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 history of cinema, talk about film production, pedantic quibbles with costumes and airplanes, and keep you laughing the entire time.
Over and Out (2021)
Duck Soup (1933)
Sensing a weakness in Freedonia's new president, Sylvania sends in some spies to stage a revolution. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John take five and ten in Woolworth while reviewing this Marx Bros. classic!
Operation Amsterdam (1959)
Two diamond merchants and a British intelligence officer attempt to persuade the Dutch to get their diamonds to England while the Germans invade Holland. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John came in on a British Destroyer while reviewing this 50's heist film!
A Midnight Clear (1992)
In an isolated cabin in the Ardennes, a group of US GIs face off against German soldiers during WW2. On Today's episode Adam, Ben, and John aren't exactly sure what country they're in when reviewing this holiday war film.
Tensions run high in Fragile Fox Company when you've got a coward as a captain. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John don't trust soldiers who shine their shoes every day, while reviewing this 50's classic.
Troy (2004) [Director's Cut]
Ancient armies collide in this unique interpretation of Homer's Iliad. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John walk with giants when they review this epic director's cut!
One of the best podcasts out there! Love it! Thank you John, Adam, and Ben
Please come back
Has enough time passed that cancel culture has forgotten about Rodderick’s alleged misdeeds so we can get this pod back up and running? I re-listen to this quite a bit and it seems I’m not alone in that, or alone in wanting the trio to return to “casting pod”. Knee-jerk decision making to pull the plug on this show based on a social media feeding frenzy... can we move on and reprise this please?
The kind of discussion we need in cinema
I miss this pod. John being on the show was a huge appeal for me and I have faith in them as a decent person. I listen to it repeatedly because the conversation gets so much bigger and deeper than the film itself or how it was made, even though those factors are covered. I listen to movies I haven’t seen because they eloquently and stylishly surmise each film in the monologue at the beginning it feels like I’m in on the conversation they have together. I enjoy the different segments and anticipate them in each episode. Strongly recommend this one!