Friendly Fireactive
Publisher |
Maximum Fun
What happens when a history buff and two film nerds watch a war film once a week? 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!
Country Of Origin |
USA
Produced In |
Brooklyn, NY /
Seattle, WA
Premiere Date |
2017-12-20
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#FriendlyFire

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17 Episodes Available

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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* while inspecting this 1984 thriller.

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Next film, Red Dawn (2012), is available via:

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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!

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This film is available via:

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

Next film, Red Dawn, is available via:

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

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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.

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This film is available via: 

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

Next film, Force 10 from Navarone, is available via:

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

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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 available via:

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

Next film, Three Kings, is available via:

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

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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 and chocolate bars.

This film is available via:

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

Next film, MASH, is available via:

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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:

FilmStruck, YouTube (Free), and your local library

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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. 

This film is available via: 

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

Next film, Zulu, is available via:

iTunes, YouTube (free)

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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.

This film is available via: 

Google Play and YouTube

Next film, Braveheart, is available via:

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

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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!

This film is available via: 

Amazon Video, Google Play, HBO (as of February 2018), iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu

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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.

This film is available via: 

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

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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!

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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!)
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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 the Invasion of Normandy. You’ll find out when it’s ok to take the socks off a dead body, how to *hope* to do more good than bad, and why ‘hall-passes’ can really affect the way we view characters in a film.
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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 as artifacts from the eras in which they were made? Do enough of them have Brian Dennehy? Join Adam Pranica, Benjamin Harrison, and John Roderick for Friendly Fire the war movie podcast that answers all these questions and more. In this special preview episode, they review their own podcast in anticipation of its release!
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