War and Moving Pictures

It is hard to watch videos taken by real-life soldiers using “helmet cams,” small cameras strapped to the side of Kevlar helmets.  The landscape lurches up and down in the camera’s frame, inducing a kind of sea-sickness.  Violence erupts in the periphery—a land mine explodes, a soldier screams—and the camera lens swooshes to the side, … Continue reading

Toy Soldiers Revisted

 Surely, I’m not the only female who played with toy soldiers as a child? Steeped in the 1960s TV lore of Combat!, The Rat Patrol and 12 O’Clock High, which we saw as reruns in the 1970s, my brother and I frequently enacted valorous backyard skirmishes with our little green men. It was a visceral … Continue reading