Movies vs. Capitalism

On the inaugural episode of Movies vs. Capitalism, Rivka and Frank are joined by David Sirota (award-winning journalist & Oscar nominee) to discuss everyone’s favorite Reagan-era classic Ghostbusters

The group breaks down how the film’s pro-business, anti-government messages are baked into almost every scene, which is extra troubling considering this is a movie which was largely marketed to children. They also dig into the film’s sexual politics and discuss how Peter Venkman is an absolute creep.

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What is Movies vs. Capitalism?

A movie-rewatch podcast that explores the politics of your favorite films through an anti-capitalist lens. Each episode, hosts Rivka Rivera and Frank Cappello are joined by a special guest for an irreverent yet critical discussion about a film and how it’s *obviously* a scathing indictment of late-stage capitalism. Fight Club? That’s about the degradation of modern consumerism. Office Space? A stark depiction of worker alienation. Antz? An animated kids movie about the military-industrial complex.

Movies vs. Capitalism examines the crucial intersection between pop culture and politics — an anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, anti-heteronormative, anti-imperialist analysis of your favorite talking pictures. It’s a middle finger to our rotting institutions and ruling-class proprietors who are slowly driving the human race into extinction.

But, like, in a fun way ;)