Made for Canadian television in 1980 and later syndicated to American stations, Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War is an almost twelve-hour documentary about the history of Vietnam from the end of WWII through the fall of Saigon in 1975. Time Life has just issued the series in a 4 DVD set.
Future CNN war correspondent (and Canadian) Peter Arnett wrote the narration and conducted the interviews for the series and the Richard Basehart narrates the documentary, something that might be disconcerting for anyone who recognizes his voice as the narrator of Knight Rider. +Continue Reading
College football fans know about the University of Oregon football program and its crazy uniform designs. The school can afford to change its look what seems like almost every week because its biggest booster is Phil Knight, the founder of Nike and one of the school’s most famous and wealthy alumni.
The April 27th spring football game featured a new “Support Our Troops” uniform design that’s partially inspired by actual military uniform design ‚with a “Ducks” name patch on the right breast, a U.S. flag on the right shoulder and the addition of “Support Our Troops” to the Oregon badge on the front of the jersey. +Continue Reading
Assassin’s Creed just released the final installment of The Tyranny of King Washington DLC pack for Assassin’s Creed III. The package imagines an alternate history where George Washington installs himself as King of America instead of becoming the first president. ACIII hero Ratonhnhaké:ton leads the resistance that wants to overthrow the tyrant and install democracy. +Continue Reading
Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling, is one of those great movies that didn’t get a full Hollywood push that still managed to find its audience. It stayed in theaters for months and really hit big once released on DVD and it’s been one of the most popular titles on Netflix for months.
Refn and Gosling have reunited to make Only God Forgives,a crime thriller set in the Bangkok underworld. Gosling runs a Thai boxing club as a front for his family’s drug smuggling operation until his mom forces him to find out who killed his brother and avenge the death. +Continue Reading
The extra time has given the producers a chance to create a long-rumored version for Nintendo’s new Wii U console, one that creates a “strategic mission interface,” designed to take advantage of that Wii U controller that looks like either a big smartphone or a small iPad, depending on your point of reference. The trailer shows off how the GamePad can be used for trirotor drone control, to operate spy cams, select weapons and gadgets and to mark your targets. +Continue Reading
Former Army star defensive end/linebacker and current lieutenant Josh McNary has signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. The team has placed him on the reserve-military list until he completes his military obligation on May 21st.
Army fans will remember McNary for his outstanding performance in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, where he returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown and sparked the Black Knights to a 16–14 win over Southern Methodist University. +Continue Reading
So Simcity 5 came out abouta month ago and it was an interesting launch at best. Simcity 5 isn’t actually Simcity 5, but it is the fifth installment of the series. On the box it just says Simcity, because EA is stupid—everyone just calls it Simcity 5 or Simcity 2013 (this is the same naming protocol they’re using for the next Command & Conquer, which isn’t Command & Conquer Generals 2, it’s just Command & Conquer). +Continue Reading
Dana Fredsti has just published Plague Nation, the sequel to her acclaimed zombie thriller Plague Town. For the last book she wrote a guest post for Under the Radar explaining the research that went into creating a realistic walking dead scenario. This time she shares some memories of her Korean War vet father and breaks down her love for war movies, even the ones that don’t always get their facts straight.
I dreamed about my father the other night. This may not seem like much to anyone else, but my dad has been dead for three years and change and this is the first time I’ve dreamed about him since he died. So… it was a big damn deal for me. It was a very simple dream. Just Dad calling and saying that while he wasn’t feeling great, there was no reason the two of us couldn’t get together, hang out and just talk. Next minute in dreamtime, Dad and I are sitting opposite one another in these big comfy leather armchairs, reading and talking about movies we liked. I reminded him that after reading my first zombie story A Man’s Gotta Eat What A Man’s Gotta Eat, he told me I wrote like a drunken misogynist. He died before Plague Town was written. I’m not sure what he would have had to say about it, but I’m sure he would have given me hell for having someone “unholster” their M-4. +Continue Reading
The Sweeney is a movie based on a mid-‘70s British cop show that was never shown in the States. The original was violent, profane and wildly politically incorrect; the new movie, just released on Blu-ray and DVD, tries to keep up the tradition. +Continue Reading