‘The Wall’ Isn’t a War Movie, It’s a Horror Film
This review contains spoilers. The poster for The Wall is misleading. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s head dominates the top two thirds of the image and the American flag covers his wistful face. He looks like a forlorn U.S. soldier cradling Old Glory. On the bottom, John Cena lies prone in front of... Read more
It’s Time for War Shooters to Invade New Territory
The Call of Duty video game franchise has certainly gone on a wild journey. It started as a historical shooter that bounced around in perspective allowing players to see World War II through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers. This somehow gave way to Kevin Spacey and cyborgs.... Read more
‘Free Fire’ Is a Love Letter to Guns and Criminal Stupidity
Gunfights in real life never happen the way we see in film. People miss more than they hit, some of the wounds are superficial, guns jam and nothing goes as planned … if there was even a plan to begin with. There’s a lot of cowering in cover, taking... Read more
‘Sand Castle’ Is a Spiritual Sequel to ‘Jarhead’
War is hell, the old saying goes, and some of America’s most powerful war films belong to a genre that’s all about the pointless horror of combat. You’ve seen those movies—the ones where young idealistic men go to a foreign country, lose a friend and a limb, then come... Read more
There Are a Bunch of Authentic Infantry Weapons in the New ‘Call of Duty’ Game
First-person shooter Call of Duty returns to its World War II roots starting in November 2017. In Call of Duty: WWII, you play a Texan farm boy taking part in the Allied invasion of Europe as a soldier in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Call of Duty 2:... Read more
World War II Created the Documentary Film Genre
World War II still haunts. Even now—several generations removed—we still live in the shadow of a war that reshaped the planet and propelled America to the center of geopolitical power. Millions of Americans grew up watching footage of the war and hearing its stories told and retold around the... Read more
This Site Sells Replica ISIS Suicide Vests and Pressure-Cooker Bombs
Islamic State’s weaponized drones are now so ubiquitous that you can even buy, for training purposes, replicas of the bombs they drop. They look just like the real thing and even feature removable fuzes and safety pins. Of course, they won’t explode — and they’re made of solid urethane. Welcome... Read more
Kick In Some London Embassy Windows in ‘6 Days’
Icon Films just released the teaser trailer for 6 Days, a film dramatization of the Iranian embassy siege in London 37 years ago. In the summer of 1980, Iranian separatists held hostage 26 people inside Iran’s embassy in London. British Special Air Service commandos stormed the building after six days.... Read more
The First Openly Gay U.S. Air Force Academy Commandant
U.S. Air Force colonel Kristin Goodwin will be moving to Colorado Springs to take over the role of commandant of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Goodwin is currently the senior military adviser to the secretary of the Air Force and on March 14, 2016... Read more
A Soviet Film Predicted Our Robot Apocalypse—In 1977
Forty years ago, Soviet Union produced a breakthrough short animation film that anticipated many of the most heated debates our military, policy and scientific establishments are having today. Polygon begins on a remote ocean island, where a military crew is finishing preparations for what looks like a firing range — cutting... Read more
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