Kyle from Foreign Policy Focus joins us to talk about the Brad Pitt movie, War Machine which is a satire on the quagmire of US foreign policy in Afghanistan. The story follows a charismatic general who in a policy of “change guys” seems to think he and hit team will be the solution to winning the hearts and minds of the population, and thus the war itself.
We were very happy to Kyle join us to bring a level of expertise that would otherwise be missing from an analysis of a film such as this.
We bring back our good friend Kenny the Wizard of the Wizardly Wisdom Podcast to discuss the wizardly film Willow.
Super flash back to the late 80’s, fantasy genre about a young dwarf Willow, who happens upon a human baby that carries a mark of destiny to destroy the evil Queen oppressing the people of the realm.
Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, from legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes comes in all sizes…and adventure is the greatest magic of all.
When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child,
Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
[Special note: I cut almost 90-minutes of awesome content from this one; some of which I now wish I had left in where we talk about copyright and market responses, libertarian infighting, some more Willow-talk, some marketing strategies, and even Kenny the Wizard busting out his axe to sing a song inspired by Shia LaBeouf – well worth that piddly $5 per month to get our Behind the Scenes via Patreon: www.patreon.com/ReadRothbard] Continue reading “Episode 44 – Willow (1:04:23)”
We all float down here, talking Stephen King’s IT with super-libertarian-librarian Doc Brown.
It’s a compare and contrast affair tackling the book, the 1990 miniseries (television event) and the current “in a theater near you” version.
Doc also brings the knowledge on the King multi-verse showing us how IT serves as a nucleus for many other stories familiar to King fans: Salem’s Lot, Carrie, the Shining, the Dark Tower series, Christine, and many more…you’ll float too.
The new IT movie is one of the most anticipated horror movies of 2017.
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
Our friends from Libertopia join us again to discuss the dystopian nightmare film, Equilibrium. A movie about a totalitarian-state hell bent on stopping war and crime by stamping out human emotion (and calling war, crime and violence a different name). This is a really fun episode.
In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. Emotion is outlawed and human behavior is controlled by a drug, Prozium, that hinders emotion. A government official is in charge of going around and eliminating potential threats to the regime. When the official forgets to take his dose of Prozium, a whole new world is opened up to him and he takes on the establishment that he’s supposed to be working for.
Here is the Google Description:
In a futuristic world, a regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Clerick John Preston (Christian Bale) is a top-ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist these rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the one capable of overthrowing it.
Drake Lundstrom from www.GuidetoLibertarianism.com joins us to celebrate Shark Week, the upcoming Sharknado 5, and mourn the passing of John Heard (the old drunk guy in Sharknado 1, he was also the dad in Home Alone). Drake claims this is the 3rd most libertarian movie OF ALL TIME. We’ll see about that.
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A monstrous storm devastates Los Angeles, leaving the streets flooded and infested with sharks.
Yep….that’s it. You didn’t miss much.
And our slide deck (video available to our Patreon supporters of $5/mo+!)
Just Robert and me, just me and Robert on this one, talking about the 2016 home-invasion thriller Don’t Breathe. Plenty of moral ambiguity and twists and turns in this one. It’s almost like this movie was made for this podcast. We sink in for almost as long as the movie on some pretty tough questions. This is a fun episode.
Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.
We bring on Adam Kokesh to talk Idiocracy for the 4th of July (the original Secession Day) Special of the Actual Anarchy Podcast. From Mike Judge, one of the creative minds behind Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and Office Space, comes an outrageous sci-fi comedy that’ll make you think twice about the future of mankind. Meet Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson). He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. But when a government hibernation experiment goes awry, Bowers awakens in the far-flung future, he is now the smartest man alive.
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In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when the base they are stored on is closed down and are left in stasis until 2505. When they finally wake up, they discover the average intelligence of humans has decreased so much that Joe is now the smartest man in the world.
Happy Father’s Day! With many movies to choose from, we were happy to choose one that is a favorite of our guest: Finding Nemo. The story of one father’s quest to save his last-surviving child. He overcomes the trauma of losing his wife and most of his other kids to travel thousands of miles from home encountering killer sharks, war refuse mines, surfer turtles dude-bruh, stinging jellyfish (don’t tase me bro!), and a forgetful friend.
Our guest is Jeremiah Martin who we met in the Tom Woods supporting listeners group. It’s a great conversation with a legitimate movie-reviewer angle. Also, just so you all know. Tom hates Crush.
The story in the movie is pretty good and well done, but it reminded me a throwaway line in another movie I like:
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Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) — who has a really short memory — joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank.