Preserving the Phantom Set & Silent Film History


For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive Read more

Evolution of Card Gaming


The history of card gaming goes back thousands of years to earlier civilizations in India, Egypt, and China, the last of which is said to have actually created the playing cards we all know so well. Those are the facts according to HOPC, which also notes that there are Read more

A Christian Contemplation on Suicide


Have you ever heard a truly great preacher? I’m not talking about the stereotypical hell-fire-and-brimstone one the church of olden days churned out. I’m also not referencing the feel-good spiritual gurus who dominate the airwaves now, who seem to be OK with everything except not leaving a donation in Read more

The One that Hurts the Most: Rest in Peace, Robin Williams


Yesterday, we were all shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Robin Williams. We each simply wanted to share a few words about our experiences with the actor and comedian that brought so much joy and laughter to the world. Some of us talk about Read more

Elvis Week Spotlight: New That's The Way It Is and Viva Las Vegas Digibooks


With this year's Elvis Week kicking off a week from today on August 9 - August 17, The Wise Guise wanted to shine some light on a timely new product from Warner Bros. in the form of an Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition Blu-ray Read more

The Bachelorette Finale: "Why'd You Make Love With Me?"


The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic. But before we move on, I need to take care of two things. 1) I’m having a hard time writing this post Read more

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The Bachelorette Finale: “Why’d You Make Love With Me?”

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Josh and Andi The Bachelorette Finale: Whyd You Make Love With Me?

The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic.

But before we move on, I need to take care of two things. Read more

24: Live Another Day Finale

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Jack and Chloe 24: Live Another Day Finale

With the conclusion of another season of 24 (perhaps the last we’ll ever see of Jack Bauer?), we bring in some longtime fans to discuss the finale, where the series may go from here, and how well this season lived up to the 24 we have come to know and love.

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The Bachelorette: Meet the Fellas

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Opening night has come and gone. 25 desperate men made the nerve-racking walk from the limo to greet their hopeful bride-to-be, Andi, and five of those men were sent packing… some more emotional than others, (cough) Josh B (cough).

As far as opening nights go, this one was pretty tame, and tame is a nice way of saying boring. Let’s give it a 6/10 – three points for the awkward limo entrances, and three points for the season previews we saw after the show. After all, the season previews are the most important aspect of the first episode.

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Bauer Breakdown: 24 Season 9, Hour 3

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Bauer Tube Bauer Breakdown: 24 Season 9, Hour 3

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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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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The Bachelor: Juan Pablo Undressed in St. Lucia

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Claire Andi Nikki The Bachelor: Juan Pablo Undressed in St. Lucia

Claire, Andi, and Nikki

Oh Juan Pablo, my friend, what have you done? You had these girls on a string, but something has gone horribly wrong.

You were handed everything on a silver platter. 27 girls showed up at your front door wanting to fall in love with you, wanting to mother your current and future children, and dying for a wildly over-the-top wedding funded by ABC and officiated by Chris Harrison with a guest list full of reality television rejects.

Juan Pablo, all you had to do was smile, listen, and let the girls do all of the talking—all of it. You did so well for so long…

But you blew it. You just had to open your trap in the fantasy suite to the one girl who actually has the ability to listen and process information without her brain function being block by the thought of Neil Lane fitting her for a 4-carat diamond engagement ring.

Let’s get to this nonsense. Here’s what we learned last night… Read more

Top Ten Lessons Learned from House of Cards Season 1

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HOC2 Top Ten Lessons Learned from House of Cards Season 1

As I’ve patiently awaited House of Cards, it has easily become the show I’ve most looked forward to returning in 2014. The dark side of The West Wing, a D.C.-based political thriller more akin to a Shakespearean reflection on power and fallen humanity than it is Scandal or The West Wing, although it shares slices of elements from both of those as well.

I’ve written on The Wise Guise and in Fare Forward Magazine about marriage’s impact on TV watching. What you watch, when you watch it, and how fast you watch it. All of these change. And life is just busier. So as many friends binge-watched House of Cards within the first week of Netflix’s release of all 13 episodes at once, it waited patiently for me in my Instant Queue. Finally, Palmer and I had the time and the shared desire to start it. It took us just under two weeks to complete the first season.

So much has been written about House of Cards already. I agree with pretty much everything Andy Greenwald at Grantland writes about both the show’s content and the phenomenon of releasing the entire season at once. I share his distaste for Photographer Adam and how the untraditional and popular distribution model changes the way we can enjoy the slow development of great, long-form TV as a community over a period of weeks. But regardless, I haven’t been able to wait until the new season drops… and now it has! As I’m torn this weekend on whether to spread out my viewing of Season 2 or just binge all the way through, I thought it’d be good to reflect on Ten Lessons Learned from Season 1. For a full review of Season 1′s strengths and weaknesses, try Josh Smith’s review. And, as Josh says, “All in all, House of Cards is a pretty fascinating study in total depravity.” So what were the ten lessons learned in this study?

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