Movie Review: Dunkirk


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 Read more

Dream-Casting a Live-Action Little Mermaid for Disney


Perhaps no task is more difficult for a studio than casting a well-known franchise to match the sky-high expectations of fans. From novels to comic books to animated film remakes, Hollywood has had mixed results with the task; some have spent the big bucks to get the demanded stars, Read more

Best Movies of 2016: The 3rd Annual Groucho Awards


Welcome to the Third Annual Groucho Awards! This is my own platform to nominate and award the movies of my choosing, because it seems that far too often, the movies with the biggest campaigns get Oscar nominations and the little guys are left out in the cold. This year Read more

A compelling case that Corinne is six-years-old, and other Bachelor nonsense


  Written by: @jeremywilson412 In the words of Chris Harrison, "Coming up on this week's episode (recap) of The Bachelor..." The ladies receive their first real test, we pause to remember those we lost this week, I present a theory about Corinne that is bulletproof, and we discuss the contenders and pretenders. But Read more

I was not going to write about The Bachelor, but then...


(Written by: @JeremyWilson412) I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up in a shark costume convinced it was a dolphin costume. I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up who hooked up with Nick at Read more

What I Learned about Chris Pratt's Faith


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 Read more

Assorted Wisdom

You Only Get So Many Meals

Posted on by Grant Oster in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Misc. Posts | 2 Comments

SteakThe average American has a life expectancy of 78.5 years. Assuming that this “average American” eats three meals a day, that is roughly 86,000 meals–and let’s face it, many of us don’t eat breakfast. Moreover, as a child, you don’t get to pick your meals. I could continue to let this imaginary number dwindle down, but you get the idea. Read more

Captain Phillips: Phenomenal Film, Heartbreaking Tale

Posted on by Palmer Williams in Assorted Wisdom, Faith, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

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Many in the auditorium cheered as the Navy SEAL team took down the final three pirates at the movie’s climax, yet I sat silent. I know I was supposed to cheer at the superiority of our military (of whom I am incredibly proud, because HOLY COW they are good!), yet the moment felt somehow different than a similar scene in Zero Dark Thirty when SEALs took down Osama Bin Laden. It wasn’t as if the United States was wrong to kill the Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage. In fact, the young men were committing one of the oldest and most contemptible international crimes. Yet, while grateful for the U.S. military and our incredible Navy SEALs who keep innocents like Captain Phillips and ourselves safe and free every day, I simultaneously mourned for those slain pirates. Not particularly the moment of their death, but instead the tragic inevitability of their life that led them to that moment.

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Shangri-La in India

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[This post comes to us from friend of The Wise Guise, John Nesbitt. John Nesbitt is a rare guest contributor and team owner of a jungernaut Survivor Team.  He just returned from a two week trip to India for work. He has previously written about his adventures in the Middle East.]

Shangri-La in India

The land of Maharajas and Mughals.

A land of people and trash.

A land of treasures and trash.

The juxtaposition is overwhelming

This juxtaposition makes the experience

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Thank you, Warner.

Posted on by Alex Beene in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Misc. Posts | Leave a comment

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Warner Russell is one of the guys who taught me what true friendship is. Saying that seems strange at first; we barely knew each other throughout college until we were both months away from graduation. Truth be told, we’ve only seen each other in person a handful of times in recent years, at dinners, movies and weddings of mutual friends.

However, span of time is something overrated in assessing the impact one has had on another’s life. There are some people I’ve known for years that haven’t offered a positive word, while there have been others who have sent me thoughtful messages just days after meeting them.

I first met Warner when we were both working at “The Daily Mississippian.” I was Arts & Life Editor, and he was a writer for the opinion section. I started reading his stuff each week, a real rarity because I never browsed pieces outside of my section. I’d laugh frequently and get joy out of hearing his insights.

A few weeks later, a mutual friend of ours, Clint Rosenblatt, connected us, and the following week Warner started writing for my section. He’d continue to do such until graduation in May. During that time, the Arts section got some really great content – comical, engaging and even sometimes touching.

There’s something I learned from my experience with Warner, though. Up until that final few months, I had been pretty hard about dictating exactly what writers for my section should write. I was controlling and was quickly angered if one of my writers failed to comply with a suggestion.

Imagine my surprise when I e-mailed Warner a list of topics his first week on the job as suggestions of things to cover, and he did exactly zero of them. I scratched my head when I got his first article. In the cockiest of mental sayings, I thought to myself, “Does this guy not know who I am and what I want?”

When I began to read his work, all my dread melted away. What was left was a profound appreciation. From that week forward, I never told or even hinted at what Warner should write about; I let him make the decisions for topics. And, in those final few weeks, I employed the same tactic with my other writers.

Warner’s ignoring whatever I requested wasn’t an act of rebellion but an issue of trust. I had brought him in as a great writer, and I knew he thought I should trust in him to write words of wisdom for me. And that he did.

Years later, when I began to write for The Wise Guise, Warner and his friends returned the favor. They’ve given me complete freedom in what I choose to write about each week. And sure, we may throw ideas out to one another from time to time, but we don’t direct one another on the exact words or tone of a piece. We trust in each other to create good content, and it shows.

Independence is the absolute most difficult element of life to incorporate into a friendship, relationship or business setting. As humans, our default mode is to be controlling and needy, constantly expecting others to sacrifice their time and effort to fit our personal desires.

For years, I did this. Even throughout college, as I was “growing up,” I attempted to rotate my friends’ needs around my own because it was what was good for me. What you discover is when you don’t allow people to have independence in their actions, complain at them for not altering their schedule or appearance to your wants, and offer directives instead of letting free thought roam…well, you’re not really abiding by the rules of friendship. If you’re in a relationship, locking someone to you isn’t love. And if there’s no trust in business, then I doubt your operation is going to make it for long.

It’s the independence Warner and his friends have given me to write on this site that has helped get me through some hard personal and professional times. Writing is the best form of therapy, as it allows me to vent my feelings on a range of topics the same way a fighter would take to a punching bag.

And most important of all, it’s the constant enthusiasm and appreciation Warner has greeted my work with that makes me feel blessed to be a part of this team. I enjoy hearing from and chatting with him not out of some strange, invisible obligation from college to reach out every once and a while to an old friend, but rather because I genuinely enjoy hearing what perspective he brings to a conversation.

Why do I say all this? What’s with the Warner love fest? I could ramble on with explanations, but does there have to be one? We so often fail to communicate to people how important they are to us.

What you should know is The Wise Guise wouldn’t be the great blog it is without Warner Russell, and I wouldn’t be the somewhat-respectable guy I am today without the traits he taught me.

Warner, from all of us here at The Wise Guise, we just want to thank you for enriching our lives. You’ve been there for us, and we are proud to be there for you. Take care, my friend.

Top 20 Things Learned from New York Magazine’s Interview w/ Justice Scalia

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Assorted Wisdom, Faith, Featured, Politics | Leave a comment

In an era of social media and 24-hour news cycles, people disagree often. Whether it’s Miley Cyrus, the government shutdown, award shows, or football games, people disagree vehemently always and often. In this era, there is arguably no one who invokes more ardent loyalty or utter disgust than Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Some view him as the lone voice of reason in the wilderness standing for what is right in America, while others think he hates minorities of every kind and is terrible for America. Most admit that he is one of the smartest and wittiest minds in the legal field today, although people debate to what extent he uses his legal powers for good or evil.

Regardless, Scalia is a fascinating figure and has had a front-seat to U.S. legal, political, and cultural shifts since the mid-1970s. So it was refreshing recently when New York Magazine interviewed Scalia in a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred interview. While there is a lot of insight for legal nerds of all ideologies, there was a lot revealed in the interview that should be interesting to all Americans. What does Scalia think about Facebook, Seinfeld, different media outlets, the current state of political gridlock, Pope Francis, poker, heaven, hell, the Devil, and his place in history?

Well, here’s the Top 20 things we learned. Enjoy! To read the entire interview (which is well worth doing especially if you want to understand how he thinks about legal matters), click here.

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My Grandmother: Remembering Grams

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

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Ever since receiving the call from my dad telling me that Grams had passed away, I have been constantly reflecting on how I would define my grandmother. This process has produced both tears and laughter, as Norma was truly one of a kind.

Here’s a list of all the roles my grandmother played in my life as well as others who were fortunate enough to spend time with her…

My grandmother was a faithful fan. I can hardly remember a sporting event of mine that she missed. That includes Friday night football games all over central Florida, basketball games, tennis matches, and soccer games regardless of the weather. She also made her presence known while attending these games. During a little league baseball game of mine, she wasn’t pleased with a call the umpire made. She then yelled, “That’s bologna!” My brother was unfortunately sitting right next to her, and when the ump turned around he assumed Daniel had yelled it and promptly threw him out of the ballpark. Grams slowly sunk back into her seat and kept quiet the rest of the game as Daniel took the walk of shame back to the car. Read more