We live in the time when it is no longer possible to avoid computers even if you feel dislike towards them. Even ten years ago the situation was somewhat different – they were, of course, very important, but there still was possibility for those who did not want to do anything with computer technologies to go on working in their fields of activity without having to learn all these high-tech devices.
People have enjoyed a state of fear since a long time ago, but only the appearance of the cinema made depiction of fear as real and graphical as the real life can be. Over the course of the 20th century the horror movies of all kinds, from crudely primitive to rather intellectual have been extremely popular and remain to be so in the 21st one. But why?
For some mysterious reason the name of Alfred Hitchcock is related in the public consciousness to the genre of horror movies, although the closest to horror movies he ever filmed are his iconic psychological thrillers, which are about as similar to horror films as Rembrandt’s paintings to comic books. Vertigo is one of the most picturesque examples of his creative work, becoming the constant source of inspiration and imitation for the decades after it had been shot.
The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic television show based on the ongoing series of black-and-white comic books of the same name. One may think that a film about zombie-apocalypse cannot be anything else but low-quality trash, but, surprisingly, The Walking Dead shows that it is not always so.
Several years ago this book and a subsequent film with the same name attracted a lot of attention of society, mostly due to effective advertising campaign. Positioned as a self-help book that would change the life of every person who will read it and believe in what it says, it sold more than 4 million copies, with the DVDs with film selling about 2 million copies.
John Fowles is considered to be one of the modern classics of the British literature, although it always eluded me why – all his texts I managed to read had only one thing in common – by the end they never brought about any feelings except for general boredom and disgust for its protagonists. The Magus is in no way different.
The Firm is written in a usual for John Grisham genre of a legal thriller – that is, the plot is placed in the environment of jurisprudence and is generally based on various legal issues. This novel very quickly became a bestseller, was adapted for screen and, in general, became one of the iconic examples not only of Grisham’s creative work, but of the genre he writes in as well.
The most astonishing thing about people and, especially, those who possess power, is the fact that they seem to know little or no history at all. When something happens and they take a course of action that somebody has taken just a little while ago without any success (or with catastrophic results), one can do nothing but shrug in amazement. One of the most characteristic examples is the war on drugs that is waged today.
The Internet becomes an integral part of our everyday life in a more and more literal sense. However, although it makes life much easier for an average person, this effect is nothing if compared with what it did and does to businesses all around the world.
The Economic Way of Thinking is the most well-known work of a popular American lecturer in economics, Paul Heyne. It earned considerably high review from critics and was translated into Russian, Bulgarian, Czech, Romanian, Hungarian and a number of other languages, becoming one of the first textbooks of modern economic theory in a number of post-Soviet states. Read more »