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Movies and Entertainment | 11 months ago

Andrea Sachs ( The Devil Wears Prada)


Andrea Sachs is a Northwestern University graduate from Avon, Connecticut majoring in journalism. Her family consists of her father, mother, sister (Jill), brother-in-law (Kyle),and nephew baby Isaac (Jill and Kyle's baby, who appeared later in the book). She has a boyfriend named Alex Fineman and her best friend is Lily Goodwin. Her family is mentioned to be Jewish.

Andrea goes to New York to be a journalist, but has few opportunities before landing an interview at Runway magazine. She manages to impress Miranda Priestly enough to get a job offer, but struggles to keep up with her impossible demands and get everything done. Soon, she becomes occupied with work and spends less and less time with her boyfriend and friends.
In the end, she quits the job and applies for a new magazine and Miranda Priestly tells the editor of the magazine that she was her biggest disappointment and if they didn't hire her, they were being stupid.

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Movies and Entertainment | 11 months ago

For the following analysis, I will be discussing the movie Fight Club’s two main characters. They are “Jack” played by Edward Norton, and Tyler Durden played by Brad Pitt. However the twist to the movie turns out that Jack and Tyler are the same person and Tyler is Jack’s real name. Tyler the character is everything that Jack the character is not. The story narration is provided by the protagonist of “Fight Club,” “Jack. ” The ambivalent protagonist, who only refers to himself as “Jack. ” An ambivalent protagonist, usually the main character, is someone the audience likes, but who possesses character flaws.
The character “Jack” is a character the audience will feel sympathy for and even come to like. However, it is obvious he has serious problems. “Jack’s” main problem, what the audience comes to find out, is his alter ego, Tyler Durden. “Jack” struggles to take control as he sees that Tyler’s acts of vandalism are wrong. However, he cannot stop himself until the very end. However, even before the character of Tyler Durden is introduced it is clear that “Jack” has personal problems; insomnia, discontent for his job, and a dependency on support groups. Jack” is also faced with a moral dilemma as well as constantly being put into danger, another characteristic of the ambivalent protagonist.
“Jack” has the personality of an obedient, yet not very outgoing man. He goes to work, comes home, and wants to simplify his life. He sets up his life as simply as possible. For example, he wears the same white shirt, black pants, and black tie everyday. Jack is a very subservient type of person. For example, he goes to meetings his boss doesn’t want to attend. He hates his job and he hates his life, however he thinks he is ok with the job and his life but is tired of doing the same thing everyday.
It is important to see that “Jack” picks out items that would best represent the type of person he is such as the furniture in his house. He is a gen-xer that has grown to the point of despair. He can not sleep. He has to have every little clever trinket that he sees. The only way he finds happiness is crashing support groups for those with terminal diseases. He says it is amazing how much people care when they think you are dying. Durden on the other hand is a man with little scruples. He is not an evil man.
He just wants to wake people up from the perpetual dream world that they live in and he will go to any lengths to achieve his vision of setting people free. He lives in an old house that was most likely condemned a century ago. It sits in front of an old factory. His nearest neighbor is a mile and half away. Tyler makes and sells soap. He also has other jobs that afford him time to do not so pleasant things such as urinate in soup at high class restaurants and splice objectionable images into family films in major theater chains. Tyler has no rules, no limits, but he gives no breaks either, you either follow him or are against him.
Tyler tries to better people in weird off the wall ways. Whereas Jack is such the sheep that he follows everyone else as compared to Tyler who is the one who tries to change society and Jack follows him because Tyler is the way he is not. Jack is intoxicated by Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, who lacks inhibition, just as Jack lacks personal freedom. Tyler is not worried about crime, poverty and murder. Instead what worries him is the fact that we are told how to act and live by corporations such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Tommy Hilfiger and Guess. Jack soon realizes that the same things as Tyler also distress him.
And so they create Fight Club. A place for men of every race and age to come together to let out frustration with the world in general by beating each other up. Who you were in Fight Club was not the same as who you were in the real world. It was a place to learn who you really are and what you are made of. When we have no lows to measure against our highs we become disillusioned. It’s always “What’s the next high. ” In this society we never are given lows. We aren’t allowed to have them. Fight Club exists to give a meaning to men who are out of touch with this “high” trip everyone is on.
The two men are exact opposites. Where Jack wonders what sofa he is, Tyler wonders why anyone actually cares about that stuff. When Jack says that he lost all of his belongings that were his identity in an apartment accident, Tyler sympathizes by saying “Ah Shit… and now it’s all gone. ” Tyler subscribes to the theory that you cannot begin to live until you have hit rock bottom. Rock bottom says that you have hit the worst possible place in the human psyche. The only place you can go is up. Rock bottom says that you have to know and accept that you are going to die. You should not fear dying.
However, in the end, “Jack” grew up and took a little bit of “Tyler” with him, but did not let “Tyler” take control. The way he commanded at the end when he shot himself, by giving orders to the members and Marla was not something “Jack” would have done. This lets us know that the character of “Jack” has grown up and evolved on his way to becoming the complete and ideal character he wanted to be. As the story unfolds it brings these two seemingly opposite characters in a unique relationship, which resolves the movie in a very original way. The irony remains subtle, and is missed by most.

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Movies and Entertainment | 11 months ago

ANDY DUFRESNE (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION)

Andy is an enigma to Red and the other inmates, a man they admire but never really understand. An element of fantasy infuses the characterization of Andy: at one point King even refers to the mysterious “myth-magic” that his protagonist seemingly possesses. In truth, Andy is an anomalous figure who stands out from the rest of the inmates at Shawshank Prison, but not for any mythical or spiritual reason. Andy’s calm, cool collectedness govern his interactions with the world around him, and he rarely succumbs to emotion or cheap sentiment. What many inmates take for snobbery is actually reserve and caution as Andy tries to stay one step ahead of his adversaries. Without this strength and inner resolve, Andy would never have survived his twenty-eight years in prison nor managed to escape. Andy emerges as an object of fascination for many of his fellow prisoners, a figure onto whom they project their various embellishments of the ideal man: Andy, the man who can talk down the guards; Andy, the man who can manipulate the warden; and Andy, the man who can escape out from under everyone’s noses.

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Movies and Entertainment | 11 months ago

TED MOSBY (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)

How I Met Your Mother, a good show once upon a time, still lays hidden in our hearts. The adventures and life of the MacLaren’s gang caught out attention back in 2005 .
Josh Radnor plays Ted Mosby in the show.
We’ve seen that Ted was a bit of an outcast, a bit ostracized, probably not traditionally cool. Back then, Ted probably didn’t get everything he wanted, women-wise. Still, however, he has never felt bad about high-school and we know about his rather toxic relationship with Karen during college.
Either he got too attached or he didn’t get attached enough to truly care. Stella? Got too attached and didn’t see things clearly. Victoria? Wasn’t attached enough to truly care because he was never over Robin. Zoey? Too attached to see the toxicity of the relationship.
In fact, Ted has been in a number of very toxic relationships exactly because of his desperation to find love. He falls in love with the idea of the person, with the idea of a life with them, and doesn’t see clearly beyond that. This is especially evident with Karen, Zoey, and Jeanette.
However, his attachment issues are the reason the gang got together in the first place. And then it was Ted who, probably subconsciously, kept them all together. He was friends with Marshall first. Then, he was the one to introduce and integrate Barney in the group. And finally, of course, Robin.
So it’s logical, to some extent, that when Ted and Tracy finally get together and start a family, the group falls apart. Each goes on to do their own thing and, slowly but surely, their friendships start fading away.
All in all, Ted Mosby is actually a very tragic character. He desperately wants something his whole life. So much so that it blinds him in everything else he does. So much so that it controls his entire being. He fights for it, day after day, woman after woman. He goes at it, heart first and head second. And then finally, after years of searching, Ted finds that thing — and then he loses it.

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Movies and Entertainment | 11 months ago

FLEABAG

'Fleabag' is a British comedy-drama written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the eponymous Fleabag.
Who is Fleabag? She says it herself: “I’m a greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can't even call herself a feminist.” Throughout the show, Fleabag proves these traits several times over — yet her poise, charm and dark wit make her an utterly compelling protagonist. At the heart of it, Fleabag’s story is so magnetic because it is entirely hers, including all of her terrible decisions and dark secrets. The twisted autonomy of “Fleabag” is refreshing, powerful and inherently feminist. Rarely are women allowed to display such ribald, aggressive and independent behavior, in real life or television.

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Movies and Entertainment | 12 months ago

RACHEL GREEN (FRIENDS)

FRIENDS remains one of the most viewed and celebrated sitcoms of all time, even after 17 years of it's finale. What makes FRIENDS so special, is of course the friends in the show, who, over the years, have managed to become our friends too.
This article is about one of those 6 friends - Rachel Green. This is the character that has probably changed the most in the course of the 10 seasons.
In the Pilot episode of the series, we see Rachel as a newcomer in the group of friends, she has just run away from her own wedding and is definitely a royal mess at this point. Viewers could easily tell that she was a rich, spoiled Daddy's princess. Throughout the first season, we see Rachel coming to terms with the "Real world", she cut her credit cards into half and started waitressing at the same café they used to hang out all the time.
As the seasons progressed, we saw Rachel transforming from a lost girl into a mature woman. She started with a waitressing job and slowly made her way to the top of the industry she always wanted to work in - Fashion. In the last few episodes, we see that she even got an offer to work in Paris- the fashion capital of the world.
Reasons for this transformation could be many, apart from the obvious age factor, her friends played a part in comforting her into the real world, especially Monica. Her transition through jobs, and the tough decisions she had to take, also helped in building resilience.
What also played a major role was her relationship with Ross. He was the first caring gentleman she was in a relationship with in her life and we see his maturity slowly rubbing off onto her as well. Even though their romantic relationship was volatile, they never really let it affect their friendship and bond.
And as for every other woman in the world, being a mother changed Rachel in a million different tiny ways.
We can list out all the various reasons that could have altered Rachel, but perhaps the biggest reason was her own grit and will to make it big in this mean world. And because of that she continues to be an inspiration for all the 'lost' girls of the world even in 2021, for fashion and much more.

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