Friendly Fire

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 92: The Sun (2005)

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Can a war film disregard aspects of history to better explain the subtleties of diplomatic defeat? Director Aleksandr Sokurov sure thinks so! On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John have only one unresolved issue left—while they review this 2005 drama.

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Next Film: Eye in the Sky (2015)
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Friendly Fire Ep 91: They Were Expendable (1945)

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Sometimes war movies are adventures, sometimes they’re to-the-point biopics, other times they're a surprisingly refreshing mix of both. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John, sit around on their duffs while reviewing this 1945 drama!

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Next Film: The Sun (2005)
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Friendly Fire Ep 90: The Mouse That Roared (1959)

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It's a war-plan so crazy it just might work! Can this Peter Sellers farce bring forth the same wartime hilarity as Dr. Strangelove? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John surrender to overwhelming powers, in a military manner, while reviewing this 1959 comedy!

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Next Film: They Were Expendable (1945)
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Friendly Fire Ep 89: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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The line between reality and fiction can be extremely thin in war pictures. And when a film resonates close to home for the viewer, extreme can take a back seat to emotion. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John sit where they want, while reviewing this 2012 thriller!

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Next Film: The Mouse That Roared (1959)
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Friendly Fire Ep 88: Forrest Gump (1994)

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Some films help us reflect on the sins of the past, other films create fictional characters to make the past more digestible. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John answer every question with "Yes, drill sergeant" while reviewing this 1994 fantasy.

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Next Film: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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Friendly Fire Ep 87: Lebanon (2009)

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Some war pictures are about hostile territories, some are about the group turmoil, and other movies are about both. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John cook-off while reviewing this 2009 claustrophobic drama.

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Next Film: Forest Gump (1994)
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Friendly Fire Ep 86: The Big Red One (1980)

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Can a Jedi, T-Bird, Nerd, and Scientist— under the command of a grizzled WWI Veteran— successfully survive the second world war? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John get cooked a terrific meal, while reviewing this 1980 memoir.

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Next Film: Lebanon
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Friendly Fire Ep 85: Outside the Law (2010)

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Is this film a story of freedom that was split three ways, or just another glancing look at a past battle, with a new lens? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John leave sports out of it while reviewing this 2010 drama!

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Next Film: The Big Red One (1980)
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Friendly Fire Ep 84: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Does this film demonstrate that non-violence is the key to winning wars, or is this movie just another fun make-believe tale brought to us by Mel "Opus Dei" Gibson? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John don't know how they're going to live with themselves if they don't stay true to what they believe—while they watch this 2016 biopic.

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Next Film: Outside the Law (2010)
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Friendly Fire Ep 83: The Patriot (2000)

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Does this film tell the tale of a freedom-fighting warrior or is this a story about Benjamin Martin's revenge-fueled descent into freedom? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John are citizens of an American nation while they review this turn of the millennium fictional drama.

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Next Film: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
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