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

Bright Spots

A Great Teacher, a Great Father, and Faith

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“When you look at physics, it’s all about laws and how the world works. But if you don’t tie those laws into a much bigger purpose, the purpose in your heart, then they are going to sit there and ask the question ‘Who cares?’”

“Kids are very spiritual — they want a bigger purpose. I think that’s where this story gives them something to think about.”

What is this story? It’s the simple story of a a high school physics teacher, a husband, a father, and a man of faith. It’s the story many of us have lived, are living, and will live. We try our best to love, but we come up short. We have doubts. We have obstacles. Expectations aren’t met. Life doesn’t go the way we had planned it or dreamed it. We fall down. Those we love fall down.

And then we face choices. We face them every moment of every day. Do we give up? Do we throw our hands up in the air? Or do we look to a higher purpose? Do we reach out to supernaturally love one another and sacrifice our own plans, schedules, and dreams to love others who really need it?

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What Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Did For a Special Needs Kid During a Game

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Zbo kia award

There are several things we’ve always made clear here at The Wise Guise during our nearly two years of blogging.

(1) We love the Memphis Grizzlies. This has been clear from the beginning, when one of our early series was Tuesdays with Tony.

(2) We have a special place in our hearts for the special ones amongst us. I’ve written at length about these exceptional ones in our lives, including my sister, Mary.

Well, Clayton sent me the following video earlier today, which made me reply, “Oh. My. Zbo.”

Clayton’s response? “What a dude. That’s why [the Grizzlies] still have the full support of most of the city despite their on court struggles this year.”

Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Although Zbo himself possibly could. Earlier in the night, he was awarded November’s KIA Community Assist Award.

As Randolph said via after he was given the award, “I love to give back to kids in need and from single-parent homes because I was one of those kids growing up, so I feel as though I can relate. It’s a blessing for me to be able to help someone else.”

May we all be able to do the simple things in life the help someone else this holiday season. Timely given the release of the sequel, but it reminds me of a line from Gandalf in the first Hobbit film: “[Some] believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.”

Bright Spots: Being Truly Brave

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My wife, Palmer, sent me this video a few days ago. She warned me to prepare for tears. So I don’t know why I decided to wait to watch it until I was sitting in a full law library.

Regardless, I think you’ll enjoy this video that has gone viral, made by the patients and staff at University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital.

As I was watching it, I couldn’t help but think back to this quote from Gandalf in last winter’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love.”

That’ll preach.

Eat Delicious Chili, Help a Great Memphis Organization!

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chili cook off

Local businesses, families, and restaurants all joining together to offer up various chili recipes in a competition. The classic fall chili-cook-off. And this weekend in Memphis, you have the opportunity to go to one of the best chili-cook-offs you could go to for one of the best causes you could help.

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Memphis Music Profile: 3artists1yard

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I sat down with Caleb Sigler of 3artists1yard recently to talk about the innovative initiative started by a group of Memphis musicians to showcase talented acts while bringing communities together. 

Tell me about how 3artists1yard got started. Explain the concept and how it came to be.

3artists1yard started in my back yard mid-summer 2012. We had just moved into my current house, and I wanted to play some music in my backyard. I called two good friends (Myla Smith & Noah Glenn) who are incredible local musicians, and we set up a PA and played music for our friends and neighbors. What everyone loved about it was how community-centric it felt. People sitting on blankets and lawn-chairs, talking and eating. Kids were dancing to the music, and everyone was just enjoying the night air. It was an awesome success, and a few other people asked if they could have the same kind of event in their backyard. This kind of snowballed, and we ended up booking a bunch more that summer. Due to the success we were having, we decided to make this more of an organized thing. The concept was simple enough: connect with a host family, bring three local artists/bands, set up an awesome party, invite a bunch of people. While every 3A1Y has been unique in attendance, vibe, etc. we have stuck to the basic rule of three artists in a yard (note: the term “artist” has now developed into bands and groups, and the term “yard” has become a bit more loose with whole neighborhoods booking us).

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Bright Spots: Pay It Forward

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I just stumbled upon this story and thought I’d pass it along. It’s amazing the impact a small group of people can have on the mindset of those around them by turning a tragedy into something positive. If it is just displaying as a link to the homepage it’s because it’s a flash player link and you have to be on a computer.

Here’s the link if you’re on a phone or iPad.

Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee