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War is Hell, people make films about it, and we love to talk about them. We are Dan, Katie, and Liam, and this...is DANGER CLOSE: A war film podcast. New episodes every other Friday.

War is Hell, people make films about it, and we love to talk about them. We are Dan, Katie, and Liam, and this...is DANGER CLOSE: A war film podcast. New episodes every other Friday.

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War is Hell, people make films about it, and we love to talk about them. We are Dan, Katie, and Liam, and this...is DANGER CLOSE: A war film podcast. New episodes every other Friday.

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English


Episodes

BONUS EPISODE: Starship Troopers with Paul Sammon

9/21/2021
BONUS EPISODE: Starship Troopers with Paul M. Sammon! Just a taste of our Patreon offerings, for anyone who is on the fence. Dan, Katie, and Liam talk with Hollywood legend and film historian Paul M. Sammon about all the bug-hunting details of this classic film from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. Paul Sammon has been in the business for a long time and was kind enough to sit down with us and tell us stories about his experiences in the film industry, the history of the film, epic mustaches,...

Duration:04:04:51

We Were Soldiers

9/10/2021
This film is...something. Depicting the first major battle between U.S. forces and the NVA, and the first coordinated use of helicopters in combat, there is no doubt that there is a story here that must be told. The common recollection seems to be that we all liked this film when it came out in 2002. But has it aged well? At first, we were sure Mel Gibson had to have directed and produced the thing...but on closer inspection, it turns out he is only the star of the film. And he's surrounded...

Duration:06:58:40

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

8/27/2021
Based on Patrick O’Brien’s extensive series of novels set during the Napoleonic wars, and touted as one of the most accurate period pieces ever made, this film features Russell Crowe in his prime as Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, several brave little midshipmen, lots of swashbuckling, and...well, what more do you need? Oh right, maybe a proto-Darwinian expedition to the Galapagos complete with giant tortoises and flightless cormorants, a daring and adventurous biologist...and a battle to the...

Duration:01:33:14

The Death of Stalin

8/13/2021
From writer/director Armando Iannucci of Veep fame, this dark comedy sheds some light on the inner turmoils of the Soviet government during and after Stalin's death in 1953. Backstabbings and frontstabbings abound, and while it plays it a little loose with the facts, it doesn't have a dull moment. So toss off your cape, lock your doors, and join us before you get reported to the authorities! Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming platforms. Next Episode: Master and...

Duration:01:01:24

Throne of Blood

7/30/2021
Our first foray into acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's work, his adaptation of Macbeth has it all! A story of murder, betrayal, ghosts, and samurai, 1957's Throne of Blood (The Castle of the Spider's Web) is as epic as it is intense, especially thanks to Toshiro Mifune's over-the-top performance and an unforgettable end scene. Join us as we get in way over our heads on Shakespeare, Noh theatre, katanas, and witches. Available to stream on Criterion channel or Amazon Prime. Note:...

Duration:01:40:11

Argo

7/16/2021
There are few Hollywood movies more unbelievable than this true story of the mission to rescue six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979, but are the liberties this films takes with the facts justified? Is it pro-CIA propaganda? And is it - in hindsight - deserving of the accolades it received upon its release? Please allow the flight attendant to collect all alcoholic beverages, as we are entering Iranian airspace in the 2012 Ben Affleck-directed Best Picture winner, Argo. Next...

Duration:01:23:54

Beau Travail

7/2/2021
Inspired by the Herman Melville novella Billy Budd, and shot on a small budget and in defiance of the French Military, the production of this movie saw more combat than actually ended up on the screen. But this tale of bitter obsession in a unit of the French Foreign Legion is as beautiful as it is confounding. Directed by Claire Denis with Cinematographer Agnes Goddard behind the camera, next week we try our hand at our first bona fide Art Film. Available as a Criterion disk or on their...

Duration:01:29:45

Kingdom of Heaven

6/18/2021
In our second audience choice episode, Kingdom of Heaven just barely beat out The Dam Busters! But this may have been to our detriment, as us hosts collectively had to watch...something like fifteen hours' worth of this movie. And then we had the meta-struggle of deciding whether to cut our own short and long versions of this very episode! In the end, we pulled together what we thought was the best of both worlds: a deep dive into Ridley Scott's phenomenal set design, swords and armor and...

Duration:04:38:43

Hot Shots!

6/4/2021
Can we still enjoy early, pre-winning Charlie Sheen? How well does a comedy so firmly rooted in the early 90s hold up? Tune in for our possibly ill-advised break from the serious as we venture into the absurdity of this Gulf War/Top Gun spoof from 1991: HOT SHOTS! Next Episode: Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Duration:01:46:32

Atonement

5/21/2021
A story told through the eyes of a British woman as a child, young nurse, and old writer, Atonement is an epic romance spanning from the pre-war years to Britain's strategic retreat at Dunkirk. Joe Wright directs a formidable cast, but with...debatable success. Let's see whether Dan and Katie can defend this war film from the onslaught of Liam's cynicism and David Lean's widow's less than flowery appraisal. And somehow Joel Schumacher makes an appearance too. Go figure. Next Episode: Hot...

Duration:01:44:07

Empire of the Sun

5/7/2021
The Japanese invasion of China had been ongoing since the early 1930s, but in coordination with the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese forces moved into allied colonies on the mainland. This included the international section of Shanghai, where Jamie, the spoiled son of a British manufacturer, becomes separated from his parents in the chaos of war and has to fend for himself in a Japanese internment camp. With powerful performances from Christian Bale, John Malkovich, and...

Duration:06:41:12

Jojo Rabbit

4/23/2021
In this daring comedy, Taika Waititi tries his hand at historical satire. The story follows a young boy named Jojo in a small German town at the end of WWII; through his interactions with his mother, his imaginary friend Adolf, and a mysterious girl hiding in his attic, Jojo has to come to grips with the reality of Nazi propaganda, and deal with his shifting understanding of the world. Next Episode: Empire of the Sun (1987)

Duration:06:07:29

Grave of the Fireflies

4/9/2021
Seita and his little sister Setsuko navigate through the aftermath of the firebombings of Kobe in early 1945. Within months of the attack that shattered their lives, the U.S. would drop the only atomic bombs ever used in warfare and bring the Japanese Empire to an unconditional surrender. But before those weapons of mass destruction, there were others. This is a sad film - even Liam couldn't dick-joke his way out of this one - yet in the depths of its tragedy, it is a masterful depiction of...

Duration:06:01:17

The Caine Mutiny

3/26/2021
A star-studded cast brings the USS Caine to life, a fictional WWII minesweeping-ship commanded by a paranoid and arguably incompetent Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart). Training incidents, accusations of icebox theft by the sailors, and finally a dangerous storm that threatens to sink the ship, bring the officers to mutiny, resulting in a third-act court martial for the culprits. Will the Navy side with the Captain, or the crew? Is Queeg a madman? And where the hell are those damn...

Duration:01:45:51

They Shall Not Grow Old

3/12/2021
Made as a heartfelt tribute to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, Peter Jackson crafted this incredible documentary from hundreds of hours of interviews and never before seen footage from the archives of the Imperial War Museum and the BBC. But it wouldn't be a Peter Jackson film without pulling out every technical trick in the book, including showing it in 3D. Join us as the gang debates, among other things, whether Jackson's cinematic wizardry deepens or cheapens...

Duration:02:06:38

The Outpost

2/26/2021
As one of the most realistic and accurate war films ever made, 2020's The Outpost was difficult both to watch and to discuss. Eight U.S. Soldiers lost their lives in the battle depicted, countless others were wounded, and two walked away with The Medal of Honor, something that had not happened in over fifty years. Join us as we talk about how the film was made, how well it serves the memory of those who lost their lives, and of course, how Liam would have done it better. Next Episode: They...

Duration:01:18:23

Full Metal Jacket

2/12/2021
We didn't mean to drop our first film dealing with the Tet Offensive on the actual Vietnamese Holiday, but sometimes the planets align without any help from us. Join us as we launch this new project and separate the Cowboys from the Jokers with Stanley Kubrick's iconic depiction of the Marine experience in the Vietnam War. Next episode: The Outpost (2020)

Duration:01:55:16

Trailer

2/9/2021
In combat, DANGER CLOSE is the term used when calling for fire support if you or other friendly forces are in close proximity to the target. War is Hell, people make films about it, and we love to talk about them. We are Dan, Katie, and Liam, and this...is DANGER CLOSE.

Duration:00:02:06