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Brian Raftery on ‘Do We Get to Win This Time?’

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

The Ringer

Society & Culture

4.83.5K Ratings

🗓️ 19 August 2023

⏱️ 76 minutes

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Larry is joined by journalist and author Brian Raftery to discuss his new podcast at The Ringer called ‘Do We Get to Win This Time?’ which focuses on Hollywood's depiction of the Vietnam War during the 70's and 80's. They begin by talking about the importance of a great trailer, the excitement of seeing a classic movie on opening night, and how the podcast came together. Next, Brian and Larry share their personal connections to the war in Vietnam before diving into some of the pioneering movies that exposed society to its visceral realities, notably 'The Deer Hunter', 'Apocalypse Now', 'Rambo', and 'Platoon' (9:51). After the break, they dissect the mastery of Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket', ponder if there are any stories left to tell from the Vietnam conflict, and shine a light on John Wayne's influence over the cinematic depictions of the war (32:27). They end the pod by shining a light on their favorite war movies and the way different generations influence each other (1:05:22). Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Brian Raftery Associate Producer: Chris Sutton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Hey welcome back everybody.


It's going to be fun. You know what? You got to have some fun podcasts out there.


Excited to talk to Brian Ranfrey, author, journalist of the book Best Movie You're Ever by the way.


Really a fun read. I think it was 1999. But I don't know. I don't know if I agree with that title.


But it is very fascinating. It's a confrontational title, you know.


Intentionally confrontational. Yes. Intentionally confrontational.


I agree enough to buy the book. Yeah. Exactly. Exactly. Because that's that's a whole pot in itself.


What was the best movie? Yeah. But he makes a really good case.


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