Film and TV Reviews

Ryan Bernacchi TOPGUN
TG2: Maverick – Film talk with former TOPGUN instructor CAPT Ryan “Guido” Bernacchi

Marc LiVecche and Ryan Bernacchi discuss “Top Gun: Maverick” in this wide-ranging talk about naval aviation, ethics, and the challenges of military command

War As Human Experience

Top Gun: Maverick reminds us that war continues to require physically and morally courageous human beings to fight them. Killer machines are not yet here.

Maverick's Message
Maverick’s Message

Maverick is not just fun and thrilling and moving; it’s not just breathtaking cinematography; it’s not just a great story; it’s not just great story-telling. For those with ears to hear, Maverick offers a powerful and needed message—and hence, much more than the original.

Marksism – No. 86: Top Gun Audacity, Vocation of Arms, Truman Doctrine
Marksism – No. 86: Top Gun Audacity, Vocation of Arms, Truman Doctrine

The editors discuss Mark Tooley’s review of Top Gun: Maverick, Marc LiVecche’s article about the “vocation of arms,” and how Reinhold Niebuhr viewed the Truman Doctrine and church-state relations in Europe.

The War through Mosfilm’s Eyes

The Mosfilm war movies collection greatly enhances understanding of the political psychology of contemporary Russian external aggression, especially the otherwise almost inexplicable official framing of the Ukrainian invasion

The Mad Pacifism of Doctor Who

The BBC should bring back the skepticism of pacifism that Doctor Who used to have.

Camaraderie and Love in Matrix Resurrections
Camaraderie and Love in Matrix Resurrections

Matrix Resurrections, and much of today’s heroic fiction, speaks to us of different loves, including the love between comrades fighting for what is right.

Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 72 | It’s a Wonderful Life 75 Years Later
Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 72 | It’s a Wonderful Life 75 Years Later

In this special Dark Ops episode of the podcast, Mark Melton and Marc LiVecche discuss the 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life and the short story that inspired it, “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film premiered in New York City 75 years ago on December 20, 1946.

007 and M on National Security Stewardship - James Bond
007 and M on National Security Stewardship

James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, first explored the moral decision-making of national security stewardship in his 1960 short story “For Your Eyes Only.”