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

Movie Review: Interstellar


On September 12, 1962, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University setting the United States of America's Space Race goals for the 1960s. We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because Read more

Political Passport: Election 2014 Recap & Reflections


The votes are cast, most of them have been tallied, and the American experiment lives to see another day. To paraphrase one of the only lines that was any good from Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, "Every two years we drive to a fire station and overthrow the government and there Read more

A Lesson on Weddings and Friendships


One of my best friends from college, Clint Rosenblatt, is getting married on Saturday. It’s the latest in a series of walks-down-the-aisles those closest to me have taken over the last few years. Those of you in your mid-to-late-twenties, especially in the early commitment-heavy Southern states, undoubtedly know the Read more

Political Passport: Jeb Bush & 2016


We're less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, in which the GOP is trying its best to increase its majority in the House of Representatives, gain a majority in the Senate, and continue its strong leadership in state governments in every region of our nation. But the news Read more

A Blessing for Jack Williams


Friday afternoon, Wise Guise founding members Joseph and Palmer Williams became parents. As with all substantial news in the social media era, the revelation of this birth came from a collage in my Instagram feed of two clearly exhausted young parents cradling a small baby in their arms. I kid, Read more

Movies

Despite DGA win, “Gravity” Will Not Win Best Picture. Here’s Why.

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DGA1 Despite DGA win, “Gravity” Will Not Win Best Picture. Here’s Why.

Director Alfonso Cuaron captured top honors from the Directors Guild of America Saturday evening. Largely seen as the top indicator of what film will win Best Picture, the DGA has a proven track record of recognizing the cream of the crop. This year was no exception.

This should position “Gravity” as the front-runner for Best Picture, right? Normally, it would. Even last year, without Ben Affleck capturing a Best Director nomination, his DGA win sealed the deal for “Argo” to win Best Picture on Oscar Night. Why would this year prove any different?

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SAG, PGA Shake Up Best Picture Race

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HustleSAG SAG, PGA Shake Up Best Picture Race

You say you want an interesting Oscar race? Well, we’ve certainly got one on our hands now. While the acting categories are starting to become clearer, the journey to the top prize is more confusing than ever before.

First off, let’s talk about the acting statuettes. After securing the Golden Globe, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor at SAG, putting him in front-runner status. Many thought Bruce Dern, as the older gent in the race, would get a win here, but it’s now apparent McConaughey is the one to beat.

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Awards Addict Roundtable: Thoughts on 2014 Oscar Nominations

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oscarnoms1 Awards Addict Roundtable: Thoughts on 2014 Oscar Nominations

Alex, Joseph, and Sutter provide in-depth analysis on this year’s Oscar nominations. We list all the nominees, offer some instant predictions, analyze what it means, and discuss snubs. You won’t want to miss this one!

Best Oscar Nominations Ever: How the Academy learned to love Leo, give ‘Philomena’ a chance and kick Oprah to the Curve – By Alex Beene

I have to admit, most years my post-Oscar nomination analysis is filled with the horror of what I’ve just witnessed. Many times have I sat back and watched as some of my favorites for the year have gotten the boot in favor of the more typical productions that appeal to the older Oscar-voting base.

Not this year, though.

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The Predictions: What the Oscar Nominations Could Look Like Tomorrow Morning

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oscarnoms The Predictions: What the Oscar Nominations Could Look Like Tomorrow Morning

The moment of truth has arrived. Bright and early tomorrow morning, the Academy will announce their nominations for the cream of the crop for the 2013 film year. We all know there will be some surprises. Someone will get shockingly snubbed. Oh yes, and there’s always the issue with the new Best Picture rules of just how many nominees there will be in the top category.

Regardless of the outcome, just remember you can check back at The Wise Guise right after the announcement for either elated or bitter commentary from yours truly. As usual, my nominations play things safe, except in two regards: I’m actually going to bet the small minority in the Academy who loves “The Wolf of Wall Street” will push it hard. I’m also going to say love for the Coens hasn’t died out among the membership just yet; if something as obscure as “A Serious Man” got in, it’s difficult to see “Inside Llewyn Davis” not making the cut.

There are just too many good films this year, though. What of “Philomena”? I’d love to see it pop up in Best Picture, but the thought is it could be too small to make it. The same goes for “Blue Jasmine.” “Saving Mr. Banks” certainly was wonderful, but could this sugar-coated depiction of life at Disney get lost in the shuffle? All of our questions are just hours from getting answers.

So sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Awards Addict: Thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes Winners & Losers

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goldenglobes Awards Addict: Thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes Winners & Losers

Alex and Joseph share their thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes and what the winners/losers mean for the Oscar nominations coming out this Thursday. Enjoy!

Spreading the Love: How the Globes did little to solve the Oscar Race Puzzle

By Alex Beene

You say you want an Oscar race? Apparently, if last night is any indication, we have a big one on our hands. The award wins were all over the place, with the only strong contender emerging from the pile being “American Hustle.”

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DGA, BAFTA nominations offered clarity on Best Picture Frontrunners

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Awards Addict DGA, BAFTA nominations offered clarity on Best Picture Frontrunners

With the Golden Globes just days away, the awards season is in full swing. The biggest indicators of what films are favorites heading into the Oscar nominations – the Directors Guild of America selections – were announced and secured five films as leaders. Read more