Movie Review: Mr. Holmes

Movie Review: Mr. Holmes

“Mr. Holmes,” which was released in theaters on April 25th, 2015, documents the end of Sherlock Holmes’ life. The film shows him reflecting on his life, his final case, and his recent trip to Japan to find a plant that would help him remember things in his old age. This plant, however, is not successful, and he continues to battle with the symptoms that come with Alzheimer’s. He struggles to remember the details of a story that was written by Doc Watson about his life, but he is bound and determined to remember because Watson’s story was not an accurate depiction of what happened.

This movie was a lot different than what I was expecting, in the best possible way. There were moments and quotes that I could personally relate to and that touched my heart.  There is an element of drama and suspense at times, but it does not take away from the story being heartwarming. I felt myself choking back tears at points because of how relatable certain parts were. The acting was top-notch and incredible, and the score fit the storyline very well, adding to the feeling of each scene. I felt a personal connection to each of the characters, which is something that is rare.

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Review: “Live From Daryl’s House,” Episode 75

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From the start, it is obvious that Daryl and the guys of Cheap Trick go way back. Musically, their voices blend together nicely. Their personalities gel together nicely, making for comical banter between songs. They collaborated together in order to get each song in order. The harmonies of each song were flawless. A few Daryl Hall and John Oates classics were performed, as well as some new music off Cheap Trick’s latest CD.

The chicken wings looked phenomenal! The recipe that was presented was unique, but it looked so good. It was a quick and easy recipe.

(Everyday Inspiration, “Home”)

Book Review: “Quarter Life Poetry”

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Quarter Life Poetry, written by Samantha Jane, was released on April 5, 2016. It is a book of 4-lined poems that every 20-something can relate to. It is a collection of poems from the Instagram feed of the same name, which is also run by Jayne. The poems are short and humorous. They are comforting for everyone who is dealing with being in their 20’s.  The book is divided into categories of different poems. The poems rhyme, but they are not forced. The book is a quick read, which is perfect for any 20-something-year-old who has a crazy busy life. The illustrations fit the poems.

Album Review: Keith Harkin’s “On Mercy Street”

Album Review: Keith Harkin’s “On Mercy Street”

Keith Harkin released “On Mercy Street” through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes on March 11, 2016, though it was available on his website before Christmas. It was almost entirely written or co-written by Keith (“Risk the Fall” is the exception). Overall, this album lives up to the success it has on the charts. It has ranked highly on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble. This album is perfect for the whole family to listen to and enjoy because of its pure language (no cursing) and its content (nothing “R” rated). Keith’s music is real. Each song on this album was sung with amazing soul and passion. Harkin has an amazing connection to each song and brings nothing less than his best to each song. Each song is unique in its style, content, and feel which emphasizes Harkin’s versatility as a songwriter and musician. His voice and experiences echo through each song, adding a personal touch to the music.

Concert Review: Keith Harkin

On March 15, 2016, Keith Harkin, of Celtic Thunder fame, brought his On Mercy Street tour to the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia.

This was his 5th anniversary of the first time he played at this venue. People waited in line for hours to see the sold out show. VIP ticket holders had the chance to meet Harkin before the concert. A merchandise table was set up with t-shirts, posters, wristbands, and Harkin’s latest album, “On Mercy Street.”

Before Harkin played, David Patten opened. He played several cover songs and got the crowd excited. His set ended and a half hour passed before Harkin came on, which was the only downside of the concert.

Harkin played a wide variety of music, from songs he did with Celtic Thunder to music from his latest album. He was engaged the audience well and was conversational between songs. He was comfortable on stage and took presence over the whole venue. His voice was powerful yet soothing.

Overall, it was a great concert and a fun night for all in attendance. The show had something for everyone to enjoy.

Movie Review: The Danish Girl

“The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne, tells the story of the first transgender operation. It shows the struggle and stigma of being transgender back then, and it relates to the stigma that still exists today, unfortunately.

This movie came out at a perfect time. With Caitlyn Jenner receiving mixed reactions and murders of transgender people across the country, this movie dispels the stigma and stereotypes that often arise. Every person should see this movie at some point, although it is not necessarily appropriate for younger audiences (brief nudity, etc.).

This movie was emotional. It showed all aspects of Lili becoming Lili and the struggles she faced. It showed Lili being beaten for how she dressed before the surgery. It showed various doctors saying that Einar was crazy for thinking “he” was a woman on the inside.

Thankfully, medical technology has advanced since the first transgender surgery and that the stigma is starting to be eradicated thanks to more public figures taking action. More doctors are accepting of the transgender community and people are more understanding.

Book Review: Kunal Nayyar’s “Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You

Book Review: Kunal Nayyar’s “Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You

This book was one of the most engaging, not to mention hilarious, books I have read to date! I found myself chuckling at the subtle sarcasm that came with Nayyar’s comments on his past. While it was mostly funny, there were some heartfelt remembrances of past events and life lessons thrown into the mix. His writing seamlessly flowed from one event to another. Though the book was written as a collection of essays, the book read more like a chapter book, with each essay flowing out of the previous. His thoughts that were written on an aeoplane napkin were clever yet insightful. It felt like he was talking directly to the readers.

I finished the book in 5 days. I have never read a book that quickly, especially since I’m a student. I was sad when I finished it. I felt like I was chatting with an old friend and the end of the book ended our parting, not knowing when you would meet again. This is the true mark of a good book. The book, overall, was cleverly worded with subtle sarcasm and jokes. His reminiscing of his past was filled with “I should have done it this way,” making his readers able to relate to him.