First, there was a little diddy that was floating around the internet featuring the late, great Mr. Rogers. It was called, “Garden of Your Mind.” I didn’t watch it for awhile, because I just assumed it was another random YouTube video I’d get to eventually if it was in fact quality.
Welcome to the first ever Wise Guise Round Table! First things first, we’ve listed all the major categories Entertainment Weekly felt were worth mentioning below, along with Clayton and mine’s votes if we were respected enough to get one. So if you’re not as nerdy as some of us are, check out what TV shows, movies, and mini-series were nominated… and which one’s were not! Then, below the list of nominees, is a discussion of sorts amongst many friends of The Wise Guise concerning the nominations… who is deserving, who isn’t, who should win, and who is missing… amongst much hilarity and general discussion about what is the good, the bad, and the ugly of television in the past year! Enjoy!
There’s so much to be said about the social, political, and cultural implications of the western genre in cinema history, on the big screen and small screen. So much, in fact, that multiple guest bloggers for The Wise Guise are currently working on posts breaking down westerns. My post today is much more surface-level, though, with brief reflections on what additions to the western legacy join the pantheon in 2012. Read more
Everyone, when they’re a kid, has that one movie they watch over and over again on VHS. Back in the day, there were some commercials that aired before the previews on a VHS. This was before the days of 18 previews on a DVD and 7 commercials that you can sometimes skip and sometimes not, depending on the DVD player you’re using.
One of my absolute favorite movies to watch on VHS was the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is not a post about the magic of that trilogy of magical films… although those posts are inevitable at some point in the future. This post is instead about a 60 second commercial that aired before the film. It’s a commercial that embedded itself in my memory. Over the past 22 years of life, the song from it would occasionally pop into my head, the lyrics would occasionally cross my mind, and the images are forever ingrained into my subconscious. The lessons, the fear, the joy, the magic. Some commercials capture your childhood. This is the one that captures mine. It’s my favorite commercial of all time. It captures so many great things from my childhood: dog days of summer, little league baseball (that wasn’t uber-competitive), celebrations like the pros do even if it’s not really warranted, Pizza Hut lunch buffet, and everyone having that special moment. I’ll present to you the commercial and then a second-by-second analysis of this piece of magical marketing. Read more
Editor’s Note: This post was written having only viewed Mad Men Season 5 through Episode 11, “The Other Woman.”
In the nascent days of The Wise Guise, when gathering with my wife, Clayton, and Colin at McAlister’s Deli over lunch, we talked about what The Wise Guise would be. We discussed initial blog post ideas, vision for the site, the name, the logo, the format, etc. Upon discussing the notion of a unique twist on episode recaps of various shows, we decided that would be a silly endeavor. After all, so many blogs, websites, and critics partake in this daily/weekly tradition started by Alan Sepinwall (and still mastered by the OG himself). What could we bring to the table that they didn’t? While we firmly believed our contribution to the blogosphere would be unique takes and twists on old ideas with the grandiose vision of being a blog about everything (and therefore nothing all at the same time), how could we compete with the other professional writers who recap wittily and insightfully every week? Read more
The following guest post was written by a man who goes by the pseudonym Sutter Vaught. He is merely an adventurer and freelance rye enthusiast, whom we found running a knife throwing contest in a smoky Patagonian saloon.
Ask any TV nerd what the best drama currently airing is, and Mad Men is a likely response. Ask the same question about comedy, and Community is sure to be named. While the booze-soaked existential crises of 1960s ad execs and the self-consciously zany antics of a community college study group seem like pretty disparate premises, a closer comparison reveals that these shows share more in common than just the lovely Alison Brie. Read more