Andrea Reyes

  • The Road was definitely a more depressing view of a post-apocalyptic world. It’s different from other films of this kind because most have a happier ending or give you a sense that the future will be better from that point on. However, personally I wished the little boy would’ve been the one to die instead of the father. The father spends the who…[Read more]

  • The idea of children being forced to kill each other in order to stay alive was very harsh and scary, but it’s what attracted many people because violence is just something we as humans are always drawn to. That’s why the games are televised, not only to force the people of the districts watch children murder one another, but because the rich in…[Read more]

  • Spectacles in science fiction films are not necessary, but they do come in handy. They help the audience visualize what the world looks like in the future or in whatever time period it is set in. I believe that sometimes the spectacle can be within the story. Like what’s going on with the characters and how they develop from beginning to the e…[Read more]

  • I watched the Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds when I was younger and it gave me nightmares for years. It could’ve just been that I was too young to watch it and I had an overactive imagination, but it could’ve also been that it was a pretty big spectacle with the alien machines and heat rays and people dying that scared me. I could onl…[Read more]

  • I think monster science fiction movies are some of the most interesting films to watch. The monster, whichever one it may be, is the spectacle itself, and as technology has advanced the spectacle just gets greater and greater. I think monster movies are also more realistic because with all the advancements in science and technology and humans…[Read more]

  • While everyone wishes time travel was real, I think if it were real it would only mess up the world even more than it already is. I like how Stephanie brings up the song, “Mad World” and how it’s used in Donnie Darko. When I first watched Donnie Darko, I was so confused and so intrigued at the same time. Watching it again I definitely under…[Read more]

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    Star Trek was definitely one of my favorite films that we’ve watched so far this semester. I thought it was an easy watch, perhaps because it is a more recent film. The messages within the film are really interesting. I also agree with Antonio when he says that it sends a clear message to work together in order to survive. That is the biggest m…[Read more]

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months, 1 week ago

    I found this film a little hard to watch because I was confused at times. However, I think the film did incorporate a few futuristic things like flying cars and big buildings. I thought the buildings looked bigger than regular buildings and therefore made the people seem smaller. I also thought it was really interesting that the film’s setting w…[Read more]

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months, 1 week ago

    I definitely agree with Shira, my first thought when I saw the workers and how unhappy they looked, was the people in concentration camps and the type of conditions they lived in. However, this film came out before WWII so that makes me think that maybe Hitler got some ideas from this film. Because the workers look so tired and sad and they are…[Read more]

  • Andrea Reyes wrote a new post, 15th Amendment, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    The 15th amendment gave African American men the right to vote. It states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account o […]

  • Andrea Reyes wrote a new post, 14th Amendment, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    The 14th amendment was created in 1868 during the Reconstruction era and its purpose was to grant all citizens born in the United States citizenship. This included specifically former slaves and gave them equal […]

  • Andrea Reyes wrote a new post, 13th Amendment, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” In […]

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    I agree with your point that the idea of immigrants taking other Americans jobs is ridiculous and that immigrants take jobs that Americans don’t usually want. I think that applies to both legal and illegal immigrants because if an immigrant is illegal they will do any job for the lowest wage and even legal immigrants have to settle for any job…[Read more]

  • The article, “Flint Isn’t the Only Place With Racism in the Water”, the authors Tracey Ross and Danyelle Solomon discuss how some environmental issues have tied in with politics and politicians. They speci […]

    • It’s scary to think that the Urban Future’s of certain areas are controlled not by the action’s of the people in the area but by the government refusing to allow the area to receive benefits that are essential to growth of the community. Not fixing the clean water crisis in Flint is morally and ethically wrong when speaking on the government’s inaction. Racism goes hand in hand with lack of opportunity and hand in hand with income wages. It is not a coincidence that the dirty water is given only to an area that is primarily Black citizens with low income. I agree with you when you say the government needs to focus on everyone. Quality of life should be assured for all citizens, no matter color, religion, location of residence, or income. Citizens and the government need to work together to ensure that all citizens are taken care of while the government provides the proper benefits and opportunities to them, and allowing both government and its people to work on environmental factors affecting the community, in this case, the water crisis.

    • I agree that the government holds complete responsibility for the extent that this crisis has reached. I believe it is true that minorities receive less attention from the government because they are usually low income. It is more beneficial for the government when they choose to focus on higher income areas, which are usually populated with white Americans, because these areas have the ability to support the government’s agenda. The poorer, lower income neighborhoods are less powerful and, therefore, less threatening to the government. It is easier for the government to ignore the lower income neighborhoods compared to the high income neighborhoods because they possess less power within the government. It is highly unlikely that we would ever find an issue like this last so long in a “white” neighborhood because it would cause an uproar in media coverage immediately. This is yet just another form of discrimination which we need to combat against.

  • There have been many stories of people getting arrested for the smallest offenses, like jumping a turnstile in the train station. The number of arrests is increasing for these minor offenses. This leads to the […]

    • I agree your statement. “It’s important to think about the consequences of the decision to arrest somebody rather than give them a summons for something as minor as jumping a turnstile.” I think this sentence is the most important for John Eterno, a retired NYPD captain. Jumping a turnstile is not crime. There are many reasons for this activity. Police should base on the cause to decide how to deal with this activity. Actually, poverty is the main cause. However, police cannot arrest people because of people’s poverty and punish them into jail. In Barry Paddock’s article, Estrella was arrested because of him fumbling between the two cards and no ID with him. He stayed in a cell for four hours. Is it because they are police? Can the police have no reason to catch an innocent person? Should the police not apologize for their fault?

    • While I agree with the fact that to much power has been given to the police when it comes to who they can arrest and for what reason, I did not entirely agree with the statement that the reasons beside this are not entirely known or that they are at best guesses for why this happens. The rate of incarceration in this country has risen steadily over the past decades, and we know that a majority of these arrests have been men of color. The privatization of the prisons also obviously lead to a greater rate of arrests since more people in prisons means more money for them. This seems like an obvious reason as to why arrest rates are increasing as well as the fact that there is prejudice against people of color when it comes to things like this, just like they have a prejudice against people of color, especially Blacks, when it comes to police shootings. I feel like saying we don’t know the reason behind these undermines the severity of the issue.

    • I agree that men of color are being targeted mostly by police. I believe there a few cases in NY where police officers have stated that they try to reach a quota given to them by the chief of police. These quotas basically mean arrest people of color which turn out to be black individuals. I also believe it’s extremely unfair for people that do minor offenses to get months sometimes years in jail. If it is young individuals being stopped, then they lose out on a lot of time being in jail. The police themselves expose them to more hate and crime while being in jail changing them for the worse, at times.

    • It’s very unfortunate that people of color, especially those who are Black, are subjected to racial discrimination by police officers. When it comes to public transit, I agree that atleast tickets or a warning should be given for fare evasion because arrests simply do not equate to the crime. It is scary to think that you can not do anything wrong but just because a police officer has suspicions about you, they can try and arrest you. In NYC people are trying to make changes against this particular issue of fare evasion, by this method called “Pay It Forward”, where riders allow others to get in for free by using their unlimited metro card. This method is 100% legal and is used because police have arrested and fined public transit riders if they even ask to be swiped into the train station. The fact that asking to utilize services is a crime expresses issues with criminal justice. Police should keep order and to do so, racial profiling must stop, and the consequences of a crime should equate to the crime.

    • There is a case that the former rookie cop convicted in 2014 shooting death of an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell dodged prison. According to the police himself and some specialists, the police was nervous and he shoot the black in accident. The bullet was shoot on the wall and then it is rebounded to the black. That is the reason the unarmed man died. The black died and the police was issued. The court justice followed in sentencing the police to five years probation and 800 hours of community service for the death of the black. The former rookie cop is Asian, he killed the black in accident. He was sued and had to do the 800 hours community services. But the white police also killed the black sometimes, they are not sued and still doing the regular police work. Why are they not being sued while the Asian police was sued and he was guilty? It is still the racial problem related to the criminal justice of the city.

    • I agree with what you are stating for the most part, however, I do not completely believe that police officers are “arresting people whenever they feel like it”. Like you said further in your argument, the officers likely have to fulfill a certain arrest quota and this is why they may be arresting more people for these smaller offenses: the fulfill the quota. I believe that we should dump this police arrest quota. If someone is breaking the law and endangering themselves and others, they deserve to be arrested. It is completely unjust for someone to be arrested solely for the purpose of “reaching the quota”. Like you said, jumping a turnstile should be punished with a warning or a fine at most. Going to jail for such a harmless offense simply to reach the quota gives leeway to another criminal who is committing a more violent crime and actually deserves to be put in jail.

    • I would have to agree with the fact that keeping someone overnight in jail for jumping a turnstile is a bit over bored, but it is illegal and there does have to be a punishment for people that break the law. I do not agree with the statement, “This leads to the idea that police officers are arresting people whenever they feel like it.” I would like to think that our justice system isn’t that corrupt and just arresting people because they feel like it. I think that if you are being arrested the officer must have thought you were a threat to the people around you, they wouldn’t just arrest you for fun. There are some police officers that may not do their job correctly but I’d like to think that most of them do, and you only hear about the few that don’t, rather than the majority that protect our lives.

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    13th, 14th, and 15th amendments

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years ago

    Public space is really important to have available to us. I agree with Sean on his example of Flushing Meadow Park and how they want more buildings and businesses to be built there. I think if there isn’t a need for it in the community then it shouldn’t be built. And if there is a need for it, it shouldn’t be built in a space already in use, like…[Read more]

  • Andrea Reyes commented on the page, on the site An Urban Archive 2 years, 1 month ago

    I strongly agree that our communities are changing. I think change is inevitable everywhere, but what makes a change in a community significant is how it changes. The biggest change that happens in most communities is the rise in rent. The rises in rent push out the lower income people and make room for the higher income people. The higher income…[Read more]

  • Massey brings up a lot of good points in his article. Inequality has been caused by globalization and it just keeps rising and rising due to the pressures of globalization. But I think a point that Massey really tries to stress is that it isn’t just globalization that has created such a big inequality problem in America, it’s “because of…[Read more]