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Spy Culture - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

In a guest article for Spy Culture my good friend and co-author of National Security Cinema Matt Alford reviews Ben...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I review one of my favourite films of all time – Starship Troopers. I discuss...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Chris and Danny invited me back onto their podcast to discuss the 1994 comedy-drama Forrest Gump.  We talked about the...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version

The 2005 biographical war film Jarhead is one of a very small number of films set in the first Gulf...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Superman is one of the world’s most recognisable cultural icons. A symbol of human idealism, he has been subject to...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

The Superman reboot Man of Steel launched the (now abandoned) DC Extended Universe, and put a much darker tinge on...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

The ‘biggest film of all time’ subtly promotes the infinite growth economic model that is destroying the planet. I recently...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-30 - Original post - cached version

In 1977 the producers of Superman and Superman II approached the Pentagon to try to obtain stock footage of missiles...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-28 - Original post - cached version

Black Panther and Django Unchained are perhaps the two most successful movies featuring black actors in lead roles that Hollywood...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

In my latest article for Shadowproof I examine the FBI’s role in the Mark Felt biopic Mark Felt: The Man...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

The 2010 thriller Unthinkable courted controversy by depicting the torture of a suspected terrorist who claims to have planted nuclear...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

There are many reasons to dislike Game of Thrones – the endless hype, the gratuitous sex and violence in lieu...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

Deep Impact is one of a pair of twin films released in 1998 that were based around a giant meteor...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-21 - Original post - cached version

While it is now considered a Cold War classic Ice Station Zebra was a flop when it was first released....

Spy Culture - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I break down a 2016 interview with British political satirist Armando Iannucci by Chatham House,...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-17 - Original post - cached version

According to the New York Times, the official story we’ve been told about the Skripals isn’t true, and wasn’t true...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The post-WW2 period was the zenith for military and war movies – over 200 were made in the 1950s, and...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

One of the veterans of the ambush in Sadr City in April 2004 has revealed that National Geographic’s film The...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Production assistance agreements released by the Defense Department show the United States military used taxpayer money to subsidize part of...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-10 - Original post - cached version

In what appears to be little more than a promo for the third John Wick film, a recently-released video shows...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-09 - Original post - cached version

UFOs.  Probable extraterrestrials.  Investigation and revelation.  Nazi scientists.  A military cover-up.  With all these elements in place the History Channel’s...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Vice has won awards along with praise from audiences and critics alike, but how well does it inform its audience...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Little Mizz Innocent has been languishing in development hell for several years as the ‘female Jason Bourne movie’ has struggled...

Spy Culture - 2019-04-03 - Original post - cached version

The production of Ice Station Zebra is a great case study in just how much influence the Pentagon can have...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Osama Bin Laden’s death is the perfect postmodern event, in that most of the reports detailing how, where and when...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-28 - Original post - cached version

In late 2009 the FBI got wind of the fact that Martin Scorcese was developing The Wolf of Wall Street,...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Word about the entertainment liaison offices continues to spread – The Statist Quo podcast recently did a focus episode on...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

Top Gun was an enormous critical and commercial success and helped redefine the military-supported movie.  It is not quite a...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-23 - Original post - cached version

The 2008 Wall Street crash has inspired little more than a staccato response from Hollywood, with very few films taking...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-22 - Original post - cached version

The US military, particularly the Air Force, invested a lot of time and resources in helping make Captain Marvel, and...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Captain Marvel opened this weekend to a monster box office haul of $153 million domestically and over $450 million worldwide....

Spy Culture - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

The 1968 spy and counterspy classic Ice Station Zebra was inspired by a real life event during the CIA/Air Force...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Of all the many, many, many projects the Pentagon has supported, one of the most surprising and seemingly innocent is...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

In early 1977 the producers of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes approached the Pentagon about filming a couple of brief...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Public Enemies is a 2009 historical drama/thriller film that tells the story of the Bureau of Investigation’s manhunt for Public...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for many things – being Mr Universe, The Terminator, the Governator and Commando.  Now he’s trying...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-10 - Original post - cached version

George Crile’s book Charlie Wilson’s War is the most in-depth account of the CIA’s support to the Afghan mujahideen, based...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, LA Magazine published a piece on the military and Captain Marvel and – I’m pleased to say – they...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-08 - Original post - cached version

I was recently made aware of a Newsweek article on Captain Marvel that used this site as a source.  The...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-05 - Original post - cached version

In this month’s subscriber-only podcast I break down the BBC’s Panorama episode on the Skripal affair.  One year on from...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-03 - Original post - cached version

We’re coming up on the first anniversary of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and the official story has...

Spy Culture - 2019-03-03 - Original post - cached version

The Last Ship is one of the most popular cable TV shows of recent years, as well as one of...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version
The US Army provided extensive support to the National Geographic film series The Long Road Home, supposedly to ensure it depicted the real-life battle of Sadr City in a 'reasonably realistic' way. But Army emails that I obtained under FOIA show they were more concerned with the fact that a...
Spy Culture - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

Just like other government agencies the FBI are deeply involved in the entertainment industry, collaborating with film andTV producers to...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

The FBI recently released a tranche of documents on the USA Network TV series Burn Notice.  While most of the...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-24 - Original post - cached version

Anwar al Awlaki rose to notoriety in the 2000s as a leading internet jihadist whose lectures and videos were very...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-23 - Original post - cached version

Anwar Al Awlaki was the head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula until his death in a CIA drone...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Compared to the DOD, the US intelligence agencies support a more politically diverse range of movies, from the hi-tech surveillance...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-17 - Original post - cached version

The British government’s role in using the entertainment industry is smaller than in America, but nonetheless involves many of the...

Spy Culture - 2019-02-16 - Original post - cached version

I recently joined Henri of Fortress on a Hill to discuss the National Geographic drama series The Long Road Home,...

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