‘Alien: Covenant’ Nails the Stupid Terror of Bio-Weapons
This article contains spoilers for Alien: Covenant Never trust an arms dealer who wants to sell you a super soldier instead of a gun. From the Resident Evil film franchise to Jurassic World, Hollywood action flicks are lousy with profit-hungry war mongers who want to turn living creatures into... Read more
America’s Homegrown Terrorists Are Pop-Culture’s Newest Villains
The pop culture a society consumes says a lot about what that culture loves and loathes. In the 1980s, every other action flick depicted strong American military types laying waste to Soviet foes. In the 1990s, serial killers and corporate scumbags rampaged across silver screens. Since 9/11, Islamic terrorists... Read more
World War I Is the Perfect Setting for ‘Wonder Woman’
This article containers spoilers for Wonder Woman. One of the best things about the new Wonder Woman movie is how well the Amazonian princess fits in World War I. DC’s new film takes liberties with the classic characters setting, but it’s a great change. Diana is a young, naive... Read more
‘War Machine’ Is a Rorschach Test
This post contains spoilers for both War Machine and America’s war in Afghanistan. Halfway through Netflix’s War Machine, Stanley McChrystal stand-in Glenn McMahon sits on a fancy jet waiting to meet with U.S. Pres. Barack Obama. State Department asshole Pat McKinnon plops down in a chair across from him... Read more
Like ‘Forrest Gump,’ but With Castration, Explosions and Joseph Stalin
Dig deep enough in Netflix and you might find a Swedish movie called The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared. The title is a mouthful. The plot is insane. It’s the story of Allan Karlsson, a former spy for both Russia and America during the... Read more
‘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
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