Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

Avengers: Endgame — What the Media Won’t Talk About

Avengers: Endgame — What the Media Won’t Talk About

I recently saw Avengers: Endgame and it’s a pretty spectacular end to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. It is also the greatest piece of promotion for the predominant economic model of our time that I’ve ever seen ...
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ClandesTime 178 – Black Panther vs Django Unchained

ClandesTime 178 – Black Panther vs Django Unchained

Black Panther and Django Unchained are perhaps the two most successful movies featuring black actors in lead roles that Hollywood has ever made. But are they as radical as they seem? This week I analyse these films, how they operate as emotive fantasies for black audiences. Focusing in on the ...
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Spy Culture in LA Magazine Article on Captain Marvel

Spy Culture in LA Magazine Article on Captain Marvel

Yesterday, LA Magazine published a piece on the military and Captain Marvel and - I'm pleased to say - they used this site as a research source.  After years of researching, speaking and writing about Marvel's relationship with the military it seems the word has got out, and I for ...
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CIA: Where Are Our Passes to Disney's Magic Kingdom Club?

CIA: Where Are Our Passes to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Club?

The story of the relationship between Disney and the various branches and agencies of the US government is long and complex.  A recently uncovered memo adds one more episode to the relationship between Disney and the CIA, and revolves around a question that was critical for national security: How would ...
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ClandesTime 139 - The Politics of Star Wars

ClandesTime 139 – The Politics of Star Wars

This week I review the most recent Star Wars film The Last Jedi and analyse its politics. I discuss its anti-war and progressive tokenism, and why this is ultimately undermined by being symbolic, and not narrative-based.  None of the ‘progressive’ character moments or dialogue in the film have any meaningful ...
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Disney's Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

Disney’s Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

In 2015 Admiral Robert Papp, the State Department's Arctic envoy, spoke multiple times about trying to broker a deal with Disney to use characters from Frozen to promote climate change issues to children.  Recently released State Dept. documents show that negotiations broke down because of conflicts with Disney's corporate messaging, ...
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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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