I know, I know, I know. There aren’t that many of you out there who have been checking the site daily, constantly disappointed in the lack of a new post from me. The only one’s who have been disappointed are my fellow Wise Guise, who have realized my 2 to 4 posts a week this summer have kept the site flowing with new content daily. But I’m back, baby! And, as I thought about what to write for my first post back and all that has happened since my last post, I realized there was only one thing to do: MAILBAG POST!
The cast for Lee Daniels’s The Butler, slated to begin production at the end of July (aka now) is astounding: John Cusack as Richard Nixon; Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower; James Marsden as JFK; Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan; Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson; Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan; Jesse Williams as Rev. James Larson; Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower; Minka Kelly as Jackie O and the list goes on and on… including Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Alex Pettyfer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, and many more. Today, with the headlines that Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette from True Blood) was cast to play Martin Luther King, Jr., I had to check out what this film was all about. And I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised.
Selina Kyle/Catwoman: You don’t owe these people anything. You’ve given them everything!
Bruce Wayne/Batman: Not everything. Not yet.
After reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there were many questions debated by those of us consumed by Rowling’s universe. Was Snape a true villain or the ultimate ally to Dumbledore’s plan to facilitate Harry’s defeat of Voldemort? (This one was fun, and a question I joyfully answered correctly.) But the biggest question surrounding the conclusion to one of the most powerful pop culture tales of all time was, “Will Harry Potter die?”
Now, mere hours before the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and the conclusion of pop culture’s next great epic tale, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, we find ourselves asking the question, “Will Bruce Wayne and/or Batman die?”
We used to have a column titled “Fair or Foul” that ran in our college’s newspaper a little while back. Since then, we have been contacted by Warner Russell, of The Wise Guise, to do a quick guest post on their blog. Personally, I didn’t ever think that we would be in action, but here we are.
The name of the game is Fair or Foul. This is very simple stuff. We choose a topic and discuss whether it’s fair or foul. There are no partial fairs or fairly fouls. Either we’re for or against topics, believe them to be true or false, or think of them as appropriate or inappropriate. With that being said, let’s get going. Read more
This week for The Ten I’ve decided to lay out all the movies I’m looking forward to for the remainder of the year. And there are lots. I’m damn near giddy for The Dark Knight Rises to grace us with its presence and so I thought this was the perfect time to share all the movies I’m pumped for closing out the year.
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