The Folly of Socialites: The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald (366 pages) explores the rise and fall of the famous literature couple: Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert. The couple falls madly in love and decides to embrace an entertaining, yet hedonistic lifestyle that ultimately destroys their relationship. The couple is symbolic of Fitzgerald’s relationship with his own wife, Zelda Fitzgerald. The beauty of this novel comes from being apart of the socialite lifestyle which entails, the drinking, the partying, and the constant entertainment that follows suite.


Anthony and Gloria ultimately succumb to the consequences of their lifestyle such as alcoholism and crippling finances. Anthony changes over the course of the novel from a handsome man to a beer bellied alcoholic, while Gloria loses the beauty in her complexion. The Beautiful and Damned is reflective upon the college social lifestyle, specifically on the negative consequences that follow suite: weight gain, alcoholism, and eventually meandering around the streets of Gainesville as a bum.


This story is the picture perfect rise and fall of a beautiful relationship. In the beginning Anthony is celebrated as a WW1 war hero and relishes in the praise he receives. He is also the heir to a tycoon’s fortune, but his claim to the fortune is a mystery. Anthony and Gloria’s excessive spending and hedonistic lifestyle eventually becomes their downfall, and leaves Anthony meandering around New York like a drunken fool. People that he once thought of as friends begin to view him as an alcoholic and even call him out on his debauchery.


The Beautiful and Damned in a sense is the perfect example of a beautiful relationship between two people: they’re madly in love, live a care-free lifestyle, but eventually succumb to the destruction of a care-free lifestyle. It’s similar to holding a work of art and then promptly crushing it in your palm. The revelation of whether Anthony inherits the fortune is a mystery, but the state of his well-being remains in ruin.


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Drinking Schenanigans in Beerfest

Americans finally take a stand in the international drinking games in Beerfest (2006). 
The comedy group Broken Lizard is the main cast, and provides a ton of laughter for roughly two hours. After getting their asses kicked in a beer-game competition, two American brothers return to the homeland to assemble a team of brew-lovers to redeem themselves. If you decide to watch Beerfest, you must watch the unrated version because the best scenes are not in the original. The Broken Lizard group are also the masterminds behind Super Troopers (2001).


Barry Badrinath is the highlight of the movie and the most lovable character of all time. He’s the king of beer pong, he’s working under bridges (not as an architect) and he’s even taken a beer paddle up the ass. It’s no wonder the two brothers recruited this loyal brew-lover onto their team. The Wolfhouse brothers train for a year before the big drinking games, and they soon learn of their grandfather’s secret recipe. In Munich, relatives of Wolfhouse, the Wolfhausens, want to crush the American team, steal the recipe and claim the stellar brewery in Germany as their own.


It’s the best movie to watch with your friends, especially when drinking beer. There’s tons of laughable moments; like when Barry thinks he’s the coolest guy at the bar and promptly hits on women, when in reality he’s wearing a cardboard hat that reads “Asshole” on the top. Everyone has had a Barry Badrinath as a friend before. It’s a comedy about the number one drug that brings people together: beer. Grab some beer, preferably good beer, and watch this movie with your friends. The beer-game competition gets intense, especially with a challenge known as “Das Boot” which involves drinking a ton of beer in a glass shaped as a boot. If you ever consider drinking out of the boot, remember, turn it when it reaches the ankle or the bubble will cause it to spill on you.


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Before the Primal: Far Cry 4

Flock to the Himalayas to participate in a civil war against a tyrannical crab rangoon dictator in Far Cry 4 published by Ubisoft. Fight against multiple enemies such as, the fictional Kyrat Royal Army, fictitious demons in an already fictitious world, and crazy wildlife that will attempt to kill you. Far Cry 4 is a video game worth playing for players interested in first person shooters and role playing games; it’s the best of both worlds. There’s tons of side quests involving two brothers who inject random drugs into you that have your character waking up into a cave full of bears, or missions that involve journeying into the mythical world of Shangri-La. Besides the side quests, there’s a ton of main story objectives that has players pitted against hordes of enemies who want to claim the fictitious country of Kyrat.


Far Cry 4 is the latest installment of the series before the release of Far Cry Primal by Ubisoft. It’s worth checking out before the new release that has players sent back into the past with primitive man. There’s multiplayer features in Far Cry 4 that allows players to team up to conquer objectives, such as fortress raids that consist of several players fighting a base filled with a ton of bad guys and choppers. The story follows Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American who is caught in the civil war between the Royal Army and the Golden Path. Players can influence the outcome of the game by siding with two of the story’s protagonists. The game also has a combat arena that allows player’s to face off horde after horde of man or ferocious beasts. It’s a game packed with content and things to do other than merciless slaughter. Check out the additional downloadable content of Far Cry 4, Escape from Durgesh Prison and Valley of the Yetis, published by Ubisoft.




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