A Christian Contemplation on Suicide


Have you ever heard a truly great preacher? I’m not talking about the stereotypical hell-fire-and-brimstone one the church of olden days churned out. I’m also not referencing the feel-good spiritual gurus who dominate the airwaves now, who seem to be OK with everything except not leaving a donation in Read more

The One that Hurts the Most: Rest in Peace, Robin Williams


Yesterday, we were all shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Robin Williams. We each simply wanted to share a few words about our experiences with the actor and comedian that brought so much joy and laughter to the world. Some of us talk about Read more

Elvis Week Spotlight: New That's The Way It Is and Viva Las Vegas Digibooks


With this year's Elvis Week kicking off a week from today on August 9 - August 17, The Wise Guise wanted to shine some light on a timely new product from Warner Bros. in the form of an Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition Blu-ray Read more

The Bachelorette Finale: "Why'd You Make Love With Me?"


The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic. But before we move on, I need to take care of two things. 1) I’m having a hard time writing this post Read more

The Binge-Worthy Shows of the Summer Season


The dog days are here. It’s hot. No need to be outside when it feels like absolute death. So what better to do than park it in front of the TV and catch up on some quality television programming before the Fall TV Season begins. Here are three picks to Read more

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All Recap & Final Rose Preview


Well, my experiment failed. I thought maybe if I stopped writing about this season that it would just go away. I got tired of Andi and her boy(z II men). I was tired of watching these men swaddled in scarves perusing some of this world’s greatest cities. But, I Read more

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Top Five Albums of 2013

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As we wrap up this year and begin a new one, our top music reviewer ranks his top five albums of 2013.

Honorable Mentions: Reflektor by Arcade Fire; Random Access Memories by Daft Punk; Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend; The Lone Bellow by The Lone Bellow

5) Yeezus by Kanye West

Kanye is on a different level than other artists. He’s absolutely crazy, like insane, loose cannon crazy. But there is no question that he is a genius. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was great, one of my all time favorites, but Yeezus is transcendental. It will be the album people associate him with in 50 years.

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Roundtable: Thoughts on 2014 Golden Globe Nominations

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The Wise Guise is honored to have Alex Beene bring his “Awards Addict”, Oscar season awards coverage to our site this year. To bring you up to date, his first two posts were on critics awards and the SAG nominations. But things have kicked into high gear with the full list of Golden Globe nominees in both film and TV. We got a roundtable together to discuss the nominations, so check out our post to see what Joseph, Sutter, Alex, and Jeremy thought.

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Above the Rest: How Beyoncé’s Surprise Album Release lifts her to the Top of the Diva Pile

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beyonce1 Above the Rest: How Beyoncé’s Surprise Album Release lifts her to the Top of the Diva Pile

Talk about a stunner. No one expected Beyoncé to drop a complete new album – completely unannounced and unhyped – on Friday. No one could have anticipated the insane results of that surprise, either: in 12 hours, the pop superstar had generated 1.2 million tweets.

The financials are even more impressive. While we’re still waiting for final numbers, it’s looking like her self-titled album moved nearly 400,000 units on day one. If confirmed accurate, that number would dwarf debut sales of fellow divas Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, who didn’t even come close to achieving that result in their first complete week on the market.

Early data distracts from the real accomplishment here. “Beyoncé” could be much more than just a one-day internet phenomenon. In fact, the release could signal a complete change in the pattern stars use to debut their content. It also shows an amazing sense of business savvy on the part of Mrs. Carter.

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Nothing Like a Beatdown from Your Tax Dollars

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krawetz Nothing Like a Beatdown from Your Tax DollarsWhen I pay state sales tax and file my federal tax return at the end of the year, I know that my hard-earned dollars are going to educate the future, to upkeep and create roads and highways, to protect American borders, and–heaven forbid it happen–put out a fire if my house was ablaze. That being said, I do not expect my tax dollars to sic a dog on me, force me to have invasive medical procedures, or open fire on any children I may have in my vehicle.

I know what you are thinking: Police officers are our friends; their sole purpose is to protect us. In fact, for generations the public has told their children that they can ALWAYS trust a police officer.

Allow me to share with you the following stories of police brutality, and then you tell me: Will you continue to tell your children to always trust police officers and law enforcement officials?

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March from Selma to Montgomery (1965)

I’m not looking to put together a complete, historical list of police brutality; however, that is certainly something that could be accomplished. Police brutality has been a growing problem dating back decades.

The National Civil Rights Movement was successful in part because of the national attention brought to the movement by police brutality widespread in states such as Alabama. While nonviolent protesters planned a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, police officers gassed marchers with tear gas and beat them.

The name Rodney King has now become synonymous with police violence and brutality. Upon receiving his beatdown from him tax dollars, several “copwatch” organizations came into fruition. With these organizations, the nation has done a much better job of tracking and publicizing the rampant police brutality.

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What Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Did For a Special Needs Kid During a Game

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Zbo kia award What Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph Did For a Special Needs Kid During a Game

There are several things we’ve always made clear here at The Wise Guise during our nearly two years of blogging.

(1) We love the Memphis Grizzlies. This has been clear from the beginning, when one of our early series was Tuesdays with Tony.

(2) We have a special place in our hearts for the special ones amongst us. I’ve written at length about these exceptional ones in our lives, including my sister, Mary.

Well, Clayton sent me the following video earlier today, which made me reply, “Oh. My. Zbo.”

Clayton’s response? “What a dude. That’s why [the Grizzlies] still have the full support of most of the city despite their on court struggles this year.”

Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Although Zbo himself possibly could. Earlier in the night, he was awarded November’s KIA Community Assist Award.

As Randolph said via NBA.com after he was given the award, “I love to give back to kids in need and from single-parent homes because I was one of those kids growing up, so I feel as though I can relate. It’s a blessing for me to be able to help someone else.”

May we all be able to do the simple things in life the help someone else this holiday season. Timely given the release of the sequel, but it reminds me of a line from Gandalf in the first Hobbit film: “[Some] believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.”

SAG Nominations put “12 Years” out front, give boost to “Dallas Buyers Club” & “Butler”

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butler SAG Nominations put “12 Years” out front, give boost to “Dallas Buyers Club” & “Butler”

Each year, a heavy amount of anticipation is given to the Screen Actors Guild nominations. They are in many ways the first “inside view” we get as to what the Academy is liking during the awards season. After all, the actors branch is the largest one in the Academy’s membership, and presumably most – if not all – of those actors are also in SAG.

Of course, it would be and is often a fault to take these nominations too seriously when assessing the Oscar race. Yes, they are a very good indicator for the actors and actresses who get nominated, but keep this in mind: (a) these nominations are made very early in the season, meaning most voters didn’t see every film in contention yet and (b) these are acting-based nominations, and “Best Ensemble” does not equate to “Best Picture.”

Still, they’re the first clues we get, so let’s put them under the magnifying glass.

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“American Hustle” and “Her” Kick Off 2014 Awards Season with Surprises

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured, Movie Previews, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

americanhustle American Hustle and Her Kick Off 2014 Awards Season with Surprises

Welcome to another film awards season. I originally ran a site called “Awards Addict” which featured content on the road leading up to the Oscars. This year, I’m happy to say that content will be available at The Wise Guise for your reading pleasure. I know. You’re welcome.

As for those of you wondering about my credentials for covering the Oscar race, I’ve been doing so since 2005. I’ve got a pretty consistent record of knowing what the Academy likes and doesn’t like despite some of the more ludicrous choices we’ve seen grace the stage at the actual event. I’ve also personally been to Academy screenings and have an idea of who the typical Academy member is and what they like.

Now that you have an idea of my background, let’s get into this year’s race. For those of you unfamiliar with how the game is played (and the Oscar race is nothing more than a Hollywood game), the whole season begins with a slew of critic groups announcing their picks to garner buzz for contenders.

For the longest time, the general thought was “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” would be the critical darlings attracting the most top honors. But the first two Best Film awards of the season popped that consensus bubble quite rapidly. With the New York Film Critics’ choice of “American Hustle” and the National Board of Review’s stunning support of “Her,” this awards season has already gotten compelling in its infancy.

So what do these two choices ultimately mean?

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