There are several reasons you should watch Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor whose 2013 leak of classified documents to journalists set off a massive debate about privacy and government surveillance. The film is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD with an array of fascinating special features. It doesn’t matter if you decide that Snowden is a traitor, a patriot or some hard-to-define combination of both, this is a compelling and important film about the business of protecting the United States and the debate over security vs. privacy we all face. +Continue Reading
The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s movie Snowden has premiered online and you can watch it below. Scheduled for release December 25th, the film tells the life story of Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked a massive amount of classified material to journalists two years ago in June 2013. +Continue Reading
Jesse and Oliver aren’t actually hosting a show on RT America, the Kremlin-funded news network. It’s their sons, Tyrel Ventura and Sean Stone, who promise to “give viewers a fresh perspective no matter what their political leanings are – from war hawks to isolationists – and, more importantly, every voice in between.”+Continue Reading
Vietnam veteran, Platoon director and noted conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has begun production on Snowden, his new biopic of the man who leaked classified NSA documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras (who directed the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour). Stone calls Edward Snowden “an ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country” and drives his point home with the above image from the movie, showing Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper, Inception, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) as Snowden during his time in the Army Reserve. +Continue Reading
Reader of the real news section around here know that Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial for leaking “troves of material” to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Even though Manning pleaded guilty to charges that would send him to prison for twenty years, the military and Obama administration are prosecuting him for aiding the enemy, a charge that could land him life in prison.
That prosecution doesn’t sit well with some people, so a curious collection of celebrities, reporters and other people that no one on the web seems able to identify have come out in support of Manning with a confusing video where they declare “I Am Bradley Manning.” +Continue Reading
Until everyone got distracted by senior commend skirt chasing, it sure felt like the national discussion this week was going to be all about the role of military advisers in the entertainment industry. Oliver Stone’s Savages (out now on a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy/UltraViolet 4-way combo pack) and the studio sent us “Military Consultants” clip from the Bly-ray. It features actor and Army vet Jake McLaughlin and military consultant, stunt coordinator and retired Navy SEAL Keith Woulard talking about how they contributed their real-life expertise to the movie.
Stone has never been shy about his own service in Vietnam and used that experience to great ends in Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. He’s also maintained that background gives him extra insight when he’s floated the elaborate conspiracy theories that fueled JFK and his new TV series Untold History of the United States. Savages, based on the excellent novel by Don Winslow, feels a hell of a lot more like his genre crime movies Natural Born Killers and U Turn. +Continue Reading
It’s hard to believe that Oliver Stone’s Platoon turns 25 this year, but it’s being reissued this week on Blu-ray with a load of special features, including commentaries from Stone and one from Military Advisor Dale Dye. +Continue Reading