Wednesday, June 30, 2004
For the cast, I envision Heather Graham in the lead role. She'll play the intrepid, brilliant classical economics professor (Dr. Erika Love) who finally connects the dots and begs the authorities to limit the rate of growth in government spending to that of inflation. Before it's too late! The thrilling climax of the movie occurs during her riveting testimony about the Quantity Theory in front the Senate Budget Committee.I would prefer a hail of bullets. Too bad Equilibrium is already taken (and not a great movie.) I thought that was where Saint Paul was going until he went all Friedman on me.
I'm actually fond of good movies depicting capitalism in its appropriate light, sort of the anti-Wall Street. A few unusual suggestions that come to mind:
- Harry's War. Any movie with the line "Hit*er would have loved the I.R.S." is going to get two stars if it does nothing else. David Ogden Stiers is the IRS agent, and is hysterical.
- Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow. Fans of The Prisoner get to see their hero as a country priest taking on the taxman. I think Saint Paul could pull this off, don't you? And a Disney film, fun for the whole family!
- Or SP could try to be James Garner in Cash McCall? If it's me, I use Salma Hayek (not Friedrich) to replace Natalie Wood rather than Graham, but de gustibus, dude.
- I was sent by Tyler Cowen to a site that discussed how business is portrayed in film, and later found this article on Robocop as a pro-capitalism film. I had wanted to write about this some day. I sat one weekend in Yerevan, Armenia, at a hotel while it was raining hard outside. Flipping the channels I see the satellite system is running a Robocop marathon. I can't figure out why this is on, but I had never seen them before so I sat down and opened a Kotayk. Fifteen minutes later I'm addicted. Saint Paul = Peter Weller? I've seen worse.