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‘Finnigan’s War’ Revisits Korean Conflict

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Here at Military​.com, we get a lot of pitches from people who have events or projects that “honor the military.” An alarming number of those folks are just looking to make a buck or have some overblown vision that end up paying tribute to nothing or no one in particular.

Finnigan’s War, a new documentary about Korean War vets by filmmaker Connor Timmis, is a really nice exception to that trend. Timmis’ grandfather (the “Finningan” of the title) served in Korea and he set out to interview vets about their experiences during the conflict. +Continue Reading

How SEALs Could Fix Hollywood

Wired just enlisted SEAL Team Six trainer Don Mann (author of the The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook) to explain how the SEALs would handle daring Hollywood rescues in Return of the Jedi, Willow, Dawn of the Dead and The Dark Knight Rises. Mann’s solutions are brief, to the point and light on the kind of details that might constitute a security breach. You know, the opposite of every other SEAL movie and book released in 2o12. Check out his answers here.

A Jedi’s Return

“Danny, I am your father.”

USAF Col. Rob Kiebler had been training and on a tour of duty in Afghanistan for 14 months when he got an opportunity to come home early and surprise his son Danny, who loves Star Wars in that totally obsessed six-year-old way. Danny’s mom arranged for some Star Wars reenactors to show up at Danny’s birthday party and Rob got hold of a Jedi costume and joined the group, giving his son a huge surprise.

A Visit to Comic-Con

  • July 17, 2012
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Pro Tip: Click once on the photo above and they’ll open up into a large slideshow.

If you read about San Diego’s Comic-Con at most news sites, you might get the impression that the convention is a Hollywood showcase for superhero and sci fi movies. That’s not really accurate. It’s more a thin layer of Batman and Marvel comics movies spread over a giant pile of vintage comic books, Star Trek costumes and Star Wars action figures.

What you won’t see on the show floor at Comic-Con: sports (there’s even a trading card booth that’s called Non-Sports Cards), rock music (unless you count reality TV star Gene Simmons) or cop movies (unless they’re science fiction Cops From the Future). It’s like the organizers got together and created a space free of all the stuff that tortured them in junior high school. +Continue Reading

Lockout Delivers

  • April 12, 2012
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Featuring an impossible rescue from an outer-space prison and lead characters who seem like blatant Han Solo and Princes Leia knockoffs, Lockout seems like a movie dreamed up at 4am by a bunch of sleep-deprived, Star Wars–obsessed 11-year-boys jacked up on pizza and Twinkies. That’s a compliment.

Starring Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker, LA Confidential) and Maggie Grace (Lost), the movie portrays Pearce’s hard-bitten Snow as the only man in the world who can rescue the President’s daughter after a riot leaves her trapped in the world’s first orbiting prison. +Continue Reading

New Director’s Cut of Star Wars. (Lots of Directors)

  • January 23, 2012
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First off, let’s make this abso-frickin-lutely crystal clear. Han shot first. Greedo was a scumbag who deserved it, and any mamby-pamby bullshit that followed later just diluted his roguish character. Sure as piss is yellow and hippies need to bathe, only sissies, asshats and Keith Olbermann fans believe Greedo shot first. Deal with it or get bent.

Despite this and other changes made by his imminence The Lucas (who looks a little bit like he ate the old Lucas, by the way), we find that we really like this. Some parts are better than others, of course, but it’s still fun to watch. Have you heard of this deal? Basically they divided the entire first Star Wars movie up into fifteen (15) second pieces and allowed fans to reshoot those sequences. Then they put it all back together. Skip past the boring stuff if you want. Watch for the occasional action figure, Legos or boobs.

In regards to changing, updating and “improving” the Star Wars movies (which George Lucas has been doing for a while now), we’d like to offer this argument against George’s idea. It’s from a guy named George Lucas. +Continue Reading

Red Tails Plays It Straight

Red Tails is an action picture about the Tuskegee Airmen that feels more like a movie made in 1944 than the kind of nuanced and morally complicated film that the credits of its director, screenwriters and cast might lead you to expect.

Who gets the credit and/or blame here? George Lucas. +Continue Reading

George Lucas Strikes Back

  • September 16, 2011
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Be prepared for a few unpleasant surprises if you bought the new  Star Wars Blu-ray box set. Of course, some people just can’t believe that Lucas would ever endorse this kind of thing, so here’s an alternate theory about the destruction of The Force.

The Death Star Boondoggle

With the Star Wars Blu-ray box set due for release on Friday, there has been a flood of new articles about George Lucas’ movie cycle. The best thing we’ve read is USAF Lt. Col. Dan Ward’s Don’t Come to the Dark Side: Acquisitions Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away, a detailed analysis of how the Star Wars Death Stars were inevitably doomed by the Empire’s quest for a foolproof defense system and applies that lesson to contemporary technological development:  “any enormous project that is brain-meltingly complex, ravenously consumes resources, and aims to deliver an Undefeatable Ultimate Weapon is well on its way to becoming a Death Star.”

Wulf also decimates Darth Vader’s management style and proclaims relatively simple droids like R2-D2 as the real heroes of both the movies and future weapons development. As Luke Skywalker could certainly tell you, an underfunded and technology-deprived enemy might just get off a lucky shot and take down your overly complex weapons system.

Scarface: Say Hello to Blu-ray

 

Brian De Palma’s Scarface remake has finally been released on Blu-ray and the results are spectacular. The high-def transfer gives the movie’s over-the-top art direction and cinematography a new impact. Even if you’ve watched Scarface a hundred times on late-night cable or a well-worn VHS tape, this version’s visuals are so intense that this edition can seem like a brand-new film. +Continue Reading