On "The Interview" and Creative Freedom


The year is 1940. Adolf Hitler is at the zenith of his power. Having conquered multiple European territories and formed multiple international alliances, the German dictator is seen as the most dominant leader in the world. Charlie Chaplin – Hollywood’s most dominant leader – decides to release a film that Read more

Home Alone & Church at Christmas


The Wise Guise has enjoyed presenting high-quality Christmas content since our first year. We've posted old Christmas-themed Facebook notes from yours truly in addition to the infamous 2012 Christmas Movie Smackdown and a Christmas YouTube Hall of Fame. As I write this, I continue my tradition of watching classic TV Read more

SAG, Golden Globe nominations push "Boyhood" out front in Oscar Race


Is “Boyhood” really the frontrunner for Best Picture? Upon release this summer, it certainly felt like a contender. The perfect review scores and strong limited box office seemingly guaranteed that. And yet, the lack of star power in the film made it feel more like a production made for Read more

Sneak Preview: Favorite Films of 2014 So Far


Every year I rank my favorite films of the previous year in January or February. You can find past editions in our archives, including the 2012 edition when I ranked my top 50 movies of the year. Like I said then, and will reiterate now, I need to get Read more

Why WWE was right to fire CM Punk


Fittingly, as we were all giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives yesterday, former WWE superstar CM Punk interrupted the holiday with a long, rambling podcast as close friend Colt Cabana’s guest. It’s filled with the typical, ego-charged rhetoric from Punk we’ve come to expect. He says he’ll Read more

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

Television

Bauer Breakdown: 24 Season 9, Hour 3

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With the return of 24, Joseph is living out his dream of covering a season of Jack Bauer saving humanity from blood-thirsty terrorists of every race and creed week-by-week on the blog. Catch up with last week’s roundtable discussing the two-hour premiere and enjoy this week as Jeremy Wilson and Joseph Williams share their thoughts on the latest time-ticking hour of 24: Live Another Day.

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Another week of 24 is in the books, and they continue to cruise right on with their old tricks. We saw Jack and Chloe teaming up with traffic cameras to find a perp, the CIA staying just a step or two slower than Bauer, and a gut-wrenching minute of stitches being applied to a fresh wound. Surely the stitches are just to get us prepared for some torture scenes further down the road.

We also learned last night who is really running the country – Heller’s chief of staff, Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan). Through three episodes/hours, Mark has shown that he is the puppet master to a president who is losing his mind – quite literally – and last night he went as far as to forge Heller’s signature. I can’t wait until Bauer swoops in wearing his aviators and leather jacket and steals Audrey from him, but we are several hours away from that scene.

An important part of last night’s episode was the introduction to the terrorists. What an odd group! A redheaded British woman and former wife of a deceased Taliban leader and her house of misfits are preparing to let Hell rain from the sky down on ten of London’s most popular venues. By the way, she’s definitely going to kill her own daughter, right? She held off the urge last night, but the gravedigger can go ahead and grab his favorite shovel, because it’s a done deal.

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Make ‘Fred Talks’ Part of Your Day

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Late Night with Seth Meyers has officially been on the air for two and a half months, and the new host has only gotten better with each episode. Following the wild success that Jimmy Fallon found on Late Night was no easy task, but Seth and his team of writers have created fresh material with a nice dose of SNL flavor to keep their audience entertained and viewers at home watching them on DVR every morning – ok, maybe that’s just me.

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Joseph’s Morning Mailbag: Donald Sterling, Ukraine, Movies, TV, & More!

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Life has been crazy lately. We are pregnant with our first baby, sold a house, bought a house, moved, and I’ve finished law school. So there’s a lot of topics I’ve wanted to blog about, but haven’t been able to. In order to catch up, I decided to bring back the mailbag style. Some of the questions below are from real friends and readers. Some of the names have been made up so I could talk about what I wanted to talk about. Other names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent and/or provide alliterative effect. Enjoy! (Shout out to Jeremy Wilson for the awesome new logo above!)

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TV Review: 24 Live Another Day

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With the return of Jack Bauer and 24 with Fox’s new “special-event 12 hour mini-series” 24: Live Another Day, The Wise Guise and friends have some thoughts. Some of us watched 24 from the moment it premiered in Fall 2001 while others caught up on DVD/Netflix and some (Palmer) had never seen an episode. Here are the thoughts on the season’s first two hours… enjoy!

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He Said, She Said Movie Review: Veronica Mars

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VM2 He Said, She Said Movie Review: Veronica Mars

Joseph and Palmer were supporters of the Veronica Mars movie from its KickStarter’s early beginnings. Now that the movie has come out, Joseph and Palmer give their reviews of the feature length reunion of one of the first shows they watched together as a married couple.

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In its first weekend in around 265 AMC theaters across the country, the Veronica Mars movie made right around $2 million, a third of its $6 million budget and more than a third of the approximately $5.7 million the film raised on KickStarter. There is buzz about a sequel. Owen Gleiberman’s take on the success of the Veronica Mars movie project and what it may or may not mean for the future of film financing is well worth a read. Many are writing about what it reveals about super fans driving entertainment or other questions about big dreams versus hometown responsibilities.

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Feeny Friday: First Girl Meets World Teaser Trailer

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GMW photo Feeny Friday: First Girl Meets World Teaser Trailer

Happy Feeny Friday, you Feeny Fanatics! Today’s post is as simple as it is wonderful – the first Girl Meets World teaser trailer is here.

We are also getting more GMW cast photos, as well as confirmations that Feeny will be back for the pilot (premiering sometime this summer), Minkus will be back at some point, and the Matthews parents (now grandparents) and Shawn Hunter will be back for a holiday episode.

But on this Feeny Friday, I simply present the teaser trailer. My only comment: I’m hopeful. I’ve been concerned that Girl Meets World would match the cynicism of our age, sacrificing the schmaltzy, feel-good 90s sitcom feel we loved so much and miss even more.

The first scene from the trailer reveals that the show is attempting to keep the same tone from its predecessor, with the narrator even calling it a new family sitcom instead of yet another one devoted to tweens.

Optimism continues to rise. Enjoy!