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

The Top 10 Things in Entertainment for 2016


2016 has largely been seen as a bad year, with one of the prominent reasons being the passing of so many artists and celebrities. While it certainly was painful to lose talents like Prince, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, and dozens of others, those ends didn’t take away from the Read more

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2011 Movie Rankings (11-25)

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 3 Comments

“Movies entertain us, and often they are nothing more than grab bags of gimmicks, gags, and gab. But those that continue to appeal to audiences over time and to lodge in our individual and collective memories do so because they reveal patterns of how we live our lives. Our hopes and fears, our aspirations and our failures, our longings and our frustrations, our loves and our hates are all embodied in the memorable popular films.”

I’m a big quote guy. And so as I sit here in my CTU Bauer shirt, pondering how to kick off “The Imaginarium” portion of this blog, I found this quote ever so relevant. I am admittedly one of those occasionally obnoxious people who views films as more than just a fun entertainment medium. Like Joseph said in his profile, “I’m not one of those guys that gets all jacked up to see Transformers 3 at midnight.”

I think of my boy Jack Bauer and his dedication to preserving all that is good. I like to think that I am dedicated to the same, just in a far less badass way. For me, a well-made film is a very powerful thing. Well-made films embody something in each of us that either forces us to confront something or stirs up an emotional inner response. I’m not implying that every movie made has to be some deep, cerebral melodrama. One of my all-time favorite movies is Sullivan’s Travels, which argues that there is the most power in comedies. (And yes the entire movie is on YouTube). I just think too many people tend to see movies that were made for a very specific purpose and they view them with a different agenda and are disappointed. A lot of the movies on my list have to be viewed with an open mind and with the understanding that they weren’t necessarily made for your enjoyment. But alas I will step down from my soapbox and save that post for another day.

So before we get too far into things here on The Imaginarium, I thought we should first recap what I considered to be my top movies of 2011. There is no specific set of criteria for ranking these. It’s basically just a combination of equal parts what I consider quality, combined with how much I enjoyed it. Also I have to admit I’ve only seen one movie nominated for Best Foreign Film and none of the Best Documentary nominees. Those are usually viewed the week leading up to the Oscars. I would love your feedback and we’ll go through 1-10 next week leading up to my Oscar picks.

So without further adieu, let’s do this thing! Read more

He Said, She Said: Round One

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, He Said, She Said | 4 Comments

He Said, She Said will be a weekly post brought to you by Joseph Williams and his lovely wife, Palmer. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything though…

Discussing thoughts and feelings about everything under the sun, from TV and film to awards shows and life experiences, they’ll bring a unique perspective on each topic.  When they agree, consider it two thumbs up.  When they disagree, consider both sides.  But don’t write them off as typical-guy and typical-gal points of view.  After all, Palmer doesn’t exactly like chick flicks, and Joseph doesn’t get all jacked up to see Transformers 3 at midnight.

 

Homeland, Season 1

He Said: As someone who followed 24 from its inception with its edited and delayed season premiere after 9/11, I was excited about Homeland. 24 is one of my all-time favorite shows.  The first season was an inflection point for television drama, launching the return of serial TV. Although 8 seasons and a TV movie (and, fingers crossed, Jack Bauer on the big screen?!?) provided for some of my favorite TV-viewing ever, its home on network TV amid concept constraints (real-time, 24-episode seasons) provided for some predictability, inconsistency, and loss of nuance/depth as the series progressed.  With Homeland, two of the writers from 24 have the opportunity to break out of the constraints of 24 and provide some of the best television drama I have watched in quite some time.  Addictive, enthralling, mind-twisting, and with two of the most interesting characters (brilliantly portrayed by Claire Danes and Damien Lewis) on TV right now, the first season of Homeland provides a window into America’s foreign policy over the past decade.  And you won’t be able to look away from the family dynamics, political machinations, and psychologically thrilling tale of what can be behind international terrorist threats and what can be done to try to keep America safe and strong.

She Said: Ok, for those of you who like TV but do not have a clue what my husband just said- this review is for you.  I have never seen 24, or any other equivalent show, as my general scariness tolerance level is somewhere around CSI: Miami.  So when Joseph told me that Homeland was a MUST WATCH for us, I patted him on the head, said yes, and then proceeded to make sure our DVR was filled so that we would never have the time to watch it.  However after Joseph decided to switch our cable from Comcast to U-verse (WARNING: do not engage Joseph in a conversation about the brilliance of U-Verse v. the evils of Comcast unless you have a good two hours on your hands), our DVR was wiped out so I had no choice but to submit myself to starting Homeland…And surprisingly I’m very glad I did.  Although I spent half of each episode crouched behind my pillow with my heart-beating out of my chest, the show’s twists and turns left me unable to stop at just one episode a night.  I love that the storyline is not your average good guy vs. bad guy, but that the show brings depth and reality to the general “greyness” of the issues it tackles.  I would say that if you are like me, and are easily stressed during a show, you may enjoy it more (especially if you are near the end of the series) to read a few spoilers beforehand so you know when the jumps are coming. Read more

Tuesday’s With Tony: Meet Tony!

Posted on by Colin Stovall in Basketball, Featured, Sports, Tuesday's With Tony | 1 Comment

I remember my first time like it was yesterday. Filled with excitement and unaware of the wonders this new adventure would bring, I dove right in throwing caution to the wind.

Early on I learned to avoid athletes on Twitter because of their incessant self promotion. But then, Tony happened. Yes, Tony Allen joined the Twitter world and his viral stream of consciousness was birthed. Unprepared for what Tony was capable of, I began to follow his tweets. I excused his first tweets and attributed them to amateurism with a smart phone and the concept of Twitter. But things did not change, and I began to search for the meanings in Tony’s tweets.

Unfamiliar to the use of the single “)” and multiple “!”, I mulled over Tony’s tweets like Benjamin Franklin Gates and the Declaration of Independence.

Your honor, I would like to present Exhibit A: Read more

Let The Games Begin

Posted on by The Wise Guise in Featured, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

“It’s 2010, everything has been done before. All you can do is do something someone’s done before but do it better or differently.”

The Trip (2011)

 

Welcome to The Wise Guise (@TheWiseGuise).

For our first post, we wanted to lay out the premise for the blog and then each share a little blurb about where we think this venture is going to go, which inevitably will differ quite a bit both from each other and from where the venture will ultimately go.

What The Wise Guise is meant to be is a place for us to get together and discuss the things we love and are passionate about, in a hopefully entertaining way. Think of it as a virtual MacLaren’s Pub, The Max, or Monk’s Café. We each love writing.  We each have a propensity to become addicted to varied corners of culture. So we figured… why not join forces?! Think Super 8, where Spielberg, Abrams, Coach Eric Taylor, and the sassiest adolescents since The Sandlot joined forces. We don’t want to create another website full of people who think they have all the answers about everything from comprehensive tax reform and college football to TV quality and Kardashian cup sizes (the latter two not always being mutually exclusive). We’re not the Huffington Post. The Wise Guise is merely a place for us to post some opinions and observations, while collecting your questionable feedback. Read more