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 10: Fury

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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 available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

Next film, Enemy at the Gates, is available via:

Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu, and your local library

Friendly Fire Bonus: 7 Days in Entebbe

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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 this 2018 thriller.

In theaters March 2018!

Friendly Fire Ep 9: Fires on the Plain

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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 that no matter how sad, some stories must be told.

This film is available via: FilmStruck, YouTube (Free), and your local library

Next film, Fury, is available via:

Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Friendly Fire Ep 8: Zulu

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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 getting all sixes and sevens!

This film is available via:

iTunes, Youtube (Free)

Next film, Fires on the Plain, is available via:

YouTube (Free), and your local library

Friendly Fire Ep 7: Braveheart

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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 lows of the historical motion picture.

Friendly Fire Ep 6: Stalag 17

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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 you’ve got to find the rat.

Friendly Fire Ep 5: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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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 land or sea—sharp’s the word and bold’s the action!

Friendly Fire Ep 4: First Blood

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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 after a war, nobody truly goes home.

Friendly Fire Ep 3: Flying Leathernecks

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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 pilot drama, and learn that even the most relaxed of pilots can become a battle-ready warrior!

Friendly Fire is a Maximum Fun dot org podcast hosted by Adam Pranica, Benjamin R Harrison, and John Roderick; and it's produced by Rob Schulte.
Theme music is "WAR" by Edwin Starr courtesy of Stone Agate Music.
Logo Art is by Nick Ditmore

Twitters: @BenjaminAHR, @Cutfortime, @JohnRoderick, and @RobKSchulte

Reddit: r/FriendlyFirePodcast

Friendly Fire Ep 2: Run Silent, Run Deep

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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 under the sea, perhaps the most important is trust in your commanding officer. (As an added bonus John recorded this episode inside a real 1940’s American Submarine!)