Landsberg prison today. Photo via Wikipedia A nine-month stint in a genial little prison helped to make Adolf Hitler into a dictator by DAVID AXE On April 1, 1924, 34-year-old Adolf Hitler — a socially awkward painter and former soldier from Austria — arrived at Landsberg prison in Bavaria to serve a five-year sentence for... Read more
This won’t go well. Funimation capture The Japanese government is powerless in the face of the King of Monsters by MATTHEW GAULT America sucks at making Godzilla movies. Critics and fans panned Gareth Edwards’ 2014 reboot for being too plot-driven. It had too many characters, too much dialogue and not enough... Read more
‘The Siege of Jadotville’ certainly looks good, but there’s just one problem. Netflix capture Netflix’s Congo war film is a flawed look at a forgotten battle by KEVIN KNODELL “The thing is politicians, they don’t understand tactics. And soldiers? They don’t understand strategy. But Caesar understood both,” Irish army officer Pat... Read more
The horror! The horror! Magnet / Magnolia Pictures capture An action movie premise with the heart of a horror film by MATTHEW GAULT When filmmaker James Cameron turned Ridley Scott’s horror movie classic Alien into an action movie franchise, critics and the box office rewarded him with praise and cash. When filmmaker... Read more
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
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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
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