Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire

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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 h


Outside the Law (2010)
Aug 23 • 77 min
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! This film is available on: Apple,…
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Aug 16 • 78 min
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…
The Patriot (2000)
Aug 9 • 81 min
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…
The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)
Aug 2 • 88 min
All the money in the world can’t make a lie the truth, and no matter how strong the love story may be, it doesn’t change the fact that some governments commit atrocities. On today’s episode the time in God’s thoughts has come to an end while Adam, Ben,…
Casualties of War (1989)
Jul 26 • 79 min
Can a Michael J. Fox war movie be as brutal as any other emotion-filled Vietnam picture? Yes, but with its own jungle to navigate. On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John buck the system while reviewing this 1989 drama. This film is available on: Apple,…
A Private War (2018)
Jul 19 • 78 min
Marie Colvin’s spirit drives this biopic and addresses war in a way that we don’t always get in film. On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John couldn’t imagine a world in which they didn’t review this 2018 drama! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple,…
The Great Escape (1963)
Jul 12 • 85 min
Can a POW film achieve the same highs and lows of a battlefield picture? It can when it’s full of cool-guy-allies! On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John devote their energies to reviewing this 1963 adventure with Chuck Bryant from Movie Crush. This film…
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Jul 5 • 66 min
Can one man’s love of history defeat an army? What if that one man also had a weapon powered by God? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John, become a permanent addition to this archaeological find—while reviewing this classic adventure. This film is…
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
Jun 28 • 69 min
The lines of memory and history can be blurred when retelling stories of one’s youth, but the emotions associated with situations will always point to truth. On today’s episode Adam, John, and Ben eat eggs until the recording is over—while reviewing this…
Red Cliff (2008)
Jun 21 • 71 min
Is ancient history written by the winners, or is it stitched together from folklore and current national narrative? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John never guessed they’d lose to a gust of wind! While reviewing this 2008 historical drama! This film…
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Jun 14 • 80 min
In the Tom Clancy Universe equations are as useful as a lost bomb. So when a shadowy organization pulls the strings in an attempt to start WWIII, it’s not long before Jack Ryan does the math. On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John order the planes to…
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Jun 7 • 91 min
Does a film need to accurately portray a specific military job in order to tell a compelling story, or do the ends justify the means? On today’s episode Adam, John, and Ben recognize that going to war is a once-in-a-lifetime experience while they review…
The Promise (2016)
May 31 • 89 min
Love stories are eternal, whether they be person to person, families, or communities. And when evidence of cultural erasure is presented, sometimes the best way to share factual knowledge, is with a love story. On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John are…
Come and See (1985)
May 24 • 78 min
The furies of war force you to trudge along in order to survive, and watching this film evokes a similar sense of dread. Today, Adam, Ben, and John never say whatever happens must happen, while they watch this 1985 drama. This film is available on:…
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
May 17 • 80 min
How does one sell a war picture during said war? Some say you throw in a love story on top of one of the most important missions to have happened thus far. On today’s episode Ben, Adam, and John do not have the medicine to ease the pain, as they review…
Crash Dive (1943)
May 10 • 86 min
Love triangles can feel like a sinking sub—especially when looking back through the lens of our current time. And on today’s episode, Ben, John, and Adam are the only born commandos reviewing this 1943 drama! This film is available on: Apple, Amazon,…
REDBAD (2018)
May 3 • 96 min
When telling an origin story, it’s best to bring all the swords and an incredibly powerful Mac Mini. On today’s episode Ben, John, and Adam want to start a war with the most powerful army in the world, while they watch this 2018 epic! This film is…
The Key (1958)
Apr 26 • 68 min
The tales of wartime can be as ambiguous as ancient folklore, and when you’re dealing with multiple sailors the lines of communication can seem like a curse! But on today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John have to keep it, because they have to keep their…
Darkest Hour (2017)
Apr 19 • 96 min
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! This film is…
Dunkirk (2017)
Apr 12 • 83 min
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. This film is available…
Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016)
Apr 5 • 80 min
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…
Predator (1987)
Mar 29 • 109 min
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! This film is available on:…
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Mar 22 • 90 min
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…
Memphis Belle (1990)
Mar 15 • 85 min
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! This film is available…
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
Mar 8 • 86 min
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…
Green Zone (2010)
Mar 1 • 85 min
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…
Heaven and Earth (1993)
Feb 22 • 76 min
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…
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Feb 15 • 84 min
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,…
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Feb 8 • 82 min
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…
Salvador (1986)
Feb 1 • 91 min
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…
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Jan 25 • 104 min
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. This…
Flags of Our Fathers
Jan 18 • 97 min
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…
Letters from Iwo Jima
Jan 11 • 75 min
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…
Paths of Glory
Jan 4 • 97 min
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…
RoboCop (1987)
Dec 28, 2018 • 85 min
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! This film is…
Black Book
Dec 21, 2018 • 102 min
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.…
Courage Under Fire
Dec 14, 2018 • 118 min
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! This…
Pearl Harbor
Dec 7, 2018 • 121 min
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. This film is available on: itunes, Netflix,…
Valkyrie
Nov 30, 2018 • 92 min
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.…
The Deer Hunter
Nov 23, 2018 • 111 min
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. This film is…
Biloxi Blues
Nov 16, 2018 • 89 min
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. This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes,…
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Nov 9, 2018 • 93 min
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…
Ran (乱)
Nov 2, 2018 • 88 min
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. This…
Downfall (Der Untergang)
Oct 26, 2018 • 104 min
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…
Von Ryan’s Express
Oct 19, 2018 • 89 min
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! This…
U-571
Oct 12, 2018 • 84 min
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! This film is…
Sicario
Oct 5, 2018 • 82 min
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! This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play,…
Sands of Iwo Jima
Sep 28, 2018 • 89 min
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. This film is available on: itunes, Amazon, Youtube, Google…
Dr. Strangelove
Sep 21, 2018 • 98 min
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. This film is…
Army of Shadows (L’Armée des Ombres)
Sep 14, 2018 • 89 min
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! This film is available on:…
Kelly’s Heroes
Sep 7, 2018 • 83 min
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…
Aliens
Aug 31, 2018 • 86 min
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. Aliens is available on…
Star Wars
Aug 24, 2018 • 83 min
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! Star Wars is available on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube,…
Paisan
Aug 17, 2018 • 89 min
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…
The Enemy Below
Aug 10, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Platoon
Aug 3, 2018 • 107 min
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…
The Siege
Jul 27, 2018 • 86 min
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…
Operation Dumbo Drop
Jul 20, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Mongol
Jul 13, 2018 • 75 min
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…
Paradise Now
Jul 6, 2018 • 75 min
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…
The Last Of The Mohicans
Jun 29, 2018 • 72 min
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.…
Apocalypse Now
Jun 22, 2018 • 72 min
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…
The Dirty Dozen
Jun 15, 2018 • 75 min
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…
Clear and Present Danger
Jun 8, 2018 • 75 min
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…
The African Queen
Jun 1, 2018 • 54 min
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…
From Here to Eternity
May 25, 2018 • 73 min
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…
Rescue Dawn
May 18, 2018 • 67 min
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…
The Battle of Algiers
May 11, 2018 • 75 min
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…
Glory
May 4, 2018 • 74 min
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.…
Red Dawn (2012)
Apr 27, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Red Dawn
Apr 20, 2018 • 63 min
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*…
Force 10 from Navarone
Apr 13, 2018 • 65 min
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! This film is…
Three Kings
Apr 6, 2018 • 58 min
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. Friendly Fire needs your support! Become a…
MASH
Mar 30, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Enemy at the Gates
Mar 23, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Fury
Mar 16, 2018 • 53 min
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…
7 Days in Entebbe
Mar 13, 2018 • 72 min
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…
Fires on the Plain
Mar 9, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Zulu
Mar 2, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Braveheart
Feb 23, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Stalag 17
Feb 16, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Feb 9, 2018 • 49 min
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…
First Blood
Feb 2, 2018 • 43 min
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…
Flying Leathernecks
Jan 26, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Run Silent, Run Deep
Jan 19, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Saving Private Ryan
Jan 12, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Friendly Fire
Dec 20, 2017 • 20 min
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…