Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

Subscriber Podcast #3 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Cash-In

Subscriber Podcast #3 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Cash-In

In this month's podcast for patreon subscribers I review Rogue One: A Star Wars Cash-In.  The film is a spy movie/war movie about the rebellion stealing the plans for the Death Star and has a much darker tone and grittier visuals than most Star Wars films.  The problems arise mostly ...
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ClandesTime 093 - The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon's involvement, and the fallout ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

The first two Iron Man movies are far more important to cinematic history than their daft scripts, super-arrogant star performer and cartoonish presentation might suggest.  Between them they made over $1.2 billion worldwide and established the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has since become the biggest film franchise of all time.  ...
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Did the Dept. of Energy invent the 'Making Of' video?

Did the Dept. of Energy invent the ‘Making Of’ video?

The Department of Energy has a minor but interesting role in the history of Hollywood, providing shooting locations for Tron (1982) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  I am still awaiting documents on Star Trek but the DoE have provided me with another of ...
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Dept of Energy records on the filming of Tron (and Star Trek)

Dept of Energy records on the filming of Tron (and Star Trek)

Tron is a classic piece of transhumanist cinema and the first of a string of films where someone is sucked into a digital realm and has to battle it out with computer programs in order to save the day (the Matrix trilogy being the most popular examples).  It was also ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 13 - Race to Witch Mountain

The CIA and Hollywood 13 – Race to Witch Mountain

James Evan Pilato is our latest guest as we dissect the 2009 Disney UFO adventure Race to Witch Mountain.  We start off looking at Disney as a corporation - its long standing interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials, the connections to government agencies and their recent takeover of the fantasy genre.  ...
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Review: Silver Screen Saucers

Review: Silver Screen Saucers

Have you ever wondered about the relationship between UFOs or aliens in movies and the real-life experiences of people who report contact or abduction or witnessing these things?  Have you ever wondered whether the government is using UFO movies to influence people's perceptions of these fringe but popular and captivating ...
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ClandesTime 076 - Walt Disney and the FBI

ClandesTime 076 – Walt Disney and the FBI

Disney are one of the world's largest movie studios and producers of entertainment. They have enjoyed this status for decades, recently acquiring both the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, among the most profitable in the cinema industry. The relationship between the corporation and government agencies has been almost continuous for ...
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MPAA Ratings, the Pentagon and Jack Valenti

MPAA Ratings, the Pentagon and Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti's career as head of the MPAA spanned nearly 40 years and saw the end of the production code and the establishment of the movie ratings system, the failure of the Vietnam War, the arrival of home cinema followed by the internet, and culminated in the post-9/11 propaganda push.  ...
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Decoding Chase Brandon: CIA Entertainment Liaison

Decoding Chase Brandon: CIA Entertainment Liaison

Chase Brandon was the CIA's first entertainment liaison officer, working in the entertainment industry for over a decade from 1996 onwards.  Brandon helped produce over a dozen major films and a similar number of TV shows and more than any other individual helped set up a permanent CIA network within ...
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