Movie Review: Dunkirk


When the credits roll on Christopher Nolan's latest film - a cinematic experience that brings the full scale of the Battle of Dunkirk to the big screen for the first time - the audience is left speechless. Unlike nearly all of his other films, it's not because you're trying Read more

Dream-Casting a Live-Action Little Mermaid for Disney


Perhaps no task is more difficult for a studio than casting a well-known franchise to match the sky-high expectations of fans. From novels to comic books to animated film remakes, Hollywood has had mixed results with the task; some have spent the big bucks to get the demanded stars, Read more

Best Movies of 2016: The 3rd Annual Groucho Awards


Welcome to the Third Annual Groucho Awards! This is my own platform to nominate and award the movies of my choosing, because it seems that far too often, the movies with the biggest campaigns get Oscar nominations and the little guys are left out in the cold. This year Read more

A compelling case that Corinne is six-years-old, and other Bachelor nonsense


  Written by: @jeremywilson412 In the words of Chris Harrison, "Coming up on this week's episode (recap) of The Bachelor..." The ladies receive their first real test, we pause to remember those we lost this week, I present a theory about Corinne that is bulletproof, and we discuss the contenders and pretenders. But Read more

I was not going to write about The Bachelor, but then...


(Written by: @JeremyWilson412) I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up in a shark costume convinced it was a dolphin costume. I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up who hooked up with Nick at Read more

What I Learned about Chris Pratt's Faith


Most of us have loved Chris Pratt since we first met him as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec. Then he made his dramatic debuts in Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter revealed that he could be an action star, so it came as no surprise Read more

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 3 Comments

Everyone hates the typical “book is better” guy. Everyone loves to get to be the “book is better” guy. I’m glad to be able to report after seeing the movie, I don’t have to be that guy.

I certainly don’t mean that as a knock on the book. I mean that more so to give the movie props. Look, they are going to cut things. They are going to change things. If you haven’t figured it out by now, that’s how they make movies out of novels.

I read the book a while ago when I found out there was a movie in the works. However, from the very first chapter I felt like I was reading a movie script. I felt like The Hunger Games was a book basically written to be a hit movie. It was like Suzanne Collins read Harry Potter and Twilight and saw the dollar signs and set off on her mission to make the next big thing. And she did.

For the most part it’s impossible to poorly turn an epic book set in its own world into a hit movie. The Hunger Games is basically unofficially set in the United States in the future, but it’s got enough dsytopian 1984 in it to make the setting its own entity for the purpose of the argument. Take the prior two examples given, throw in The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Blade Runner, Lord of the Flies, The Princess Bride, Children of Men, Planet of the Apes, The Chronicles of Narnia, Minority Report, etc. Not that it has never happened, but it’s unlikely to not turn a book like this into a successful film. Read more

Movie Review: The Lorax (And Its Politics)

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 4 Comments

Dr. Seuss

The Lorax –  **1/2 out of 4

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Some disclaimers right off the bat: I am a conservative, although usually tending towards being pragmatic, i.e. supporting those policies and laws that best implement conservative principles that construct society so that humanity is better off. “Better off” here meaning there is more freedom, more opportunity, and more justice for more people. I usually vote Republican.

Many of you may be confused as to why my review for a kids movie based on a Dr. Seuss book is beginning with disclaimers concerning my political leanings. In today’s polarized political climate, everything is politicized. We have the 24 hour cable news cycle always in need of a story to throw to the bickering, talking head pundits. There’s also the internet blogosphere where everyone’s opinion is being shouted at once into cyberspace (Irony understood). This allows us to filter our intake of news unlike ever before.  You can get your news and news analysis from people who think a lot like you, eliminating as much need for critical thinking about the issues and allowing us to simply strengthen our preconceived views of things.  Although more perspectives are available, increasingly both sides of the political aisle receive information, news, and talking points from people who think more like them and view those with other ideas through a logically fallacious straw man lens. Read more

Sports Cinema: A Natural Love for the Game

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Baseball, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies, Sports | 1 Comment

 

Editor’s Update: On Saturday, April 21st, 2012, Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 21st Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history. Another moment in baseball history when perfection was achieved, making the analysis below of Billy Chapel’s accomplishment appropriate to one more man who has taken the mound in the quest for perfection.

In a year when three of my favorite/most critically acclaimed films were tributes to the nostalgic era of 1920s cinema, film’s impact on America’s culture of leisure is quite clear. When people weren’t captured by the moving pictures, they were enraptured by Jack Dempsey and the sweet science or by Murderer’s Row dominating America’s pastime. News reels of Babe Ruth aired before Douglas Fairbanks graced the silver screen.  In America’s pantheon of heroes and icons, movie stars and athletic all-stars have always filled the hallowed halls. So, with spring training upon us, Opening Day weeks away, and a new film season before us, it’s time to turn to our past.

In the recent B.S. Report podcast where Bill Simmons interviewed President Obama in the White House, President Obama spoke about the power of the myth of sports, how it can bring people together who may agree on nothing else, and how it may be one of the truest meritocracies in our society.

Every winter when the Academy Awards graces the small screen, we get movie stars gushing about the history of film, how it has captured their imagination since childhood, and how it expands our horizons while carrying us to far away places and pushing our minds to think about things in ways we’ve never thought about them before. Read more

Robert Funke: Four Things I Thought About Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Posted on by The Wise Guise in Featured, Guest Spots, Movie Reviews, Movies | 1 Comment

This guest post on Jeff, Who Lives At Home (opening today in theaters) comes from Robert Funke, who is currently studying Screen Writing at USC. We are glad he could join us for his review of the film and highly suggest following him on Twitter at @RFFunke!

1. I wish I could wink.

Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time, I can’t wink, at least not in a way that’s helpful. I can close one eye while keeping the other open, but it’s a lumbering, awkward forcing of the face muscles that will never charm a lady or coolly tip my hand to someone in a sneaky situation. And then there are the winkers. There was this guy I went to high school with, we’ll call him “Dudley,” who could wink like an teenage Rob Lowe, and did, often. He’d wink his way into a relationship with a gorgeous girl, then wink off any skepticism from the girl’s parents, then wink his way under the shirt and, with another wink, under the bra.

Fuck Dudley, man. If you can wink, do so subtly, but don’t be sleazy and act like you aren’t winking when it’s become your primary eyeball-lubrication method. This is a movie that winks, but winks subtly, appropriately, and only as much as necessary.

We open on Jason Segel (who would be a charming, endearing main character in snuff porn), as Jeff, a thirty-year-old Lafayette-area stoner, slowly, deliberately recording his thoughts on the M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs. He’s seen Signs presumably dozens of times, and is not only the sort of character who might really love Signs, but he’s the sort of character who would build an entire life philosophy and universal ordering system based on Signs. Read more

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 1 Comment

Last week I got to go to a sneak preview showing of 21 Jump Street, which starts playing in theaters this Friday (March 16th). I wouldn’t normally have hardly any expectations going into a movie like this; however, at the time I went to see it, it had managed to pick up 12 positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 100% rating. This intrigued me and built a little excitement going into it. 12 reviews probably doesn’t sound like much to go by but it’s a decent indicator of how the movie will be. For comparison, Eddie Murphy’s new movie A Thousand Words, was and still is sitting at 0% after 43 reviews. I’m sure Paramount would have been thrilled to have gotten 12 positive reviews total.

For the record, at the time of this post 21 Jump Street has dropped a little but it is still at 90% with 40 reviews counted. Who would have thought a March release action/comedy could pull that off? Definitely not I. Read more

Movie Review: Undefeated

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 2 Comments

What a perfect film to be the inaugural Wise Guise movie review! I saw this film last Friday night on opening night in Memphis and couldn’t be more excited to share my thoughts with you all.

Let me start off by saying that had this film come out in Memphis prior to my 2011 rankings post it probably would have actually gotten the top spot. Boom. Wildcard allocated. Most of you don’t know me so you don’t know how seriously I go into nerd mode when I rank things. The top spot is ultra coveted in my head. I can’t help it.

So lets get this party started with some recurring themes from critics reviews in regards to Undefeated

Emotional. Effective. Rousing. Crowd-pleasing. Intelligently inspiring. Enjoyably upbeat.

Undefeated is so much more than all that commonly tossed around film critic jargon. I fear that this will end up sounding cheesy and cliche, but Undefeated was so good that I struggle to find adequate terms to use to describe it. My hope by writing this is that you’ll see it and fully appreciate why.


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