The current series of Foyle’s War (now playing on PBS) arrvies today on DVD and (for the first time with this series) Blu-ray. The three new episodes take place in the summer of 1946 and, although DCS Christopher Foyle as retired from the police, he’s given the opportunity to move to London and join the newly-formed MI5 intelligence unit. +Continue Reading
Director David Ayer tweeted the first promotional photo from Fury, his movie about a World War II tank crew commanded by Brad Pitt and fighting in Germany near the end of the war.
Ayer has bold plans for the movie, saying he wants to “bring a fresh execution to the genre… This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.” Ayer has an impressive track record with L.A. cop films, either writing and/or directing some of the best recent movies in the genre: Training Day, Street Kings, Dark Blue and End of Watch. +Continue Reading
The Last Tycoon (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) plays as a mashup of Casablanca and The Godfather: Part II. Set in Shanghai, the movie follows the rise of Chinese gangster Cheng Daqi (played by the legendary Hong Kong action star Chow Yun-Fat) and his heroic resistance against the Japanese invasion at the beginning of World War II. +Continue Reading
Here’s a World War II story we haven’t heard before: the Monuments Men were a group of art curators and historians tasked by FDR with preventing the destruction of cultural landmarks during the Allied invasion and later recovering works of art stolen by the Nazis.
Robert M. Edsel wrote a fascinating history book about their efforts and now George Clooney has written, directed and stars in a new movie based on that book. Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban round out the cast. +Continue Reading
Anyone who grew up in the ‘70s knows the myth: the Vietnam War was the bad war, full of atrocities and senseless killing but World War II was a virtuous campaign against evil, fought by heroes who saved the world.
Reality, of course, is always more complicated. Those myths didn’t help the men who fought in Southeast Asia and their families adjust to their lives after military service and those myths also didn’t help WWII vets whose experience didn’t exactly match up with the popular tales of the war.
PC gamers who want a game that requires a bit of thought and strategy instead of just a twitchy trigger finger should check out Company of Heroes 2. The sequel to the 2006 original is out this week (either at your local retailer or downloadable via Steam) and the battles between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany take place on the Eastern Front during World War II.
We talked to principal designer Quinn Duffy at the SEGA booth during this month’s E3 show in Los Angeles and he gave us the rundown on the new game. +Continue Reading
William Wharton wrote the novels Birdy and A Midnight Clear, both of which inspired highly acclaimed movies, one about Vietnam vets adjusting to life after the war and the other about an American intelligence unit’s encounter with a German platoon at the end of WWII.
Wharton was the pen name of Albert William Du Aime, a WWII vet who died in 2008. Shrapnel, his memoir of his military service, has just been published in English for the first time. +Continue Reading
The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan, by James Scott, 450 pages, Simon & Schuster
As combat theaters go there may be none more forbidding than the sea – or more specifically, beneath the sea. And in submarine warfare the very weapons system you serve on provides all you need to stay alive – including air – the tools of war and, if things go bad, your tomb.
Foyle’s War has been quietly running for the last decade on PBS as part of the Masterpiece Mystery! series, amassing a catalog of 22 movie-length episodes featuring British police detective Christopher Foyle. Those tale have been complied as Foyle’s War: The Home Front Files (Sets 1–6), a new 22-DVD box set that’s out this week via Acorn Media. +Continue Reading
Before he earned fame as the comic book artist who drew covers for Aquaman and Teen Titans in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, Nick Cardy served in WWII as an assistant tank driver in the Third Armored Division and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
The new book The Artist at War compiles a collection of sketches that Cardy made during his service in the European theater. “I carried a 3″ x 5″ spiral bound drawing pads in my duffel bag and a watercolor set and a larger pad. Whatever I could fit in there. As I went along for those three years I sketched and did watercolors.” +Continue Reading