Movies vs. Capitalism

Rivka and Frank are joined by comedy writer and podcaster Andrew Ti for an insightful discussion about the 1997 Nickelodeon original movie Good Burger.

The group digs into Good Burger’s central theme of “good capitalism” versus “bad capitalism,” and how the film propagates the myth that some businesses are “nicer” than others. They also unpack the bizarre racial dynamics of a kids movie written by middle-aged white men, starring Black teenagers, marketed for a white audience — and discuss the incredibly problematic career and legacy of Nickelodeon writer Dan Schneider.

A rough transcript of the episode is available here.
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What is Movies vs. Capitalism?

MOVIES VS. CAPITALISM explores the politics of your favorite films through an anti-capitalist lens. Each episode, hosts Rivka and Frank are joined by a guest for a critical discussion about a film and how it’s obviously a scathing indictment of late-stage capitalism.

MVC examines the crucial intersection between pop culture and politics — unpacking the ideological messages baked into some of your favorite movies.