On "The Interview" and Creative Freedom


The year is 1940. Adolf Hitler is at the zenith of his power. Having conquered multiple European territories and formed multiple international alliances, the German dictator is seen as the most dominant leader in the world. Charlie Chaplin – Hollywood’s most dominant leader – decides to release a film that Read more

Home Alone & Church at Christmas


The Wise Guise has enjoyed presenting high-quality Christmas content since our first year. We've posted old Christmas-themed Facebook notes from yours truly in addition to the infamous 2012 Christmas Movie Smackdown and a Christmas YouTube Hall of Fame. As I write this, I continue my tradition of watching classic TV Read more

SAG, Golden Globe nominations push "Boyhood" out front in Oscar Race


Is “Boyhood” really the frontrunner for Best Picture? Upon release this summer, it certainly felt like a contender. The perfect review scores and strong limited box office seemingly guaranteed that. And yet, the lack of star power in the film made it feel more like a production made for Read more

Sneak Preview: Favorite Films of 2014 So Far


Every year I rank my favorite films of the previous year in January or February. You can find past editions in our archives, including the 2012 edition when I ranked my top 50 movies of the year. Like I said then, and will reiterate now, I need to get Read more

Why WWE was right to fire CM Punk


Fittingly, as we were all giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives yesterday, former WWE superstar CM Punk interrupted the holiday with a long, rambling podcast as close friend Colt Cabana’s guest. It’s filled with the typical, ego-charged rhetoric from Punk we’ve come to expect. He says he’ll Read more

Rugby: My New Favorite Sport


Last week I experienced the thrill and experience that is the sport of Rugby. Well, the thrill and experience that comes from watching the sport of rugby. Last Saturday, I went to the USA Eagles v New Zealand All Blacks game in Chicago. Packed into a sold out stadium, with Read more

Misc. Posts

The Importance of Henderson, Tennessee (and all Hometowns)

Posted on by Alex Beene in Assorted Wisdom, Bright Spots, Featured, Misc. Posts | 3 Comments

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“Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive make-up of a human being, there is a need for a place to hang a hat or a kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that’s familiar because that’s where you grew up.

  “When I dig back through memory cells, I get one particularly distinctive feeling—and that’s one of warmth, comfort and well-being. For whatever else I may have had, or lost, or will find—I’ve still got a hometown. This, nobody’s gonna take away from me.”

—Rod Serling Read more

Perspective on the New Ninja Turtles from an Emo Millennial

Posted on by Jonathan Schneck in Entertainment, Featured, Misc. Posts, Movie Previews, Movies | Leave a comment

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Today we are pumped to have a new guest contributor in Jonathan Schneck. Jonathan is the Director of New Media Innovations for the ACLJ/BeHeardProject.  He is the non-touring, semi retired, guitarist for the Grammy Nominated band Relient K. He has a Marketing Degree from Liberty University and lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and three children. He is also the first contributor to The Wise Guise with a verified Twitter account.

Mr. Bay, sir, do you really have to ‘transform’ everything? Even their faces? I’ll come back to this… Read more

Things Worth Dying For – Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Faith, Featured, Misc. Posts, Politics | Leave a comment

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It’s tough to express feelings about D-Day as someone who was born over 40 years after June 6, 1944. Most historians refer to it as a turning point in western civilization. When I think of D-Day, I think of images. The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. My visit to the eerily peaceful beach in spring 2010. But I also think of words – FDR’s D-Day prayer over the radio, General Eisenhower’s speech to his men, and more.

I’ve made it somewhat of a tradition here at The Wise Guise to commemorate D-Day with a reflective post. I’d urge you to read my best friend Jay Salato’s post from two years ago reflecting on the speech he had the opportunity to give at the commemorative ceremony at the U.S. Memorial Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Then, I’d urge you to re-visit my post from last year and listen to/read FDR’s prayer and Ike’s speech.

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This year, I want to share two more pieces of history that I’ve recently found to continue the impossible task of commemorating the courage and sacrifice of those men who charged Normandy Beach.

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Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster

Posted on by Grant Oster in Featured, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

We all fall victim to the green-eyed monster. It has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first reference the green-eyed monster dates back hundreds of years to Shakespeare’s Othello.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock. The meat it feeds on.

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As I am not a geneticist or a psychologist, I won’t go so far as to say that the human race is genetically predisposed to ‘keep up with the Joneses;’ however, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone that was immune to jealousy. Most times, being envious of a friend, family member, or co-worker is nothing to fret. We all do it…my wife gets jealous when her friends post pictures of recent vacations on Facebook, my brother is envious of his friends that don’t have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for college, and you were probably jealous of the guy driving the new Cadillac ELR that pulled up next to you at the red light this morning on your way to work. Read more

Happy Birthday, Aphiwe Harston!

Posted on by Palmer Williams in Assorted Wisdom, Bright Spots, Faith, Featured, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

A3 4 Happy Birthday, Aphiwe Harston!In August of 2008, I embarked on a journey that irrevocably changed the heartbeat of my family. It was then that I boarded an airplane in Nashville bound for a rural village in Africa. I would be living and working at a village for children orphaned by AIDS. I was leaving a few months after graduating from Vanderbilt to live at Lily of the Valley for a year. Fully realizing the idealism with which I traveled, I hoped that somehow my naivete would be transformed into what James talked about in Chapter 1, Verse 27 of his epistle – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

While at Lily, I met a small malnourished boy named Aphiwe. Aphiwe was a sweet five year old little boy who was very sick. He had come to Lily only several months earlier and was a virtual loner. Every morning he would sit outside the window of my room, tending the dirt in my flower bed.

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Introducing “From Dixie with Love”

Posted on by Alex Beene in Assorted Wisdom, Bright Spots, Featured, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

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At The Wise Guise, our goal has been to serve as a constant source of opinionated entertainment. That entertainment has come in many different forms: from film reviews and sports analysis to electoral maps and social media critiques.

The desire has always been there to create and share content that isn’t so cynical. By nature, writers feel most compelled to write about a subject that triggers criticism. Well, forget “writers”; social media shows EVERYONE relishes in displaying their skeptical side.

In 2013, Clayton started a series called “Bright Spots,” a showcase of more positive stories within the South. This year, I’m pleased to announce we’re extending that concept into its own site, called “From Dixie with Love.”

The mission of “From Dixie with Love” is simple: we want to present journalism from the South that inspires. Locally, nationally, and globally, one can find it hard to locate encouraging words on the region and the people who call it home.  This blog will shine light on the news from the South that shows the enormous amount of goodwill so little seen by the mainstream.

The new blog will also push positive political action. There’s been an on-going discussion behind-the-scenes at The Wise Guise about what type of political and social content is suitable for the concept of this site. While The Wise Guise will continue to serve as the definitive home of up-to-the-minute topical discussion, From Dixie with Love will act more as an outlet for personal political advocacy, featuring issues that carry special importance to our individual writers.

Best of all, it won’t just be us rambling. We expect to have submissions from those in and outside of the South who want to share reassuring thoughts on the area. Anyone can submit, too; details on how to send and recommend content will be coming soon.

In the meantime, throughout this week, you’ll be seeing different members of The Wise Guise team posting at “From Dixie with Love” with resolutions Southerners can make to change their lives for the better in the new year.

I hope you’re looking forward to this new place for bright spots about the South as much as we are. Thanks for joining us on this new endeavor that is an exciting new digital addition to the Wise Guise family.

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