Military

Reviews

SGT. Will Gardner

It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen someone tell a story as passionately as Max Martini does in SGT. Will Gardner.  His activism against the mistreatment of war veterans rings sincerely through the writing and direction of his first solo effort as a filmmaker, and he wears his heart on his sleeve as the title character.  The film itself is imperfect, but my admiration towards Martini helped me be forgiving.

Festival Coverage

Hot Docs 2018: ‘First Stripes’

Jean-François Caissy’s look into the Canadian Armed Forces’ intensive training program is a slice-of-life style treat for those especially interested in modern military training practices.  First Stripes follows a 12-week course in French Canada, from the time recruits are being told the rules of the facility and getting in shape to performing mission simulations and learning how to use their weapons.

Reviews

Drone

By: Addison Wylie Drone looks at the controversy attached to the airborne warfare from all angles;  including the conception of the device (including some neat trivial facts about how drones were first intended for fishermen searching for tuna), the budding utilization introduced by the Bush administration, and the ongoing decisive back-and-forth over whether it’s an effective tactic or just creating war crimes. Considering the subject matter and the high risk surrounding drones, it’s to no surprise…