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The Magpie Reviews: The Bodyguard

In my family, we’ve had a long-running joke that my dad is secretly Kevin Costner. It all started when a couple years ago, Dad mentioned that someone once insisted he looked like the movie star. The part that was so funny though was that he was told this about twenty years ago meaning that my… Continue reading The Magpie Reviews: The Bodyguard

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The Magpie Reviews: Alias Grace

In the hollow emptiness of the aftermath of finishing Stranger Things II, I was weak. I was searching. I was vulnerable to boring Netflix Originals. So I clicked the first thing in “Recommended For You” and was luckily blown away by the historical drama/thriller Alias Grace. So much so I thought, Margaret, you should totally share… Continue reading The Magpie Reviews: Alias Grace

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News Sources as Mean Girls Characters

We live in a brave new world in which credible news sources and freedom of press are so 2000 and late. We’re so divided that the actual President of the United States literally has called free press a public enemy and has ominously threatened to cancel the licenses of any news sources he doesn’t agree… Continue reading News Sources as Mean Girls Characters

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World Leaders Ranked by Competency….But Also Dreaminess

1. Justin Trudeau (Canada) The joke was made during election season, but I’m still onboard with the mass emigration to Canada if only for the wise and competent leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Not only is he woke bae, but he’s a tireless advocate for intersectional feminism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, and Canada’s indigenous people. He’s a… Continue reading World Leaders Ranked by Competency….But Also Dreaminess

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The Magpie Reviews: 11th Annual International Silent Film Festival

I thought I’d do this new thing where I write specifically about events in Manila for three reasons: It forces me to live as normally as I would in the States. After 2 and 1/2 months, I need to take ownership of this place as my city, even if it means doing the things I love,… Continue reading The Magpie Reviews: 11th Annual International Silent Film Festival

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The Magpie Reviews: Anne with an “E”

  The new Netflix series “Anne with an ‘E’” seems like it would be directly catered to me. It’s a perfectly measured combination of everything I love. A cherished classic from my childhood (both the book and the popular miniseries (1985) which my sisters and I would borrow so frequently from the local library, we racked up more… Continue reading The Magpie Reviews: Anne with an “E”

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The Magpie Ranks: Law and Order: SVU Detectives

If you can’t hum along to the iconically minimalistic Law and Order: SVU theme song (*duh-DUH duh-duh-duh-duh-da-duhhhhh*) or can hear the term “especially heinous” without fully repeating “in the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an… Continue reading The Magpie Ranks: Law and Order: SVU Detectives