On June 7, more than 10 years after the theatrical debut of “Jarhead,” the critically acclaimed biographical war drama about a young Marine sniper (Jake Gyllenhaal) deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm, “Jarhead 3” was released on Blu-Ray DVD, prompting a number of fans to scratch their heads and say, “Hey, wait, there’s a Jarhead 2?”
The answer, it turns out, is yes. The sequel came out in 2014 and doesn't star any of the chief actors who appeared in the original. And while “Jarhead,” which Time magazine ranked as one of the best war movies ever made, offered audiences a nuanced depiction of the boredom and sense of uncertainty that accompany life on the modern battlefield, “Jarhead 2: Fields of Fire” was an action-packed bloodbath set in the Taliban-infested desert of southern Afghanistan.
“Jarhead 3: The Siege” appears to be no different. In fact, the only thing it seems to have in common with the first Jarhead is the fact that it’s about Marines deployed to the Middle East — not Iraq or Syria or Libya, just, literally, the Middle East, which is now, according to the film’s trailer, a borderless wasteland where the biggest mistake a Marine can make is “not being prepared.” Sign me up!
But if you’re watching b-list war films for anything other than the corny punchlines and the over-the-top fight scenes, you’re missing the point. For aficionados of bad cinema, the DVD release of Jarhead 3 isn’t just good news. It’s great news, because what comes after three? Four. And what comes after four? Five. And what comes after five? Infinity and beyond!
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are disagreeing with President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Lindsey Graham essentially laid the deaths of the unknown number of U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday at the feet of President Donald Trump during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Bloomberg News reports.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed and wounded an unknown number of American soldiers in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.
The Pentagon believes that the Marine Corps' new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter — which at, $144 million apiece, costs more than the notoriously expensive F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter, is "the most powerful helicopter the United States has ever fielded."
Unfortunately, the pricey helo may not see action downrange anytime soon due to a growing list of worrying technical problems.
The American-born ISIS member recently captured by a Kurdish militia has bizarrely claimed that the brutal executions carried out by the terrorist group were basically the same thing as what they do back in his home state of Texas.
"I think, with the beheadings, okay that's execution," Warren Christopher Clark told NBC News' Richard Engel during a recent interview in Syria. "I'm from the United States, from Texas. They like to execute people too. So I really don't see any different. Maybe they might do it off camera, but it's the same."