John Renehan’s debut novel The Valley starts off as a detective novel about an Army lieutenant conducting a 15–6 investigation at a remote outpost in Afghanistan. Renehan’s Lt. Black reads a Michael Connelly novel at the FOB before he heads up to the Valley and one of the soldiers shares a last named with Connelly’s iconic LAPD detective Harry Bosch.
But The Valley isn’t really a straight police procedural. Renehan subverts the genre to tell a story about the disconnection of life on the front lines, how the reality on the ground differs from the stated goals promoted by military brass and the Army’s internal politics. +Continue Reading
Military.com has partnered with TakePart.com, Participant Media’s digital magazine and social action platform to present a powerful documentary, That Which I Love Destroys Me. The film offers a candid look at PTSD through the eyes of two Special Operations veterans –Tyler Grey and Jayson Floyd – and charts their journeys toward healing through their struggles to rebuild relationships with family and exploring their trauma up close.
You can watch the entire film here through the end of March. Jayson Floyd talked with us about his experiences making the film and how talking about his issues really has helped him manage and work thr0ugh his PTSD. +Continue Reading
Unbroken, the movie based on the astonishing life of World War II veteran and Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. We’ve got an exclusive clip, a deleted scene that shows Louis’ resilience in a Japanese POW camp, and we talked to his son, Luke Zamperini, about the movie and his father’s legacy. +Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio has released the Go Radio as a companion to their Go Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker, a great option that I reviewed last year. The Go Radio sells for $199 online ($20 more than the Go) and adds FM radio to the mix. +Continue Reading
Sean Penn and Pierre Morel on the set of “The Gunman.”
The Gunman is the latest movie from director Pierre Morel, who launched Liam Neeson’s action hero career in the original Taken, shot the pilot episode of The Night Shift and made the best-ever parkour movie with District B13.
Morel worked with Sean Penn to develop the movie, which is based on a popular French pulp novel called The Prone Gunman. They’ve updated the story, setting it in the shadowy world where Non-governmental organizations, international corporations and the governments of developing nations intersect. +Continue Reading
In The Gunman (opening in theaters this Friday), Sean Penn plays Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces operative now working in the private sector. After a nasty job involving an NGO and a shadowy mining interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Terrier goes underground but fallout from the operation forces him back into action several years later.
We’ve got the U.S. debut of a clip where Sean Penn aims to settle things once and for all with Reiniger (played by Peter Franzén), the current lead badass for his former employers. In the bowels of a Barcelona bullfighting arena, Penn employs guns, knives and Krav Maga in his quest. +Continue Reading
Chappie is the latest sci-fi feature from director Neill Blomkamp, who made two of the best sci-fi films of the last few years, District 9 and Elysium. Both films featured strong performances from actor Sharlto Copley, whose performance provides the basis for the robot at the center of the new movie.
The new movie tells the story of a police droid who develops consciousnesses after he’s stolen and reprogrammed. The powers that be can’t bear the idea of a robot who can think and feel, so a manhunt ensues. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and NINJA and ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER, the rappers from notorious South African group Die Antwoord.
Military.com talked to Visual Effects Supervisor Chris Harvey, who gave us some insight into the combination of practical and digital effects that brought Chappie to life. Harvey has been the behind the effects of some of our favorite movies of the last few years, including Zero Dark Thirty, Fast & Furious 6 and Battleship. +Continue Reading
First off, apologies to director Errol Morris for giving away the slowly-revealed point of his new short movie Subterranean Stadium, streaming now at ESPN’s Grantland website as part of their Errol Morris Week and his “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” film series. On the surface, it’s a profile of a bunch of guys in upstate New York who are obsessed with playing electric football, the primitive tabletop predecessor to video games.
It’s really a movie about a Vietnam veteran who’s struggled with health issues related to Agent Orange exposure and how his connections with family and friends helped him cope. Electric football is just the pastime he used to make those connections. Go here to watch the movie, as ESPN still hasn’t fixed its embeddable video to work on our publishing platform (a/k/a the world’s most popular). +Continue Reading
The AmmoCan X is incredible, a high-quality Bluetooth speaker made from a real ammo can by veterans in the USA. Click here to order direct from the guys who build them.
If that sentence didn’t close the deal for you, read on to find out about the guys who make them and exactly why this speaker is so different from all the other wireless speakers on the market. +Continue Reading
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″ was a big winner at the Academy Awards.
Birdman cleaned up at the Academy Awards, sweeping Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and Cinematography. Hollywood recognized yet another Inside Show Biz movie, continuing a 21st century habit: Argo, The Artist and even The King’s Speech are all really movies about putting on a show. They passed over American Sniper, the most popular movie to be nominated in years, and Boyhood, an innovative movie about everyday people. Come back in twenty years and Sniper, Boyhood and maybe The Grand Budapest Hotel will be the 2014 movies we still remember.
American Sniper picked up a single award for Sound Editing and Unbroken got shut out, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few military films that made a big impact at the Academy Awards. +Continue Reading