‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’ Missed its Chance to Tell a Good Nuclear War Story
This story includes spoilers for Mission: Impossible Fallout. You’ve seen this movie before. Mission: Impossible Fallout is the sixth film in the franchise starring Tom Cruise as American superspy Ethan Hunt. Like all M:I movies, it begins with Hunt playing a tape that offers him a mission and conveniently... Read more
The CIA Battled the Kremlin With Books and Movies
Originally published on May 2, 2015. During the Cold War, Moscow’s Ministry of Culture was a master of censorship. The Kremlin’s cultural bulwark screened non-Russian films, suppressed literature and shaped the lives of Soviet artists. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency also dabbled in the dark arts of cultural influence.... Read more
‘Dunkirk’ Is a Booming, Bloodless Bore
This article contains spoilers for Dunkirk. When I walked out of the theater after watching Dunkirk, I realized I couldn’t recall any of the characters’ names. Well, that’s not entirely fair. I did remember the name of the boy on the boat, but only because his name appeared in... Read more
Commandos Clash With Damn Dirty Apes
This article contains spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes. The plot of War for the Planet of the Apes centers around a commando raid gone wrong. At the end of preceding Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar rids his tribe of its radical elements and strikes... Read more
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and the Burdens of Modern Policing
If the Avengers are a super-powered Special Operations group then Spider-Man is a beat cop. While the Avengers stop Ultron from wiping out all human life on the planet and prepare for the world-shattering invasion of Thanos, Spider-Man helps old ladies with directions and stops bike thieves. That is as... Read more
‘Combat Shock’ Is a Vetsploitation Nightmare
The American soldiers who returned from the jungles of Vietnam faced discrimination and unprecedented rates of drug addiction and despair. It didn’t help that the economy of the late 1970s and early ’80s was garbage and the country was moving through what Pres. Jimmy Carter called “the great malaise.”... Read more
‘Megan Leavey’ Is a Movie About Combat and Depression You Can Watch With Your Family
This article contains light spoilers for Megan Leavey I decided Megan Leavy was good when Leavey’s mom confronts her after boot camp and asks an indelicate question about death benefits. Edie Falco plays the supremely scummy and negligent Jackie Leavey with the kind of detached parenting you only ever... Read more
‘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
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

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