[Movie] Elysium

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth.

[Movie] Shawshank Redemption

Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins stars in this Oscar® nominated drama about a banker who is wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover.

It’s A Wonderful Life

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 fantasy drama, It’s a Wonderful Life. Subjects include loans and credit, banking, and FDIC insurance.

Robocop

In this episode of EconStories, Andrew discusses the 2013 dystopian thriller, Elysium. Subjects include income inequality, innovation, and jobs.

House of Cards

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the Emmy award-winning Netflix original series House of Cards. Subjects include public choice theory, rent seeking, regulatory capture, and the incentives that drive political corruption.

[Movie] Ghostbusters

Ghosts invade New York and force a trio of spirit exterminators to save the city in one of the biggest comedies of all time. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver head the all-star cast.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses John Huston’s classic 1948 adventure film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Subjects include subjective value, Karl Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and opportunity cost.

[Movie] Robocop Twopack

There’s a new law enforcer in town and he’s half man, half machine! From the director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct comes a “sci-fi fantasy with sleek, high-powered drive” (Time) about an indestructible high-tech policeman who dishes out justice at every turn!

The Hudsucker Proxy

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the Coen Brother’s 1994 screwball comedy, The Hudsucker Proxy. Subjects include supply and demand, and the minimum wage.

[Movie] Demolition Man

A Los Angeles policeman and his ruthless nemesis from 1996 — are sentenced to frozen incarceration as inmates — into 2032 when they re-enter a bewildering and pacifist society.

The LEGO Movie

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the animated hit comedy The LEGO Movie. Subjects include emergent order, creative destruction, and central planning.

Ghostbusters

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses Ivan Reitman’s classic paranormal comedy Ghostbusters. Subjects include entrepreneurship, subjective value, regulatory interference, and ectoplasm!

The Shawshank Redemption

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the beloved 1994 prison drama, The Shawshank Redemption. Subjects include supply and demand, the emergence of markets, and currency.

Dallas Buyers Club

In this premiere episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the economics of Academy Award winner Dallas Buyers Club. Subjects include public health and safety regulations, crony capitalism and the role of regulatory capture, the emergence of black and grey markets, and commercial exchange as a means for increased social tolerance.

[Movie] The Lego Movie

The LEGO movie follows Emmet, who is on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

[Movie] Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this true story about a cowboy who takes matters into his own hands after he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.

[TV] House of Cards

“House of Cards” is a wicked one-hour political drama series from Media Rights Capital that slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C. An uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, the series orbits Francis Underwood (Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician’s … [read more]

[Movie] Back to School

Rodney Dangerfield plays self-made millionaire Thornton Mellon, owner of a chain of tall and fat clothing stores, who, after divorcing his philandering wife, enrolls in college to keep his son from dropping out. Rodney’s invasion quickly turns the campus into a non-stop party zone, and he even helps the diving team win their big meet.

Demolition Man

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. Subjects include bureaucracy, the Nanny State, and scotch.

WALL-E

In this episode Andrew Heaton, Steve Horwitz and Paul Cantor discuss Pixar Animation Studio’s 2008 science fiction rom-com, WALL-E. Subjects include scarcity, private property, and the Tragedy of the Commons!

[Movie] Cast Away

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks reunite to explore the blessings and heartache of fate and the survival of the human spirit. Tom Hanks gives one of the towering screen performances of all time as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane … [read more]

Back To School

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the 1986 “slob comedy” classic, Back To School. Subjects include human capital and the “value” of education.

Cast Away

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis’ modern re-telling of Robinson Crusoe. Subjects include specialization, Leonard Read, and daiquiris.

Elysium

In this episode of EconStories, Andrew discusses the 2013 dystopian thriller, Elysium. Subjects include income inequality, innovation, and jobs.