Welcome, friends, to another rant where I try to give readers advice on things that I've learned the hard way. Don't you fret! This won't be a pity party. I've come to terms with the friendship I lost and I'm a-okay, pal. So, without further introduction, let's hop right in.
“I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying...” (Grease.) This quote from the movie Grease is probably as recognizable as the Pledge of Allegiance. Grease and Grease 2 are two of the most beloved and well-known movie-musicals of all time grossing at more than $400 million worldwide. Loved by many, the two films have held their own in the eyes of critics and viewers alike. However, despite their mass popularity and status as iconic movie-musicals, one of the films stands above the other. Although some may argue that Grease is the superior movie-musical, Grease 2 is far better due to songs, realism, and character relationships.
Red: It is the color of the revolutionary martyr’s blood that had been spilt for a cause that would stain the roots of an entire country for decades to come. The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a dramatic, and often times violent, political renaissance for China. Led by China’s hero, the now deceased Chairman Mao, the revolution lasted from 1966 until the year 1976. This sociopolitical movement altered Chinese life forever. The Cultural Revolution as seen in Ji-Li Jiang’s memoir, Red Scarf Girl, created a lasting impact on Jiang’s community, her friends and family, and the modern Chinese education system.
Some of the world’s most popular shows and movies include vigilantes. Whether it’s Batman, Arrow, The Flash, or Dexter, vigilantes have become a popular topic for pastimes and appear very frequently in all forms of entertainment. In video games, movies, books, or television shows, a vigilante is sure to appear. Despite its popularity, however, vigilantism has also found its way into real life. People and larger organized groups of people have taken it upon themselves to be real life superheroes and keep the world safe. While at its core, vigilantism is actually a noble idea, realistically, it is unjustifiable. Although pop culture icons such as Batman have led people to favor the idea of vigilantism, the truth is that vigilante justice should be, and rightfully is, illegal because it requires one to pursue self-perceived justice, is emotionally and physically dangerous, and could ruin actual evidence needed for a conviction.