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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 31: The Enemy Below

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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!

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

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Friendly Fire Ep 30: Platoon

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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!

Listen to the Movie Crush version of this episode here: https://www.moviecrush.show

Platoon is available on

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

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Friendly Fire Ep 29: The Siege

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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.

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

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Friendly Fire Ep 28: Operation Dumbo Drop

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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

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The next film, The Siege, is available on

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Friendly Fire Ep 27: Mongol

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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!

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Friendly Fire Ep 26: Paradise Now

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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.

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Friendly Fire Ep 25: The Last Of The Mohicans

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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.

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The next film, Paradise Now, is available via:

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Friendly Fire Ep 24: Apocalypse Now

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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.

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Friendly Fire Ep 23: The Dirty Dozen

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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!

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Friendly Fire Ep 22: Clear and Present Danger

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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.

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