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ClandesTime 160 – Why Doesn’t Hollywood Make War Films Any More?

Hollywood doesn’t make war films any more. This isn’t entirely true, but compared to the post-WW2 period there are a lot less war films being made today. In this in-depth episode I offer a brief history of war movies and anti-war movies, and how the Pentagon’s policy on supporting films depicting war seems to have changed over time. I highlight some of my favourite anti-war movies, along with the most anti-war films the DOD has supported. We finish up looking at why it doesn’t matter that Hollywood doesn’t make many war movies any more, and how the underlying psychology of war movies is still present in much of our entertainment.

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Full Length Beards and Neck Tattoos: How the US Army rewrote 12 Strong a.k.a. Horse Soldiers

Full Length Beards and Neck Tattoos: How the US Army rewrote 12 Strong a.k.a. Horse Soldiers

12 Strong a.k.a. Horse Soldiers is based on a book about a US Army Special Forces group sent to Afghanistan during the early days of the post-9/11 War on Terror.  Recently released emails from the Army show that they made changes to the script in exchange for their support, including ...
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Review - War School: The Battle for Britain's Children

Review – War School: The Battle for Britain’s Children

It isn't often that I see a film that angers and educates me in equal measure.  War School: The Battle for Britain's Children is a new documentary exploring the growing peace movement in the UK, and the militarisation of British schools for propaganda and recruitment purposes.  It highlights the widespread ...
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ClandesTime 160 - Why Doesn’t Hollywood Make War Films Any More?

ClandesTime 160 – Why Doesn’t Hollywood Make War Films Any More?

Hollywood doesn’t make war films any more. This isn’t entirely true, but compared to the post-WW2 period there are a lot less war films being made today. In this in-depth episode I offer a brief history of war movies and anti-war movies, and how the Pentagon’s policy on supporting films ...
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The Wire Season 2 Review (Preview)

The Wire Season 2 Review (Preview)

In the second of my subscriber-only reviews of The Wire I look at season 2. Focusing on smuggling through the port of Baltimore this season explores how capitalism has evolved to a post-industrial phase dominated by service industries like sex and drugs, how investigating sex slavery is relegated behind lesser ...
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Top Gun 'Rehabilitated the Military's Image' After Vietnam, According to the Pentagon

Top Gun ‘Rehabilitated the Military’s Image’ After Vietnam, According to the Pentagon

The late Cold War classic Top Gun is one of the most well-liked military movies of all time.  It's combination of romance, comedy and never-seen-before aerial action was made possible by extensive support from the DOD, particularly the US Navy.  It is credited with significantly boosting military recruitment, but it ...
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How the Vietnam War changed the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Offices and Helped Kill the War Movie

How the Vietnam War changed the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices and Helped Kill the War Movie

The Vietnam war had a huge impact.  3 million dead Vietnamese, tens of thousands of dead Americans, and millions more on both sides suffering from trauma, depression and drug and alcohol addiction.  It also had a major influence on the US public's willingness to engage in full-scale wars (at least ...
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ClandesTime 159 - The Founder

ClandesTime 159 – The Founder

The Founder is a 2016 biopic of Ray Kroc, the man who created McDonald’s. Or did he? In this episode I examine this ambiguous film, one of the best examples of cultural capitalism to come out of Hollywood in recent years. I explore how it avoids the negative consequences of ...
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The Wire Season 1 Review (preview)

The Wire Season 1 Review (preview)

This is part 1 of a new subscriber-only review series where I talk about The Wire. In this episode I discuss some of the recurring themes - the war on drugs, the failed police tactics, the dirty money trail - along with the complex metaphysics of the show. I talk ...
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FBI Say They Cannot Find Their File on Radical Author Sam Greenlee

FBI Say They Cannot Find Their File on Radical Author Sam Greenlee

Sam Greenlee is perhaps most famous for writing the novel The Spook Who Sat By the Door, which was adapted into a film in the 1970s.  Greenlee believed that the CIA and FBI suppressed the film because it portrayed them in such a bad light, and promoted black militancy.  A ...
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The US Navy say they have 20,000 Pages of Documents on Top Gun 2

The US Navy say they have 20,000 Pages of Documents on Top Gun 2

I recently filed a FOIA request for documents on Top Gun 2.  Going through the entertainment liaison office reports it is clear that - just as on the original film - the Navy are taking the lead on military support.  The Navy responded saying they found over 20,000 pages of ...
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Does the CIA use Hollywood Movies as Training Films?

Does the CIA use Hollywood Movies as Training Films?

In September 1977 the renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Rona Barrett appeared on Good Morning America to talk about spy films.  Sat alongside her was CIA director Stansfield Turner, who commented that Hollywood movies would make poor training films for CIA spies.  Within days a memo was circulating within the CIA ...
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The 24 Mentality: The CIA, Torture and the 'Ticking Bomb' Scenario

The 24 Mentality: The CIA, Torture and the ‘Ticking Bomb’ Scenario

Just as politicians start to believe their own speeches, intelligence agencies start to believe their own propaganda.  Nowhere is this clearer than in the CIA's black site torture program initiated in the wake of 9/11.  Recently declassified documents detailing current CIA director Gina Haspel's role in the torture program show ...
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