In the classic film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, two eccentric characters, journalist Raoul Duke and his psychotic attorney Dr. Gonzo travel to Las Vegas on a job and in search of the American dream. Throughout the trip they find themselves in odd situations that one would not normally encounter. Duke and Gonzo’s predicaments could be explained be a wide variety of psychological issues. One psychological concept that is a very large part of Duke and Gonzo’s trip is their excessive drug use. The movie begins with Duke narrating and driving a fire apple red convertible that they rented, in the desert around Bartslow, California. It was then, he stated, the drugs began to take hold. In the first five minutes of the movie Duke opens the trunk of the car, while swatting at bats that weren’t there and does an inventory of the drugs packed in a suit case. The suitcase included “2 bags of grass, 75 pellets of Mescaline, 5 sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, reamers and laughers, one quarter tequila, one quarter rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and 2 dozen amyls” (Fear and Loathing). The serious drug collection they had was to push them as far as they could go. Duke and Gonzo had such a high tolerance to multiple drugs that they could take these large amounts without serious consequences. Every drug they took fell into one of the four major drug classes. Opiates, depressants,
One of the reasons that so many marriages today end up in divorce today has to do with the interpersonal personal relationship principle known as fatal attraction. When most people think of fatal attraction, they right away think of the popular definition represented in the movie “Fatal Attraction”. This paper will define the principle of fatal attraction from an interpersonal relationship perspective. Along with a definition of fatal attraction, I will explore some of the causes of fatal attraction. I will discuss my experiences with fatal attractions.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a famous USA movie at November 19, 1975. This movie talks about when Randle Patrick McMurphy was transferred from prison farm to a mental institution, a group people who were diagnosed with mental illness lived here. McMurphy was dynamic, distinguished himself from other patients in the disregard he displays for all authority, the patients treated him as the leader. The big nurse Ratched wanted to controlling over McMurphy as other patients. However, McMurphy was send for a lobotomy after he attacked Ratched, his friend Chief killed McMurphy and finally, he was freedom (Ken Kesey, 2003). This research paper regards to the symptoms, casual factors of narcissistic personality disorder, the type of treatments received from in this film, the influence on others and my personal feelings to this movie.
Sellers, Susan. Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction, edited by Susan Sellers, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.ezproxy.lib.apsu.edu/lib/austinpeay-ebooks/detail.action.
The film, The Shining, follows a family who moved to the Colorado Rockies for the winter so the father, Jack Torrance, can take a job as a caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. Jack received this job after the previous caretaker, Charles Grady, went crazy and murdered his wife and two daughters. Jack’s son Danny has these disturbing psychic visions that revisit him many times throughout the film, including ones of the murdered Grady daughters and blood pouring out the elevators. Danny relates to the head chef of the hotel, Dick Hallorann, because they both have telepathy so they bond in a way no one else in the film does. Throughout the film there is an interest in room 237 and everyone is affected by in in some strange way; when Jack
Drugs and alcohol can be used as a depressant or as a stimuli but one thing is certain is that they help forget who you are and what you are doing in life. They keep you away from thinking. Duke and Gonzo were afraid of thinking. They did not like where their lives were headed so they did drugs and got drunk. Ether is a drug they used and one the main advantages of it is that it “makes you behave like the village drunkard in some early Irish novel... total loss of all basic motor skills: blurred vision, no balance, numb tongue – severance of all connection between the body and the brain” (19). This drug allowed them to stop thinking about their life. It cuts the connection and your body is just floating and that is it. They are so afraid of the future that they do not want to think about it. The drugs and alcohol also keep themselves from feeling. Duke wondered what would happen
The film Scott Pilgrim vs The World gives an abstract, but truthful reflection of the lives of young people in modern society. The movie displays the struggles Scott has with his relationships, his journey believing in himself and how he learns to face the repercussions of his actions. The films morals and ideals help to inform young people on going through adolescence and young adulthood by using similar social ideas to those used in today's world.
Las Vegas can be an escape from stressful life, and a vacation from all the worries and problems that plagues the people of America. Many people come to Vegas seeking untold riches every day, though looking for this American dream can come at an expensive cost. Hunter S. Thompson paid this price the hard way and even then did not achieve the American dream he was searching for. In Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thompson explains that drugs will change people even turn best friends against each other and those drugs can make any person temporarily satisfied, but will never allow one to fully achieve the happiness that the American dream promises through allusions and symbolism. Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937
Night of the Living Dead is a breakout movie created and directed by George A. Romero released in 1968. The movie launched Romero’s career and a subset genre of film. Romero has used his movies as a form of social commentary. In Night of the Living Dead you see a black male hero trying to lead in a small group setting. In 2014 this would not be a big deal however, in 1968 with the civil rights movement and the death of Martian Luther King being in the headlines this is significant and the movie is still relevant in portraying race and interactions with law enforcement.
I chose to write about the movie “Good Will Hunting” because it shows how one’s life, relationships and future are ruined because of repression and not believing in one’s self. The main character of the movie is Will Hunting. He is a twenty year old MIT janitor. Will decided to take revenge on someone who used to abuse him in the past, and physically assaulted him which led to his arrest. He suffered a terrible childhood as he grew up as an orphan in various foster homes where he struggled from physical abuse. Luckily for him, Will got the attention of a brilliant MIT professor who was curious about his gifts. He managed to get the judge to let Will go with the condition of him visiting a psychologist.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not so much a movie as more of a long-running social phenomenon” (Ebert). The interpretation of the film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which was produced in 1975, opens the curtains to the cross on top of a church after being introduced to the characters by the huge, bright red lips. Promptly after the introduction the camera moves in a sensational gesture towards a just married couple that is walking to the front of the church with their wedding guests, carrying the traditional wedding ceremony of throwing the newly brides bouquet. The visual that is taken in this scene seems to be vital to the aspect behind the film, as it is showing how dull a wedding that carries the same tradition can be, especially since it is being related to the following scene at the castle of Dr. Frank-n-Furter. With the proximity of the heterosexual traditions and the events at the mansion, it is obvious this film is meant to draw into question the common gender stereotypes along with sexuality. The Rocky Horror Picture Show validates that gender roles and stereotypes are socially constructed and that there should not be any social stigma attached to personalities that cannot easily be identified as a male or female by using irony, the use of social practice, and more specifically through Dr. Fran-n-Furter’s character.
Pulp Fiction is a movie that almost everyone today has seen during it theater run or at home on DVD or Netflix. However, it can be a complicated movie to understand if one is only looking for a straight narrative. Pulp fiction seems to have multiple plots being told almost simultaneously creating an aura of confusion for the ones not paying close attention. Some will say it is about two hit men or a boxer, but actually there is no set story behind the film. The whole purpose of the film was to parody every type of film movement created.
For Writing 39B, we were assigned a project that allowed us to present our knowledge of the genre conventions that are used in the genre of Noir. We read the novel Double Indemnity throughout the course, and we also watched its film adaptation. For this project, I decided to write a script that portrayed a man’s struggle of trying to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry in Las Vegas. Through his struggle, the message that I presented in my script is that the difficulty of accomplishing one’s dream often drive people to commit unlawful acts.
In the Film ‘Shawshank Redemption’, Andy Dufrain is presented as a strong, determined and courageous man who escapes Shawshank Prison many years of imprisonment. In the scene ‘Andy’s Escape’, it shows Andy packing his few belongings and exiting his cell through a small hole he has hidden behind a poster. Andy crawls through hole to the Prison’s sewage system and enters one of the pipes, only then to proceed half a mile through the pipe and out to freedom. One main technique in this scene is the tracking shot; this is used when Andy climbs down the wall to reach the sewage area. This technique helps show the audience how much effort and preparation Andy has put into this plan.
Thompson writes his text with a candid type of tone. He narrates the story by describing what he goes through by using strong and direct language. For example, he talks about the drug use that he and his attorney indulged in. As seen in the quote, “the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas” (Thompson 4). This quote shows Thompson’s erratic and candid tone. This quote also provides a deeper meaning. By Thompson describing his drug addiction, it shows how today’s society is dwelling in over consumption. Thompson’s drug addiction is a representation of today’s excess consumption. Thompson’s representation of today 's society is also found when he describes the drive from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the drug and gambling central Las Vegas. He describes the act of driving for hours while taking all sorts of drugs. This shows how crazy he is and the excess of consumption. He uses