Wise Guise contributor Sutter Vaught returns today with a wonderful review of Terrance Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder. He has previously pontificated on the similarities between Don Draper and Jeff Winger, while also debating Joseph about Christmas films in the First Annual Wise Guise Christmas Movie Fantasy Draft. Enjoy!
I went into To The Wonder with high expectations. Dangerously high expectations. In my book, The Tree of Life was hands down the best movie of 2011, and The Thin Red Line is the greatest war movie ever. I’m pretty admittedly an all-around Malick fanboy, although The New World didn’t really do it for me. And so I was looking forward to this one so much that I was inevitably setting myself up for a disappointment.
Alright folks… it’s been a while since I’ve done a Netflix streaming suggestions post so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been watching lately.
Recently we had Josh Smith drop some wisdom on us about the Netflix original series House of Cards. But I’m admittedly slacking on that series at the moment. I think I’ve watched like 4.5 episodes so far.
Here’s what I have been watching and would recommend: Read more
Sunday evening at the 1884 Lounge, the smaller, more intimate concert room of Memphis’ Minglewood Hall, The Lone Bellow played a sampling of songs from their self-titled debut album to an enthusiastic, albeit slim crowd. The Lone Bellow is a group that I would say is right on the cusp of making it big, maybe even huge, but unfortunately a Sunday night in Memphis doesn’t always produce the best crowd for live music. The night before they played a sold-out show at the Exit/In in Nashville and will be playing another sold out show in Nashville at the historic Ryman when they open for Dwight Yoakam later this spring. It’s a shame that the crowd was small, but I’m sure the band will be back in the future. The crowd size also could have been affected by the fact that they were not even considered the headliner of the show despite receiving substantially more critical acclaim and music industry buzz than the actual main attraction Marcus Foster. (Admittedly I did not even stay to see Foster play, so if he becomes the next big thing in American music, I’ll have to live with that choice.) Read more
When news broke about Roger Ebert’s passing, I can’t say I was shocked. Stories on the film critic’s health for the last few years had rarely been good, and even when we received reassuring words, his weak appearance caused more concern than confidence.
Still, Ebert was a god among film critics who seemed invincible. His reviews served as a source for the definitive word on whether a movie was worth our time or not. It had been that way for the last few decades, in fact. Most of us born in the late 1980s recall the majority of positive ads on films featuring the famous “Two Thumbs Up!” phrase coined by Ebert and his film-reviewing partner Gene Siskel. Read more
Football has the Super Bowl, film has the Academy Awards and for those of us who grew up fans of the lucrative world of sports entertainment that is WWE, professional wrestling has WrestleMania.
The once-a-year spectacle has played host to some of the greatest moments in the company’s history. Every spring, followers of Vince McMahon’s brainchild are treated to an almost religious experience of high-profile matches and celebrity appearances.
This year, WrestleMania will celebrate its 29th anniversary from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, an occurrence WWE is promoting as a homecoming of sorts given the New York metropolitan area was the location for the first WrestleMania and two of them since. In honor of this, I bring to you my personal list of the top 29 most significant moments in the show’s history. In case you missed them, you can see the first nine entries here and the second part here. Read more
I held out hope I would never have to write what I’m about to write. I held true to my belief the online world would correct itself and reverse course from the horrid direction in which it was descending. But there’s no pulse anymore. The body’s gone cold, and the ambulance has been called. It’s time to declare the diva dead. Read more