The Air Force Can’t Quit NASCAR
This story originally appeared on Feb. 29, 2016. America’s most famous auto raceway looms large between a beach and a mall not far from the airport in Daytona Beach, eastern Florida’s self-styled “Spring Break Capital of the World.” From a distance, the Daytona International Speedway’s 10,000 red, white and... Read more
I Got My Hands on a Bootleg of Iran’s Weird Drone Movie
This story originally appeared on Sept. 17, 2014. Mohajer is a 1990 movie about the final days of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War and the early days of killer drones. It’s a strange and amazing film that fetishizes unmanned aerial vehicles and kills off—I mean, martyrs—pretty much every one of... Read more
Weather Command!

Weather Command!

WIB culture September 12, 2017

This story originally appeared on Nov. 26, 2013. Mark Twain once quipped, “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” But what if we could change the weather at will? That’s the sort of huge dream we once dreamed during the 20th century, when our technological... Read more
Movies to Help Donald Trump Understand Nuclear War
U.S. president Ronald Reagan sat down to watch a movie on Oct. 10, 1983 and he didn’t much for care for what he saw. “I ran the tape of the movie ABC is running on the air on Nov. 20,” Reagan wrote in his diary that day. “It’s called... Read more
‘Dunkirk’ Helped Me Understand the Terror and Confusion of War
Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk took lots of things I knew about World War II and made me feel them. It’s the difference between writing down “the destroyer sank with loss of half the crew” — and being a person deep inside that ship’s bowels, having just escaped the... Read more
‘Dunkirk’ Is a Booming, Bloodless Bore
This article contains spoilers for Dunkirk. When I walked out of the theater after watching Dunkirk, I realized I couldn’t recall any of the characters’ names. Well, that’s not entirely fair. I did remember the name of the boy on the boat, but only because his name appeared in... Read more
Commandos Clash With Damn Dirty Apes
This article contains spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes. The plot of War for the Planet of the Apes centers around a commando raid gone wrong. At the end of preceding Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar rids his tribe of its radical elements and strikes... Read more
A Culinary Guide to the Kurdish Front Line
This story originally appeared on July 5, 2016. “You must stay for lunch.” “Well we should really get going, we still have hours of driving.” “It doesn’t matter, you need to eat, so you will stay with us.” When you finish interviewing anybody in Iraqi Kurdistan — but in particular soldiers — there’s always that... Read more
‘Exosquad’ Is the Best War Animation You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
This story originally appeared on June 21, 2016. A product of Universal Cartoon Studios, Exosquad stood apart from Western cartoons because its plot was a sophisticated combination of interplanetary space battles with conventional and guerrilla warfare on the ground. Not to mention an encounter with alien technology, and most importantly,... Read more
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and the Burdens of Modern Policing
If the Avengers are a super-powered Special Operations group then Spider-Man is a beat cop. While the Avengers stop Ultron from wiping out all human life on the planet and prepare for the world-shattering invasion of Thanos, Spider-Man helps old ladies with directions and stops bike thieves. That is as... Read more