Posts Tagged ‘Films’

Mecha-Marines: US Marine Corps Developing Aliens-style Exoskeleton

Mecha-Marines: US Marine Corps Developing Aliens-style Exoskeleton

The US military's attempts to duplicate action movie technology took another leap recently as the Guardian XO robotic exoskeleton was demonstrated at the recent Modern Day Marine expo.  The suit is an obvious knockoff of the power loader exosuit featured in Aliens over 30 years ago, and reports suggest that ...
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Subscriber Podcast #34 - Anti-Capitalist Pop Culture

Subscriber Podcast #34 – Anti-Capitalist Pop Culture

Why is it that capitalist economies and cultures produce anti-capitalist products? In this month's subscriber podcast I examine three examples of anti-capitalist pop culture - Sorry to Bother You, Office Uprising and Corporate. I discuss how their storylines contain some very pertinent criticisms of capitalism as an economic model and ...
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Disney's Star Wars, the Military and the Ugliest Hats I've Ever Seen

Disney’s Star Wars, the Military and the Ugliest Hats I’ve Ever Seen

Walt Disney World Resort’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week - 14 acres of Star Wars experience for those who want to waste their money on plastic replicas of pod racers, Jar Jar Binks masks and hair dye so they can look like Vice Admiral Gender Studies from The ...
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Schlock ex Machina - Is Godzilla: King of the Monsters the Dumbest Movie Ever?

Schlock ex Machina – Is Godzilla: King of the Monsters the Dumbest Movie Ever?

I was looking forward to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, having been a fan of giant creature features since I was a young boy.  The blend of massive-scale action and affirming our need to respect nature is a winning combination for me.  Then I watched it, and it was one ...
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Spy Culture in the Washington Business Journal

Spy Culture in the Washington Business Journal

News about this site appears to be spreading - after the flurry of articles citing Spy Culture around the release of Captain Marvel earlier this year, the Washington Business Journal put out a piece on the Top Gun: Maverick trailer using the production assistance agreement I obtained under FOIA.  In ...
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When the Producers of Downton Abbey Signed the Official Secrets Act

When the Producers of Downton Abbey Signed the Official Secrets Act

Just like other government departments the Foreign & Commonwealth Office requires film and TV producers to sign contracts with them to provide production assistance.  The agreement signed with the makers of Downton Abbey includes an interesting clause - they signed up to abide by the strictures of the Official Secrets ...
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Subscriber Podcast #31 - Rollerball

Subscriber Podcast #31 – Rollerball

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I examine the 1975 movie Rollerball, about an ultra-violent bloodsport and the corporate dystopian society surrounding it. I discuss some of my favourite scenes in the film and how they reflect aspects of our present, real society, as well as the political philosophy of social ...
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Watergate, the Mark Felt Biopic and the FBI

Watergate, the Mark Felt Biopic and the FBI

In my latest article for Shadowproof I examine the FBI's role in the Mark Felt biopic Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.  Using documents obtained under FOIA and an interview with Ed Gray, the son of FBI acting director Pat Gray (who is depicted in Mark ...
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ClandesTime 174 - The Big Short vs Margin Call

ClandesTime 174 – The Big Short vs Margin Call

The 2008 Wall Street crash has inspired little more than a staccato response from Hollywood, with very few films taking the subject seriously. In this episode I examine and review two of the more prominent movies that cover this topic – The Big Short and Margin Call. I critique the ...
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Subscriber Podcast #26 - What Connects Star Wars, Manchester United and Brexit?

Subscriber Podcast #26 – What Connects Star Wars, Manchester United and Brexit?

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I discuss the links between the sacking of the manager of Manchester United, why there isn't a new Star Wars film out this Christmas, and the macroeconomics of Brexit. I examine all three in the context of a failing economic system, recounting the history and ...
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'The bad guy/traitor can't be a Secret Service agent' - DOD Script Notes on Air Force One

‘The bad guy/traitor can’t be a Secret Service agent’ – DOD Script Notes on Air Force One

Air Force One is one of the great military commercials disguised as a feature film. Laden with Russophobic rhetoric and corny dialogue about the heroism of the US military, it ticked every box for the DOD so they granted it full production support. The Pentagon's script notes for the movie ...
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