Preserving the Phantom Set & Silent Film History


For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive Read more

Evolution of Card Gaming


The history of card gaming goes back thousands of years to earlier civilizations in India, Egypt, and China, the last of which is said to have actually created the playing cards we all know so well. Those are the facts according to HOPC, which also notes that there are Read more

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

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Sacrificing Story for Money

Posted on by Warner Russell in Featured, Television, TV Reviews | 5 Comments

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A novelist writes a story. When the book ends, so does the story.

A film director directs a story. When the movie ends, so does the story.

But television is a whole different ball game.

So much has been said over the past decade about this being TV’s golden age, about how you can develop characters and stories over years and seasons, and how viewers can really form bonds with these people that they spend an hour or so with per week for X amount of years. And I get that. Trust me. My relationship with Coach Taylor and Mrs. Coach and Riggins and Saracen and the gang was deeper than some of my closest friendships.

But the downside of television’s ability to draw out character development and storytelling over years and seasons – and in some cases decades – is this risk of running a show straight into the ground.

The following is a list of shows I have watched or am watching and what their ultimate end should be or should have been:

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New Vandy Comedy Sketch Artist’s Quest to Define Sororities

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

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With Vanderbilt’s 5-4 football team garnering national attention today with a new profile by Chris Low on ESPN.com, Vanderbilt is starting to go viral in another way as well.

Beginning to pick up viral momentum, Foolin’ Around Vandy’s latest YouTube video is called “The Sorority Report.” It’s a basic concept executed beautifully – a sophomore at Vandy dresses up like a character from the universe of Wes Anderson and dead-pan interviews people all over campus, striving to learn all there is to know about sororities.

There are some moments of comic genius here, including an excellent not-so-subtle jab at Vanderbilt’s all-comers policy.

Enjoy!

Movie Review: The Counselor

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[Today, we're honored to have a guest contributor review "The Counselor", the Ridley Scott-directed, Cormac McCarthy-penned film with the all-star cast and less-than-stellar reviews. Don't miss what R. Rooney Roux, CSA has to say about this movie dividing so many critics and viewers alike.]

Knowing how difficult it may be to pass up a Ridley Scott directed film featuring Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Michael Fassbender, I, nonetheless, encourage you, entreat you, implore you to do just that.

How does a premiere writer-director team take such incredible screen talent and produce such a travesty of a film?  Primarily, they use a tired, unoriginal plotline of pretty boy lawyer-type wants more.  The namesake of the film has it all.  Plenty of money from a successful law practice, brand new Bentley convertible coupe and the love of his life – the beautiful, sexy, you could even say “perfect” Laura, played by Cruz.  But of course, it’s not enough.  He’s got to have lots more and in the process places Laura in the crosshairs of all the Juans, Pedros, Manolitos and Chingons that work south and north of the Rio Grande.  So take on a couple more clients, you idiot.  No, I think I’ll make a big hit and jump in bed with some Mexican Drug Lords.  Even after he is told over and over not to do it by the guys who know what happens when one lies down in a bed of rattlesnakes, he smugly says, “I’m in.”   Everyone in the theatre knew he was thinking ‘how bad can they really be?’  How bad can these people be?  Can you say beheading and snuff film?

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AWKWARD…

Posted on by Josh Smith in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Misc. Posts | Leave a comment

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Maybe I’m the only one who’s been seeing this (which would be totally super awkward), but does it seem like we’re over-celebrating awkwardness in our culture today? I’m all for pointing out awkward interactions, laughing them off, and then moving past them into meaningful social interactions, but is that what’s actually happening here, or is there a more sinister, anti-social undercurrent at work?

What is awkwardness?

In laymen’s terms, awkwardness is the feeling we get when people aren’t on the same page socially. Technically speaking, awkwardness is the recognition of mismatched cultural habits between people within a social interaction.

Why awkwardness is necessary:

People are not identical. In order for humans to interact, there must be give and take. Awkwardness helps us sense social differences so that we can translate for them. The degree of awkwardness varies with every interaction, but the need to relate to each other is typically enough to keep us moving forward.

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Vanderbilt Football Anchors Down in The Swamp

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Smiles from ear to ear. Fist-pumping. Chanting “Anchor Down”, “Brand New Vanderbilt”, and love for Coach James Franklin. Mockingly doing the Gator Chomp.

But at this point in this season, I can’t help but wonder if this is just the status quo of Vanderbilt football from here on out. The past is firmly behind us. The sky is the limit. As our old friend Kevin Garnett said, “Anything is possible!”

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You Only Get So Many Meals

Posted on by Grant Oster in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Misc. Posts | 2 Comments

Steak 300x168 You Only Get So Many MealsThe average American has a life expectancy of 78.5 years. Assuming that this “average American” eats three meals a day, that is roughly 86,000 meals–and let’s face it, many of us don’t eat breakfast. Moreover, as a child, you don’t get to pick your meals. I could continue to let this imaginary number dwindle down, but you get the idea. Read more

Bright Spots: Being Truly Brave

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My wife, Palmer, sent me this video a few days ago. She warned me to prepare for tears. So I don’t know why I decided to wait to watch it until I was sitting in a full law library.

Regardless, I think you’ll enjoy this video that has gone viral, made by the patients and staff at University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital.

As I was watching it, I couldn’t help but think back to this quote from Gandalf in last winter’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love.”

That’ll preach.