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10 Great POW Movies

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Unbroken, the new movie based on the life story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, opens Christmas Day. Directed by Angelina Jolie, the movie tells the story of the former Olympic athlete’s will to survive, first at sea after his plane crashes and then as a prisoner in a Japanes POW camp for the duration of the war.

Prisoner of war stories have inspired some great movies. Here are nine more of the best. +Continue Reading

Magnetic KNIFEdock: Better Storage, Fewer Germs

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If you’ve never cleaned that knife block in your kitchen, take comfort that you don’t really know how many germs are camped out way down in those slots. Almost no one really dries the blades as thoroughly as they should and those blocks are usually just a dank mess.

BASE4 has introduced the Magnetic KNIFEdock, a countertop replacement that’s really just a magnetized slab of wood with a stand that gives you easy access to knives and probably a billion fewer germs. +Continue Reading

Family Viewing for the Holiday

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If you’re trying to extend family time once the presents have been opened on Christmas, the right movie can keep everyone in the same room for at least a few more hours. Three new home video releases can help extend that holiday togetherness. +Continue Reading

Military ‘Top Dog’ Lucca Gets Her Own Book

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We’ve got a slideshow of images from Maria Goodavage’s new book Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca. The book tells the story of Lucca, a German Shepherd mix trained to sniff out IEDS, and her legendary exploits alongside handlers Marine Staff Sergeant Chris Willingham and Corporal Juan Rodriguez . Top Dog is a sequel to Goodavage’s 2012 bestseller Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes.

The book follows Lucca’s sometimes-difficult training and her maturation into one of the most accomplished bomb-sniffing dogs in the U.S. military, with hundreds of missions outside the wire with Willingham during two combat deployments in Iraq.  +Continue Reading

Bing Crosby’s WWII Legacy

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During World War II (and for several years after), Bing Crosby was just about the biggest popular entertainer the USA has ever known: he was the #1 actor at the movie box office, the #1 recording artist in the world and the hosted the top-rated radio show in America. It’s like he was peak Tom Cruise, peak Michael Jackson and peak Johnny Carson all at the same time.

A big reason for that success was the song “White Christmas,” a throwaway tune from the 1942 movie Holiday Inn that became the biggest record of all time and a poignant reminder of home for millions of troops stationed overseas during World War II. People remember Bing’s movie partner Bob Hope for his tours to entertain the troops, but no one did more than Crosby to promote the war effort in the Forties.

There are a flood of new releases that might help revive Crosby’s reputation, including American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered, a new documentary airing this week on PBS and available on DVD and White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition, an elaborate Blu-ray/DVD reissue of the 1954 movie inspired by the song’s popularity with the troops. +Continue Reading

Review: ZVOX SoundBase.670

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The ZVOX SoundBase line is a great alternative to a soundbar for anyone who can’t get away with installing a proper 5.1 speaker system in their TV room. The company has launched an updated series that boasts more power, adds Bluetooth streaming capability and can support even larger flat-screen televisions.

There are three new models. The 570 ($399.99) supports 45″-60″ sets, the 670 ($499.99) supports 50″-70″ sets and the 770 ($699.99) can support massive 50″-85″ sets, although if you’re allowed to have an 85″ TV in your living room, it’s hard to imagine you can’t get away with a full speaker installation as well. +Continue Reading

‘Star Wars’ & the Trauma of Lightsaber Evolution

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The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a/k/a Star Wars Episode VII) highjacked the Internet on Friday and nothing about the new footage freaked out the fanboys more than the new crosspiece on the lightsaber.

Changes to the arsenal can be traumatic in any military setting, but it’s hard to figure out what director J.J. Abrams is going for here. If a lightsaber is supposed to effortlessly slice through anything it touches, why add a crossguard made out of the same magic to the hilt? Wouldn’t a Jedi be risking life and limb if his crossguard accidentally brushed the warrior during battle? +Continue Reading

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