If you’ve ever heard the phrase “hurry up and wait,” you know that serving in the military can be as boring as it is pulse-pounding. Sometimes a piece of entertainment can make a world of difference in the quality of life of a deployed service member. Stephen Machuga, an Army veteran, began Operation Supply Drop in 2010 to provide engaging entertainment so service members deployed overseas. After years of hard work, Operation Supply Drop is now receiving backing from big names in the video game industry including ASTRO Gaming, Rooster Teeth, Wargaming.net, and Naughty Dog. To help push their efforts, Operation Supply Drop is now running 8-Bit Salute: a 24 hour gaming marathon that will take place in May to raise funds for the charity. +Continue Reading
We’re less than a month away from the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel has released a three-minute clip from the movie.
The directors Joe and Anthony Russo have claimed that ‘70s paranoid conspiracy classic Three Days of the Condor was a big influence on this movie (and they recruited Condor star Robert Redford to appear as a high-level official in their movie). Captain Steve Rogers is still working with S.H.I.E.L.D. after all the fallout from the end of The Avengers. +Continue Reading
by Daniel Reeder
NERDWARNORD: This video may go down at some point. I’m pretty sure it was leaked. You certainly can’t preorder yet on the Blizzard page.
BLUF — When you preorder the new World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, you will be able to boost any one character straight to level 90. This way you and your friends will all be the same level and all prepared for the new content, raids, dungeons, quests, etc. at the same time. If the character you’re boosting is over level 60 already, it will receive a commensurate boost to its primary two professions and first aid, taking them all straight to the maximum profession level (which is currently 600 in “Mists of Pandaria”; you will no doubt be able to keep leveling once within Warlords of Draenor). +Continue Reading
The Bag Man, starring John Cusack and Robert De Niro, opens in a handful of movie theaters this weekend (“handful” = 1 screen only in each of a few major markets). It’s also available from most Video on Demand services if you don’t want to leave the house.
De Niro is operating in full anything-for-a-paycheck mode here. The best guess is that he filmed all his scenes in less than a week and he gets to rock a poufy hairstyle and some chunky glasses while spouting philosophical gangster dialog. +Continue Reading
Wireless audio presents a whole host of challenges for anyone building audio gear these days, but wireless audio is what consumers want. A decade of explosive growth in wifi and smartphones has created consumer expectations about how things should work.
Cambridge Audio has launched the Minx line of wireless speakers to address the new markets. We checked out the Minx Air 200 AirPlay/Bluetooth wireless speaker and the Minx Go portable Bluetooth speaker. Here’s the short review: the Minx Air 200 delivers exceptional audio performance for the price and the Minx Go is a solid performer in a price range crowded with Bluetooth options. +Continue Reading
Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy was a massive bestseller and the followup to his Killing Lincoln. Nat Geo TV had a lot of success with a Killing Lincoln TV movie that played like a documentary with live reenactments and quickly followed up with a straight drama feature starring Rob Lowe as JFK. Killing Kennedy was the most-watched program in the history of the channel and it’s now out on Blu-ray and DVD. +Continue Reading
The Counselor has resurfaced on Blu-ray after bombing last fall in theaters. The movie features stars after stars: Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Penélope Cruz with an screenplay by tough guy literary hero Cormac McCarthy and direction by the legendary Ridley Scott.
The movie has gotten what amounts to a radical makeover in a new extended cut that gets its own disk in the package. The revised film is twenty minutes longer and many of the scenes have been reshuffled in light of the extra material. That doesn’t really make the movie any less strange or challenging but it should help The Counselor find a few more hardcore fans who might corner you in a bar to recount the entire thing start to finish. +Continue Reading
The latest versions of the Kraken A.M.S. and Cyclops iPhone cases from Trident Case get a strong recommendation from us for a lot of reasons. While we tested them for an iPhone 5S, but Trident is one of the few manufacturers committed to making cases for a variety of Android, Blackberry and Windows phones as well. +Continue Reading
By Brig. Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., USA-Ret., Executive Director, The Army Historical Foundation
Rick Atkinson, the brilliant Pulitzer-winning author of The Liberation Trilogy on the U.S. Army in World War II, says that war reveals character. And revealing character is what most movies are all about, so it should come as no surprise that there have been a lot of war movies made over the years.
What astounds me, however, is finding out that 23 movies about war or which use war as an important backdrop have won the best picture Oscar, and that doesn’t count all the other very good war movies that were nominated or won the Oscar for best director, actor, cinematography, writing, etc. Here are those 23:
Saving Private Ryan (WWII), Patton (WWII), The Deer Hunter (Vietnam), Platoon (Vietnam), Mrs. Miniver (British family survives bombings and other exigencies), Lawrence of Arabia (WWI), Casablanca (1942—WWII is backdrop), The Best Years of Our Lives (WWII returning veterans), All Quiet On the Western Front (WWI), Wings (WW I), Gone With the Wind (Civil War), From Here to Eternity (WWII), The Bridge On the River Kwai (WWII), Ben-Hur (sea battle is key plot element; primary antagonist, Messala, is a Roman Tribune/Commander), Dances With Wolves (Civil War and Indian Wars), Schindler’s List (WWII as backdrop to the Holocaust—Schindler is war profiteer who has a conscience), Forest Gump (Vietnam), The Last Emperor (WWII, Chinese Civil War), Braveheart (Scottish War of Independence), The English Patient (WWII), Gladiator (opens with huge battle scene, the gladiator is also a Roman General), The Hurt Locker (Iraq, an explosive ordnance disposal unit) and The King’s Speech (World War II is key plot element).
Despite the greatness of those 23 winners, my Top Ten list includes some others as well as a few of the above, so here goes (in no particular order): +Continue Reading
And the winner is … Arnon Milchan!
Anyone watching the Oscars on Sunday – or reading/watching news Monday morning – knows that 12 Years a Slave earned the Academy Award for Best Picture.
But when the star-studded cast and director crowded the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre to accept their trophies, it was evident that film producer and Israeli spy Arnon Milchan – who stood with them – also won big. +Continue Reading