The entire first half of Stanley Kubrick's epic Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest depictions of Marine Corps Recruit Training in cinematic history. And though the sequence may seem a bit out-of-date today, one scene in particular has remained a fan favorite of troops and “nasty civilians” since the iconic film premiered in 1987.
The moment captures the mix of fear, frustration, and general confusion that is Marine Corps life boot camp. There’s the desperate, but completely understandable confusion that washes over the face of Pvt. Joker’s (Matthew Modine); being told to show someone your “war face” is about as odd as a stranger asking you to show them your “oh face.” The moment is followed by the immediate shock of a sudden reprimand, before Joker’s drill instructor, the terrifying Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), provides a brief period of instruction. It’s perfect, and some would say the scene is better left untouched. After all, you can’t improve on perfection?
Wrong. All you need is a bit of time on your hands, that right blend of belligerence and motivation, an affinity for dubstep, and a healthy dose of auto-tune.
The Oct. 18 video by the Facebook group America, Hell Yeah quickly went viral among fans, and for good reason: just listen to those beats drop in this Full Metal remix. It’s great, sure, but the video is far from the only attempt to remaster a masterpiece.
There’s Full Metal Disney by YouTuber dingdangler, which, though an oldie, is still a goodie. Arguably, it’s the dialogue in Full Metal Jacket — especially Ermey’s stone-cold drill instructor — that makes it so memorable, but if you’ve never heard Donald Duck threaten to “unscrew your head and shit down your neck!,” then you’ve missed out on life.
Because remixing a single scene isn’t enough for some people, the YouTube channel VoiceUnder, went ahead and rebooted two classics with Full Metal Hope — don’t worry, there’s no Ewoks.
Though not every scene lines up perfectly — it tries to get a lot of mileage out Ermey’s dialogue — the video has a few amazing moments, like when our Helmet-headed sith lord is informed that the “Death Star plans are not aboard this ship,” to which he replies: “Well, no shit.” Hopefully, J.J. Abrams will consider casting Ermey as a stormtrooper drill instructor for his final Star Wars flick.
On the topic of reboots: if you’ve got a killer Full Metal Jacket remix squirreled away somewhere, share it in the comments. It’s your duty, dammit.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."