Joseph Williams, Author at The Wise Guise

Movie Review: Dunkirk

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When the credits roll on Christopher Nolan’s latest film – a cinematic experience that brings the full scale of the Battle of Dunkirk to the big screen for the first time – the audience is left speechless. Unlike nearly all of his other films, it’s not because you’re trying to digest the final twist or resolve the lingering ambiguity of a spinning top or space and time. I was speechless because the film bombarded my senses, the story hit the …

What I Learned about Chris Pratt’s Faith

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Most of us have loved Chris Pratt since we first met him as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec. Then he made his dramatic debuts in Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter revealed that he could be an action star, so it came as no surprise when he helmed two of the biggest worldwide action blockbuster films, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. I’ve been a huge fan of Chris Pratt’s from the beginning. He’s funny, he’s down …

Grading All the New Movie Trailers Out of Comic-Con

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I traveled to visit family this weekend, so as new trailers came pouring in over the weekend from San Diego’s Comic-Con, I was only able to watch a couple of them. I’m sure many of you may be interested in seeing them, debating them, and discussing them. So I figured as I caught up on them, I would put them all in one spot here at The Wise Guise for your viewing ease and pleasure. So in the world of …

In Defense of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while spending a lot of time on epic clashes and action sequences, it also deals with questions of how father figures impact who we are and how we view God; the nature …

Growing Up with Peyton

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A few weeks ago, I never thought I’d see Peyton Manning take another snap, much less throw another pass or another touchdown. Much less win another playoff game. Much less defeat Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots to win another AFC Championship. (Unbelievably, after all the drama, Peyton will end his career 3-2 against Brady & Belichick’s Patriots in the playoffs.) Much less get one final start in Super Bowl 50. You’ll have to excuse me for …

Movie Review: The Revenant

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The Revenant: **** out of 4. It’s easy to think of The Revenant as simply the vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio’s brutally other-worldly Oscar-winning performance or as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s Award-winning Birdman. In fact, as I was sitting in the theater watching Leo eat raw bison liver and sleep in animal carcasses, I kept wishing he’d already won an Oscar (even though I don’t think he’s had a performance I would have voted for before this one) so the …

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