Patty Jenkins Brings Wonder Woman—and Girl Power—to Georgetown

On June 14th, a little girl named Isabella stood at the corner of P Street and Wisconsin, clutching a Wonder Woman Barbie and wearing a pajama set styled after the superhero’s iconic spangled costume. Next year, she would start second grade at a D.C. elementary school, but today, Isabella was part of the growing crowd...

Unshelved: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

I’ve always had a really close relationship with my dad. We have the same bizarre sense of humor and love of music and movies. I have vivid memories of falling asleep in front of the TV leaning on his shoulder, struggling to keep our eyes open after watching our third movie. I was raised on...

In a Perfectly Crafted, Emotionally Resonant Finale, The Americans Says Goodbye

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The Washington Summit on nuclear arms reduction took place in December 1987. While this last event aptly set the tense stage for The Americans’ sixth and final season, the first two predicted its ending. Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings’ (Keri Russell) mission...

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Is TV Better than Movies?

Is TV Better than Movies?

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10/15/2014

It’s a great time to be an avid fan of television. We live in a golden age of TV, where you can throw a stone and hit at least three quality shows. With networks like HBO, AMC and the BBC offering up programs that garner both critical and popular acclaim, there certainly is no shortage…

After 20 years, Shawshank Still Holds Up

After 20 years, Shawshank Still Holds Up

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10/14/2014

Every moviegoer is different—influenced by personal, cultural, and preferential biases—making it quite difficult for any one film to gain the approval of all who watch it. In fact, it seems safe to argue that no film has truly managed this feat, though one has come awfully close. The Shawshank Redemption, which celebrates the 20th anniversary…

The Emergence of Madison Bumgarner

The Emergence of Madison Bumgarner

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10/14/2014

On October 31, 2010, a 21 year-old Madison Bumgarner took the hill for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers. The 6’5 left hander would throw eight shutout innings, becoming the youngest starter ever to make a World Series start of six or more scoreless innings. Since that day,…

An Awesome Evening of Friends &pizza

An Awesome Evening of Friends &pizza

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10/14/2014

How far are you willing to journey for good pizza? Amazing pizza? Out of this world fantastic pizza? A delegation of Halftime/Voice staffers and friends decided they were willing to withstand 1.5 hours of walking and metro transfers for it. What kind of pizza is this? you may be asking yourself, or are these people…

Full Court Press: Sports Culture Needs a Makeover

Full Court Press: Sports Culture Needs a Makeover

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10/10/2014

Over the last few months, the growing conversation surrounding Ray Rice’s brutal and cowardly assault of his then-fiancée and current wife, Janay Palmer, has nearly broken the NFL and its commissioner, arguably the most powerful man in sports, Roger Goodell. As despicable as Rice’s actions and the league’s subsequent punishment were, their egregious behavior has…

Professor Profile: Matthew Carnes

Professor Profile: Matthew Carnes

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10/10/2014

When asked to describe himself in an image, Professor Matthew Carnes of the government department responded, “leaning forward,” which captures his desire to connect with people.  He added, “My first semester, I taught in ICC auditorium, and I almost fell off the stage almost everyday. I’d walk around, and I’d be right at the edge…

The Ballad of Southampton

The Ballad of Southampton

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10/10/2014

The shadows of giants loom large over St. Mary’s Stadium. A founding member of the Premier League in 1992, Southampton is the only team south of London currently in the English top flight. The Saints have never dominated the English game like some of their counterparts. Other than a 1976 FA Cup Victory and a…

Point Break Live! is a Delightful Oddity

Point Break Live! is a Delightful Oddity

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10/10/2014

Point Break Live!, a traveling theater production paying homage to the 1991 film Point Break, is the love child of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a 90’s masterpiece, and the bar scene from Star Wars. The original movie, starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey, tells the tale of Johnny Utah, played by Reeves,…

And then there Were Four

And then there Were Four

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10/09/2014

In my defense, I did at least correctly predict the AL Wild Card Game, which is about as well as any professional sports writers have predicted these playoffs have done. I’ll jump right into the absurdity: Kansas City sweeps Anaheim Nobody saw this coming. Well, technically, of the 26 paid experts ESPN had predict the…

Critical Voices: Hozier, Hozier

Critical Voices: Hozier, Hozier

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10/09/2014

As Julius Caesar once said, “experience is the teacher of all things.” No sentiment could ring more true than this in explaining the skill with which Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier Byrne has crafted his debut album, Hozier. The album is evidently a construction of Byrne’s life-experiences: after dropping out of studying music at Trinity College,…


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