Shore patrol is a shitty detail by MATTHEW GAULT Military justice can often seem odd and harsh to civilian eyes. The U.S. Air Force and Army rely largely on dedicated police forces within their branches to maintain order and enforce the laws. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are a bit more... Read more
‘Fallout 3' capture Brad Bushman has some explaining to do by LEIF JOHNSON In 2012, an academic study in the journal Communications Research lent some credibility to the idea that playing a lot of first-person shooters effectively trains you to use firearms … in real life. Now, that study’s been retracted due to “irregularities”... Read more
Run. Run far away. IFC Films capture This bizarre political fable turns the 20th century ultra-nationalist movement into a horror movie by MATTHEW GAULT Fascism, as an idea, had been kicking around Europe since the end of the 19th century. But World War I gave it the push it needed to become... Read more
The New York City Playwright Who Sneaked Into Afghanistan During the Soviet Invasion
War Is Boring published an earlier version of this story on Dec 15, 2014. In 1981, an American writer sneaked into Afghanistan following a dream. He survived — barely — and wrote a play that eventually became a movie. The Beast, which debuted in 1988, is about a Soviet tank crew that finds itself... Read more
The Alexandrov Ensemble in 2009. Loraine photo via Wikimedia The deaths of 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble in a Christmas plane crash is a loss for the world’s culture by ROBERT BECKHUSEN My introduction to the Red Army Choir came when I visited a Russian-themed cultural shop that had... Read more
Vertigo Films capture This flick isn’t sure what it wants to be by MATTHEW GAULT Parkes wakes up disoriented. He’s been riding in the hot sun with a burlap sack over his head for hours. Now he can see again. He’s in a small room, tied to a chair with his arms... Read more
Dolph Lundgren, International Man of Tanks
Let’s say you’re in charge of a company trying to sell a new Russian-style armored reconnaissance vehicle to potential foreign buyers. There may come a time when you will ask yourself — is it possible to get Swedish action movie star Dolph Lundgren to ride around in it? It’s what we’d do. The... Read more
Occupation is nasty business. Disney capture The Rebellion’s freedom fighters are the Empire’s terrorists by MATTHEW GAULT This article contains extensive spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back always made the Rebellion seem so righteous, organized and pure. The good guys wore white... Read more
He’d watch, but … well … y’know. YouTube capture ‘A Short Vision’ traumatized Ed Sullivan’s viewers by MATTHEW GAULT Ed Sullivan was a big deal. The old broadcaster ran a variety show on CBS throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s called The Ed Sullivan Show. When Sullivan was on, viewers across the country... Read more
The combined might of Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin and two bazookas can’t undo a tragedy. MGM capture This Cannon ‘classic’ takes exploitation to the next level by MATTHEW GAULT War Is Boring published an earlier version of this story on July 31, 2013. The terrorists sort through the passports, looking for Jews. The... Read more
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