• Movie Review

    The Polka King – Movie Review

    The Polka King is based on the true story about local Pennsylvania polka legend, Jan Lewan, who develops get-rich quick schemes in order to enjoy the finer things in life. Starring Jack Black as Jan Lewan and Jenny Slate as his wife, Maria, the film depicts a time in Lewan’s life when his gift shop business is failing. Lewan takes it upon himself to start building investors, with himself as the brand. Using the money from unsuspecting victims, he creates, among other things, a recording label and a travel agency. Even when the government comes knocking on his door, warning him to “close up shop” on his illegal dealings, Lewan…

  • Movie Review

    The Greatest Showman

    Inspired by P.T. Barnum’s vision, The Greatest Showman is a musical masterpiece that delivers both in song and dance. With the Academy Award winning lyricists of LA LA Land at the helm, this is one soundtrack that is definitely worth getting. Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, a man with big dreams looking to make his fortune with his wife Charity, played by Michelle Williams at his side, is inspired by his daughters, (Austyn Johnson and Cameron Seely) to turn his museum filled with dead things into a place filled with living “oddities” that the world would pay money to see. Among the various people who join him in his plight…

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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Movie Review

    Taking place twenty years after the events of the first film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle evolves into a video game set in a jungle complete with human-eating albino rhinos and a deadly mission for the protagonists to complete before they can return to the real world. While the film is a nod to late actor Robin Williams, who starred in the original version, the modern approach it takes by turning the game into a video game and its players into avatars feels fresh and relatable. The film begins by introducing the four main leads in their predictable and ultra clichéd lives. The geek, Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolf), is the…

  • Writing

    Do Ivy League Schools Expect Too Much In Their Application Essays?

    I was recently asked to help an 18 year old write an Ivy League college entrance exam essay. And maybe it’s because I haven’t written one in a while, but I found it absolutely ridiculous how much experience Ivy League schools expect young people to have before even reaching the legal drinking age. The questions they ask teenagers to answer, such as life changing and altering experiences in travel, leadership, honesty, and other things are so overrated, especially for someone who is barely legal to vote or marry. Many haven’t had the opportunity to engage in one meaningful relationship, let alone many and in various circumstances. How many life altering…

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  • Dogs,  Saving Animals

    Dogs Are Tortured & Killed in Houston and Florida Redlands for FUN

    Every day, I read stories about people abusing, neglecting and even killing dogs, and it makes me so sad. Dogs are the purest souls, with so much love to give. I look at my two dogs and I can’t imagine anyone ever hurting them. Places like Houston’s 3rd Ward and the Redlands in Florida, are just two of the places in the United States that need to be addressed on the treatment of dogs. Anyone who has ever had a dog, knows the pain and suffering of losing a beloved friend and family member.   The dogs in these places may not be your family, but they are just as…

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