What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities--food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.


When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I've always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn't seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I'd seen clips here Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call


We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, Read more

Joan Rivers: An American Institution


“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.” I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the Read more

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

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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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True Blood He Said, She Said: True Blood

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

He Said, She Said: Movie Review – Mud

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Today Joseph and Palmer give their thoughts on the new film that is spreading like wildfire, Mud. Read more