‘She has no idea what a hero is’: Glenn reacts to one Lone Survivor critic

By all accounts the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s bestselling book Lone Survivor has been a huge success. It far exceeded expectations in its opening weekend, bringing in over $38 million and finishing number one at the box office. Critics have also widely praised the film, but one negative review, courtesy of LA Weekly’s “head film critic” Amy Nicholson, has gotten attention for its bizarre tone.

“We have a really nice review of Lone Survivor from the Hollywood elite, and I think it’s fantastic,” Glenn said mockingly on radio this morning. “It’s the way I saw the film – would you agree, Stu? The way most people saw the film.”

Nicholson’s review, entitled “Lone Survivor has too much violence and jingoism for its own good,” takes issue with what she feels are factual inaccuracies and gross pro-war themes. It is clear from the onset that her intent was to write a snarky piece – and that is well within her rights. But, after reading the article, one can’t help but question whether Nicholson actually sat through the entire film before penning her review.

Below are a few highlights (in italics)  from Nicholson’s piece Stu read aloud this morning:

Here’s a movie that’ll flop in Kabul. Lone Survivor, the latest by Battleship director Peter Berg, is a jingoistic snuff film about a Navy SEAL squadron outgunned by the Taliban in the mountainous Kunar province…

“That should be a standard we all should try to aspire,” Pat said. “What’s a flop in Kabul?”

“She’s snarky, Pat,” Stu quipped. “She’s being snarky here.”

It’s based on the memoir Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by sole evacuee Marcus Luttrell (played by Wahlberg)… Luttrell didn’t exactly write his book. Rather than sitting in front of a word processor, he was back in action in Iraq. Instead, the United States Navy hired British novelist Patrick Robinson, who, among other embellishments, upped the number of enemy Taliban fighters from 10 to 200…

“Hold on just a second. First of all, she’s concerned that he didn’t actually write the book,” Glenn said. “He had all that happen to him, then he got well and went right back to combat, while some writer sat at home and fired up the dangerous word processor.”

“This is the thing,” Stu continued. “I had this impression over this time that what Marcus did was really impressive and what his brothers did was really impressive, very heroic… then I realized he didn’t write it.”

These four men were heroes. But these heroes were also men. As the film portrays them, their attitudes to the incredibly complex War on Terror… were simple: Brown people bad, American people good.

“And the most important about the story that’s not in the movie is that those two people have become very good friends,” Glenn said disgusted. “That the guy who had all of his friends killed by, quote, brown people, has gone back over and protected the brown people and has made it a very important mission in his life to make sure everybody understands, you know, not everybody over there is a bad guy. Marcus has never believed that.”

“It’s as if she walked out half way through the movie,” Stu added. “It’s hard to have understand how she could say the brown people.”

We’re meant to cheer, not that anyone in my theater did. But there will be audiences who do, and I’m not entirely sure I’m comfortable with what they’re cheering for. This is death. Look at death.

“I sat with a group of Navy SEALS. Nobody cheered… They applauded at the end, but did you hear anybody go yay, during that move,” Glenn asked. “This is not a superhero movie. This is an ode to heroic people, and not just the SEAL team, not the people who died in the helicopter, but to the town that protected them. They ‘brown’ people.”

Read the entire review HERE.

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After reading the review for himself, Glenn had an offer for Nicholson: Come to Dallas (on Glenn’s dime) and read your review in front of Marcus himself. While she has not yet responded to Glenn’s request, Nicholson did Tweet the following message to “Glenn Beck Listeners”:

“Does she have any idea who this guy is… This guy had to look the people who wanted to kill him in the eye and say, ‘Let him go. We’ll roll the dice. Let him go.’ He’s had to look people in the eye as he’s killed them,” Glenn explained. “I don’t know what it’s like to kill another man, but… if I had to go to war, I would much rather be on a battleship and blow a plane out of the sky… from a distance… Not to say it doesn’t screw with you if you’re up in the sky, but you don’t see the eyes. You don’t see people’s eyes and carry those eyes around for the rest of your life. [Marcus] does.”

“[Nicholson] has no idea what a hero is. She has no idea what bravery is,” Glenn concluded. “You make me sick. You make me sick. But to each his own.”

  • landofaahs

    Frankly, I did not and will not see the movie. I’m boycotting the scumbag joint.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    First off if you read her review I cannot believe her tweet that she was attacking the director and not Luttrell. It is clear to me she hates everything about the military and everything about the Luttrell. Clearly she thinks the men and women are a defending us is bunch of illiterate rednecks that cannot even think their way out of a wet papaer bag. This is really typical liberalism and what the feel about groups they cannot not stand. They look down on anyone that is against their views and even try to make them sub human in their minds. How does she know how many people they where fighting was she their? If this moron even bother to read the book she would of known that the numbers under this leader they where going after ranged in the hundreds and could of easily bring that many people to fight but why worry about facts. Let’s just try to paint brave men and women into a bunch of retards so liberals can have the peace of mind of thinking that they are better than everyone else.

  • Johnathan Read

    John Stuart Mill, English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873)

    “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

  • Anonymous

    It is hard to get the trash out of a garbage brain Glenn

  • Ken Huffaker

    With so many complaining about war, do these people actually know WHO causes them? It sure isn’t the soldier! It’s those progressives in the top of governments around the world, not the man on the street who winds up being cannon fodder for the elites!
    Let’s get it straight and put the blame on the right people. Not one soldier in history started a war, that I know of anyway! These brave people go to war to save the people who complain so loudly, and to try and make it safe for their own families & friends.
    If you have a complaint about a GI, keep it to yourself!

  • Anonymous

    I saw the movie on opening night. The SEALs are true American heroes and this dumb woman needs to thank her lucky stars that people like Marcus are guarding this country.

  • Tom LaGesse

    My favorite quote by JSM

  • SpeakUpNJ

    Great quote…on target for this illiterate Liberal wingnut critic to digest!

  • Vicki Matney

    A saying I’ve heard most of my life…I’m in my early 70′s is….’War is Hell!” That is the biggest truth for all to know. Our soldiers and families are put in Hell as they do the duties they are called upon to do, whether it be to fight for their country or to stay at home and keep the home front strong for their soldiers’ return. They come home either in a box, alive but with serious issues or physically maimed. Some are lucky enough to come home whole, in mind and body.

    For this woman to state what she did and to demean the service of our soldiers
    (and that’s what she did), is beyond words for me. I’d like to have her go on a mission and get all this first hand and then perhaps she’d understand what the book and the movie was all about. Shame on this writer. She needs to get a new perspective on the job she does. Trying to make it a race issue as well is beyond incomprehensible.

    I think Peter Berg did a terrific job bringing the book to the big screen and I believe that Marcus would not have approved of the film if it wasn’t as closely fact based as possible.

    Not one person got up out of their seats until after the credits started rolling. You could have heard a pin drop. They all got up quietly and walked out of the theater. No one said a word. What else was there to say?

    I don’t usually express my opinions on these stories but felt I had to on this one.

  • Anonymous

    People like her will get their awakening when they stand before our Supreme Judge, our Lord God Almighty, unfortunately it will be too late for their salvation by that time. Maybe, just maybe I pray they may see their folly before this judgment.

  • Anonymous

    In her eyes a fraud like Obama is a hero.

  • VAHAWK

    Glenn Beck you make ME SICK – you are a liar and a fraud – You are a government propaganda shill. You’re PATHETIC> To think I used to think you were different and authentic. You’re just a another FAKE!! Go straight to HELL

  • Anonymous

    Have a nice day!

  • Anonymous

    These America-hating liberals make me sick. My late father, a WWII survivor(awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Stars) – never saw himself as a hero, but a survivor. He’d gladly give back the honors for the lives lost of the great men he served with. In many regards, he asked himself, “Why me, Lord?” – but he knew God knew the answer.

    During the war, he carried with him at all times a laminated card from his widowed mother, a quote from Romans 1:16, “I am not afraid of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God.” It not only inspired him, it also reminded him he was not just fighting an enemy, but fighting an enemy of a wholly different faith, a faith he must never bend to.

    My father would never talk of his experiences – only my mother, grandmother and my maternal grandparents knew of his medals and honors, which they never revealed until his death. They respected the pains of war he endured, and knew he would imbue his family with that same intrepid spirit.

    This record in character is foreign to liberals. They despise it, not out of reason, but out of jealousy. Shame on Ms Nicholson. I’m ashamed she’s likely Irish, but there are bad apples in every batch.

  • Michael Kirkpatrick

    I normally agree with Beck, and if his interpretation of her review is accurate than I would have to say I do agree. However, after reading the review myself I do not believe she intended to insult the Navy SEALs the way Beck interpreted it. It’s easy to see why one might read it that way, as it is very negative… But try reading it again with this in mind:
    She does not hate the military. She hates how Hollywood beefs up heroes and embellishes reality. (Even if they are good stories and heroic actions.) She thinks the way the movie portrayed the SEALs is unrealistic and unfair to the real people they represent. She wrestles with the concept of war and killing – it is a moral gray area that may be necessary, but shouldn’t be celebrated.

    Now see if you come away with a more merciful understanding of what the author was trying to say. Give people a little leniency – some things just don’t come out they way they’re intended.

  • Anonymous

    I would bet all I have that this woman’s definition of a “hero” is a women on welfare with 5 kids from 5 different males whose pregnant again demanding on MSNBC that the kids she produced be taken care of by sociaty. That is what people like her think hero’s are.

  • Lon Pirkl

    Who is that libtard that wrote the review? Must be one of O’s butt kissers./

  • Brandy Beardsley

    Why he a fraud. These statements he had made are facts. And to tell him to go to hell, why? Because he wants respect for these men who have their lives for the safety of you and your family. Shame on you lady.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it great she can voice her opinion in a so far free America. No one knows what those kids go through and what kind of training and sacrifices they make. My family is a military family and I know what they have gone through. They need all the support they can get. I would rather go to war in another country – then have it here in ours, wouldn’t you? We are fixing to have a war in this country – wake up.

  • Breck Johnson

    One word describes her, COWARD…..! No time to waste on those type of people!

  • Anonymous

    I read quite a few of your previous posts on different subjects in your profile. In spite of what you said about Glenn (you have a right to your opinion, whether you meant it or not), I think you are a stand up American. A little rough, but that’s what it takes to be a true American.

  • Brian Shanahan

    VAHAWK, I’d like to hear the list of lies and fraud committed by Glenn Beck… I’m sure I’ll be waiting forever for that list…

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Amy realizes that Seals are superheroes , the cream of the crop. This is not a feel good movie , it’s an accounting of a real event . She probably enjoyed Charlie’s Angels .

  • Anonymous

    I think Hawk is a guy, not a lady.

  • Steve Politte

    To those who have never had or even volunteer to serve our country, you cannot adequately know or understand the heart of a soldier, male or female. I don’t believe that any citizen of this country likes war, but sometimes it happens, and people pay te ultimate price, and so does the survivors of their families. The lady may have a right to critique the movie, but not the hearts of each of our soldiers. May God bless each of them.

  • Anonymous

    Sick of the IDIOTS in the so called Media who HAVE THE GULL to think THEY,, Know it all, Wow, last I check this bitch wasn’t even there.

  • RichardandJan Bawol

    I guess this ignorant thing that calls herself a woman has no idea where her freedom comes from. If it weren’t for the guys in WWII, we could be speaking German or Japanese right now.I fought in Viet Nam for 18 months and I defy this thing to say something to me. She’s nothing but trash. Hell, I’ll bet she’d never make it through Marine Corps Boot Camp. I don’t consider everyone that goes to war a Hero but these guys truly are. If you asked anyone I was in Nam with, they’d tell you we were there doing a job our Country asked us to do and all we wanted was to get home in one piece. None of us considered ourselves Heroes!!

  • Anonymous

    “He jests at scars ,who never felt a wound”….

  • Renee

    agree!

  • Anonymous

    Ken, so very true. I love it when I hear some moron demoRAT say how GW Bush started the wars,,hahahahahaha. They really are Dumber then shit AND I believe to this DAY that it REALLY IS A SICKNESS, No other way to explain the stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    This is the kind of journalist that is, can be, part of the lame stream media…people like this stupid person are a danger to the US.

  • Anonymous

    Why are you so self-righteous, Glenn? Maybe her view of a hero is somewhat dfferent from yours, just like mine would be. You see, to me REAL heroes are people like Muhammad Ali, who stood up against the senseless wars that America has waged. His peaceful beliefs overpower the war heroes many of whom never returned home. According to your diatribe here, Ali would be a traitor, yet HE changed the world in his own way. And don’t twist other peoples’ stories to your advantage. Nicholson’s criticism was aganst the director of the film and not Luttrell or any navy seal.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes we need to re-read an article a few times to understand the true meaning of a person’s opinion. It is so obvious that many commenters here are not doing that, just following their favorite idol and believe everything he says. Glenn has been erroneous MANY times in his views by taking opinions out of context.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure there are MANY moves that have similar effects on their audience. They are made up MOVIES, even if they are based on a true story. Can you point out where she calls out the navy seals and describes them as you surmise? Her article clearly criticizes the director and what HE has put in the movie. It is Glenn who twists the article and blows up with what HE thinks she is focusing on.

  • Michael Rice

    Issue with the director? That is why she criticized the writer, complained that Luttrell; didn’t write it and complained about parts that were undisputedly fact.

  • Anonymous

    Hah, why don’t you call Ali a coward too.

  • Michael Rice

    SO he is an Obama government shill…lol?

  • bauer

    I knew Matt “Axe” Axelson. I know Donna, Corky, and Matt’s brother Jeff. We went to church together for over 20 years. Friends of mine lived next door to the Axelsons in Cupertino CA. Matt was a young man who wanted to honor his country and serve the cause of freedom. Nothing more, nothing less. He was a son, a brother, and a husband. The film (and book) depicts the sacrifices that brave men and women make every day so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Calling the film jingoistic or too violent is simply absurd. It was a necessary look into the hell that our Special Forces went through on that mountainside. What exactly does the reviewer think a firefight consists of? Bullets fly, people get injured and die. It isn’t pretty. At the very least, Peter Berg didn’t sensationalize anything or romanticize the role of a soldier. That would warrant criticism. As depicted, however, the film was as unbiased as possible. The audience applauded, twice, but nobody cheered during our screening. Most left in quiet contemplation as, I believe, they tried to grapple with the courage they had seen portrayed by a few brave men.

  • Michael Rice

    Why would he consider Ali a traitor? Make a case or shut up. She attacked everything about the movie.

  • Anonymous

    Ever hear of twisting someon else’s article? Libards are great at that, but so are many conservatives. If you read articles carefully, you might get the true meaning of a person’s opinion, instead of just going along with a misguided critic.

  • Michael Rice

    These four men were heroes. But these heroes were also men. As the film portrays them, their attitudes to the incredibly complex War on Terror… were simple: Brown people bad, American people good.

  • Michael Rice

    That is not an attack on the director. That is calling the Seals racist..

  • Michael Rice

    We’re meant to cheer, not that anyone in my theater did. But there will be audiences who do, and I’m not entirely sure I’m comfortable with what they’re cheering for. This is death. Look at death.

  • Stephan Bruno

    Sorry I saw the movie and it is cliche riddled and poorly directed and edited. If Lutrell was in my face I would thank him for his service and tell him the movie sucked.

  • Anonymous

    She was saying that Luttrell was lying, or that while Luttrellw as of in Iraq, the Navy hired a novelist to invent the jingoistic story we saw on screen.

  • Anonymous

    Say all your thoughts to a hero like Muhammad Ali, or don’t you consider him a hero?

  • Michael Rice

    Again, not an attack on the director. I guess we can’t applaud heroism.

  • Michael Rice

    She starts off by saying the film has to much violence…In other words, edit out the true things and fill in with rainbows and unicorns, so know one sees how blood thirsty and evil the Taliban really is.

  • Anonymous

    That is one of my FAVORITE quotes ever. So sad that the liberal mindset is incapable of truly understanding what it means.

  • Anonymous

    That is exactly how I see it. It happens to many readers who have a knack of skimming through an article without reading it carefully. Someties if we skip just ONE word, the article gets a competely false understanding. If I criticize a MOVIE, that is my intention as I don’t criticize the actors or the story or book that the movie is written on. There is a huge difference!

  • Anonymous

    Jingoistic? SERIOUSLY? According to dictionary.com, that word means, loosely, CHAUVINISM. What the wha…? I served during the Gulf War, dated a SEAL, and what I saw was factually representative of the military. These guys work hard, play harder, cuss even harder, and love their country and brothers above all else.

    Her tweet was disingenuous at best, and a sorry attempt to cover her ass. Read her review, and her claim that she’s going after Berg and not Luttrell doesn’t hold water.

    There’s a reason war is so brutal, Ms. Nicholson. It it wasn’t, it would last a HELL of a lot longer.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder who she thinks has “Given” so she can spew her crap. She is lucky that she is not writing in German or Japanese and if the Islamist have their way she will be lucky to keep her head.

  • Anonymous

    I remember Glann talking about Luttrell on his radio show over a year ago and relating the story. Among other things I can’t figure out Why. Didn’t. They. Just. Kill. The. Goatherders. Like. They. Were. Trained. And. Ordered. To. Do?????

  • MrsBulldoggy .

    I abhor people like this simple moron. They slander individuals who keep them safe and secure and paint them with their foul and vile tripe. They spit on their graves and do not think anything of it all the while spewing forth their negative rhetoric. They laugh and amuse themselves at the expense of brave men and women who serve to keep us free until they find themselves in a pickle. And who is it that they call?
    The same brave men and women who hold the blanket of protection she caresses every day.
    Personally, I think she should go dig a hole until she lands in China. She can exercise her freedoms and liberties and see how far she gets under Chinese rule.

  • MrsBulldoggy .

    She’s just another mouthpiece employed by the militant Progressive camp to smear anything that does not align with their agenda. More than likely she probably assumed that her “critique” would be read by a few and tossed to the wayside. I’m glad Glenn Beck is calling her out on her ignorant, foul tripe, it may make her think twice before doing it again.
    Maybe, this critic should sign up for the military and enter war zone, maybe she’ll have a deeper understanding of her subject matter.

  • Moralah Labarge

    I have read her entire review of this movie and intention or not that is exactly what she did (insulted those Seals) people like her are what’s wrong with this country! We used to be a country of respect and somewhere along the way we have lost that! If you can’t stand behind our military please feel free to stand in front of them!

  • Jeff Lambeau

    Glenn has no background in film at all. The only reason he likes this movie is because its about a great man. That doesn’t exonerate the poor direction and rough-shod editing of the film from criticism. This movie doesn’t even begin to compete with the greatest war films of all time: The Thin Red Line, Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Das Boot, Platoon, Patton: A Salute to a Rebel.

    If we all just started judging cinema based on how great of a person the subject is rather than what the actual cinematic qualities (or lack thereof) are, we would be calling “Passion of the Christ” a masterpiece, and labeling “Triumph of the Will” one of the worst films ever made.

  • Wilma White

    I agree totally with you. I saw the movie and I cried and cried throughout the film.These men are and were real heroes and they went to hell and back. The film is very heartwrenching but I encourage all Americans to see it. Everyone needs to know what these heroes have to go through.

  • Johnathan Read

    One of my favourites to.

    It says it all.

    Every Military Base and Depot should have a large copy of this hung proudly for all to see.

  • Anonymous

    Like, what?

  • Reggie DeCoopman

    The heroes that died over the years gave this woman the right to speak she should be sent to the front line with the next hero to die

  • Robert Humphries

    Not just red necks dude. But I got your point. Right On!

  • Anonymous

    You are as brainless as the msm reviewer. You both deserve chop chop square.

  • Anonymous

    I would want her in front of the soldiers. Not behind or beside but in front. Then the GI would not have to worry about his back.

  • Anonymous

    I do.

  • Anonymous

    You need to clear the cobwebs out of your brain. I read it and Glenn is right.

  • Alex Smith

    People like this critic make me sick. They can’t stand to look what’s right about this country in the eye. It scares them. You make a film about the lives of heroes who valued honor, commitment, duty, and love of their brother more than themselves and it turns the progressive stomach. You see, selflessness and self sacrifice are the very antithesis of modern progressiveism. To the true progressive believer this movie and it’s message are a direct threat to their gospel of everyone a victim and moral relativism. This critics dislike of the military has blinded her to an amazingly beautiful story. 4 brothers went up on a mountain. They were compromised and engaged by an overwhelming force who had elevation on them. 3 brothers fought till their hearts stopped beating to save the one. Many more men rushed to crowd themselves into a helicopter so they could save life and they too died on the side of a mountain a world away from home. In the end it was a selfless act of humanity from a Afgan tribesmen who saved Marcus. A man who looked more like the enemy than friend stood up to the Taliban, at great personal risk to himself and his family, and delivered us a LONE SURVIVOR. I challenge this critic to explain how she can view this as anything but moving and beautiful.

  • Glennfriend67

    Bitch, please! Take your progressive jingoism and go spew it on Huffpo where somebody might actually believe you. Your progressive lies hold no sway with us.

  • Glennfriend67

    My family has a distinguished military history that reaches all the way back to the Revolution. No one on either side of my family was afraid to volunteer to serve, EVER. My cousin, who is more like an uncle to me, is 93 and participated in a secret mission with a small group of guys during WWII down in Argentina to sabotage Hitler’s lines of communication. He’s one of the very few WWII veteran’s left. My late uncle, my dad’s elder brother, served in Korea. My dad served two tours in Vietnam, one off the coast of Da Nang, one of the ugliest hellholes in Vietnam, apart from Saigon. My brother served in the First Gulf war, as well as the travesty that was Yugoslavia. I was prepared to follow after my dad and my brother, working in the G2 section of the Navy; sadly, because of my asthma, they couldn’t take me. I understand all too well the sacrifices our servicepeople have to make. I spent the first decade of my life without a father. I had to spend many a time watching my brother sail off to war, keeping a stiff upper lip, because I didn’t want his last sight of me to be of me crying for him, because the Navy slogan is, “suck it up and deal with it. No crybabies in the Navy!” Progressives don’t know the first thing about sacrifice. They are greedy and selfish! They don’t want to be put to any kind of inconvenience whatsoever; it is anathema to them. My sister had the great pleasure of meeting Marcus Luttrell a few years ago. He was a quiet, self-effacing, polite young man, and she was impressed with his gentle dignity. Ms. Nicholson, when you insult our brave servicemen who lay their lives on the line so you can spew your trash, you insult all service people, past, present and future, as well as their families. Why don’t you join the military, and “walk a mile in their boots” on the front lines before you open your ignorant trap again?!

  • Anonymous

    It appears that the reviewer doesn’t like to reviewed. The reviewer fired the piece off with charged words. That charged words were returned should be no surprise.

    Ain’t it Hell?

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re right Lisa. Now that’s funny. Anyways, Brandy Beard, you
    have a lot of hatred and you probably should go back to your
    psychiatrist and work on that some more before you hurt yourself or
    someone else. At least we hope that you aren’t keeping anything bottled
    up inside until you go off. Write another paragraph or two and you’ll be okay. One more question, if you can read this far without self distructing: Why are you on Glen B’s websight if you hate him so much? That’s a dead giveaway that you’re trolling. Just sayin…

  • TedLogan

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  • TedLogan

    Beck is just in it for the money

  • TedLogan

    he didn’t start the one in Afghanistan, but he absolutely started Iraq…

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re right Lisa. Now that’s funny. Anyways, VAHAWK, you
    have a lot of hatred and you probably should go back to your
    psychiatrist and work on that some more before you hurt yourself or
    someone else. At least we hope that you aren’t keeping anything bottled
    up inside until you go off. Write another paragraph or two and you’ll be okay. One more question, if you can read this far without self-distructing: Why are you on Glen B’s web-sight if you hate him so much? That’s a dead giveaway that you’re trolling. Just sayin…

  • TedLogan

    I get that you love a god and think that people who don’t are going to hell, but where in that article did she even mention anything about a belief in a supreme being?

  • Anonymous

    The assertion that 10 Taliban fighters could have put up a fight against four navy seals is absurd. They’d have been ten dead terrorists and this skirmish wouldn’t have been interesting enough for a movie. Have you read the book? It’s very telling and very TRUE. Your post here is a distraction from the fact that the story is true and is in no way jingoistic. It speaks to mercy, courage, brotherhood, and heroism. The Nicholson comments are inappropriate and should never have been said. Her first amendment rights are preserved by men like Marcus Luttrell.

  • TedLogan

    glenn beck is not genuine. He talks about how he loves the military, liberty (as he defines it), etc but he never signed up.. He never joined the military and he can try and defend it with “I’m not tough enough, I’m scared, etc” But its phony and rings very hollow. He hooked is audience and he will say anything he can to keep it. He is the same thing as Marilyn Manson was in the late 90s. He is playing a part and making millions doing it.

  • TedLogan

    There is no threat to our freedom in Afghanistan. Those kids that are there do go through hell and make huge sacrifices. It’s just a shame that they do it for corporate interests.

  • TedLogan

    thats just silly

  • Anonymous

    He RESPECTS the military. Were you in the military? If so, let people thank you for your service and take the praise honorably. Don’t hate on those who admire you. If you aren’t in the military, then of course your post is pure garbage.

  • TedLogan

    beck is the coward.. he talks about his love and support of the military, but he never served

  • Anonymous

    Soldiers don’t do anything for corporate interests. They do it for you and me. Do you have any idea how evil the Taliban are? Do you know anything?

  • TedLogan

    your foolish and simple statement at the end of the comment is what;s wrong with our country. Don’t question, just mindlessly support…. YOU are what is wrong with the United States today

  • Anonymous

    Marcus Luttrell is a true American hero. Better than a coke sniffing rock star or an athlete who thinks he’s superman. You respect those who protect you. You’re wise enough to know without being told…you’re right about the need for respect that soldiers are due.

  • TedLogan

    There has been zero threat to freedom in the US since WW2… None, NONE of the ensuing wars have had anything to do with defending freedom. In fact the majority of them have been overwhelmingly unconstitutional and pure territory grabs by Tyrants… Truman, LBJ, Bush, Bush, and Obama have all ignored the constitution and sent those in the military to die needlessly

  • TedLogan

    This opinion comes off as simple and moronic

  • Anonymous

    Ali not fulfilling his conscription duties was an act of cowardice. He changed the world in a negative way.

  • TedLogan

    with the exception of assuming there is a hell for him to be sent, this is spot on!

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t advise you to say these things to his face. You might suffer the fate of a Taliban soldier.

  • Slayer88

    Saw this movie today. It was one of the toughest films to watch I’ve ever seen, and nobody cheered at the end but there were some tears shed when they ran film of the fallen. Whoever this broad was that wrote the review, I hope your crotch is infested with fire ants and you are devoured from within…

  • TedLogan

    he refused to join an unjust war based on a falsified events (Gulf of Tonkin). A war that had no constitutional basis, murdered millions of east Asians and lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans. Furthermore he knew he would’ve been safe as he would never been sent to the jungle. He risked his entire career on principle, thats not cowardice that courage. Also, the constitution does not allow for a draft.

  • TedLogan

    because he would murder Stephan for voicing an opinion? That doesn’t sound american at all to me.

  • Slayer88

    The rules of engagement, you know the ones politicians impose, didn’t allow it and you know if they had that it would have gotten out and been all over MSNBC and CNN, etc. as a story about SEALS wantonly killing poor, unarmed Afghanis. Read the book or go see the film.

  • TedLogan

    you do have a point there… the “brown people” remark was unnecessary

  • TedLogan

    so are you threatening her? Are you saying you would physically hurt her?

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i used to work for lawyers in several capacities. one of those jobs was called “word processor.” it was data input, presentations, etc., anything to do w/getting words spelled, punctuated and grammatically correct, on the page and positioned on the page according to format and/or direction. i was rather good at it — fast and accurate. it is, however, the grunt work of authorship so i know why marcus would not want to do it.

    it’s petty for her to even bring it up.

  • Anonymous

    She does clearly states that the Navy Seals are HEROES, or didn’t you read that too? Your mindset is NOT to believe what she writes.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    She claimed that he was illiterate and a lair seeing how they got the number that attack him from his own book. You some how think that is not an attack on the military or how about the claim that this is war propaganda when it is not? You cannot trust these people by their word because their word is meaningless because 90% of what they write is propaganda for their own side like this article clearly is.

  • plumberskid

    Apparently, you’re concept of “freedom” is different from mine. We are currently in the middle of a battle over our freedoms, and e are losing…badly. Unfortunately, the battle is being waged against us by our own government. The traitors who are trying their best to destroy us learned their lessons from the same tyrants that our military men and women have fought to defeat over the past 100+ years.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Clearly you have no idea what she even wrote or how she attacked the military. Some articles it does take few times to reread to understand but not when they are being blatant about it.

  • lamb

    what purpose does her job serve, film critic, what useless profession in the long run of life, who care what she says. These men are heroes.

  • Anonymous

    Then how come when Glenn related the story on his radio show he said their orders to kill anyone who compromises the mission and complete the mission? Why did they even need to “take a vote” if they “weren’t allowed” to kill the goatherders?

    Won’t be doing either, thanks. Too many issues with this story, starting with Lt Murphy’s father accused Luttrell of telling him a completely different story than he tells in his book.

  • pj evans

    If we had not fought them over there they would already be here. Now that Obama is pulling out they are going to come. You don’ think attacking us is a threat to our freedom. That is what Pearl Harbour was. Did 9-11 not teach you anything. Do you really think they are going to spare the liberals when they attack. I am sure there were lots of them in NY. Are you ready to fight like these men did. I doubt it. You will be begging for their help and hiding.

  • pj evans

    Nicholson…. You don’t need to be a critic. You need to be in the mailroom. Strange this movie is outselling all the movies I am sure you would find more to you’re taste….ones with leftist views and anti American stories. You need to find other work. I sure won’t go see any movies you recommend.

  • pj evans

    Well said.

  • pj evans

    I agree about our government I too believe our freedom is in danger by what our president and his buddies are doing, but we were also attacked by those we are fighting overseas. If you are not a liberal, I apologize for that but part of your remarks sounded like it. I do not think they have learned their lesson since they are still willing to attack us on US soil.

  • roadrunner

    I rarely use bad words on a blog or promote name calling, but I saw the movie yesterday, and this woman truly is a “female dog” with very little experience about anything. I loved the movie. Get off my back, and let me think for myself. I happen to be brown and I can think for myself and don’t need your pale arse to defend me or pretend that you represent me.

  • http://www.the-minuteman.org Barron Barnett

    I was sitting in a packed movie theater opening night. No one cheered. There was applause, but no cheering.

    If anything there was a somber quite respect being given knowing the relationship of what they saw with something that actually happened.

    As usual a person with mental problems projects themselves and their hidden neuroses on everyone else as if it’s normal.

  • roadrunner

    The blog is not just for your train of thought.

  • roadrunner

    That, my friend, is her biggest problem. She sits at her computer, in a safe place made possible by police and military, and then she criticizes because in fact, she has never felt a wound. Drop her off on top of that mountain, and she will come back with a completely different perspective. Ignorance is bliss.

  • roadrunner

    Or the Kardashians.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    You just hate the fact it was made by a white man.

  • roadrunner

    Besides doing for you and me, they do it for their military brothers and sisters. They couldn’t care less about the corporate nonsense.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Ok.

  • roadrunner

    At least he’s smart enough to “play the part” and know why he is able to butter his bread every day. This woman is not.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    You have not even read the book have you? Otherwise you would see she was lying in her article.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I don’t think this moron read his book because clearly this idiot cannot tell that the person who wrote the article is lying about what happen to begin with so it fits to her I hate the military mentality.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    So is everyone else going to work your point moron?

  • roadrunner

    I came out in awe of the courage they displayed. That deep down, gut wrenching courage that makes a man swallow his teeth and keep on fighting. I feel sorry for the woman that made these comments because she clearly will never be qualified to feel the brotherhood of a team that is so close that they will make a decision to die for one another. She will never know that because she doesn’t have the capacity intellectually, physically, but more importantly certainly not the integrity that these men showed in their final battle.

  • roadrunner

    You don’t have to serve to support.

  • roadrunner

    Ms Nicholson does not have the intellectual or physical stamina. Unfortunately she is simply able to run her mouth as a Monday morning quarterback does.

  • thedogwalker

    Glen Beck doesn’t write his own books either.

  • Sharron Frey

    The sacrifices made by our military men and women allow idiots like her to spew her crap.

  • Slayer88

    You asked a question I answered it according to what I read in the book and saw in the film, I gave you the answer. There was no vote either. You want to come on here talking about something you are obviously misinformed about that’s on you, have fun. You have a problem with Marcus, perhaps you should find a way to correspond with him and air your concerns with the “too many issues” you have. Goodbye…

  • Slayer88

    Her Liberal Arts degree in action

  • Anonymous

    7% of communication is through words, the rest is tone and body language. I think Glenn is reading a tone that isn’t there. She points out he didn’t write the book, that an action author did who then embellished some of the facts, which the movie then further embellished. This in no way is a criticism of Marcus, notice she points out he was in Iraq fighting instead of writing the book, not exactly an insult.
    After action reports said something like 15-30, and in the book Victory Point , one of the best books of 2009 according to the US Navy, the author puts the number at 8-10. The point is not 200.
    I watched the movie and enjoyed it, though I think some of the criticism of not developing the characters too much is fair. The firefight at the end of the movie, which didn’t happen, I felt took away from the movie. I was disappointed his time with the Pashtuns was diminished in the movie as I thought that and the time post fire fight were some of the most interesting aspects of the book.

  • Anonymous

    That’s good cause she said they’re heroes, just the movies is littered is flaws

  • Anonymous

    Dang, I gave the far-left liberal a hit on the hit counter. With that
    said, as usual, the facts are missing from the liberal’s opinions.

    I have to side with Rush when he ignores stupidity like this. We
    just give them more hits and make them famous when they deserve
    neither.

  • Anonymous

    My opinion is based on Glenn Beck’s retelling of the story on his radio show about 3 years ago. When he related the story, Glenn said they took a vote. I assume he got this info directly from Luttrell. Glenn also said their orders were to kill anyone who found and/or compromised them, hence the vote-taking. If anything, the changing of the story to now it was ROE and there was no vote is a little fishy to me. Also, are you aware that Lt Murphy’s Medal of Honor citation said there were 40-50 enemy fighters? Yeah that number changes a lot now too. I understand in the movie there were 200 or more.

    Sure I would have no problem asking Luttrell any of these questions, as I am not one to worship men and make them sacred cows. (As a military vet myself, the first and most obvious question I would ask is if SEALs routinely vote whether or not to follow orders). I also take Glenn at his word and “question with boldness” even those who may appear to be on our side. That you are too cowardly to do so is something you need to reconcile with the man in the mirror.

  • Anonymous

    Oh please do enlighten us and share the MANY times Glenn has been “erroneous” a.k.a. wrong. While you are at it, enlighten us about the author’s opinion that we are all just too stupid to understand. Perhaps you can spell it out for all of us stupid folks.

  • Anonymous

    She should move to a non-jingoistic country, if she can find one. I don’t want my son to put his life on the line for anyone like her; ship her on out of here. She an go live with the brown people.

  • Anonymous

    So only those who served can express their love for the military?

    Do you really believe this, or is your hatred for Beck getting in the way of any kind of logical thinking?

  • Anonymous

    Then don’t listen to him or read his books.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly, and why would we waste our time reading her full article? It would merely be an expansion of her liberal mindset of stupidity and denial.

  • Anonymous

    Saddam Hussein gassing hundreds of thousands of Kurds and sending children to be killed against the Iranians…THAT is what started the Iraq war.

  • Sean Chambers

    The LA Weekly is a riff raff rag. Best known for finding W seeking M and great massage parlors. That is what it is known for, and with idiots like Amy writing crap like this seems all they really want to be known for still.

  • Anonymous

    I would reread the Constitution if I were you. The 13th Amendment clearly states the a draft can be enacted at any time by Congress. The U.S. created an all-volunteer clause in 1973 for the military but NOWHERE in the Constitution does it say that a draft cannot be revived if this nation were under duress. Muhammad Ali broke the law, period. He paid for it. As we were leaving Vietnam, a man by the name of Pol Pot slaughtered 2 million people in Cambodia out of a population of 6 million. Our leaving a bordering country set things in motion on that slaughter. Ali chose not to serve a country that he was born in. He defended a religion that he wasn’t born into. Like Elvis before him, his celebrity status would have kept him out of combat anyway. There is NOTHING courageous about Muhammad Ali…NOTHING!

  • Anonymous

    You’re in pure spin mode aren’t you.

  • Anonymous

    There WERE 200 Taliban fighting them. That is a FACT. It has been revealed to you and you cannot grasp it or don’t want to. That’s either stupidity or denial on your part. U.S. Navy Seals are so superior in combat skill that 15-30 Taliban would have run away from the 4 of them. The entire nature of the skirmish would have been altered, hence no movie. Read the book, I have. It’s REALLY good.

  • http://musingmaryann.wordpress.com/ Mary Ann

    She was going after the director? Really? she mentions his name in the intro paragraph and that is it. Going after Peter Berg? It is laughable! He is one of the most prominent, true and REAL directors in the biz.

  • sad sack

    I read her article and she is a pious little minion…

  • dny

    Nicholson is a shoo-in as person of the week, for drawing out all of the jingoist pus slung at her over a film review of a movie whose book was written by a Brit.

  • Anonymous

    Mizzz Nicholson, were you there? And yes, no film, no writing or retelling of any kind, can fully capture the hell endured by those who gave and continue to give. The memories fall short in their expression. How does one talk about horror? Seize the message and if you can not cherish its import, for God’s sake and for the sake of those who were so tragically involved, move on.

  • Jeffrey

    War is the ugliest thing I can imagine. Two sides brainwashing innocent young men and women into fighting for a cause they propagandize into being just. Unfortunately, throughout history our government has used patriotism to make us more supportive of war, just as Hitler did. The more patriotic a nation, the more likely their citizenry will be supportive of wars that the government wants to start. Actually that’s where the whole notion of American idealism originated – the government created it so that the public would feel that whatever action America takes is right and justified.

    “The more you know about your enemy, the more you’ll come to treat him as a friend.”

    This quote is preferable to me. War makes me sick and unfortunately we have two war parties in Congress funded and thus swayed by the military industrial complex. It seems like there’s always another war to fight. Always another threat to dramatize. I hope that we can all make an effort to oppose any foreign policy that might take us to war and remember the sacrifices of our troops. War means more of our people coming home with mental and physical problems that we can’t even begin to imagine. PLEASE remember our troops and the sacrifices they’ve had to make. Don’t buy into the propaganda designed to make us supportive of UNNECESSARY military interventions. I myself as a Christian cannot begin to imagine having to take the life of anyone (the enemy is mostly just brainwashed kids after all), especially considering that the Ten Commandments expressly prohibits killing. Many of the wars and military action we’ve take since Truman and containment have been unnecessary and have actually undermined our national security, as I’m sure Glenn Beck would agree. OPPOSE war, and SUPPORT our troops.

  • Karl Bonner

    Go suck an egg Becktards. You’re gonna troll a film critic en masse? I’ll return the favor and troll YOU!!!

  • The Savage Hombre

    Natural selection applies to cultures in the sense that those cultures best able to compete and adapt are those that survive and thrive.

  • Tinh Pham

    From what I heard from someone that was actually there some of what Marcus said wasn’t true. I’m sure how many were there but it wasn’t hundreds. It wasn’t even a hundred. You can’t trust everything in the book because no one else on his team is alive to argue the point. Marcus himself admits he left out some stuff and can’t remember a few other things. http://hitthewoodline.com/patriotica/2014/1/11/lone-survivor-and-truth

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Oh but moron this came from Amy intelligence reports not from Marcus and he made it very clear about that and also made it clear that they killed more men that this bigot claims were attacking them so who to trust liberals with an agenda or a hero. I know it hard for you liberals to think for yourself but please try it some time.