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October 11, 2019
Can a war film disregard aspects of history to better explain the subtleties of diplomatic defeat? Director Aleksandr Sokurov sure thinks so! On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John have only one unresolved issue left—while they review this 2005 drama. This film is available on: Amazon,YouTube, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Eye in the Sky (2015) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library
October 4, 2019
Sometimes war movies are adventures, sometimes they’re to-the-point biopics, other times they're a surprisingly refreshing mix of both. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John, sit around on their duffs while reviewing this 1945 drama! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Sun (2005) Available on: Amazon,YouTube, and your local library
September 27, 2019
It's a war-plan so crazy it just might work! Can this Peter Sellers farce bring forth the same wartime hilarity as Dr. Strangelove? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John surrender to overwhelming powers, in a military manner, while reviewing this 1959 comedy! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: They Were Expendable (1945) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library
September 24, 2019
An officer who has never seen a day of combat finds himself living the same day over and over again. Friendly Fire is made possible by the support of our listeners. Support Friendly Fire to receive a monthly Pork Chop episode and all the other Maximum Fun bonus content!
September 20, 2019
The line between reality and fiction can be extremely thin in war pictures. And when a film resonates close to home for the viewer, extreme can take a back seat to emotion. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John sit where they want, while reviewing this 2012 thriller! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Mouse That Roared (1959) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library
September 13, 2019
Some films help us reflect on the sins of the past, other films create fictional characters to make the past more digestible. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John answer every question with "Yes, drill sergeant." while reviewing this 1994 fantasy. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library
September 6, 2019
Some war pictures are about hostile territories, some are about the group turmoil, and other movies are about both. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John cook-off while reviewing this 2009 claustrophobic drama. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Forest Gump (1994) Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library
August 30, 2019
Can a Jedi, T-Bird, Nerd, and Scientist— under the command of a grizzled WWI Veteran— successfully survive the second world war? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John get cooked a terrific meal, while reviewing this 1980 memoir. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Lebanon Available on: Amazon, Apple, and your local library.
August 23, 2019
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, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: The Big Red One (1980) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.
August 16, 2019
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 themselves if they don't stay true to what they believe—while they watch this 2016 biopic. This film is available on: Apple,Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Outside the Law (2010) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.
August 9, 2019
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 millennium fictional drama. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.
August 2, 2019
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, and John review this revisionist drama. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: The Patriot (2000) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.
July 26, 2019
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, Amazon and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Available on: Apple, Amazon, and your local library.
July 19, 2019
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, and Youtube. Support our show! Next Film: Casualties of War (1989) Available on: Apple, Amazon and your local ibrary.
July 12, 2019
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 is available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, and Roku Support our show! Next Film: A Private War (2018) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, and your local ibrary.
July 5, 2019
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 available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Youtube, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Great Escape (1963) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, Roku, and your local library
June 28, 2019
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 1982 Italian drama! This film is available on: Amazon, Youtube and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Youtube, and your local library
June 21, 2019
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 is available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, Hoopla, Tubi, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982) Available on: Amazon, Youtube and your local library
June 14, 2019
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 stand down, while reviewing this 2002 calculation! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: Red Cliff Available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, Hoopla, Tubi, and your local library
June 7, 2019
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 this 2008 thriller. This film is available on: Amazon,Apple, Netflix, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Sum of All Fears Available on: Amazon, Apple, Youtube, and your local library
May 31, 2019
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 the local apothecaries while they watch this 2016 drama. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube, and your local Library Come see Friendly Fire LIVE! Support our show! Next Film: The Hurt Locker (2008) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and your local library
May 24, 2019
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: Youtube, and The Criterion Channel Come see Friendly Fire LIVE! Support our show! Next Film: The Promise (2016) Available on: Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube, and your local Library
May 17, 2019
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 this 1944 drama! This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu Come see Friendly Fire LIVE! Support our show! Next Film: Come and See (1985) Available on: Youtube, and The Criterion Channel
May 10, 2019
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, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library Come see Friendly Fire LIVE! Support our show! Next Film: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) Available on: Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu
May 3, 2019
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 available on: Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library Come see Friendly Fire LIVE! Support our show! Next Film: Crash Dive (1943) Available on: Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu
April 26, 2019
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 promise, while reviewing this 1958 classic! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: REDBAD (2018) Available on: Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library
April 19, 2019
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 available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, YouTube, FandangoNow, MaxGo, Vudu, and your local library Support our show! Next Film: The Key (1958) Available on: Amazon, Apple, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.
April 12, 2019
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 on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Fandango Now, Max Go, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Darkest Hour (2018) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, YouTube, FandangoNow, MaxGo, Vudu, and your local library
April 5, 2019
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 out who's Moe, and who's Larry, while watching this 2016 action film! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google Play, and your local library. Support our show! Next Film: Dunkirk (2017) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Fandango Now, Max Go, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library.
March 29, 2019
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: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! #PORKCHOPCHALLENGE Next Film: Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google Play, and your local library.
March 22, 2019
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 the gap between podcaster and podcast supporter on this very special #MAXFUNDRIVE 2019 edition of #FriendlyFire! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! Next week: Predator (1987) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library.
March 15, 2019
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 on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! Next week:  The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu
March 8, 2019
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 lead a highly classified recording while watching this 2016 action buoy! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Youtube, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! Next week: Memphis Belle (1990) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library.
March 1, 2019
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 decide what happens... when they review this 2010 action film. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango Now, Max Go. Support our show! Next week: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Youtube, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library
February 22, 2019
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 this 1993 drama. This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local Library Support our show! Next week: Green Zone (2010) Available on: Apple, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Fandango Now, Max Go, and your local library
February 15, 2019
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, while reviewing this 1982 adventure! This film is available on: Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now, Max Go, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Support our show! Next week: Heaven and Earth Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local Library
February 8, 2019
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 go... "Wow!" On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John sit here and eat jello, while reviewing this 2001 thriller. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, and Stars. Support our show! Next week: Conan the Barbarian (1982) Available on: Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now, Max Go, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local Library
February 1, 2019
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 episode Adam, Ben, and John are trying to run a restaurant, not a f*cking bank—while they watch this 1986 Adventure. This film is available on: Apple, Amazon, Vudu, and your local library. Support our show! Next week: Behind Enemy Lines Available on: Apple, Amazon, Stars, and your local library
January 25, 2019
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 film is available on: Apple, Amazon, Showtime, Youtube, Google Play, Fandango Now, and Vudu. Support our show! Next week: Salvador Available on: Apple, Amazon, Vudu, and your local library.
January 18, 2019
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 drama. This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, and Vudu, Support our show! Next week: Inglourious Basterds Available on: Apple, Amazon, Showtime, Youtube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu
January 11, 2019
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 this 2006 drama! This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, and Vudu. Support our show! Next week: Flags of our Fathers Available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library
January 4, 2019
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 promotion... while reviewing this 1957 drama! This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. Support our show! Next week: Letters from Iwo Jima Available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library
December 28, 2018
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 available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu. Support our show! Next week: Paths of Glory Available on: Amazon, iTunes YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
December 21, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNow, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu Support our show! Next week: RoboCop (1987) Available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
December 14, 2018
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 film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and MaxGo Support our show! Next week: Black Book Available on: Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNow, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
December 7, 2018
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, Showtime, YouTube, and Google Play Support our show! Next Film, Courage Under Fire, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, MaxGo, and your local library
November 30, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play Support our show! Next Film, Pearl Harbor, is available on: itunes, Netflix, Showtime, YouTube, Google Play
November 23, 2018
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 available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Support our show! Next Film, Valkyrie, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and your local library
November 16, 2018
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, Hoopla, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Support our show! Next Film, The Deer Hunter, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu , and your local library
November 9, 2018
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! This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu Support our show! Next Film, Biloxi Blues, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Hoopla, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
November 2, 2018
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 film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Film Struck, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Support our show! Next Film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) , is available on: Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library
October 26, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, FandangoNOW, Hoopla, and Vudu Support our show! Next Film, Ran, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Film Struck, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and your local library
October 19, 2018
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 film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and FandangoNOW Support our show! Next Film, Downfall, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, FandangoNOW, Hoopla, Vudu, and your local library
October 12, 2018
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 available on: Amazon, iTunes, Starz, YouTube, Google Play, and FandangoNOW. Support our show Next Film, Von Ryan's Express, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNOW, and your local library
October 5, 2018
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, FandangoNOW, and Vudu Support our show Next Film, U-571, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Starz, YouTube, Google Play, FandangoNOW, and your local library
September 28, 2018
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 Play, and Vudu Support our show Next Film, Sicario (2015), is available on: Fandango Now, Amazon, YouTube, Googe Play, itunes, Vudu, and your local library
September 21, 2018
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 available on: iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu Next Film, The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), is available on: Amazon, Youtube, Google Play, itunes, Vudu, and your local library
September 14, 2018
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: iTunes, Amazon, FilmStruck, Google Play, and Vudu Next Film, Dr. Strangelove, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
September 7, 2018
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 adventure. This film is available via: iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, Google Play, Fandango Now, and Vudu Next Film, Army of Shadows, is available via: Film Struck, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and your local library
August 31, 2018
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 iTunes, Amazon, HBO, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu The next film, Kelly's Heroes, is available on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library
August 24, 2018
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, Google Play, and Vudu The next film, Aliens (1986), is available on iTunes, Amazon, HBO, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
August 17, 2018
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 drama. Paisan is available on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes The next film, Star Wars (1977/97), is available on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library
August 10, 2018
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 on Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, and iTunes The next film, Paisan (1946), is available on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library
August 3, 2018
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! Click here to listen to the Movie Crush version of this episode! Platoon is available on Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, iTunes, and Starz The next film, The Enemy Below (1957), is available on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library
July 27, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, and iTunes The next film, Platoon (1986), is available on: Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, iTunes, Starz, and your local library
July 20, 2018
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 YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and HBO The next film, The Siege, is available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.
July 13, 2018
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! This film is available via: YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes. The next film, Operation Dumbo Drop, is available via: YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, HBO, and your local library.
July 6, 2018
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. This film is available via: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes. The next film, Mongol, is available via: YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.
June 29, 2018
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. This film is available via: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes. The next film, Paradise Now, is available via: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and your local library.
June 22, 2018
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 available via: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes The next film, The Last Of The Mohicans, is available via: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and your local library.
June 15, 2018
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! This film is available via: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes. The next film, Apocalypse Now, is available via: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library.
June 8, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. The next film, The Dirty Dozen, is available on: YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and your local library.
June 1, 2018
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 film is available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. You can find the next film, Clear and Present Danger on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and your local library.
May 25, 2018
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 1953 romance.  This film is available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu The next film, The African Queen, is available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and your local library
May 18, 2018
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 whether anyone should watch this 2006 tape.  This film is available on: Amazon Video and iTunes The next film, From Here to Eternity, is available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu
May 11, 2018
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 available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Kanopy, TCM, and Youtube The next film, Rescue Dawn, is available on: Amazon Video and iTunes
May 4, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Youtube, and Vudu. You can find the next film, The Battle of Algiers, on: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Kanopy, TCM, and Youtube.
April 27, 2018
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 Film is available via: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu Next film, Glory, is available via: Amazon Video, Crackle, Google Play, iTunes, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library
April 20, 2018
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. This Film is available via: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, STARZ, Roku, and Vudu Click here to support the show! Next film, Red Dawn 2012, is available via: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, FandangoNOW, Vudu, and your local library.
April 13, 2018
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 available via: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and Starz Click here to support the show! Next film, Red Dawn, is available via: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, STARZ, Roku, and your local library.
April 6, 2018
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 member in the #MaxFunDrive. Expend all remaining ordinance on our pod. www.maximumfun.org/donate This film is available via:  Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, and Google Play Click here to support our show! Next film, Force 10 from Navarone, is available via: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Starz and your local library.
March 30, 2018
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, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu Click here to support our show! Next film, Three Kings, is available via: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and your local library
March 23, 2018
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, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, MASH, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
March 16, 2018
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, iTunes, Roku, YouTube, PantaFlix, Google Play, FandangoNOW, and Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, Enemy at the Gates, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
March 13, 2018
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. This film is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and FandangoNOW Click here to support our show!
March 9, 2018
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 on: Amazon, Kanopy, and FilmStruck Click here to support our show! The next film, Fury, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Roku, YouTube, PantaFlix, Google Play, FandangoNOW, Vudu, and your local library
March 2, 2018
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 on: iTunes Click here to support our show! The next film, Fires on the Plain, is available on: Amazon, Kanopy, FilmStruck, and your local library
February 23, 2018
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, iTunes, Roku, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, Zulu, is available on: iTunes and your local library
February 16, 2018
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:  Amazon, iTunes, Kanopy, FilmStruck, FandangoNOW, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, Braveheart, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Roku, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
February 9, 2018
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, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, Stalag 17, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, Kanopy, FilmStruck, FandangoNOW, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu
February 2, 2018
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, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, Master and Commander, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
January 26, 2018
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! This film is available on:  Amazon, iTunes, FilmStruck, Youtube, Google Play, and Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, First Blood, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
January 19, 2018
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!) This film is available via:  Amazon, YouTube, and Vudu Click here to support our show! The next film, Flying Leathernecks, is available on: Amazon, iTunes, FilmStruck, Youtube, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library
January 12, 2018
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. This film is available via: Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu The next film, Run Silent Run Deep, is available on: Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, and your local library
December 20, 2017
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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