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The Voice’s takes on all things media and culture.


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Why you should watch Netflix’s Firefly Lane

February just got a little more exciting—with a new Netflix release! Based on Kristin Hannah’s book of the same title, the new series Firefly Lane follows bestfriends Tully Hart (Katherine... Read more

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QUIZ: Which One Direction Tour Are You?

One Direction has now officially not been a band for longer than they have been one! But hey, instead of crying about that fact take this quiz and I’ll let... Read more

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All the Songs from Ratatouille the Musical Ranked

Anyone can cook—or write Broadway-worthy musical numbers, as demonstrated by TikTok users around the world. Based on the beloved Pixar film Ratatouille (2007), Ratatouille the Musical became one of the... Read more

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The Weekly List: The Best of The West Wing

I have been hooked on The West Wing since I started watching it one week sophomore year of high school when I was sick with the flu. Since then, its... Read more

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QUIZ: Which one of my many, many houseplants are you?

I’ve always loved plants, but over the course of the last year my addiction has accelerated at unprecedented rates. I started 2020 with two house plants and ended it with... Read more

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The Weekly List: The Best of Adventure Time

I’m a big fan of Adventure Time. Such a big fan that I’ve watched all 274 episodes an unholy amount of times and manage to find “Oh my crease” funny... Read more

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We Need to Talk About the Young Avengers

**Contains spoilers for Endgame, Captain Marvel, Wandavision and MCU’s Phase Four** The Young Avengers are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  I know this. Kevin Feige knows this. Probably... Read more

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QUIZ: Which of my favorite books from 2020 should you read based on your coffee order?

I read a lot of books last year. I also drank a lot of coffee last year. Now that the semester has started I no longer have time to read... Read more

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The Ascendancy of His Dark Materials Season 2

Warning: Spoilers for seasons one and two of His Dark Materials ahead A year after its debut season reintroduced viewers to Philip Pullman’s world of daemons, armored polar bears, and... Read more

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Pixar’s Soul beautifully entwines the profound with the playful

Pixar specializes in embedding deep, existential lessons into gorgeously animated masterpieces, and Pete Docter has accomplished just this with Soul (2020). The film conveys a poignant message that all adults... Read more

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One line reviews of every book I read during 2020

One Day In December by Josie Silver— A disaster of miscommunication The Toll by Neal Shusterman— Long and anticlimactic  Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston— serotonin in book... Read more

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The Mandalorian gave beloved character “Baby Yoda” a real name, and it’s really not what anyone wanted

Disclaimer: spoilers for all of The Mandalorian’s second season If you’re anything like the rest of The Mandalorian’s fans, you were probably sticking around for the cute creature the titular... Read more

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Fowl Play: Recipe for Seduction is brilliant in its insanity

I have been home from Georgetown since March 17. That means I have been home for over 26,000 15-minute increments of time. A lot of them have been spent in... Read more

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Top K-Dramas of 2020

This packaged deal includes my absolutely objective Top 5 K-Dramas for you to binge this winter.  But wait! There’s more. I added an additional 5 dramas that everyone’s raved about... Read more

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Mismatched: A story of an unlikely, unexpected pair

Scrolling through Netflix looking for a fun, quick show to watch over Thanksgiving break, I came across the Netflix mini-series Mismatched. Based on Sanhya Menon’s bestselling book When Dimple Met... Read more

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The Crown season 4: How soon is too soon?

The latest season of The Crown is by far the cruelest depiction of the Royal Family. The series is one of the most serious retellings of royal history seamlessly blending... Read more

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QUIZ: Which character in The Crown are you based off of your Thanksgiving meal?

Happy Thanksgiving and happy Season 4 of The Crown (Hello, Princess Diana)! I hope you took time off from quizzes over Thanksgiving break, but I’m here to give you one... Read more

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Dash & Lily dares to be the best Christmas rom-com ever

It’s Christmas in New York City. The lights are magical, the caroling groups sing on every corner, and the streets are somehow not overrun by tourists. You can have the... Read more

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is prescient, funny, and way oversimplified

After spending over a decade in development hell, it’s hard to think of better timing for the release of The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), a flawed, overstylized, but... Read more

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QUIZ: Which Studio Ghibli movie are you?

If there has been one thing saving me from the pit of hellish despair that this past year has been, it is the blissful nostalgia of Studio Ghibli. I mean,... Read more