Why the Undertaker still matters in 2015


Think about it for a minute. We’re in the year 2015. Hot topics of conversation center on cars that can drive themselves, space tourism and head sets that can put us in virtual worlds. And still, one of the major headlines of the Wrestlemania season is how will the Read more

Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards


It’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Outside of a few moments of inspired political and social notice during acceptance speeches, the Read more

Alex's Official Predictions for the 2015 Oscars


The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Could “Boyhood” win Best Picture? Of course. The BAFTA Read more

Inaugural 2015 Groucho Movie Awards


So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I've done my top movies of the year lists. I've ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some Read more

He Said, She Said TV Review: Better Call Saul


Better Call Saul has premiered its first three episodes. As AMC's latest groundbreaking original series spinning off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has had great reviews and ratings. Joseph is a huge fan of Breaking Bad and Palmer never quite got into it. In the latest He Said, Read more

Oscars 2015: The Year of not taking Risks


This year I’ve written less about the Oscars than ever before. I wondered if the reason for this lack of enthusiasm to cover the 2015 race had to do with personally being overwhelmed by other obligations. After seeing all of the nominees and dwelling on the Academy’s choices, I’ve Read more

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He Said, She Said TV Review: Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul has premiered its first three episodes. As AMC’s latest groundbreaking original series spinning off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has had great reviews and ratings. Joseph is a huge fan of Breaking Bad and Palmer never quite got into it. In the latest He Said, She Said, what do they both think of the first three episodes?

Joseph:

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved hour-long TV dramas about lawyers. My dad always loved Perry Mason, so I grew up with the most basic and original Godfather of TV legal procedurals. Then, during summers in elementary school, I’d wake up, play outside, then take a mid-morning break to watch Matlock reruns on TBS. So there’s something familiar and comfortable about Better Call Saul, AMC’s latest top-tier original drama series that is both prequel and sequel spin-off to one of the greatest TV dramas of all-time, Breaking Bad.

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TV Review: 24 Live Another Day

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With the return of Jack Bauer and 24 with Fox’s new “special-event 12 hour mini-series” 24: Live Another Day, The Wise Guise and friends have some thoughts. Some of us watched 24 from the moment it premiered in Fall 2001 while others caught up on DVD/Netflix and some (Palmer) had never seen an episode. Here are the thoughts on the season’s first two hours… enjoy!

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He Said, She Said Movie Review: Veronica Mars

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Joseph and Palmer were supporters of the Veronica Mars movie from its KickStarter’s early beginnings. Now that the movie has come out, Joseph and Palmer give their reviews of the feature length reunion of one of the first shows they watched together as a married couple.

Joseph:

In its first weekend in around 265 AMC theaters across the country, the Veronica Mars movie made right around $2 million, a third of its $6 million budget and more than a third of the approximately $5.7 million the film raised on KickStarter. There is buzz about a sequel. Owen Gleiberman’s take on the success of the Veronica Mars movie project and what it may or may not mean for the future of film financing is well worth a read. Many are writing about what it reveals about super fans driving entertainment or other questions about big dreams versus hometown responsibilities.

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He Said, She Said: Why You Need to Watch Veronica Mars

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In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer explain why you need to watch the complete three seasons of Veronica Mars for both your pop cultural edification and in preparation for the movie this spring.

Joseph: Do you like fun and simple mysteries? What about complex and intricate murder mysteries? Do you like love stories? Do you like good-looking people? What about awkward-looking and awkward-acting people? Do you stories of socioeconomic tension between the upper, middle, and lower classes? Do you like smart-as-a-whip, fast, witty dialogue? Do you like true underdog stories? Have you ever wondered what Schmidt from New Girl was doing before New Girl?

Then get over yourself already and watch Veronica Mars. With all three seasons streaming on Amazon Prime, you no longer have an excuse.

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He Said, She Said TV Review: True Detective

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In the latest He Said, She Said, Joseph and Palmer discuss their thoughts and review of the first episode of HBO’s latest drama series, True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Joseph: When my friend first sent me the teaser to a new HBO anthology series premiering in January 2014, it felt like True Blood meeting Mud. And then it got to the end, revealing that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the stars. And it instantly became my most anticipated new show of 2014.

When the other full trailers were released, I became even more excited.

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He Said, She Said: True Blood

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Four years ago, my then girlfriend, now wife, Katelyn and I were looking for ways to occupy the so called dog days of summer that were dragging along in Oxford, MS. She was a student; I was a chef/mover/waiter/blogger/beer drinker. (Man. Life was easy then.) Aside from the usual pool going, there wasn’t a whole heckuva lot to do. Netflix hadn’t yet hit its streaming stride and neither of our lives were very demanding, so we sat around and watched a lot of daytime TV. (Neither of us had DVR.)

One day that summer, while she was vacationing with her family and I was hitting the nadir of boredom (which I would KILLLL for now), I suggested we “start a show.” Neither of us had gone back and watched a show that had already been on or caught up to a show that was currently on, as is popular to do now, so we started discussing shows we might want to watch. The Wire, The Sopranos, and West Wing were all quickly dismissed. We were both Lost watchers so the easy, culturally relevant choice of 2009 was out. The decision was proving to be harder than we anticipated. Read more