Brian McMahon

Brian studied English and Psychology in the College. He wrote for the Voice's Leisure and Halftime sections, and is the former Executive Editor for Culture. He likes the Patriots a lot, but don't judge him.


Even If There Are Donuts: Making the Most of Limited Time

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get... Read more


Hunches and Hopes: Voice predicts the Oscars

Best Picture Who Will Win: The Big Short Who Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road The Oscar race this year has been all over the place, and for the first... Read more


Who’s Laughing Now: McKay’s Script, Cast Make The Big Short One of the Best Films of the Year

Leave it to Adam McKay, director of the Anchorman movies and Step Brothers, to find humor in the economic collapse of 2008. That is not to say that he has... Read more


Smoke and Mirrors: Bay’s 13 Hours Celebrates Benghazi Heroes, Derides U.S. Intelligence

You can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys. Jack Silva (John Krasinski) hears this line early in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and the rest of... Read more


Sign of the Times: Lee’s Chi-Raq Leaves Nothing to the Imagination, Lays Its Heart Bare

“Lacks subtlety” is often thrown around in a derogatory fashion, used as a way to belittle or infantilize someone’s work. Chi-Raq, director Spike Lee’s new film, lacks subtlety. This, however,... Read more


Nice Work If You Can Get It: Spotlight and the Future of Investigative Journalism

Over and over again, taking responsibility proves to be a challenging task for human beings and their institutions. Individuals go to great lengths to deny and conceal; as a result,... Read more


SPECTRE Solidifies Craig, Casts Shadows on Franchise’s Future

Spectre opens with James Bond sporting a skeleton suit, weaving in and out of a chaotic Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City. His outfit changes many times over... Read more

Halftime Leisure

The Ice Cream Flavor You Deserve

“I love ice cream” is not a shocking, special, or compelling statement. I would be far more concerned if someone stated the opposite than if someone simply confirmed what I... Read more


Black Mass: Depp Shines in Dark Places

What makes a monster, and what brings him down? Black Mass director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) explores these questions through Boston crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger.... Read more

Halftime Leisure

Emmy Awards 2015: The Academy Gets it Right

After sitting through the Emmys on Sunday, I slowly came to a shocking realization: I was not angry with any of the voters’ choices. Usually, I find myself in meaningless... Read more