Old Guys With Guns, Again

November Man

Pierce Brosnan went out and secured the rights to Bill Granger’s Peter Devereaux spy novels and he’s attempted to launch a new movie franchise for himself with The November Man (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD). You know the drill: Devereaux’s an aging CIA agent who’s called the November man because everything’s dead after he comes to call. He wants out of the game but they pull him back in to extract his (secret) wife from a Russian mission gone wrong. +Continue Reading

Protect Your Vehicle From the Elements

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EmpireCovers makes protective covers for just about vehicle you’d want to shield from the elements: cars, trucks. SUVs , boats and motorcycles are all featured on their website. All of the covers they sell are fitted to a specific make and model. That gives them a superior fit but that level of specialization also makes them pricier than the discount covers you might find down at the discount store. Are they worth the extra cost?

I tested out an American Armor model cover for a Mazda Miata. That’s the top end of the Empire line and they seem to be available for around $300 for most cars once you apply the available discounts.  +Continue Reading

5 ‘I Don’t Get Paid Enough for This’ Military Experiences

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Anyone who signed up because “it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure” has probably suffered a few moments that were a little too heavy on the “adventure” and thought, “I don’t get paid enough to do this.” It might have been a harrowing maneuver around a Chinook or shoveling a thick layer of sheep poop, but the feeling of disdain and frustration is the same. Check out what a few soldiers online say was the moment they realized they didn’t get paid enough for what they put up with. +Continue Reading

Watch President Reagan Explain the Soviet Nuclear Threat

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Merv Griffin started off as a big band singer and ended up one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood after his company created both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, but he spent most of his career as the host of a talk show that somehow managed to combine light entertainment with some serious discussion of the issues of the day. The Merv Griffin Show — 1962–1986 is a new 12-disc DVD box set that presents 44 classic episodes and a wealth of bonus material. +Continue Reading

Share Memories of Earth With the ‘Interstellar’ Time Capsule

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Are we allowed to talk about the plot of Interstellar yet or is the ending still supposed to be a secret? The direct Christopher Nolan has partnered up with Google Play and Paramount Pictures to curate a time capsule short film that will chronicle life on earth as we live now. Made and produced by David Brodie and Angus Wall,  the film will compile photos, videos, songs, diary entries or anything else that might represent people of the world today into the modern version of a cave painting to represent our era to future generations. +Continue Reading

‘Company of Heroes’ Adds the Battle of the Bulge

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

Finally, fans of Company of Heroes 2 can depict one of the most famous engagements in World War II: the Battle of the Bulge. The latest expansion, “Ardennes Assault” adds new content to single and multiplayer. Players will be able to watch the Battle of the Bulge take place through the perspective of three unique officers as they vie for the crucial region of Ardennes.

“Ardennes Assault” includes Monte Durante, Captain of Fox Company. This fourth company features special abilities like M83 Cluster Bombs, Pinpoint Accurate Artillery, and elite Fox Company Rangers. Each company featured in “Ardennes Assault” has their own unique units, upgradeable abilities, specializations, and play styles.

Fans should enjoy the expansion as it further explores the Western European front of World War II. While “The Western Front Armies” was only a multiplayer expansion to Company of Heroes 2, “Ardennes Assault” brings home one of the most critical and lauded engagements of the war. Check out the trailer below. +Continue Reading

Review: Kinivo Bluetooth Speakers

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Kinivo aims to make reasonably-priced alternatives to more expensive wireless audio products. The pocket-sized Kinivo BTX270 Wireless Speaker and the Kinivo BTX450 desktop speaker continue their string of well-reviewed audio devices:  their bluetooth headphones are a steal at $25 and these two offer their own solid level of value. +Continue Reading

Which SEAL Can Inspire Your Team to Victory?

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Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.

If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?

Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading

Review: OGIO Throttle Backpack

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The Ogio Throttle Pack ($79.99) is a more economical alternative to their $125 All Elements backpack that we reviewed a few months back. If you aren’t using a backpack in the most extreme conditions, I actually found the Throttle to be more useful.

The padded computer sleeve is located in panel behind the straps. That makes for easy access to a few essential work items. While the main compartment does have a zip-up pocket near the top and a couple of mesh pockets just below, it’s mostly just a big space where you can cram your clothes or supplies. Maximum storage and minimal fuss. There’s a front access compartment and two side compartments that can handle a water bottle or keys and glasses. And there’s a fleece-lined compartment on the top for phones and other electronics, at least ones that you’ve got in a protective case. +Continue Reading

First-Person POV Comes to the Movies

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Hardcore is an upcoming feature film starring Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) and directed by Ilya Naishuller, the guy who made that amazing POV music video “Bad Motherf***er” for the band Bad Elbows last year. +Continue Reading