Political Passport: Jeb Bush & 2016


We're less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, in which the GOP is trying its best to increase its majority in the House of Representatives, gain a majority in the Senate, and continue its strong leadership in state governments in every region of our nation. But the news Read more

A Blessing for Jack Williams


Friday afternoon, Wise Guise founding members Joseph and Palmer Williams became parents. As with all substantial news in the social media era, the revelation of this birth came from a collage in my Instagram feed of two clearly exhausted young parents cradling a small baby in their arms. I kid, Read more

Concert Review: Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour at the FedEx Forum, October 2014


Alex: Should you invest in tickets to see Katy Perry? I use the word “invest” because the act of purchasing tickets to most pop spectacles now go beyond “buying.” Attendance costs per person now are worth a heavy chunk of change, especially if you want premium seating and merchandising Read more

The Lower Broadway Gazette: 2nd Edition


Editors note: Each week I will be sharing the three hottest stories coming out of the Nashville area. These stories have been hand-selected due to the importance of the community. This is absolutely not a spinoff of The Onion — the only similarities are the general story ideas, the way Read more

Can "Gone Girl" actually capture Oscar Gold?


Oscar season has arrived. Hard to believe, isn’t it? The summer was filled with mostly cinematic disappointments. The steep box office decline from years gone by put the industry in panic. While decent quality blockbusters were scattered throughout the hottest months of the year, very few potential awards contenders Read more

Movie Review: Gone Girl


Disclaimer: First off, THERE ARE NO SPOILERS OF ANY KIND IN THIS REVIEW - I simply wanted to share the very basics of what I thought you needed to know about the film. I feel it's necessary to begin this brief review by first stating that this film is very graphic Read more

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Juan Pablo does America!

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Entertainment, Featured, Reality Check, Television | 1 Comment
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Juan Pablo with Renee and her mute son.

Juan Pablo’s frequent flyer miles outweighed the entertainment value of what was a dull episode of The Bachelor last night. Now I know why ABC is giving us two episodes this week—they’re apologizing for a snoozer of a hometown episode. Claire’s (Clay-er’s) family of middle-aged women and a mute mother were the only redeeming quality, but we’ll get more into that rag-tag group later.

Instead of a list of what we learned last night, I’m going to rank the families. Here are the rules…

Each family will start with 100 points. From there I will deduct points in a totally subjective way with no clear pattern. This is of course mirroring the perfectly broken system used in Olympic figure stating. The families are ranked from 1st to 4th.

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Why the Time is Right to Give Leo His Oscar

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Unquestionably, one of the biggest omissions on last year’s Oscar nominations was the absence of Leonardo DiCaprio in Best Supporting Actor for “Django Unchained.”

The performance, regarded as one of his finest, was seen as a lock for some sort of recognition. Awards watchers didn’t expect the Academy to opt for the selection of his co-star Christoph Waltz instead, who would ultimately go on to win the award. Read more

The Bachelor: Juan Pablo Sweats in Miami

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Entertainment, Featured, Reality Check, Television | Leave a comment

Welcome to Miami, bienvenidos a Miami!

“If the moon and the skies and everyone wants us to be together…”
-Juan Pablo, Philosopher
(There was no ending to that sentence in real life, by the way. I didn’t cut anything out – it just straight up had no ending)

What we learned from The Bachelor’s trip to Miami… Read more

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

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Alright guys, I’m in the final process of finalizing my rankings for 2013 movies. But, before I share those, I wanted to join the rest of civilization in recommending seeing The Lego Movie.

I had an early finish to the work day yesterday and had only been to the theater once or twice so far this year so I decided to check out the much heralded (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) The Lego Movie. I texted a couple friends as I arrived that I hoped Chris Hansen from Dateline didn’t come plop down in the seat next to me as I was seeing a children’s movie by myself. My writing this post, combined with the common knowledge that I’m not fast enough to outrun Chris Hansen, should be proof enough that I left unscathed.

So, without further adieu, here’s what I liked and didn’t like. We’ll start with what I didn’t. Read more

Sochi 2014: Weekend Top 10

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Oshie Sochi 2014: Weekend Top 10

T.J. Oshie nets the game-winner.

1) Oshie in Sochi! If you try typing that sentence on your phone or computer, autocorrect will swiftly add an exclamation point. Even if you write it by hand, your pen will take over and force the exclamation point onto the page—similar to this familiar scene from Liar Liar.

But I digress…

T.J. Oshie, the 27-year-old forward on the US men’s hockey team, buried the game-winning goal on his sixth attempt in the 8th round of a sudden death shootout versus the Russians. In a span of 20 minutes, Oshie went from being an unknown to a national hero. He has picked up roughly 130,000 new twitter followers, and his name is second only to TJ Maxx when you type “TJ” into a Google search. Oshie has also handled the newfound spotlight with grace and humility, crediting his goalie and teammates for their efforts in the defeat of the Russians. I’m curious to see what happens when he returns home to St. Louis and the NHL. Regardless of the team’s final results, I believe he has earned an interview on the Tonight Show w/ Fallon, and of course a sit down with ESPN’s own Barry Melrose. Hopefully his NHL schedule will allow some time for his personal brand to flourish. Read more

Top Ten Lessons Learned from House of Cards Season 1

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Entertainment, Featured, Television, TV Reviews | Leave a comment

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As I’ve patiently awaited House of Cards, it has easily become the show I’ve most looked forward to returning in 2014. The dark side of The West Wing, a D.C.-based political thriller more akin to a Shakespearean reflection on power and fallen humanity than it is Scandal or The West Wing, although it shares slices of elements from both of those as well.

I’ve written on The Wise Guise and in Fare Forward Magazine about marriage’s impact on TV watching. What you watch, when you watch it, and how fast you watch it. All of these change. And life is just busier. So as many friends binge-watched House of Cards within the first week of Netflix’s release of all 13 episodes at once, it waited patiently for me in my Instant Queue. Finally, Palmer and I had the time and the shared desire to start it. It took us just under two weeks to complete the first season.

So much has been written about House of Cards already. I agree with pretty much everything Andy Greenwald at Grantland writes about both the show’s content and the phenomenon of releasing the entire season at once. I share his distaste for Photographer Adam and how the untraditional and popular distribution model changes the way we can enjoy the slow development of great, long-form TV as a community over a period of weeks. But regardless, I haven’t been able to wait until the new season drops… and now it has! As I’m torn this weekend on whether to spread out my viewing of Season 2 or just binge all the way through, I thought it’d be good to reflect on Ten Lessons Learned from Season 1. For a full review of Season 1’s strengths and weaknesses, try Josh Smith’s review. And, as Josh says, “All in all, House of Cards is a pretty fascinating study in total depravity.” So what were the ten lessons learned in this study?

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