Jurgen Klopp: Review of Resignation

Earlier today, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp announced he would step down at the end of the season. Klopp is famous for establishing Dortmund as one of the biggest sides in world football, despite their financial limitations compared to the rest of the top bracket. Klopp’s tenure at Dortmund also wasn’t short of silverware, as Dortmund was able to capture 2 Bundesliga titles in the time he was at the Signal Iduna Park despite Bayern Munich’s domestic dominance. Most famously of all, Jurgen Klopp was able to take Borussia Dortmund all the way to the Champions League final in 2013, eventually losing to Bayern Munich at the death. (more…)


Nebraska (2013)

Light, slow, humorous. The artistic appeal of this movie is fascinating and the acting is well above par, but with the exception of a select few funny moments and character nuances, this movie received its classification as a comedy for its drawn out and nonsensical conversations as opposed to its actual comedic value. Recommended? With the exception of its heartfelt base and meaning, this feel-good family comedy is not for everyone.

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Photo Credit: IMDb

The storyline seems a little like Rain Man at times; a man takes an estranged family member on a cross-country journey in search of a large sum of money. The difference here: replace an autistic brother with an alcoholic father; a fortuitous inheritance with a million dollar marketing sweepstakes; and a journey of two men repairing their estranged relationship with each other with one man enabled by his son and his wife to face his life’s former demons. The dialogue comes off dry at times, but story is very touching and relatable. (more…)

Philomena (2013)

Emotional, dramatic, humorous. The journey taken by the characters is a fascinating one and Judi Dench perfectly executes Philomena’s more quirky moments where the film would be otherwise very dry. Recommended? This may not seem like the most exciting drama out there, but the story is eye opening and definitely one that should be seen.

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Photo Credit: IMDb

The movie is based on the real life work by Martin Sixsmith about the journey of Philomena Lee in searching for her son from whom she was separated by the nuns at the abbey where she lived when he was only three years old. A few liberties were taken with some characters, but the story is a fascinating one regardless. Bouncing from one of hope to tragedy to determination, Philomena’s journey is unpredictable and entertaining all the way through. (more…)

World War Z (2013)

Exciting, mysterious, far-fetched. The action kicks in early and the tense nature of the film holds through right until the end. Recommended? This thriller is quite fun to watch.

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Photo Credit: IMDb

The story is probably a lot better than many uninformed skeptics might believe it would be. (more…)

This Is the End (2013)

Light, humorous, fun. This movie does not try to be good in the conventional sense, but appeals to a specific audience who will enjoy watching these big name comedians do their thing in a high-budget, over the top adventure loosely referencing the Book of Revelations. Recommended? This simple-minded comedy is one of a kind and achieves exactly what it sets out to do.  (more…)

Orange is the New Black: Season 1 Recap

On July 11, 2013, Netflix introduced the world to the soon-to-be sensation “Orange is the New Black”. Not only did it cement Netflix’s reputation for quality television shows, alongside others like House of Cards; it became a showcase for strong characters and comedic, but serious and heartfelt situations. Created by Jenji Kohan, the writer behind Weeds, the show has been praised for its realistic and respectable characters and has become a huge hit online.

When I got a Netflix account just over a month ago, I delved into the world of Orange is the New Black, a show that had been heavily recommended to me by multiple people. I figured that I would give the first season a try, not knowing that I would be as engaged in it as I became. (more…)

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Tense, dramatic, emotional. Some of the characters come off annoying at first, but they develop and move well throughout the movie, backed with poignant dialogue and beautifully crafted imagery. Recommended? An ideal movie for showcasing the strength and layers that exist beneath every human being.  (more…)