On this day 36 years ago, the very first PG-13 movie was released. It was Red Dawn.

I still remember hearing from a friend that he was told the premise was all wrong. The Red Army and the Cubans would have flown into Atlanta on Boeing 747s with Delta markings. The guy who told him this was a survivalist gun store owner who thought they’d make good headway until they hit the mountains of North Georgia and Western NC where, in his mind, there were a ton of survivalists. It still makes a good story.

I Wouldn’t Be Bragging About This

I got an email a day or so ago from the people that run Guns & Ammo magazine and their website. They seem to be thrilled that their website gets a cameo in the movie Terminator Genisys.

At about the 0:25 mark, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator says he read about a weapon at gunsandammo.com.

While he was governor of California, Mr. Schwarzenegger signed the unworkable micro-stamping bill into law as well as supported other gun control. Even Guns & Ammo themselves back in 2012 called Arnold one of Hollywood’s surprising anti-gun celebrities.

It is like the people at G&A have no memory about Schwarzenegger’s positions or even what they themselves said about him.

I don’t know if Elmer Keith or Jeff Cooper are rolling in their graves but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were.

The German – A Short Film

The Complementary Spouse’s uncle sent me this yesterday. Given that the Oscars are tonight, I thought the timing was appropriate.

It is a short film featuring aerial combat between an RAF Spitfire and a German ME-109 during WWII. What makes this film so unique is the surprise ending. That and the attention to detail including the Webley revolver and the SMLE rifles.

The short film is approximately 10 minutes long. If you want to know more about the movie and how it was made go here.

The German from Nick Ryan on Vimeo.

Who Is John Galt?

Myths about this movie.

To help dispel some common myths floating around about the new Atlas Shrugged movie:

* It will not star Angelina Jole. She was in serious discussions at one point a few years ago, but those plans fell through. Nor will it star Brad Pitt, who was also rumored to be interested. The movie stars Taylor Schilling (as Dagny Taggart) and Grant Bowler (as Hank Rearden).
* It will be neither a feature film nor a mini-series. There was some talk of a mini-series many years ago, but none of the networks signed on for it. The current production is instead a trilogy, corresponding to the three parts of the Atlas Shrugged novel. And it will be released in movie theaters, rather than direct to television.
* The budget is not $5 million. That figure has been cited widely, especially by those disparaging the movie. The final production budget is closer to $10 million, and the full budget is likely to be $25 million by the time the movie is released.
* Vadim Perelman is not the director. He was involved in plans for the movie a few years ago, but they didn’t pan out. The director is Paul Johansson.
* “Hollywood” won’t have a chance to ruin it. Many people have complained that Hollywood will inevitably water down Ayn Rand’s themes, but actually there were no major studios involved. The first part of the trilogy was financed out of John Aglialoro’s pocket. The pre-production, shooting, and post processes were not supervised by a studio representative the same way other movies are.

We’ll continue adding (and correcting) myths on this page as we come across them. If you spot any other myths that need to be dispelled, feel free to mention them in the comments below.