Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down


Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities--food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.


When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I've always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn't seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I'd seen clips here Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call


We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, Read more

Joan Rivers: An American Institution


“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.” I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the Read more

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

Weekly Posts

The Bachelorette 2013 Recap: HOMETOWNS

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“I’m hoping for a proposal, and from Brooks!” (DID I HEAR THAT RIGHT?)

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Des looking freaked out, because DUH.

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The Bachelorette 2013: Week 5 Recap

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It’s another week of The Bachelorette and another week where all of our brain cells shrink into themselves and then explode onto the floor. The show could have been truncated into 30 minutes of nail-biting television, and instead, it dragged out for what felt like an eternity. But imagine! If the show were condensed into 30 minutes, and they turned it into a sitcom about a group of suitors and a boring lady. Or, they just made it like Friends. OR, they made it INTO Friends. Then we could all just watch and talk about Friends every week!

This week included a trip to Germany, a two on one date, and a great set of previews. Highlights below!

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Roundtable: Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

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With World War Z coming out this next week, this week’s topic is a creative and fun one. It’s time to create a Survival Guide for When (Not If) the Zombie Apocalypse occurs.

So we posed two questions to the panelists for this week’s roundtable:
 
1) Where would you hole up during a zombie apocalypse?
 
2) If you could only have 5 items for your Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit, what would you choose and why?

You won’t want to miss their answers below! This is our most hilarious and creative roundtable yet. Enjoy!

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Roundtable: What’s the Best Superhero Movie… not called The Dark Knight?

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With Man of Steel bringing Superman back to the silver screen when it premieres this weekend, we thought The Wise Guise and friends should each answer the question: “What is the best/your favorite superhero movie?” Because several of the guise feared every answer would be The Dark Knight, we decided to not make people choose between Heath Ledger and anyone else (DARN YOU, OLSEN TWINS!). So we made the weekly topic best superhero movie… not called The Dark Knight. We asked people to be creative. The result: THREE Keanu Reeves movies were mentioned. Check out what The Wise Guise and friends discussed, including traditional superhero movies and… others. Enjoy! 

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Roundtable: Which TV Show Would You Bring Back?

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There was a time in our site’s history where we would have e-mail threads with our friends about various topics, and then Clayton or I would format those into a lengthy blog post. Eventually, they became too inconsistent and too time-consuming to put together, so they faded away. Recently, Wise Guise contributor Sutter Vaught reached out to me with the idea of doing a weekly series where we posed one direct question to a panel of writers/contributors/friends to answer. With a more consistent format, this new Weekly Roundtable series was born. Each week, we’ll be posing a question to a panel (which will have consistent characters and some occasional guests) to give their thoughts.

For the first one, the topic was an easy one. With Arrested Development’s return to Netflix for a fourth season, 24’s return for a special season next May, and Veronica Mars returning with a KickStarter-funded movie, everyone is thinking about what other TV shows they wish could come back from the abyss of cancellation. Our panel answers the simple question: Which TV show would YOU bring back for more episodes?

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The Bachelorette 2013: Week Two Recap

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Welcome back to another week of The Bachelorette.  Are you crying from boredom now? Did you read Infinite Jest this morning to replenish your neurons? Great. Then we’re not on the same page.  Last night, the star of the show was Des’ baby blue Bentley, with the close runner up being one of the bachelors who doesn’t seem to have a neck. But, seeing as the Bentley technically belongs to Chris Harrison & ABC, we’ll go ahead and review the rest of the night’s crazy events, which mostly involved a lot of roided-up arguments, v-necks, and hooded sweatshirts designed to fit men with shoulders the size of mediocre songwriters’ egos.  And, as always, we’ll save you the hassle and condense this into five danger-free highlights!

First, a rap video full of white people

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