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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 Desert War Weapons Are the Highlight of the New ‘Battlefield 1’ Trailer Mostly-authentic shotguns, rifles, submachine guns and pistols by MATTHEW MOSS This new trailer for EA’s Battlefield 1 — a World War I shooter due for release in October 2016 — focuses on the game’s Middle East setting and showcases some interesting and authentic-seeming... Read more
Testing the Merchandise. Warner Bros. capture Jonah Hill rules in this classic about America’s military-industrial complex by MATTHEW GAULT The boys lowballed their bid and lost more than $50 million. The deal would still make them rich, supply the Afghan National Army with enough ammo to last 100 years and secure... Read more
A tale of myths, monstrosities and modern warfare by LAURA MUTH That was the tagline that first drew me to Image Comics’ Cry Havoc. It promised some of my favorite things — queer female lead characters and commentary on military policy. Some spoilers ahead. Of course, Cry Havoc quickly becomes more complicated than that.... Read more
Europeans are making some of the best films about Afghanistan by KEVIN KNODELL Capt. Claus Michael Pedersen, the commander of a company of Danish soldiers, tries to reassure an Afghan man. His soldiers had previously treated the man’s daughter for a burn on her arm, and Pedersen told the Afghan... Read more
The metal face of terror. TriStar Pictures capture The family comedy plays a lot different in the age of drone warfare by MATTHEW GAULT A tank leads a military convoy through a field of red poppies. Red stars appear on the sides of the tanks and transports — impossible to miss in the dull... Read more
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