Episode 259 – Beetlejuice (1:08:02)

We hit a stretch-goal of yet another horror film as we bleed into November as we review “Beetlejuice” with James Jenneman of the Blackbird Podcast.

Released in 1988, this is Tim Burton is his element with a star-making turn by Michael Keaton as the titular character. With Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Winona Ryder, this is a fun film that is parts funny, parts horror, and parts bizarre.

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Google Description for the film


After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

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Episode 240 – The Birdcage (1:25:26)

Episode 209 – High-Rise (1:53:58)

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Show Notes:

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Here is the description of the book:

Eumeswil, ostensibly a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, is effectively a comprehensive synthesis of Ernst Jünger’s mature thought, with a particular focus on new and achievable forms of individual freedom in a technologically monitored and managed postmodern world.

Here Jünger first fully develops his figure of the anarch, the inwardly liberated and outwardly pragmatic individual, who lives peacefully in the heart of Leviathan and is yet able to preserve his individuality and freedom. Composed of a series of short passages and fragments, Eumeswil follows the reflections of Martin Venator, a historian living in a futuristic city-state ruled by a dictator known as the Condor.

Through Venator, the prototypical anarch, Jünger offers a broad and uniquely insightful analysis of history from the post-historic perspective and, at the same time, presents a vision of future technological developments, including astonishingly prescient descriptions of today’s internet (the luminar), smartphone (the phonophore), and genetic engineering.

At once a study of accommodation to tyranny and a libertarian vision of individual freedom, Eumeswil continues to speak to the contradictions and possibilities inherent in our twenty-first-century condition.

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We’ll be back next year with a movie suggested to us by several YouTube commenters as our friend, Jared Wall joins us to do “Sardar Udham” which is a real-life revenge story about atrocities by the British Empire in India.


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Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/Anarcho-Capitalist perspective. If it’s voluntary, we’re cool with it. If it’s not, then it violated the Non-Aggression Principle and Property Rights – the core tenants of Libertarian Theory – and hence – human freedom.

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