Netflix short documentary goes where few are able by KEVIN KNODELL “Just go to my brother’s, okay? And he will find my son,” Abu Omar pleads into the phone as he sits helplessly in a hotel room in Turkey. Omar is a member of Syria Civil Defense, better known as the White... Read more
Militants destroy cultural sites in Timbuktu in 2012. Video capture The Hague sentences a Malian Islamist to prison for destroying historical sites by KEVIN KNODELL The International Criminal Court in The Hague has made its first conviction on charges of destroying cultural sites. Ahmed Al Faqi Al Mahdi pleaded guilty to... Read more
Saluting the YPG flag. ‘Our War’ capture Learn from men who left it all behind to fight the Islamic State by MATTHEW GAULT It’s a lo-fi image, grainy and cropped on both sides as if it were shot on a camcorder in the ’90s. The lens goes in and out of focus... Read more
Open Road Films capture The film’s glorification of the whistleblower subsumes the message by MATTHEW GAULT In the months after 9/11, I had a friend who loved to scoop up whatever suspicious and shady information on the Internet he could find — strange manifestos from foreign terrorist groups, The  Anarchist Cookbook and U.S. military... Read more
Discovery capture Discovery’s new documentary depicts Afghanistan’s deadly Korengal Valley from troops’ points of view by MATTHEW GAULT Combat Outpost Michigan guarded the entrance of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan’s Pech River Valley in the heart of Taliban territory. Just two miles into the Korengal, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington filmed... Read more
Scifi War Tech and One Strong Woman
The ‘Honor Harrington’ books explore strategy and politics by JACK MCCAIN David Weber’s Honor Harrington book series isn’t very well-known as far as military science fiction goes, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t actually quite good. There’s one thing Honor Harrington really nails — the role of technology, and the strategy it inspires, in... Read more
Yeah. It actually does look this good. E.A. capture This is the most fun I’ve had with a semi-broken game by MATTHEW GAULT World War I is awful. It’s worse when you don’t have a weapon. I deployed to the Sinai expecting glory for Constantinople and victory over the British. Instead I... Read more
War is Hell. Warner Bros. capture Let’s celebrate the person who returned to help, not the mythologized character conscripted for political purposes by MATTHEW GAULT I knew this would happen. Back in 2014, Bradley Cooper played Chris Kyle in the Oscar nominated film American Sniper and became a conservative hero. Two years... Read more
They deserve it, trust me. SquareEnix capture Eidos takes on social justice and class war by MATTHEW GAULT Two years ago it was paradise. Today it’s a nightmare. Workers never finished the lavish Dubai hotel and its ruins spiral on the Arab League’s man-made beach like the bones of some leviathan... Read more
There’s surprising depth in this movie about a man who can talk to armored vehicles by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN White Tiger is an artsy, Oscar-nominated film about a man who can talk with tanks. Other titles that could apply to it — The Tank Whisperer. Moby Tank. God of Tanks. Nightmare on Tank Street.... Read more
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