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

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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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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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9.11.2001 – Never Forget, Never Can, Never Will

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

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I woke up this morning to a phone call from Mary. Most of my mornings start this way. Like most of us, she’s anxious in the morning about the day’s events and responsibilities. She’s anxious about what she’s doing that day. She’s curious about what I’m doing. So we chat for several minutes before we each start our day.

This morning, after our usual conversation, Mary asked me, “What’s today?”

She remembered. She’ll never forget. She can’t forget. She was only 12 years old, but she remembers 9-11-2001. She remembers the fears, the tears, and the confusion. She also remembers more clearly the bravery of the firemen and policemen. The bravery of the ordinary Americans. The sacrifice of our soldiers.

If all Americans only remembered as well as Mary does. [Update 9/11/2014: Mary called me once again. This morning, she wondered aloud, “You know what we needed on 9/11? Jack Bauer.” She recently watched the most recent season with my Dad. She’s a quick learner.”]

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I still remember where I was that morning. In 9th grade at White Station High School in Memphis, TN, I had first period gym. I jogged over to the office to drop off the attendance. I saw the images of flaming buildings on the news. The secretaries’ faces were glazed over. I assumed it was an early morning movie on TBS or the latest schtick on The Daily Show. Then, I saw the CBS logo in the corner. I knew it was real. And I had goosebumps all over.

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My Tour of the Best of Memphis: Making the Most of Memphis Most

Posted on by Grant Oster in Assorted Wisdom, Faith, Featured, Guest Spots | Leave a comment

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Every year The Commercial Appeal releases a list, the best that Memphis has to offer—staple institutions in Memphis. These institutions, selected by the readers of Memphis’ most historic newspaper, are the quintessential establishments that continue to make Memphis proud, year and year again. They will forever be recorded as victors in the annual Memphis Most.

If one is a true Memphian, they will frequent these locations; not because they are on some list, but because they truly are the best of the best in Memphis. However, there are so many wonderful restaurants, museums, clubs, and stores that sometimes you may miss one or two. I spent the last two weeks trying to surround myself in winners from The Commercial Appeal’s Memphis Most. Here are a few of my favorites. Read more

A (Hopefully) Christian Approach to Macklemore’s “Same Love”

Posted on by Josh Smith in Entertainment, Faith, Featured, Guest Spots, Music | 1 Comment

I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.

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The Exceptional Ones: The Tragedy of Robert Ethan Saylor

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Bright Spots, Faith, Featured | 2 Comments

If you haven’t read my post, Because of Mary, I highly recommend you read that before you read this post. It provides some necessary context for what I write below.

Saylor at home

A few tears streamed down my face as I fell asleep last night reading this article. Sobs came this morning as I tried to relay to my wife, Palmer, the tragedy of Robert Ethan Saylor.

In early January, at a movie theater in a mall in Frederick, Maryland, a 26-year old man named Ethan Saylor saw “Zero Dark Thirty.” He loved it so much that he clapped when it was over and wanted to see it again right away. You see, Ethan is special. Ethan has an extra chromosome.  He has Down Syndrome. Unlike 90% of unborn babies today who show this extra chromosome in prenatal screenings, Ethan got to live 26 years of a wonderful life. A life cut too short, too soon.

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