Archive for: SEAL

Sound Off: Does SEAL Team 6 Need Oversight?

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On Sunday June 7th, the New York Times published an 8800-word epic article called SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines.” The online version of the piece features GIFs, maps, large photos, video set, a glossary, a video interview and no less than six reporter bylines. That’s a huge amount of information about a unit that doesn’t officially exist. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: ‘The Most Decorated Veteran in American History’?

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What would you do for backstage passes at a Rolling Stones concert? For Navy veteran and former SEAL Robert O’Neill, that experience is worth letting Kid Rock bring you out onstage in Ohio and introducing you as “the most decorated veteran in American history.” You might remember O’Neill as the guy who told the world that he took the kill shot on Osama bin Laden and he’s used his newfound celebrity to make friends with the rap/rock superstart

Don’t believe Rob would let that happen? Check out the video below: +Continue Reading

Definitive Guide to US Special Ops

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BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

You’ve heard about the men who come in the night, the badasses, the snake eaters. These are the rough and tumble soldiers who spill out of helicopters and kick in doors, neutralizing a high value target and egressing before locals get a clue. These are the gritty recon Marines who stalk through the underbrush before taking down a terrorist camp.

But special ops isn’t one thing; it’s a bunch of different things. Operators from different units conduct missions in very different ways.

Check out this handy WATM guide that covers the basics of special ops: +Continue Reading

‘American Sniper’ — ‘Three Kinds of People’

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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.

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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.

‘American Sniper’ — “Oh, My God. Chris!”

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Leading up to the release, Military​.com will premiere three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes. Today we’ve got a clip that highlights the tension between family and service for troops who fight at the tip of the spear. +Continue Reading

Finding Family in ‘American Sniper’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Leading up to the release, Military​.com will premiere three promotional videos that intercut scenes from the film to highlight the story’s themes.  +Continue Reading

Get the Bad Guys With ‘American Sniper’

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American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s movie about the legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, has almost completed its theatrical run and it’s officially the #1 movie of 2014 with a total box office gross of just under $348 million. That’s more than Guardians of the Galaxy, more than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and almost $100 million more than #4 movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Most of what Americans know about the war in Iraq comes from Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle. +Continue Reading

Hard-Won Wisdom from a Navy SEAL

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Eric Greitens served as a Navy SEAL. He’s considering a run to become Governor of Missouri. He’s also a motivational speaker with a new book called Resilience.

In 2o12, Greitens was contacted by Zach Walker, a brother SEAL who’d been struggling with PTSD and a drinking problem after leaving the Navy. Eric and Zach started communicating every day and Eric has compiled his letters to Zach in this new book. +Continue Reading

Hollywood’s in the Sniper Business

Is Nick Irving’s new memoir The Reaper helping American Sniper’s Oscar chances?

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Studio head Harvey Weinstein might be the best Oscar campaigner ever. He’s the guy who engineered the notorious upset when Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture 1998. His movies get nominated every year and he’s behind a string of other Best Picture winners: The English Patient, The King’s Speech, The Artist and Chicago. +Continue Reading

‘Sniper’ Shocks Hollywood With Massive Box Office Weekend

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American Sniper broke all kinds of box office records this weekend, with a $90.2 million weekend haul. Warner Bros. estimates its Oscar nominee for Best Picture will have made $105 million once the four-day MLK holiday weekend is over.

It’s the largest MLK weekend opening ever, more than doubling the old record held by Ride Along. It’s the largest January weekend ever, a a record previously held by Avatar with $68.5 million in 2010. It’s the opening ever for a drama, bettering the $83.8 million that Passion of the Christ made in 2004. It’s the biggest R-rated opening of all time and it’s by far the biggest opening of director Clint Eastwood’s storied career, more than tripling the $29.5 million that Gran Torino made opening weekend in 2008. +Continue Reading