If you don't want opinions, don't ask for them. The sister goes on to say how Ashley's gut isn't so reliable since she felt it in her gut with Bentley and look how that turned out...twice. I'm liking this sister more and more. So after that completely useless and unhelpful talk, Ben shows up. Him and Ashley weird us out by making their cutesy animal squeaky noises at each other, but overall the visit is highly successful. Even the sister believes that Ashley seems more like her regular self around Ben. Afterwards, Ben is totally confident that the next time he sees Ashley's family they will be engaged.
"When you're lugging each other up with mud it's really quite erotic." - Ben
The episode progresses with its usual routine of Ashley going on a final date with both guys. Ben and Ashley take a helicopter ride around the island to enjoy the sights of Fiji. Man are these two going to be disappointed when they have to return to the real world. This is a major flaw in the show. People are given 10 episodes to fall in love in a controlled environment where everything is paid for, fun trips are planned, and no one has to worry about work. This is not real life! How do you know if you want to be with someone forever if you haven't even hung out with them in real life situations? I digress. Anyway, they end up taking a mud bath together where they basically just continually rub mud all over each other and make sexy mud eyes at each other (not an easy feat believe it or not). After their little mud-fest they return to Ben's love pad to hang out where he nervously confesses that he loves her. It was actually pretty sweet to see how vulnerable Ben let himself get. Then Ashley did her go-to move and proceeded to make out with him the remainder of the time.
"I will walk away with love or I will walk away with nothing and that's the worst part about it. It eats you alive." - JP
JP and Ashley didn't so much go on a date as much as they rehashed her sister's comments over and over again. JP continued to show his un-altering affection for Ashley while she seemed to be analyzing and examining it all. Is it just me or do JP's feelings always seem much more constant and consistent than Ashley's? If a little criticism of their relationship makes her completely falter in her security about her feelings, then why would you want to be engaged to her? You're setting yourself up for a disaster. So while JP is pouring his heart out and Ashley is just sitting there looking all doe-eyed and confused, he too confesses to being in love with her (because the timing for both of these guys' confessions is just that in sync). Again, turn to Ashley proceeding to start the lip-locking process as her method of response.
"I’ve made my final decision and I just hope he feels the same way that I do." – AshleySo, it all boils down to this: the big decision day. The rings are selected, the decision is made, the final rose is ready. After everyone takes a million years to get ready and Ashley stares out into the ocean for the millionth time, we are finally ready to hear the results. The construction manager or the winemaker -- who is it going to be? Chris Harrison takes Ben over to see Ashley for the big moment (man it must be hard being Chris, what with all the walking and rose watering he has to do for this show). So once all the speeches, the staring, and the long pauses were over, Ben got down on one knee and proposed and was.....DENIED. Ben of course was floored by the rejection since he has been living in his little fantasy world of LOVE. He storms out, so naturally Ashley follows, but he rejects her pity comfort attempts. Let the poor guy grieve already.
So you know what that means....the final rose goes to JP! Ashley accepts his proposal and a nice little recap of their times together starts rolling along with the song "Can't Fight This Feeling." And so the newly engaged couple head off into the sunset to live happily ever after....or until we hear otherwise. Hey, it could end up working out. You never know!
The honeymoon is over for Will and Kate. The newly crowned Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had some serious royal duties to attend to this morning. That's right, they had to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrived at Buckingham Palace to go to a luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth. However, because William and Kate aren't actually "working members" of the Royal Family, they weren't allowed to join in at the luncheon. (Apparently the U.S. is the only country where celebrity is worth more than, like, rules or something.) Wait, I'm sorry, what? This is the big, "The honeymoon's over, back to reality" moment? You're famous, but you can't have lunch with the American President, but you'd better damn well be on hand to look pretty and say "hi" and talk about how excited you are to visit California? Can I have that reality check, please? -People
Well, she finally did it. Lady Gaga broke the internet. Well, she sort of broke the internet. Because she was selling her album for just 99 cents on Amazon, the overwhelming rush of little monsters crashed the Amazon servers. So she broke Amazon's internet. (These are very official terms, if you haven't noticed.) The crash was like bum-rushing the stage at a really insane show except no one got hurt, the Hells Angels didn't intervene and the biggest impact was probably a bunch of teen girls screeching at their brand new laptops, yelling about how crappy they are even though they're AMAZING and technology is AMAZING. -NYT
Oh no, she didn't. Well, actually, she did. Emily Maynard gave that gorgeous finger rock back. That's right, it appears that Brad Womack is destined to be unlucky in love because his second televised attempt at finding "the one" is officially kaput. Maynard was spotted shopping without the ring, and there's really no excuse for that other than a breakup because it's not like she was baking or washing her hands or helping a cow give birth, or you know, some other reason you might not want to be wearing a piece of expensive jewelry. Word has it she's returned the ring to ABC -- wait, what? Oh come on. She backed out and got to return the ring to some middle man? That's not how relationships work! Then again, I can't remember the last time I met a guy by flying to Africa with him and 10 other girls in hopes of scoring like two hours of alone time, so there's that. -PopEater