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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 - 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 - 2019-12-16 - 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 - 2019-12-02 - 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 - 2019-11-18 - 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 - 2019-10-28 - 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 - 2019-10-26 - Original post - cached version

The Final Countdown is a classic of good bad cinema, featuring an aircraft carrier that goes through a wormhole and...

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 - 2019-09-26 - 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 - 2019-08-20 - 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 - 2019-07-28 - 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 - 2019-07-23 - 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 - 2019-07-18 - 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 - 2019-07-10 - 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 - 2019-06-26 - 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 - 2019-06-21 - 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 - 2019-06-03 - Original post - cached version

When the producers of Clear and Present Danger approached the Pentagon to ask for military support they probably weren’t expecting...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

The relationship between intelligence agencies and the entertainment industry is complex and multi-faceted.  Angles include the influence of the agencies...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released nearly 200 pages of contracts between themselves and entertainment producers, which for the...

Spy Culture - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

1988’s The Presidio wanted to film at the real Presidio in San Francisco, an Army installation.  As per usual this...

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 - 2019-04-30 - 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 - 2019-04-25 - 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 - 2019-04-21 - 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 - 2019-04-11 - 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 - 2019-03-26 - 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 - 2019-03-11 - 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 - 2019-02-28 - 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 - 2019-02-10 - Original post - cached version

In this month’s subscriber-only podcast I explore several DOD-supported films and the files on them from the Lawrence Suid archive. ...

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

Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki, two of the stars of the CBS drama FBI were asked about the government shutdown...

Spy Culture - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

I recently found out that Strub retired from his job as the DOD’s Hollywood liaison last July, though this wasn’t...

Spy Culture - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The National Geographic drama series The Long Road Home tells a version of the story of the battle for Sadr...

Spy Culture - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version
A few months ago, then DOD Hollywood liaison Phil Strub gave an interview in which he described the work of the entertainment liaison offices. A document recently released by the US Navy proves that many of Strub's statements simply aren't true, and that the Pentagon are much more aggressive and...
Spy Culture - 2018-12-31 - Original post - cached version
Since the publication of National Security Cinema last summer, we have seen an uptick in the media coverage of the Pentagon in Hollywood, much of it originating with the Pentagon itself. This week I take a look at the PR efforts the DOD has embarked upon, about its own PR efforts in Hollywood....
Spy Culture - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version
A few weeks ago, Hollywood star Gerard Butler found himself behind a podium at the Pentagon talking to the national press. Given how rare Pentagon press conference have become in recent months, a number of people have asked the question as to how he ended up there, and why a Scottish movie star...
Spy Culture - 2018-12-14 - Original post - cached version
In our latest article, Matt and I reflect on two of the most common claims made about National Security Cinema, namely 1) That the government is really important in making movies more militaristic and 2) That Hollywood doesn’t produce dissenting films. While the first of these is somewhat true it...

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