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

Captain Phillips: Phenomenal Film, Heartbreaking Tale

Posted on by Palmer Williams in Assorted Wisdom, Faith, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment


Many in the auditorium cheered as the Navy SEAL team took down the final three pirates at the movie’s climax, yet I sat silent. I know I was supposed to cheer at the superiority of our military (of whom I am incredibly proud, because HOLY COW they are good!), yet the moment felt somehow different than a similar scene in Zero Dark Thirty when SEALs took down Osama Bin Laden. It wasn’t as if the United States was wrong to kill the Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage. In fact, the young men were committing one of the oldest and most contemptible international crimes. Yet, while grateful for the U.S. military and our incredible Navy SEALs who keep innocents like Captain Phillips and ourselves safe and free every day, I simultaneously mourned for those slain pirates. Not particularly the moment of their death, but instead the tragic inevitability of their life that led them to that moment.

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Triple Movie Review: Prisoners, Rush and Captain Phillips

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After what felt like an incredibly long dry patch in my movie outings, I’m excited to not only share my thoughts on one movie I’ve seen recently, but THREE of them. Read more

The “Elysium” Epidemic: Why Hollywood’s Attempts at Political Plots Fall Flat

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I’m not going to be rude and spoil the ending to “Elysium” for you, but from a political standpoint, it’s quite the statement. As the screen fades to black and the credits begin to roll, Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller has endorsed a liberal laundry list of positions, from universal healthcare to full amnesty.

The two mentioned are the most obvious to even the most disinterested viewers, but other themes pop up, including class warfare, climate change, overpopulation and the war on terrorism. All this political posturing in less than two hours? Hollywood sure wants you to get your money’s worth.

If you clicked on this piece expecting a scathing rant on why the film industry continues to tackle such highly controversial subjects as this, you’ve come to the wrong place. However, if you’re looking for a brutal breakdown of how Hollywood handles these issues, then continue to let your eyes scroll down the screen. Read more

From Jumanji to The Conjuring

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

It all started back in 1995, as most great things do*, with Jumanji. I still vividly remember 7 1/2 year old Clayton** rolling up to the theater with my grandmother, likely against her will, to see what I thought looked like the most exciting film of all time. I remember getting to the theater late, which I’m sure I was upset about as that has always been a pet peeve of mine, and finding a couple seats left in the back.

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Movie Review – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

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Two things on this earth that I love with tremendous passion are music and the city of Memphis. My parents raised me on great music from the get go, and I’ve spent my entire life (mostly) in Memphis, so I still get very excited when the worlds of Memphis and music combine, which is very often.

When I was in fifth grade (estimate), my mom was in charge of the volunteers at a local arts festival. On the last night of the festival, while she was doing cleanup and making sure everything was in order, she told me to just hang out at the main concert stage where various musicians had played throughout the week. This festival never really drew any big names, mostly Memphis folks, but on this particular night the headliner was some old local dude named Alex Chilton. Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to him or his music. I didn’t know anything about him and didn’t recognize anything he played, so I never thought much about it after it was over. Read more

Movie Review: White House Down

Posted on by Sutter Vaught in Entertainment, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment


A fireworks show, for me, is one of the simplest and most purely enjoyable viewing experiences.  You don’t go to a fireworks show anticipating any deep character story.  You don’t go for existential questions or meditations on the meaning of life.  You go to a fireworks show expecting a pretty spectacle, that’s well paced, cleanly laid out, and that builds to a satisfying climax.  And if you’re somewhere fancy, like Disney World, there might be some kind of very simple narrative that accompanies the spectacle.  That’s it.  And it’s AWESOME.

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