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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

Which SEAL Can Inspire Your Team to Victory?

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Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.

If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?

Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading

Former SEAL Kristin Beck Describes Her Journey

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Lady Valor is a documentary film about Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgendered woman on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program in 2013. The network then commissioned this film, aired it last month and now it’s available on VOD and DVD from Wolfe Video. Kristin Beck comes off as exactly the sort of badass you’d expect a special ops warrior to be. Over the course of an interview about her Navy career as Christopher Beck, she calmly describes her resumé and it’s spectacular.

The movie is aimed at everyone who’s not predisposed to understand or accept Kristin Beck’s transformation and highlights the role the United States Military has historically played in changing mainstream America’s attitudes about race, religion, national origin and sexuality. Beck thinks transgendered Americans can and will serve their country as well as anyone else. +Continue Reading

Telling the Untold Story of the Navy SEALs

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Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story is the first comprehensive history of the special operations force and it’s the companion book to a new PBS documentary by the same name. Written by former SEAL Dick Couch in collaboration with William Doyle (who also co-authored Chris Kyle’s American Gun), the book goes all the way back to the World War II underwater demolition teams and continues through the formal creation of the SEAL program in 1962 all the way up to the present day.

It’s most definitely an overview: the authors cover dozens of events and incidents that could all support their own detailed histories, but they do a great job of putting the entire story into context. Some of the stories are familiar but Couch and Doyle do a great job of putting them into historical context.

Dick Couch talked to us last week about the book, his own SEAL career and had some strong words about what was then the upcoming revelation by a former SEAL who says he’s the guy who shot Osama bin Laden. (That guy’s name is now out there and there are a more than a few of his SEAL brothers who aren’t happy about it.) +Continue Reading

Watch the Trailer for ‘American Sniper’

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Bradley Cooper acquired the move rights to legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s bestselling memoir American Sniper shortly before Kyle was killed by a fellow veteran in February 2013. After a false start with Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood stepped in to direct the film and the first trailer just debuted online. +Continue Reading

Free Falling With the Leap Frogs

  • September 5, 2014
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The U.S. Navy Parachute Team (a/k/a the “Leap Frogs”) is made up of Navy SEAL frogmen on loan from their team or  NSW units. This video details their mission as one of the public faces of the United States Military.

Check out more great military videos at Military.com’s video channel.

SEAL Cade Courtley Talks ‘America Unplugged’

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Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley hosts America Unplugged, now showing on Thursdays at 8pm ET on the Sportsman Channel. Each of the eight episodes profiles one of the estimated 400,000 Americans who choose to live off the grid. The show doesn’t sensationalize their choices. It’s about the mechanics of how these people choose to live more than it is about what motivated the decision in the first place.

Courtley has a fascinating post-service career, first working in Hollywood and then with Blackwater and other security firms after 9/11. More recently, he’s been a TV host and authored the 2012 book A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster. Cade talked to us about the series and his career. +Continue Reading

Simulating ‘Lone Survivor’ With the Extreme SEAL Experience

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As part of its promotion for the Lone Survivor Blu-ray and DVD release, Universal Pictures took a busload of journalists from DC down to Chesapeake, VA for the Extreme SEAL Experience, a kind of special forces fantasy camp run by former Navy SEAL Don Shipley.

Shipley’s got the legit credentials. He graduated BUD/S in class 131 in 1985 and later served on SEAL Team One and SEAL Team Two. After his Navy service, he worked with Erik Prince at Blackwater before creating the Extreme SEAL Program. +Continue Reading

‘Lone Survivor’ Comes to Home Video

  • June 3, 2014
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Lone Survivor is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie is based on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s best-selling memoir about the 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. The movie, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell, was a gigantic hit in the United States, grossing over $125 million on a reported $40 million budget. +Continue Reading

Reality is Overrated: ‘SEAL Team 8′

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We get a lot of pitches around here that emphasize just how real the military action sequences are in Hollywood movies. Studios emphasize the badass credentials  of their military advisers and directors and actors rhapsodize about the thrill of creating action sequences that might pass muster with the guys who actually do it for a living. Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is not one of those movies. +Continue Reading