Friendly Fire

By John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison

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 Jan 28, 2019
no drunk shimoda.


 Nov 2, 2018

Mico
 Oct 1, 2018
What is this pod good for? Absolutely covering war-ish movies with wit and an insider's eye.

A Podcast Republic user
 Aug 16, 2018
Smart and hilarious.

Featured Creatures
 Jul 17, 2018
The talk about the movies is great but im here for arguing over what a war movie is.

Description

A history podcast with a twist: Friendly Fire uses war movies as a point of entry on not only the history of war, but the history of how societies think about war. John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison dissect movies from throughout the history of cinema, talk about film production, pedantic quibbles with costumes and airplanes, and keep you laughing the entire time.


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Darkest Hour (2017)
01:36:57

When you're in the deep end and hunting for the 8.5 pounder, make sure to load your tackle box full of Cuban Romeo y Julietas and Camachos. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John deal with one shit at a time while reviewing this WW2 drama!


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Apr 19, 2019
Dunkirk (2017)
01:23:43

When you love your boat, and love your country, you'll answer the call to save soldiers— no matter what time it is. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John would rather face waves than dive-bombers while reviewing this 2017 drama.


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Apr 12, 2019
Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016)
01:20:47

What if a podcast advertised "three superstar hosts" and one host barely spoke the entire show? Well, that would be kind of like today's movie — add a few spies and they're practically the same piece of media! On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John figure out who's Moe, and who's Larry, while watching this 2016 action film!

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Apr 05, 2019
Predator (1987)
01:49:28

When one spaceman faces off against a bunch of humans who on earth would think that a terminator could win? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John ask "What is this fucking tie business?" while reviewing this 1987 thriller!


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Mar 29, 2019
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
01:30:49

Are we as humans ok with the destruction of our creations if its under the auspices of patriotism? Or do we gain our strength from knowing that our real reward are the railway bridges we built along the way? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John bridge the gap between podcaster and podcast supporter on this very special #MAXFUNDRIVE 2019 edition of #FriendlyFire!


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Mar 22, 2019
Memphis Belle (1990)
01:25:28

The crew of a B-17 readies for its last bombing mission over Germany but is this the real tale of the Memphis Belle? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John put the hot dog in the bun and chow down—while reviewing this 1990 drama!

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Mar 15, 2019
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
01:26:57

What if you took Quint's two-minute monologue from Jaws, added Nicolas Cage, and then with the help of crib notes from a 1975 history class, made a war movie that involved sharks? You would get this MVP of a film. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John lead a highly classified recording while watching this 2016 action buoy!

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Next week: Memphis Belle (1990)

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Mar 08, 2019
Green Zone (2010)
01:25:08

Does this film tell the truth? The whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Nope. But does that matter when Matt Damon is trying to get to the bottom of this whole Weapons of Mass Destruction thing? On today's episode it's not for Adam, Ben or John to decide what happens... when they review this 2010 action film.


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Mar 01, 2019
Heaven and Earth (1993)
01:16:29

Has Oliver Stone always had the ability to slow down and take a back seat? Or is it only when adapting books by Le Ly Hayslip? Either way, this film is powerful. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John are insulted at the insolence of men—while they review this 1993 drama.


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Feb 22, 2019
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
01:24:06

Can a personal war, be as powerful as a global war? In a fictional pagan society the rules of war can be as loose or as tight as the chains that bind a young barbarian. On today's episode, Adam, Ben, and John can't remember if they are good men or bad, while reviewing this 1982 adventure!

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Feb 15, 2019
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
01:22:53

Films take years to make, and moments to cancel. So one might think it strange to put out such a brave film so shortly after September 11, 2001. Is Behind Enemy Lines telling a fictional tale that supports the troops, or is it simply a film that makes you go... "Wow!" On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John sit here and eat jello, while reviewing this 2001 thriller.

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Feb 08, 2019
Salvador (1986)
01:31:12

There are multiple sides to creative types, much like how there are multiple sides in a civil war. Can the combined power of Oliver Stone, James Woods, and Jim Belushi inform a movie-going audience of the ongoing civil war in El Salvador? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John are trying to run a restaurant, not a f*cking bank—while they watch this 1986 Adventure.

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Feb 01, 2019
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
01:44:40

Is this Quentin Tarantino's Magnum Opus or did Eli Roth's uncredited direction give this film the fever? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John are in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin' while they review this 2009 adventure.

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Jan 25, 2019
Flags of Our Fathers
01:37:02

Flags of Our Fathers: Is this film the cultural flip it intended to be, or are we as an audience left flapping in the wind? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John run it up the flagpole and see who salutes (But no one ever does) while reviewing this 2006 drama.

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Jan 18, 2019
Letters from Iwo Jima
01:15:58

Letters from Iwo Jima: Does this film's story-telling device help craft a pragmatic tale of WWII or Is this movie only one-half of a Clint Eastwood fever-dream? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John build those underground fortifications while reviewing this 2006 drama!

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Jan 11, 2019
Paths of Glory
01:37:20

Paths of Glory: Is this a tale of frustration and loss during The Great War, or does this film successfully encapsulate all of the red-tape, emotions, posturing, and death of war? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John, suggest what you can do with that promotion... while reviewing this 1957 drama!


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Jan 04, 2019
RoboCop (1987)
01:25:41

RoboCop: is this film about the war on crime, or is this movie Paul Verhoeven’s "Greatest Story Ever Told" remake? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John have the right to remain silent, while reviewing this 1987 action-crime-adventure!

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Dec 28, 2018
Black Book
01:42:32

Black Book: Is this a WW2 film that tells its tale from an unfamiliar angle, or are Paul Verhoeven films only shot at unfamiliar angles? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John show each other their stamp collections while reviewing this 2006 thriller.

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Dec 21, 2018
Courage Under Fire
01:58:36

Courage Under Fire: Does this film show the progressive evolution of a convoluted US Military, or is this movie simply Zwick's Rashomon? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John Imagine a life without consequences when they review this 1996 mystery!


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Dec 14, 2018
Pearl Harbor
02:01:11

Pearl Harbor: Is this a faithful retelling of the attack on Pearl Harbor, or is this film Michael Bay’s Titanic? On today’s episode neither Adam, Ben, or John smoke a cigarette while reviewing this 2001 drama.

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Dec 07, 2018
Valkyrie
01:32:07

Valkyrie: is this a film where the heroes unfortunately don’t succeed, or are we just watching the lesser of two evils fail? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John find out that "Anything" is a very dangerous word, when they review this 2008 thriller.

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Nov 30, 2018
The Deer Hunter
01:51:20

The Deer Hunter: Is this film a slice of life experience which explores the ripple effect of war, or is this story a slow burn of small town life? On today's episode we hunt what is "this" and what's "this" while reviewing a 1978 drama.


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Nov 23, 2018
Biloxi Blues
01:29:15

Biloxi Blues: Is this a film about Neil Simon, or is this a film about America? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John find out the difference between a bathroom and a latrine while reviewing this 1988 Comedy.


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Nov 16, 2018
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
01:33:09

All Quiet on the Western Front: Is this a transitional film which plants a seed in the trenches of Hollywood, or is it simply a dramatized retelling of events from The Great War? On Today's episode Adam, Ben, and John rope off a big field and sell tickets, while reviewing this 1930 Drama!

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Nov 09, 2018
Ran (乱)
01:28:04

RAN (乱): Can a film set in feudal Japan translate the brutality of feuding families with the same je ne sais quoi of Bill Shakespeare? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John share fine words —but words don't win wars—while reviewing this 1985 Drama.

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Nov 02, 2018
Downfall (Der Untergang)
01:44:51

Downfall: Is this film solely recounting the last days of Hitler? Or does this movie's story evoke deeper truths about human beings and their cruel capabilities? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John talk harsh truths and historical facts while reviewing this 2004 drama.

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Oct 26, 2018
Von Ryan's Express
01:29:03

Von Ryan's Express: Can an audience be ok with an anti-hero if he's an aging Crooner? Or is this film a fun action-romp no matter who's in the cast? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John bust out of their studios while reviewing this 1965 Drama!

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Oct 19, 2018
U-571
01:24:40

Is this a fun trope-filled submarine caper, or is U-571 a classic example of winner revisionism? On today’s episode Adam, Ben and John brace themselves and stare at the ceilings of their studios while reviewing this 2001 depth-charge drama!

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Oct 12, 2018
Sicario
01:22:50

Sicario: Does this film amplify the war on drugs, or is it just an action-packed western? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John use themselves as bait while reviewing this 2015 drama!

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Oct 05, 2018
Sands of Iwo Jima
01:29:45

Sands of Iwo Jima: Does this film show its audience the brutality of war, or is it just the TMNT of its time? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John saddle-up while reviewing this 1949 drama.

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Sep 28, 2018
Dr. Strangelove
01:38:32

Dr. Strangelove: Is this simply a film that pokes fun at government systems, or is this movie a cautionary tale for all who watch? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John mutually assure podcast destruction while reviewing this 1964 Comedy.

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Sep 21, 2018
Army of Shadows (L'Armée des Ombres)
01:29:41

Army of Shadows: Does this film have the viewer ask "what would I do?" or does its intensity have the viewer reflect on what they can do? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John wait a lifetime while reviewing this 1969 drama!

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Sep 14, 2018
Kelly's Heroes
01:23:18

Kelly's Heroes: Can one rag-tag story encapsulate everything you want in a war movie? Or does this film simply have a 70's take on a 40's heist? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John knock it off with the negative waves while reviewing this WW2 adventure.


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Sep 07, 2018
Aliens
01:26:36

Aliens: Does this film reflect on the past by portraying a frightening future? Or is this just a fun popcorn-chomping action flick? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John point their flamethrowers at the eggs of this 1986 thriller.

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Aug 31, 2018
Star Wars
01:23:51

Star Wars: Can one film both radicalize a hero and support a royal bloodline government? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John turn off their targeting computers while analyzing this 1977/1997 adventure!

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Aug 24, 2018
Paisan
01:29:29

Paisan: Does this film live and breathe the eccentricities of life during wartime? Or does each vignette simply signal an understanding between Italy and America? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John walk into a monastery while reviewing this 1946 drama.

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Aug 17, 2018
The Enemy Below
01:14:16

The Enemy Below: Is this simply a cat and mouse Naval adventure? Or is the takeaway more about knowing thine adversary? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John anxiously prepare their pork chops while reviewing this 1957 drama!

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Aug 10, 2018
Platoon
01:47:22

Platoon: Does this film truly express the duality of human nature (especially during wartime), or is it simply Oliver Stone's retelling of his own experience in Vietnam? On today's episode Adam, Ben, John *and* Movie Crush host Chuck Bryant load sandbags and flick ants off their necks while reviewing this 1986 drama!

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Aug 03, 2018
The Siege
01:26:17

The Siege (1998): Does this film represent an alternative past that predicts a frighteningly familiar present? Or does this story show how easy it is for a "Hamburger Hamburger Bang Bang" culture to grow fearful and defensive after an attack on their soil? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John declare martial-law while reviewing this 1998 thriller.


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Jul 27, 2018
Operation Dumbo Drop
01:14:57

Operation Dumbo Drop: Is this fun time adventure romp based off a true story, or is Disney trying to spin the war in Vietnam for children? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John parachute into Walt’s world while reviewing this family friendly story.

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Jul 20, 2018
Mongol
01:15:04

Mongol: Does this film accurately tell the tale of Temudgin —Future Khan of all Mongols— or is the story tainted by those who wrote the history books? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John betray one another while absorbing the filmmaking practices of Russia, Germany, and Kazakhstan!

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Jul 13, 2018
Paradise Now
01:15:16

Paradise Now: Can this film bridge the gap of understanding between cultures, or will some folks only consider it negative propaganda? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John take on this movie’s tough subject matter, while making sure everyone gets a piece of bread.

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Jul 06, 2018
The Last Of The Mohicans
01:12:11

The Last Of The Mohicans: Does this love story help an audience understand the French and Indian war, or does the film just reenforce noble savage stereotypes? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John use every part of the Buffalo to review this 1992 drama.

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Jun 29, 2018
Apocalypse Now
01:12:31

Apocalypse Now: is this a fictional journey based on Veterans’ urban legends, or does this film just encapsulate the horrors of the Vietnam war? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John take LSD placebos while reviewing this 1979 drama.

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Jun 22, 2018
The Dirty Dozen
01:15:26

The Dirty Dozen: It’s 1967 and Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller have decided to take on a fictional prequel of D-Day. But does this film accurately represent the time before the Normandy invasion, or are the filmmakers trying to tell us that anyone can have a second chance if they are willing to die? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John rhyme their way through boot camp while reviewing this Action-Thriller!

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Jun 15, 2018
Clear and Present Danger
01:15:16

Clear and Present Danger: Does this film depict the “war on drugs” as realistic? Or does the movie set out to sensationalize the three branches of the American Government? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John make sure that the machine is off, the printers are stocked, and the safes are locked... while reviewing this 1994 political thriller.

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Jun 08, 2018
The African Queen
00:54:10

The African Queen: Does this film correctly portray colonial life in Africa during World War I, or are the pipes and rapids too distracting? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John bust their boilers, while navigating this 1951 Technicolor classic.

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Jun 01, 2018
From Here to Eternity
01:13:28

From Here to Eternity: Is this a tale that puts pre-war emotions in perspective? Or is it a study of the evolution of equality and acceptance? On today's episode, Adam, Ben, and John get in the ring and play dueling-bugles while coming to terms with this 1953 romance. 

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May 25, 2018
Rescue Dawn
01:07:25

Rescue Dawn: Is this an accurate depiction of Dieter Dengler’s time in Laos or are the tentpoles of his experience used to manufacture a Hollywood prison-break story? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John get lost in a Herzog fueled jungle while debating whether anyone should watch this 2006 tape. 

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May 18, 2018
The Battle of Algiers
01:15:49

The Battle of Algiers: Is this a raw tale of the Algerian war or is it a manual for modern warfare? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John swap techniques de guerre vicieux while opening up a multilingual conversation about this 1966 Drama.

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May 11, 2018
Glory
01:14:09

Glory: Does this film accurately portray the United States Civil War, or has it been viewed with Bueller-tinted glasses. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John traverse a historical battlefield that has an effect on America's past, present, and future.

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May 04, 2018
Red Dawn (2012)
01:05:34

Red Dawn (2012): Is this a remake of an awkward 80's film or just a springboard for Josh Peck and Chris Hemsworth? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John share a five dollar footlong while picking off the toppings of this updated Brat Pack classic.


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Apr 27, 2018
Red Dawn
01:03:48

Red Dawn: Did this film accurately portray what a World War 3 United States Invasion would look like, or is this a right-wing-Brat-Pack-wet-dream? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John wind their Rolex watches and turn their tears into *something else* while inspecting this 1984 thriller.

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Apr 20, 2018
Force 10 from Navarone
01:05:42

Force 10 from Navarone: Is an elite task-force the only way to blow-up a bridge or just the best way? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John flip their hats and prepare their briefcases while strategically reviewing this 1978 semi-sequel!

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Apr 13, 2018
Three Kings
00:58:23

Three Kings: Was this a war movie or a heist flick? Can’t it be both? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John figure out who’s the main-man while debating the extreme color palette choices of this 1999 adventure.

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Apr 06, 2018
MASH
00:58:06

MASH: Does this film hold a mirror up to 1960's society or is it merely a baby boomer entitlement fever dream? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John perform some zany antics while attempting to salvage Gary Burghoff's Twitter account

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Mar 30, 2018
Enemy at the Gates
01:04:00

Enemy at the Gates: Is this film about the legendary rise of Vassili Zaitsev or is it just another Hollywood romance job? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John scope out the many talking points of the Eastern Front while persuading each other with bacon and chocolate bars.

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Mar 23, 2018
Fury
00:53:49

Fury: Does this story accurately represent the last days of WWII or is this a melting pot of popular war tropes? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John quote their favorite bible verses while also taking the tracks off this tank of a movie!

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Mar 16, 2018
7 Days in Entebbe
01:12:32

7 Days in Entebbe: Is it a dramatic retelling of actual events or does this film further the conjecture involving the problems in the middle east? On today’s BONUS episode Adam, Ben, and John leave their chairs in the upright and locked position to review this 2018 thriller.

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Mar 13, 2018
Fires on the Plain
00:51:50

Fires on the Plain: Does this WWII story reflect a harsh and honest end to a losing battle or is this a film about confidently facing infinite obstacles? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John taste the monkey meat of brutal filmmaking while accepting that no matter how sad, some stories must be told.

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Mar 09, 2018
Zulu
00:48:45

Zulu: Is this an underdog film that shows the futility of colonialism or does this biopic reflect the progressive movements of the 1960s? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John volley-fire through the many facets of the Red Coats and the Zulu army without getting all sixes and sevens!

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Mar 02, 2018
Braveheart
00:59:56

Braveheart: Does this film tell the tale of a freedom-fighting warrior or is this a story about William Wallace’s revenge-fueled descent into madness? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John rewind all four VHS cassette tapes while discussing the highs and lows of the historical motion picture. 

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Feb 23, 2018
Stalag 17
00:51:02

Stalag 17: Is this P.O.W. dramedy a prison break film or is it a movie about coming together during times of distress? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John crawl through the mud of World War 2 humor and discover that no matter what the outcome, first you’ve got to find the rat.

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Feb 16, 2018
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
00:49:07

Master and Commander the Far Side of the World: Is this a nautical tale of patriotism or does it show that teamwork conquers all? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John face a squall of talking points in this 2003 seafaring drama; and learn that no matter land or sea—sharp’s the word and bold’s the action!

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Feb 09, 2018
First Blood
00:43:29

First Blood: is it about the challenges of small-town law enforcement, or is the tale of John Rambo an allegory for the war in Vietnam? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John explore the abandoned mine that is this 1982 thriller, and learn that maybe after a war, nobody truly goes home.

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Feb 02, 2018
Flying Leathernecks
00:44:20

Flying Leathernecks, is it a film about whipping your soldiers into shape or does it merely swap subs for jets? On today’s episode our three Wildcats—Adam, Ben, and John—compile their stock footage and sheet cake knowledge to discuss this 1951 fighter pilot drama, and learn that even the most relaxed of pilots can become a battle-ready warrior!


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Jan 26, 2018
Run Silent, Run Deep
00:46:23

Run Silent, Run Deep: is it a submarine revenge flick or a tale of cohabitation and companionship? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John travel to new depths in discussing this classic WW2 film, and learn that of the many necessities to a life lived under the sea, perhaps the most important is trust in your commanding officer. (As an added bonus John recorded this episode inside a real 1940’s American Submarine!)


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Jan 19, 2018
Saving Private Ryan
00:45:38

Saving Private Ryan, was it an honest portrayal of World War 2 or did Spielberg mesmerize the United States into feeling emotion? In today’s thrilling episode Adam, Ben, and John take on the difficult task of reviewing this 1998 epic war drama set during the Invasion of Normandy. You’ll find out when it’s ok to take the socks off a dead body, how to *hope* to do more good than bad, and why ‘hall-passes’ can really affect the way we view characters in a film.


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Jan 12, 2018
Friendly Fire
00:20:25

War movies: one of the core genres of the cinema. From the earliest days of the form, filmmakers have been trying to capture and comment on war. Do these films accurately represent the battles depict? And are they more useful as depictions of history, or as artifacts from the eras in which they were made? Do enough of them have Brian Dennehy? Join Adam Pranica, Benjamin Harrison, and John Roderick for Friendly Fire the war movie podcast that answers all these questions and more. In this special preview episode, they review their own podcast in anticipation of its release!

Dec 20, 2017