Good Kill (opening in theaters this week) revisits the peak drone warfare year of 2010, with Ethan Hawke playing Major Thomas Egan, a fighter pilot who finds himself repurposed as a drone pilot in the Nevada desert.
There’s problems with the family, ethical dilemmas once the CIA starts picking targets and a lot of frustration with remote flying from a pilot who misses the experience. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed the movie and he previously worked with Hawke on the sci-fi classic Gattaca.
We’ve got a clip from the film and Ethan Hawke took the time to speak to Military.com about the surreal nature of remote warfare. +Continue Reading
Army veteranNoah Galloway came oh-so-close to winning this series ofDancing With the Starsbut, in the end, early favorite Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) proved just too talented a dance to be defeated by a talented and charismatic guy who lost an arm and a leg to an IED in Iraq. +Continue Reading
Would you feel safe in an Osprey? Most U.S. Marines would probably say no. In a tragic moment of vindication, on May 15th an MV-22 Osprey flying in Hawaii made a hard landing which killed one Marine and sent 21 others to the hospital. Pervasive among comments of respect for the fallen and injured Marines is a tangible frustration with the Osprey’s safety and reliability. +Continue Reading
American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD this week from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Today, we’ve got the last of three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes. In this clip, Chris Kyle’s father explains to his sons the three kinds of people he sees in the world.
A few notes on the Blu-ray:
Warner Bros. will donate $1 from each physical and digital purchase of American Sniper (up to $1 million total) to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you buy in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi or South Carolina, you might want to make a direct donation because those states prohibit this kind of promotion.
The Blu-ray includes two 30-minute special feature documentaries: “One Solider’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper” and “Making of American Sniper.” There’s a lot of repetition between the two films, with the principal interviewees (Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Taya Kyle and screenwriter Jason Hall) making most of the same points in each documentary. “Making of” relies heavily on a group Q&A conducted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
This is definitely a movie that would benefit from a commentary track from Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Jason Hall, Taya Kyle or some combination of all of them. Former Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz served with Chris Kyle, worked as a technical advisor on the movie and plays himself in the film; a featurette that explored his participation in the movie would also be fascinating. Let’s hope Clint’s willing to dig a little deeper if there’s a new special edition package in a couple of years.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both decided upgrades from Apple’s earlier phones: they’re faster, the screens look better and, once you’ve used one for 5 minutes, the company’s earlier phones start to look ridiculously small. Unfortunately, finding a protective case for the new models has proven difficult. The upscaled designs from cases that worked so well for an iPhone 5/5s just look comically large and unwieledy. +Continue Reading
The GI Film Festival continues to gain momentum and the upcoming 2015 event will be by far its biggest yet. Dubbed the “Sundance for Troops” by founders Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett, the DC-based festival showcases both feature and documentary films about the military experience. +Continue Reading
Sure, in theory it would be nice to tell loved ones the truth, but there are plenty of times when it’s probably a bad idea. Or maybe the truth doesn’t live up to loved ones’ expectations. Either way, here are 9 lies that usually do the trick: +Continue Reading
Country singer (and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman) Darius Rucker visited the Today show this week to promote his Southern Style summer tour and to give away a house to a deserving veteran. Army veteran Daniel Branham served 15 months in Iraq. After he was injured in an IED attack, Branham drove his vehicle to rescue nine soldiers from a gas attack.
Branham believed he was there as part of a tour promotion that will give veterans and their families tickets to Rucker’s shows. What he didn’t know was that General Leroy Sisco from the Military Warriors Support Foundation was also there to join Darius in surprising Daniel with keys to a (paid-for) new house in Mt. Pleasant, SC. +Continue Reading
Does Vegas casinos allow fans to bet on Dancing With the Stars? If so, what were the odds that Army veteran Noah Galloway had a chance to make the Finals of the ABC’s dance competition. Well, he made it. Noah (along with pro partner Sharna Burgess) will face off next week against Rumer Willis and Riker Lynch in the show’s final week.
Of course, Noah developed some incredible survival instincts during his service. After losing his suffering severe injuries to his left arm and leg during a 2005 IED attack in Iraq, he managed to pull himself together and build a successful career as a motivational speaker and personal trainer. +Continue Reading