On "The Interview" and Creative Freedom


The year is 1940. Adolf Hitler is at the zenith of his power. Having conquered multiple European territories and formed multiple international alliances, the German dictator is seen as the most dominant leader in the world. Charlie Chaplin – Hollywood’s most dominant leader – decides to release a film that Read more

Home Alone & Church at Christmas


The Wise Guise has enjoyed presenting high-quality Christmas content since our first year. We've posted old Christmas-themed Facebook notes from yours truly in addition to the infamous 2012 Christmas Movie Smackdown and a Christmas YouTube Hall of Fame. As I write this, I continue my tradition of watching classic TV Read more

SAG, Golden Globe nominations push "Boyhood" out front in Oscar Race


Is “Boyhood” really the frontrunner for Best Picture? Upon release this summer, it certainly felt like a contender. The perfect review scores and strong limited box office seemingly guaranteed that. And yet, the lack of star power in the film made it feel more like a production made for Read more

Sneak Preview: Favorite Films of 2014 So Far


Every year I rank my favorite films of the previous year in January or February. You can find past editions in our archives, including the 2012 edition when I ranked my top 50 movies of the year. Like I said then, and will reiterate now, I need to get Read more

Why WWE was right to fire CM Punk


Fittingly, as we were all giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives yesterday, former WWE superstar CM Punk interrupted the holiday with a long, rambling podcast as close friend Colt Cabana’s guest. It’s filled with the typical, ego-charged rhetoric from Punk we’ve come to expect. He says he’ll Read more

Rugby: My New Favorite Sport


Last week I experienced the thrill and experience that is the sport of Rugby. Well, the thrill and experience that comes from watching the sport of rugby. Last Saturday, I went to the USA Eagles v New Zealand All Blacks game in Chicago. Packed into a sold out stadium, with Read more

Entertainment Inspirations

Preserving the Phantom Set & Silent Film History

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For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive kitchen in “Jurassic Park”? Or how about shedding that first cinematic tear when Simba lost his dad in “The Lion King”?

For cinephiles of my generation, these images remain just as fresh in our minds as the days we first viewed them. And while the scenery above no doubt sounds common in mainstream reflection of mid-90s filmgoers, one memory I often reflect on surprises others. Read more

The Binge-Worthy Shows of the Summer Season

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The dog days are here. It’s hot. No need to be outside when it feels like absolute death. So what better to do than park it in front of the TV and catch up on some quality television programming before the Fall TV Season begins. Read more

Summer under the Stars: What our love for “The Fault in Our Stars” says about us

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When it comes to of-the-moment teen book series, I’m certainly a connoisseur. I eased through the Harry Potter stories, devoured the Hunger Games trilogy and – yes, sad to say – even gave the Twilight saga a spin back in the day. Read more

Being a Hero to the Orphans of the World

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When you lose a parent, the first reaction is never one of appreciation. The immediate aftermath is not filled with happiness over all the times you shared and how blessed you were to have that person in your life.

Instead, you tend to focus on what can never be. You think of all the years you have left where you won’t have that parent around to talk to or share memories with moving forward. It’s that notion that leads to most of the heartache you experience when suffering through those first few weeks following a passing. Read more

SkyMall Surprises: Gifts for Him

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[Editor’s Note: I received this e-mail from my wife last week. With our anniversary coming up this week, she had decided she would shop for my present solely on SkyMall’s website. This is going to start a mini-series of Palmer’s gift ideas for various occasions. Check out the e-mail below for Gifts for Him. It’s got something for everyone. Enjoy!]

Dear Husband,

So I’ve been searching for the perfect anniversary present for you.  Here are the top contenders thus far:

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Entertainment Inspirations: London Calling

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There’s nothing better than the summer Olympics. Nothing. Listening to Bugler’s Dream, or even Chris Brown’s “Dreamer” from 2008 always gets my blood rushing, just imagining how crazy it must feel to be at that caliber. Someday… someday I will go to an Olympics, most likely as a spectator. Until then, I’ll sit here on my couch, dropping my jaw at perfectly synchronized dives, tragic mistakes, and tear-inducing victories. Go America. Read more