Posts Tagged ‘US Army’

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Transformers

Published November 30th 2016

Despite only producing 4 films so far the Transformers series is already one of the top 10 movie series of all time. In a paradox that encapsulates much of Hollywood, it appears that the worse the Transformers films get the better they do at the box office. These production assistance agreements shed some light on how, just like the early films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first three Transformers films benefited from large scale support from the Pentagon.

Updated ‘Complete’ List of DOD Films

Published November 23rd 2016

Sometimes the Freedom of Information Act is a strange beast and you receive something you didn’t ask for, but are still happy to get. That happened to me recently when in response to a request about the Pentagon’s Hollywood database I received an updated list of DOD Films – movies that were assisted by the DOD. The list is larger than the version released to me in 2014, though it is also missing a number of entries from the 2014 version.

The CIA and Hollywood 11 – The Men Who Stare at Goats

Published June 26th 2016

Jay Dyer joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, loosely based on Jon Ronson’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war. The movie goes on to explain some of the history behind the First Earth Battalion, an experimental Pentagon unit devoted to developing a new generation of super soldier informed by the hippy and New Age movements. We examine what the film leaves out, especially in the form of MKULTRA and similar CIA projects and experiments with similar aims, and ask whether the purpose was not to emplore ‘How could love and peace help win wars?‘ but to weaponise New Age philosophy and the New Age movement.

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Man of Steel

Published May 13th 2016

Sometimes the support of the DOD can improve a film. When the Pentagon provided Michael Bay with script notes and suggestions on Transformers III he ‘was very receptive to our notes and expressed his desire for us to “help (him) make it better.”’ However, Man of Steel was not so lucky. Whether in spite of or because of the Pentagon’s support it was hands down the worst Superman film of all time. After several rounds of FOIA requests I finally obtained the production assistance agreement between the Department of Defense and the producers of Man of Steel.

The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

Published January 9th 2016

Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices for years, but NASA have recently jumped on the bandwagon. The combination of nerds and sci-fi fanatics has proven too alluring to ignore and so one of the world’s biggest scientific institutions has joined the world’s largest military organisation in exploiting this opportunity.

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