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The Veteran's Guide To Binge-Watching Movies On Netflix In December
It’s time to shake off that tryptophan coma, and devour the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, if you haven’t done so already, because the holiday season is right around the corner.
That means ugly sweaters, trips to the mall out in town so you can give Santa Claus the stink eye — he gets to have a sweet beard, why can’t you? — and heated debates over whether Die Hard or Lethal Weapon are Christmas movies.
They are, and Die Hard is better.
It also means another month’s worth of movies on Netflix. The site’s monthly streaming list is extensive, so we’ve decided to compile a veterans viewing guide to help make your binge-sessions a bit easier.
Here are the movies — not so much military-centric as they are packed with alien refugees, killer robots, and American heroes in spangly outfits — that you should check out on Netflix this December.
The comic-book inspired movie follows Ron Perlman as the titular demon who was rescued from Nazis and raised by government-sanctioned paranormal experts. When Hellboy’s not duking it out with monsters from other dimensions, he’s gorging himself on candy bars, or being self conscious about his horns. Hellboy is full of campy humor, quips about bureaucrats getting in the way of everything — even a war against the forces of evil — and has Rasputin as the principal villain. The Guillermo del Toro directed film hits Netflix on Dec. 1.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Terminator Salvation may not have the brooding pace of James Cameron’s original two films, but it gives us a look at the horrific future that awaits mankind once Skynet goes live — and the resistance struggling to save humanity from extinction. Christian Bale stars as John Connor — mankind’s only hope of survival — alongside Sam Worthington as a sleeper agent and next-gen Terminator, and the late Anton Yelchin as Reece, who plays the time traveling protector who saved Sarah Connor when the franchise began in 1984.
Plus, there’s a pretty badass dogfight between an A-10 Warthog and giant drones, and a cameo from Arnold Schwarzenegger
District 9 (2009)
Arriving on Netflix Dec. 4, District 9 takes place 30 years after a spaceship full of interstellar refugees arrives over Johannesburg, South Africa. Whatever awe mankind may have felt when they first realized they weren’t alone in the universe has soured by the time the opening credits end.
The aliens, who are pejoratively called “prawns,” are quarantined in a slum-like refugee camp called District 9, and managed by a private company with some pretty shady backers and ulterior motives. When a field agent, played by Sharlto Copley, becomes infected with an alien virus, it begins to alter his DNA. In addition to slowly and painfully transforming him into one of them, this leaves him with only one place to hide: District 9.
Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
If you’ve been hiding under a rock (or something) and somehow haven’t watched Avengers: Infinity War, yet, then you’re in luck: The Marvel-universe battle royale drops on Netflix Christmas day. So, if you want to watch a mash-up of costumed superheroes, a gamma-radiated physicist with breathtaking anger issues, a talking raccoon with an arsenal, and so many others, go toe-to-toe with the finger-snapping titan of death, Thanos, then you’ll have your chance next month. If you don’t want to see earth’s mightiest heroes team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to try to stave off mass genocide, and get a few laughs in, then there’s something seriously wrong with you and you need to rethink your priorities.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
While the movie can sometimes move at a crawl, if you’re in the mood for a Cold War spy thriller, then Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy delivers with a pretty stacked cast.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson, the drama takes place in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, and follows Gary Oldman as a veteran spy, who is called in to track down a Soviet mole within MI6. Alongside Oldman is a who’s who of English actors for whom playing gentleman spies is old hat: Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, and Mark Strong.
If that’s your cup of tea, then be sure to check out Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, before it leaves Netflix on Dec. 16.
Brad Pitt’s flowing golden locks may not have been what Homer had in mind when he first told of the heroism and ferocity of Achilles with the Greek poem The Iliad, but the sheer scale of the film — and the massive $185 million budget — means you’ll get panning shots of warring Greeks and Trojans, and gratuitous close-ups during one-on-one duels between feuding heroes. That said, you’ll have until Dec. 31 to watch a bunch of Hollywood A-listers — including Sean Bean as Odysseus and Orlando Bloom as Paris — reenact one of ancient Greece’s most famous tragedies. However, if you’re looking for a version of the story that’s grittier, and fully embraces the role the Greek gods played in the original poem, then give Netflix’s Troy: Fall of a City, a try. What it lacks in decent acting, it makes up for in brutality.
SEE ALSO: Netflix Just Announced A ‘Medal Of Honor’ Series That Recreates Some Of The Most Incredible Acts Of Valor From WWII To Post-9/11
At least 4 American veterans among group arrested in Haiti with arsenal of weapons and tactical gear
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the employee behind a firearm company's Facebook page decided to goaded a bunch of Marines into destroying their brand new firearms? Now you know.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."
If you are in the market for any size of military surplus vehicle, keep an eye on GovPlanet. The online auction house is about to start selling U.S. Navy and Marine Corps surplus M1161 ITV Growlers and seven-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks.
The White House will keep challenging the Pentagon on the threat of climate change until it gets an answer it likes
The definition of insanity, the old saying goes, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result — a definition that applies perfectly to the Trump administration's response to the looming national security threat of global climate change.