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


Where We Go From Here: Reflections on 2012 Election Results

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

So with the 2012 election over, where do we go from here?

America has a lot of problems facing it today.

Read more

Poverty In America: How We Have Failed

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

Author’s Note: This article is a “director’s cut” version of an article review I wrote for Fare Forward. I highly recommend you visit that site, like the publication on Facebook, and even become a subscriber.  It’s a collection of people much smarter and much better at writing than me, discussing all topics you could imagine through a deeply intellectual Christian worldview.  I’m humbled to have written for their second issue, which is the basis for this post.  I’ll also be published in their third issue. They’re far too kind to me. I’ve tricked them into thinking I’m a legitimate writer.  Please don’t destroy this illusion. But do support Fare Forward. It’s amazing what they’re doing.

“Mr. Williams can’t take our extra food stamps away, CAN HE?!?”  It was my second year with Teach for America in one of the lowest performing high schools in Nashville, Tennessee.  In my 11th grade U.S. History class, I found myself refereeing an unplanned, heated debate about food stamps, welfare checks, and other strands of the social safety net.  Introducing the topic of LBJ’s Great Society, I asked my students (many of whom were enrolled in safety-net programs) to what extent the government should assist the poor.

Read more

The Exceptional Ones: Because of Mary

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Faith, Featured, Misc. Posts | 27 Comments

This is by far the most personal post I’ve ever written. If I had to sit down and write this to be published on The Wise Guise, it would have never been written, for a litany of reasons. But I wrote it as my personal statement for my law school applications. But as I recently watched the E:60 piece about the blessings of family members with special needs, as I went home to visit my sister and see her new adult day program, as tears streamed down my cheek watching multiple scenes with Max and Haddie on “Parenthood,” and as I think about how many unborn lives are ended in utero every day when prenatal screening reveals disabilities, I felt convicted that more people should read this than law school admissions counselors. It’s important for people who know me and people who don’t to hear about Mary. Because to understand me is to understand Mary and to understand Mary is to understand true joy, grace, and the purest blessings of life from our Creator. 

Read more

The Exceptional Ones: The Perfection of Down Syndrome

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Faith, Featured, Misc. Posts, Politics | 7 Comments

This post will be brief. What I lay out will be clear. My commentary will be minimal.  This is because the stories and statistics within this blog post speak for themselves. Commentary from me on this post would diminish the power of the story and stats within it.

Anyone who knows me knows that my faith and family have had the largest impact on the man I am today.  Anyone who really knows me knows that my special-needs sister, Mary, is actually the person that has had the largest influence on me.  I will be following up this post with one in the next few days discussing my sister Mary and why she’s so perfect.  Until then, I just want to share some statistics with you and pass along a story that my wife recently e-mailed to me while I was at work, urging me to be careful when I watched it because it would definitely produce tears. She knows me too well. It’s a story about the true meaning of perfection, and how we often get it so wrong.

Read more

A Tale of the Christian Church & Immigration

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Faith, Featured, Politics | 1 Comment

The Ramblings of a Bleeding Heart Conservative

Welcome to a new semi-regular blog post series of mine. I’m not sure where it will go or what all it will discuss, but I do feel as if I should write about what I’m thinking, debating, discussing, wrestling with, and praying about the most.  If I’m blogging about presidential elections, baseball, football, and Survivor, then I should probably also blog about what I profess to be the most important things in my life.

Read more

Rest in Peace, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Faith, Featured, Misc. Posts | Leave a comment

One of the greatest Americans, in my opinion, passed away today.  As Neil Armstrong himself reiterated on multiple occasions, it is not that he was an extraordinary man himself.  Always humble, he realized his place in history was one he was blessed to have.

Nevertheless, what he represents and stands for in our hearts and minds is so much of what is great about the United States of America.

Read more