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2008-07-13 09:00:25

By Robert Philpot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 13--Loosely structured, featuring no big stars and refusing to bog itself down in exposition, HBO's Iraq War miniseries Generation Kill doesn't let viewers in easily. It's the type of thing you might watch twice, especially in the early episodes, just to catch up on all that's going on. But then, the miniseries was produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, the minds behind HBO's The Wire, perhaps the most complicated series in TV...

2008-07-13 03:00:18

What it's about: The dramatization was adapted by David Simon and Ed Burns ("The Wire") from Evan Wright's book and Rolling Stone magazine series. Wright was embedded with the U.S. First Recon Marines, or the fabled "Tip of the Spear," one of the first strike forces in the Iraq invasion. Tonight's episode begins at staging ground Camp Mathilda where viewers meet the heroes _ a pack of almost elegiacally tough guys who curse with percussive abandon. The First Recon's Bravo and Alpha...

2008-07-10 06:00:31

By Gary Strauss War. What is it good for? When it comes to Hollywood and Iraq, almost absolutely nothing. From a string of barely watched big-screen movies to short-lived TV dramas, viewers are mostly ignoring Hollywood's take on the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, which have cost the lives of more than 4,150 U.S. soldiers and Marines, wounded more than 32,450 and taken an emotional toll on countless combat veterans and families. Ambivalence and apathy could dampen viewer...


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