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5 Great Military Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood’s latest film is American Sniper, which is based on Chris Kyle’s memoir about his service in Iraq. Bradley Cooper stars as the Navy SEAL. The movie will open December 25th in select major cities and January 16th all over the USA.

Most folks think about Clint as an actor but American Sniper represents his 34th feature film as a director. As we count down the days until Sniper hits theaters, here are five great military films directed by Eastwood. +Continue Reading

Old Guys With Guns, Again

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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

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

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

Revisiting the Vietnam Era in ‘I Am Ali’

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Depending on your perspective Muhammad Ali is either America’s most famous conscientious objector or its most notorious draft dodger. The boxer still calls up a lot of fevered reaction from folks who lived through the Vietnam era. The new documentary I Am Ali (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD) aims to present the boxer in a more intimate and personal light than previous films about the champ. +Continue Reading

Remotely Control Your Dook Lock With Okidokeys

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Whole-house, Internet-connected smart homes are coming at some point relatively soon. Unfortunately, “relatively soon” is hard to pinpoint: the killer system could come online next summer or we could be ten years away from something that works well. In the meantime, there’s the Okidokeys remote lock system, a device that aims to do one thing really well: replace your deadbolt with a remote control system that can both make your doors easier to lock and unlock, with the bonus that you can also remotely grant access to friends or service people via the Internet. +Continue Reading