In support of The Tree of Life‘s Oscar campaign, and in an effort to explain the broader rent seeking practices behind SOPA/PIPA , and in recognition of all the new visitors to the site because of Meganomics, and finally in the hope that we can collectively beat back the the threat of a publicly-subsidized Warhorse sequel…
We are re-releasing the underappreciated The War Between the States (to Subsidize Hollywood) Tetralogy, featuring:
- Our original brief inquiry into why Rick Perry funded a movie about an “unholy trinity of rotten, greedy Americans.”
Followed by deeper explorations of the growth of public subsidies for Hollywood in:
- Wisconsin’s Public Enemies
- The Revenge of Swamp Shark (here’s the Tree of Life tie-in)
- And Tower Heist Heist
Many consider The Revenge of Swamp Shark, starring Brad Pitt, to be the most moving of the series.
And for those looking for solutions (to the problem of public funding of blockbusters), a modest proposal from a prior trilogy:
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