When Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” hit theaters in the summer of 1998, it was instantly hailed as a war film unlike anything audiences had ever seen before. And it mostly boiled down to one really long, really epic scene: the first 27 minutes of the movie, which depicts the Omaha Beach assault of June 6, 1944 in graphic detail and with dizzying devotion to the chaotic reality of heavy combat.
Nearly two decades later, Spielberg’s Omaha remains the gold standard for battle scenes, and, as this video by The Nerdwriter explains, it’s not just the in-your-face combination of big explosions, bone-shuddering sound effects, and gruesome footage that accounts for its longevity. There’s much more artistry at work than most people realize. Take a look.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."