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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!

Friendly Fire Ep 41: Von Ryan's Express

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 40: U-571

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 39: Sicario

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 38: Sands of Iwo Jima

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 37: Dr. Strangelove

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 36: Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres)

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 35: Kelly's Heroes

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 34: Aliens

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 33: Star Wars

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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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The next film, Aliens (1986), is available on

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Friendly Fire Ep 32: Paisan

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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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