Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer 2013 Movies

Movies in Theaters:

  • We're the Millers
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Internship
  • The Purge

Movies at Home:

  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Batman Begins
  • The DaVinci Code
  • Angels and Demons
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Ted
  • Step Up: Revolution
  • 42
  • Minority Report
  • Shawshenk Redemption
  • Django Unchained
  • Identity Theft
  • Jack Reacher
  • Risky Business
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Lion King
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Bridesmaids
  • This is Forty
  • Mean Girls
  • Bring it On
  • Billy Madison

Oedipus Vs. John Anderton

1. Oedipus is not responsible for his own fate because his fate was set for him from the beginning. The oracle told Laius he would be killed by his son, who was Oedipus. Oedipus would never murder his own father on purpose. On his journey to Thebes he came across a group of other travelers and murdered them in self-defense. One of those travelers just so happened to be Laius.
2. At the beginning of the play, Oedipus demonstrates many traits that make him a good king. He anticipated his subjects' needs by being one step ahead all of the time to take care of the plague in Thebes. He is confident and he means well. His confidence is what makes him excel in acting before his people have to ask him. There is a dangerous side of him acting swiftly though. He sometimes acts too abruptly which is a bad quality for him as a king. His life then becomes out of control. His life falls apart. By the end, Oedipus is showing poor qualities to act as king.
3. Oedipus is considered the quintessential tragic hero, but his tragic mistake was that he was so concerned about the murder of Laius that he forgets about his duties as king of Thebes. As he keeps investigating, he realizes he is the only suspect to the murder. He did not leave the case unfinished and devoted a big part of his life to it. He told and threatened Creon about what would happen to the murderer when in fact his did not even realize it was him that could be banished.
4. Both Oedipus and John Anderton are saviors to their cities although each work takes place many centuries apart. Oedipus' fate was to kill his father and to marry his mother. John's fate was set up so that he would kill someone named Leo Crow. John supports Oedipus' notion of destiny. Both characters are told that they are going to kill someone and they both do everything they can in order to change their destiny. In the pre-crime lab, John sees from the Precogs that he is killing this man Leo Crow. He has to do all he can in order for him not to kill. This is similar to how Oedipus was told to kill his father. Both are also set up by their corrupted political leaders who have not been caught for the murders they committed. John realized his destiny was also to find out who killed the woman the Precog, Agatha, was seeing in her dreams. John solves the crime only to see that the head of the Pre-crime department had killed the woman who was Agatha's mother. Oedipus connects to this by discovering the truth about the oracles prediction that he would murder someone. He needed to solve it in order to protect the corrupt political world.
5. The eyes are a symbol throughout the whole movie, Minority Report. The Precogs use their eyes to see the murders that are going to happen in order for the pre-crime team to stop them. They see into the future and have helped the city of D.C be murder free for six years. Furthermore, the Precog, Agatha, repeats "can you see?" to John throughout the duration of the movie. She is trying to make John see the truth about Lamar the entire time. John Anderton, the main character, gets his eyes replaced after being set up for murder. He uses these new eyes to help him catch the person who is setting him up. He also uses his old eyes in order to help him as well into the pre-crime offices. Most importantly, the eyes are a significant symbol for the culture of the world in 2054. Everywhere anyone goes their eyes are scanned in order for the government to see where each person is. Each person is identified by their eyes. That brings up the point that the government is always watching with technology generated "eyes" to see everyone.
6. The working class in the year 2054 is almost the same as the working culture is today in 2013. As technology is more advanced in the future, it is also advancing today in our contemporary American culture. In 44 years, the United States will be taken over by technology. Technology will continue to effect every persons lives. The culture will change because of the great changes in technology. We need to prepare for these advances and how much culture would change because of them. Changing technology in order to prepare for future events changes each individuals fate because individual people will be changing the technology which changes their lives and everyone else's lives.