(U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Melissa I. Ugalde)

Ah, Heartbreak Ridge, the creme de la' creme of moto-movies that gave us such gems as: "Recon platoon kicks butt!" and the tried-and-tested method of firing a bunch of AK rounds at your Marines and calling it a teachable moment.

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I didn't think a movie about World War I would, or even could, remind me of Afghanistan.

Somehow 1917 did, and that's probably the highest praise I can give Sam Mendes' newest war drama: It took a century-old conflict and made it relatable.

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A scene from 1917 (Universal Pictures)

Editor's Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The new movie "1917" recreates the experience of troops on the ground during World War I through the story of two young soldiers sent on a dangerous mission to the front lines.

The movie won't get a nationwide release until Jan. 10, 2020, but Universal Pictures is inviting readers to free advance screenings at 15 military bases, as well as local theaters in more than 40 markets, before the official release.

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In this artist's sketch, Col. Russell Williams appears in court via a video link in Belleville, Ont., Thursday, Feb.18, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Alex Tavshunsky)

If you need a good podcast to pass the time on your long tedious road trip home for the holidays (or to share with your more bloodthirsty relatives), the new Military Murder Podcast is here for you.

Written, researched and hosted by an anonymous active-duty service member who goes by the pseudonym 'Margot,' the podcast skillfully recounts gruesome murders, mysterious disappearances and other crimes involving military members, veterans, or their families. Each episode is based on a true story, and some of the crimes remain unsolved to this day.

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The upcoming war drama The Last Full Measure tells the story of two battles: a traditional tale of combat, fought in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, and then, three decades after, the fight to see the heroism of that day properly recognized.

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More than 15 years ago, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham gave his life to save his fellow Marines on the streets of Husaybah, Iraq when he leaped upon a grenade. In 2007, he became the first Marine since the Vietnam War to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

In the years since his death, his story of courage and sacrifice has been told and re-told. His Medal of Honor citation is read to Marine recruits during the Crucible at boot camp. And his name adorns the USS Jason Dunham, where his dress blue uniform rests in a clear display case on the quarterdeck, a solemn shrine to a young man who gave his life for his brothers in arms.

Now, Marines who served with Dunham are sharing his story in their own words, and a small group of military veterans and film makers are helping them do it as part of The Gift, a crowd-funded documentary film chronicling his life, and legacy.

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