Friendly Fire

By John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison

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

Miq
 Jul 8, 2018
I like hearing the takes on great war films

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What happens when a history buff and two film nerds watch a war film once a week? John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison are exploring titles from the entire history of cinema about every war, big and bigger. They discuss filmmaking, geopolitical history, nerd out about uniforms and equipment, and crack wise the entire time. To the victor go the spoiler alerts!


Episode Date
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!

The Enemy Below is available on

Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, and iTunes

The next film, Paisan (1946), is available on

Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library


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!

Click here to listen to the Movie Crush version of this episode!

Platoon is available on

Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, iTunes, and Starz

The next film, The Enemy Below (1957), is available on

Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library

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.


This film is available on:

Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, and iTunes

The next film, Platoon (1986), is available on:

Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, iTunes, Starz, and your local library

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.

This film is available on

YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and HBO

The next film, The Siege, is available on

Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.


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!

This film is available via:

YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.

The next film, Operation Dumbo Drop, is available via:

YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, HBO, and your local library.


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.

This film is available via:

YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.

The next film, Mongol, is available via:

YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.

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.

This film is available via:

YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.

The next film, Paradise Now, is available via:

YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and your local library.

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.

This film is available via:

YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes

The next film, The Last Of The Mohicans, is available via:

YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and your local library.

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!

This film is available via:

YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.

The next film, Apocalypse Now, is available via:

YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library.

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.

This film is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube.

The next film, The Dirty Dozen, is available on:

YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and your local library. 

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.

This film is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube.

You can find the next film, Clear and Present Danger on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and your local library.

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. 

This film is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

The next film, The African Queen, is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and your local library

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. 

This film is available on:

Amazon Video and iTunes

The next film, From Here to Eternity, is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

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.

This film is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Kanopy, TCM, and Youtube

The next film, Rescue Dawn, is available on:

Amazon Video and iTunes


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.

This film is available on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Youtube, and Vudu.

You can find the next film, The Battle of Algiers, on:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Kanopy, TCM, and Youtube.

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.


This Film is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

Next film, Glory, is available via:

Amazon Video, Crackle, Google Play, iTunes, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library



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.

This Film is available via:

Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu.

Next film, Red Dawn (2012), is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library.


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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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This film is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu.

Next film, Red Dawn, is available via:

Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library.

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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This film is available via: 

Amazon Video, Google Play, HBO, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu.

Next film, Force 10 from Navarone, is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library.

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

This film is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu


Next film, Three Kings, is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, HBO, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library

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.

This film is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

Next film, MASH, is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu, and your local library

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!


This film is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

Next film, Enemy at the Gates, is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu, and your local library

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.

This film is available via: FilmStruck, YouTube (Free), and your local library

Next film, Fury, is available via:

Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

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!

This film is available via:

iTunes, Youtube (Free)

Next film, Fires on the Plain, is available via:

FilmStruck, YouTube (Free), and your local library


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. 


This film is available via: 

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu


Next film, Zulu, is available via:

iTunes, YouTube (free)

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.


This film is available via: 

Google Play and YouTube


Next film, Braveheart, is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

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!


This film is available via: 

Amazon Video, Google Play, HBO (as of February 2018), iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

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.


This film is available via: 

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

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!


This film is available via: 

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

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!)


This film is available via: 

YouTube and Vudu

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.


This film is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu


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