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Spy Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

A recent social media post shows that when it comes to Top Gun: Maverick the US Navy are protective of...

Spy Culture - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

In 2011 the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office granted unprecedented access to consulates in Spain for the TV documentary/reality series...

Spy Culture - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

One of the nice things about searching through documents and databases of government-supported films is that I get to read...

Spy Culture - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Rambo: First Blood and Commando are almost twin movies, both centring on a highly skilled military veteran on some sort...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-17 - Original post - cached version

The Vietnam war drama Platoon was recently inducted into the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, in recognition for...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-05 - Original post - cached version

For anyone hoping that the end of phase 3 of the MCU would bring some respite from the relentless schedule...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-03 - Original post - cached version

As I work through the DOD’s file on Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor I keep finding curious and often bizarre requests...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-02 - Original post - cached version

Under Siege is by far the second best Steven Seagal movie, but untold until now is the story of how...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-30 - Original post - cached version

The military support on Pearl Harbor was extensive, including mothballed battleships being towed around, access to bases in Hawaii and...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-28 - Original post - cached version

I’ve been spending some more time going through the Pentagon Film Office file on Pearl Harbor and among the numerous...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-27 - Original post - cached version

Pearl Harbor (2001) is the perfect example of how to spend a lot of money making a terrible film.  Beset...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-20 - Original post - cached version

1992’s Patriot Games was supported by both the Pentagon and the CIA, filming at Langley and the US Naval Academy...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

The latest of several FOIA releases on the film series The Long Road Home includes some of the military’s script...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Good Morning, Vietnam is perhaps the most popular Vietnam war film ever made.  Loosely based on the real life experiences...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

In March 2016 I put in a FOIA request with the US Coast Guard.  Several appeals, a lot of ignored...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

In March 1991 the producers of Hot Shots! An Important Movie contacted the US Marine Corps looking to film one...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-23 - Original post - cached version

A 1940s MI5 file shows that British intelligence suspected that the Odeon chain of cinemas was a front organisation providing...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

There aren’t very many films about the first Gulf War, which is ironic because if ever there was a war...

Spy Culture - 2019-10-01 - Original post - cached version

Former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove has criticised spy author John Le Carré for his ‘nihilistic’ and ‘corrosive’ view of...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version

For weeks the internet has been awash with claims, rumours, scuttlebutt and hearsay about some kind of shooting at the...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

The epic war drama The Deer Hunter won five Oscars, despite the central conceit and metaphor of the film being...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

One of the most common conspiracy theories you hear in this line of research is that the Pentagon and CIA...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

The role of the technical advisor is crucial to understanding the military-Hollywood relationship, but very few people know who these...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Captain Phillips tells the story of the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama – a US container ship – off...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

2012’s Act of Valor is widely recognised as the terrible, dull, depressing, futile piece of cinema that it surely is,...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Lone Survivor is a piece of absolute militaristic schlock, starring the whiny-voiced Marky Mark Wahlberg as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell...

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

GI Jane is a crude, clumsy attempt to show a ‘woman’s perspective’ on being in the military, that ruined Demi...

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

One issue that comes up repeatedly in the script changes enforced by the Pentagon is war crimes, and other violations...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

I was looking forward to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, having been a fan of giant creature features since I...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes the US military’s rewriting of scripts is very specific – take out this joke about the US losing in...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Amazon Prime’s The Boys is not only the most enjoyable TV show I’ve seen all year, it’s also the most...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Co-founder of the Village People and co-writer of ‘YMCA’, ‘Macho Man’ and ‘In the Navy’ Henri Belolo died last saturday...

Spy Culture - 2019-08-07 - Original post - cached version

The US Army’s emails on The Long Road Home show that not everything ran smoothly while filming progressed at Fort...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

I recently obtained 50 pages of documents from the CIA on the support they provided to Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

The teaser trailer for season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan depicts John Krasinski as the eponymous hero in a...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

A story doing the rounds in the last few days claims that the producers of Top Gun: Maverick changed the...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-24 - Original post - cached version

The US military’s negotiations on the 1980s Clint Eastwood vehicle Heartbreak Ridge were protracted and complex, resulting in numerous changes...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

For over a decade the CBS action drama NCIS has enjoyed a very close working relationship with the US military,...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

The US Air Force recently released a tranche of documents on the support they provided to the Neil Armstrong biopic...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Michael Bay is well known for working closely with government agencies when making his films, mostly the Pentagon but also...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-10 - Original post - cached version

The Pentagon’s Film Office file on Heartbreak Ridge is one of the more lengthy and interesting sets of documents.  It...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-30 - Original post - cached version

The in-development film Raven Four-Two tells the story of a battle in 2005 between insurgents and a Kentucky Army National...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

The US Army’s regulations on Public Affairs activities are over 100 pages of rules and restrictions governing how the Army...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Just like other government departments the Foreign & Commonwealth Office requires film and TV producers to sign contracts with them...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

The Pentagon recently released the Production Assistance Agreement they signed with the producers of Top Gun: Maverick.  It details the...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

The PRISM Awards are an entertainment industry ceremony that gives out gongs for accurate depictions of substance abuse and mental...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Despite its enormous popularity there are many problems with Breaking Bad – the utterly racist depiction of Mexicans, the glorifying...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

The soft reboot of the political drama Designated Survivor recently dropped on Netflix and in spite of Kiefer Sutherland making...

Spy Culture - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

When James Webb approached the Pentagon to ask for assistance making his Vietnam war drama Fields of Fire he had...

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

The DOD’s directive on working with Hollywood says that they can provide production assistance if it is deemed ‘in the...

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