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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 51: RoboCop (1987)

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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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Next week: Paths of Glory

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Friendly Fire Ep 50: Black Book

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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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Next week: RoboCop (1987)

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Friendly Fire Ep 49: Courage Under Fire

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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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Next week: Black Book

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Friendly Fire Ep 48: Pearl Harbor

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 47: Valkyrie

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 46: The Deer Hunter

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 45: Biloxi Blues

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 44: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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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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Friendly Fire Ep 43: RAN (乱)

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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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Friendly Fire Ep: 42 Downfall (Der Untergang)

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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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