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

TV Review: House of Cards

Posted on by Josh Smith in Entertainment, Featured, Guest Spots, Television, TV Reviews | 2 Comments


“Politics have no relation to morals.”  – Niccolo Machiavelli

“Don’t worry, I hate spoilers.” – Joshua Smith

When House of Cards was pitched to me, it went something like this: “It’s The Godfather meets The West Wing.” Ok, I’m listening. “It’s based on a UK miniseries, based on a novel.” Oh, great. So I’ll have to endure the endless procession of tweets about how it didn’t capture the novel and the British version was more understated and poignant. “It has Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) and Robin Wright (The Conspirator, Moneyball).” Alright, there’s going to be some stiff competition for Emmys this year. “It’s a collaborative effort between director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and producer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Poet Laureate, probably). Ok, I’m in. But since I don’t have 13 hours to spend on a show I’m not watching with my wife, I have to wait until the opportune moment. Cold virus ravaging our bodies and making it impossible to move any more than is necessary to pay the pizza guy and keep the kids alive (same thing)? That’ll do. Read more

Marshall Henderson and the Argument of Class in Sports

Posted on by Jordan Griesbeck in Basketball, Featured, Guest Spots, Sports | Leave a comment

Marshall Henderson

There is a particularly famous episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry sees a painted portrait of Kramer (called, um, “The Kramer”) and remarks:

“He’s a loathsome, offensive brute. Yet I can’t look away”.

Perhaps there is no better description of the national sentiment towards Ole Miss shooting guard Marshall Henderson. Read more

The Vertical Slum

Posted on by Joseph Amagliani in Featured, Guest Spots | Leave a comment


On the northern tip of the South American continent and the country of Venezuela lies the latter’s capital, Caracas – a city full of culture, commerce, and home to about 2 million citizens.  Much of Caracas is similar to many other major Latin American cities.  Wealth is present, but the well-known areas of the city are the mass slums that exist there.  Caracas is no exception, as slums are most definitely present in this major Venezuelan city.

But one slum in particular stands above the rest.  Literally.

623 feet. 45 floors. 700 families. Read more

Discovery Through Questions

Posted on by Michael Bowman in Faith, Featured, Guest Spots | Leave a comment


Growing up in an environment where you are constantly being taught things in a community where you are constantly pressured to conform creates moments where one inevitably questions everything. You might question why you are in the environment in the first place, or why you follow what every other person in the environment is doing. You start wondering and coming up with answers as to how or why something is done. OR, you might even ask yourself if it is okay to question these things. Read more

What Could Have Been: Louie Giglio & Obama’s Inauguration

Posted on by Parker Hancock in Faith, Featured, Guest Spots, Misc. Posts | Leave a comment


As 2013 gets started, we’re honored at The Wise Guise to not only add new contributors and guest writers, but also expand the topics we cover, questions we raise, and issues discussed. Today’s post is written by one of Joseph’s best friends in law school, Parker Hancock. We hope Parker will continue to contribute to The Wise Guise. Today’s post stems from some current events that Parker and Joseph discussed in detail recently as they caught up during the first week of the new semester.

Today, silently simmering below the lead stories on firearm accessories and commemorative coins was a story about an evangelical pastor asked to give the benediction at Obama’s inauguration, who had to step down because of a fifteen-year old sermon on homosexuality. It was a tremendously hopeful story that has turned tragic. The story really starts in 1997.

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Book Review: Home

Posted on by Joseph Amagliani in Featured, Guest Spots, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment


Home.  Good and bad.  Comfort and turbulence.  Stability and volatility.  Clarity and confusion.

The wide range of adjectives people use to describe their particular home life merely scratches the surface of just how massive and dynamic a topic this is.  For many, home is a place of rest, a place where comfort and clarity reign.  However, for countless others, home is a blend of strife and unrest. Read more