"The publication of Mary Harron’s Filming of Bret Ellis’ novel American Psycho in 2000 swayed the audiences’ opinion of it from controversial to critically acclaimed and well regarded. American Psycho entails a story of a young, handsome, twenty seven year old, stereotypical 1980’s yuppie Patrick Bateman on Wall Street. During the day he enjoys lunches, while at night he goes to clubs, does drugs, and partakes in horrendous acts of murder and cannibalism. Throughout the movie, the murder is completely devoid of any emotion. Bateman is a vehicle for satire created a lack of identity and humanity.
Danny Boyle – Trainspotting (1996) Review “Pick 2 different SCENES that are aesthetically powerful, explain why and what elements are formalist and what elements are realist” Based on the novel of the same title by Irvine Welsh situated his story in the late 80s, when unemployment was at an all-time high and the street value of heroin was incredibly low. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) lists all that the generations have to aspire to: choose life, choose a job, choose a career, choose good health, choose a big television, a washing machine, he makes “choose” sound more like a command than a decision, then offers a rebellious alternative: f** consumerist social conditioning in favor of the Iggy Pop, “Lust for Life” life style. For a man whose
For instance, he once turned a four million dollar courthouse into a twelve million dollar courthouse through fraudulence. The Tweed Ring became exposed with the help of city patricians, The New York Times, and assorted political enemies within both parties, with varying motives. When The Tweed Ring was exposed, New York estimated William ‘The Boss’ Tweed’s services costed them somewhere between forty million dollars and one hundred million dollars. Initially, Tweed and his associates were sentenced to prison for twelve years, yet were released in 1875. Later on, William ‘The Boss’ Tweed would find himself in another jail cell, due to later charges, dead on April 12, 1878.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”. These are the hauntingly beautiful words that conclude what is to be considered one of the most important novels written in American Literature. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the disillusionment of the pursuit of the American Dream during the Roaring Twenties. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his journey throughout West Egg in New York, where he meets and befriends the mysterious and affluent Jay Gatsby. As the economy grows throughout the 1920s, many people waste their money on foolish and unnecessary luxuries.
However, he also notes that battling inflation resulted in a serious recession and “the worst economic downturn…since the Great Depression of the 1930s” (Broussard 125). The last chapter of the book, “Ronald Reagan’s Legacy”, praises Reagan’s strides as President and validates his title as “the Great American Conservative champion” (179). While it is the shortest chapter of the book, it accurately accentuates the highlights of Reagan’s presidency. Some of his accomplishments included the reversal of the rising federal spending and ending the Cold War. Overall, this book was an accurate take on Reagan’s legacy and
They made about sixty million dollars per year by bootlegging, operating twenty illegal breweries, and controlling the sale of liquor to over ten-thousand bars. Anyways back to Eliot Ness. Ness and nine other agents from “The Untouchables” successfully captured and stopped the operations of breweries run by Capone. This was Ness's most recognized achievements.
Kristof conveys that the problem of gun control is greater than just one country, and is a widespread problem. This is why Kristof incorporates terms such as “we.” It allows the problem to be interpreted as everyone’s problem, including the reader. Kristof includes a small amount of complex language in this article to illustrate how the problem has more aspects. Kristof’s use of informal language appeals to his readers, creating a situation where he is able discuss and provide evidence for his points without becoming
True Fear and Loathing Hunter S. Thompson is well known today for writing “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” which inspired the cult classic movie by the same name. We catch a glimpse of who this man actually was in the following readings. Two narratives, one written by Hunter S. Thompson, himself; “Fear and Loathing in America” published in ESPN, reads as a reactionary rant about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. A second story, “Still Gonzo after all these years” featured in American Journalism Review, details Richard Keil’s drunken night of adventure with Thompson. From these two stories comes a lively depiction of who Hunter S. Thompson was, and what he stood for.
These are spiced up with a unique twist of a detective mystery that keeps makes for an intriguing story. According to the author, the writing process for the novels is nothing too complicated. What is important is that the readers are interested in the story. The narratives are usually just a unique twist of a story on true crime television, online news or a newspaper. Over the years, the novels have won a number of awards and nominations, the most significant of which was the Shamus Award for Best Investigative Novel for Brutality.
For those reasons it has encouraged me to like the book and the various ways she wrote it. Ayn Rand was able to go through the story and gradually transform collectivism to individualism which was spectacular. She was able to make it so at the beginning, it was straight collectivism, slowly developing into individualism. I genuinely like at the end how individualism is the key aspect to the story; how “equality 7-2521” is able to discover himself and who he could be. He states “I wonder, for it is hard for me to conceive how men who knew the word "I," could give it up and not know what they had lost”(page 96?).
His heroin empire was the largest in the world during those decades. He died of natural causes in 2007. Number Four: The Ochoa Brothers. Another unseemly family story, the three Ochoa brothers began trafficking drugs in 1977 when they had their boss executed to take over cocaine exports. Together, they earned a profit of $6 billion.
Ida Tarbell became one of the most influential muckrakers of the Gilded age. Ida Tarbell was born in 1857 in western Pennsylvania 's oil region. Her town of Titusville and encompassing territories in the oil river valley had been created into a prosperous industry.Then suddenly this town received a detrimental blow. That blow originated from the South Improvement Company, an enterprise established in 1871 and generally viewed as an exertion by Rockefeller and Standard Oil in Ohio to control the oil and gas ventures in that district.The three top railroads that ran through Cleveland agreed to raise their shipping fees while paying rebates to Rockefeller .Small oil refiners were hurt from these brutal tactics and Ida decided to write “ The History Of Standard Oil Company” which exposed these harsh business practices
Babanjit S. Boyal A Glitch in the Modernity of Western America In the few beginning passages of Richard White’s “Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America” he talks about how big monopolized corporations in the late nineteenth and early twenty first centuries built an overabundance of railroads adjoining the East with the West in the United States. These railroads where indefinitely built ahead demand when analyzing the fact that the country had just finished fighting the Civil War at the time. Virtually almost every railroad corporation owner(s) went bankrupt, some multiple times. Regardless of this these owners still managed to acquire a fortune with the help of corruption and government subsidies as the back-bone
Tim Davis 12/2/15 Defenses of Dictatorships – Totalitarian Attitudes Released in 2014, Ivory Tower is a film that highlights the obscenities and corruption that lie within America’s web of higher education; by focusing on expenses, the benefits that those with the most power in the system reap, and the race for supremacy that colleges are running full speed in, this movie does a great job of dropping a match on the heap of disdain it’s audience had been pouring gasoline on for years – a heap of hundreds of billions of dollars of student debt that is proliferating by the day and manifesting itself in the anxieties of people all over the country. Although the film covers several stories that culminate to it’s overall message, the most powerful
No doubt about it, we were able to get out of the great depression. Yet, what this country may not know is that while we gained economic growth by selling artillery to the Nazis, the Japs on the other hand, a Nazi allie, came up on ourselves and attacked Pearl Harbor through the pacific ocean. On an economic point of view, not a good deal. Elan Evan, an American defense analyst and author said, “people still crow about smashing Adolf Hitler 's Third Reich in World War II, forgetting that U.S. government actions helped bring Hitler to power in the first place.” It is nearly impossible to compare, in a social point of view, the value of the people who died in this war and the economic side of this. While it was true that this war helped move the economy, it came up at a large cost; Three percent of the total American population died in the war, that was roughly sixty million people.