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

Guest Spots

Patrick Russell: Japanese Baseball Game Day Experience

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Baseball, Featured, Guest Spots, Sports | 1 Comment

Japanese Baseball Game Day Experience
By Patrick Russell

[Special thanks to Eric Lord for his contribution of Japanese Baseball facts. And for helping me nearly start a riot.]

Confession: I like baseball. A lot. Upon reflection, perhaps a bit too much. I try to watch every Cincinnati Reds game I can, check league box scores every morning, manage two fantasy teams, and read mlb.com and the MLB sections of Sports Illustrated and ESPN every day. To top it off—and perhaps most telling of the true extent of my baseball fanaticism—I can even name FIVE players on the Oakland Athletics.*

*Coach Jayzor suggests that knowing more than 3 Oakland A’s** is the benchmark for watching too much baseball. In my defense: one of my officemates is an A’s fan who is determined that I should know their starting 9 and 5-man pitching rotation before the end of April. Complete resistance has thus far been futile.

**Fun fact: I went on a grammar tangent minutes ago—as is wont to happen in an office shared by 7 English graduate students. Did you know that the apostrophe in “A’s” is NOT a misuse of a possessive form to form a plural? That would be wrong, anyway, since it would be the plural possessive, “As’.” Apparently, “A’s” is a contraction. You’re welcome.

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Josh Smith: Misguided Summer Movie Guide

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This guest post comes from one of the funniest people The Wise Guise writers know, Josh Smith. Josh is the Director of Contemporary Worship at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN. We are thrilled he found the time to join us for a guest post and we hope you enjoy! You can follow Josh on Twitter at @yeshuasmith and check out his music on iTunes here.

A couple of weeks ago, The Wise Guise TM approached me about doing a guest post and so I assumed that they wanted me to do a rundown of this summer’s hot upcoming movie releases. I also thought that was strange, because I haven’t actually seen a summer movie in the theater since I bought a minivan and started wearing socks with my sandals, but I was able to Google the movie posters so I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed this one. I now humbly present, The Wise Guise Summer Movie Guide TM. You’re welcome. Read more

Coach Jayzor’s 2012 MLB Predictions

Posted on by Jay Salato in Baseball, Featured, Guest Spots, Sports | 6 Comments

Some people call me “Coach.” Some people call me “Jayzor.” For the purposes of this article, you can call me “Coach Jayzor.” I will present a predicted order of finish for each division, commentary on each team, and a player to watch for each team. If you don’t like my predictions, then you’re probably cheering for the wrong team. Feel free to jump on the Detroit bandwagon. Believe me: there’s room. A ton of people jumped off of the Detroit bandwagon a few years back. Remember? The city needs our support. Read more

GASTON: TRUE DISNEY VILLAIN OR JUST MISUNDERSTOOD?

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IS GASTON A TRUE DISNEY VILLAIN OR IS HE JUST MISUNDERSTOOD?

By Joseph Williams and Seth Wiedemann

Depending on which of us you ask, you’ll get a very different answer to the question of how much of a villain Gaston (from Beauty and the Beast) actually is.  To provide some context, the two of us have debated (for many, many, many hours on road trips, at dinners, and any other time a snide, button-pushing comment can open up an all-out debate) how villainous Gaston is for months.  It first began when we watched Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray. Then, when the movie was re-released in theaters in 3D, we couldn’t resist going to see it and the debate continued.

Spoiler alert: (not concerning the plot of the film… we’re going to assume you’re a good American and have seen it already) We have not come to a compromise or an agreement in any way. That is why we bring the argument to you here on The Wise Guise, to comment and vote in a poll about Gaston’s true nature.

We’ll begin our arguments to you with Seth’s opening argument.  We’ll proceed with some past arguments between us, and then we’ll let your voting and comments decide.  Odds are though, neither of us will give any ground to the other’s arguments.  We’ve happened upon one of the most underrated debates and divides of our time. Read more

Mary Beth Wilson: The Kiss Cam Incident

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This guest post comes from Mary Beth Wilson, a University of Tennessee graduate and Lakeland, FL native. We are glad she could join us to share her unfortunate story of awkwardly being on the Kiss Cam…with her brother. Follow her on Twitter @Wilson_MB!

It happened in January of 2010. I was sitting next to my younger brother, Jeremy, in Thompson Boling Arena at the UT/Vandy basketball game. During an early timeout, Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” started playing, which means one thing at Tennessee games – the kiss cam has begun. After several awkward, forced kisses and the inevitable “awwww’s” at elderly couples who have no problem with public displays of affection, I thought I had seen the last unsuspecting couple on the jumbotron. But then the unthinkable happened. My brother and I were on the kiss cam together.

Sure, the possibility of landing on the kiss cam with my brother had occurred to me before. But here’s the thing: we had (what we thought was) a full-proof system in the unlikely event the kiss cam gods would think to target us. One of us would either a) make a fake phone call (Jeremy’s idea…) or b) go to the concession stand. Words cannot express how badly I wish we had chosen option b. Read more