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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 - 2019-12-22 - Original post - cached version

It isn’t often that the CIA’s entertainment liaison office makes the news but former CIA officer turned Democrat Representative Elissa...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-22 - Original post - cached version

Perhaps the most insidious rewriting of recent history by Hollywood is Zero Dark Thirty‘s narrative that torture helped find Bin...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-19 - Original post - cached version

Robbie Martin of Media Roots invited me back on the show for a lengthy, often funny discussion partly inspired by...

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 - 2019-12-16 - Original post - cached version

The DOD’s doctrine on working with Hollywood says that assistance can only be provided to productions that offer audiences a...

Spy Culture - 2019-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Sexual assault in the U.S. military is on the rise. Internal documents reveal the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices have spent...

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 - 2019-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, NPR’s podcast Marketplace released a new episode titled How Chinese censorship changed “Top Gun” (and the rest of Hollywood)....

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 - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

 A video essay presenting my breakdown of Amazon’s Jack Ryan, including how the CIA, DOD and other US government...

Spy Culture - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version

It has been another curious week of half-truths, spin and outright falsehood as culture commentators get to grips with recent...

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 - 2019-10-24 - 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 - 2019-10-22 - 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 - 2019-10-08 - Original post - cached version

As prep for my forthcoming video on Amazon’s Jack Ryan as next-gen propaganda I’ve been keeping an eye on promotions...

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 - 2019-09-23 - Original post - cached version

The US military’s attempts to duplicate action movie technology took another leap recently as the Guardian XO robotic exoskeleton was...

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 - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

The US Navy SEALs are known as the ‘quiet professionals’, but in recent times they have become the highest-profile of...

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

Walt Disney World Resort’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week – 14 acres of Star Wars experience for those...

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...

Porkins Policy Review - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

This week JP Sottile joined me for the first hour to discuss the climate catastrophe. We started out by discussing how many people, including myself, have long ignored this issue. We talked about how daunting and overwhelming the crisis is, and how this has led many to feel as though they can’...

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 - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

In the second part of our discussion (following Combat Obscura), Henri, Keagan and I talked about the 1989 Oliver Stone...

Spy Culture - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Why isn’t the ‘political film’ a genre of cinema? Hollywood puts out a consistent stream of politically-themed films, but rarely...

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 - 2019-08-07 - 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 - 2019-07-30 - 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 - 2019-07-28 - Original post - cached version

The relationship between government liaison offices and the entertainment industry usually works well, resulting in added production value for the...

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

News about this site appears to be spreading – after the flurry of articles citing Spy Culture around the release...

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 - 2019-07-21 - Original post - cached version

NCIS is a wildly successful TV drama, one of the most popular series of the last 20 years. This week...

Spy Culture - 2019-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Tom Cruise dropped into San Diego Comic-Con this week to premiere the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, which is nothing...

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

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

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