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

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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Being a Hero to the Orphans of the World

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When you lose a parent, the first reaction is never one of appreciation. The immediate aftermath is not filled with happiness over all the times you shared and how blessed you were to have that person in your life.

Instead, you tend to focus on what can never be. You think of all the years you have left where you won’t have that parent around to talk to or share memories with moving forward. It’s that notion that leads to most of the heartache you experience when suffering through those first few weeks following a passing. Read more

Film Review – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″

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When Sony decided for a quick reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise back in 2012, the reactions fell into two camps: one which viewed the production as a shameless cash-grab way for the studio to retain the film rights to the character and the other being intrigued and relieved by new blood being brought in after Tobey Maguire and company’s lackluster third outing. Read more

Interview: Kelly English dishes on Grizzlies’ Inspired Cuisine

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Today, The Wise Guise had a chance to chat with award-winning chef and restaurateur Kelly English. If you aren’t familiar, he owns and operates one of Memphis’ favorite and most delicious restaurants, Restaurant Iris, and has recently opened a more casual yet still just as delicious spot next door to Iris called The Second Line. In addition to these two ventures, he also has a Second Line concessions booth in FedExForum and runs the menu for the in-house restaurant there, The Lexus Lounge.

This week, English’s and my hometown Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of an intense playoff series with rivals, the Oklahoma City Thunder. For the team-sponsored watch party Monday night, at English’s Second Line, a new dish was introduced, “I’ll Beat Yo Ass Shrimp,” in honor of some gritty words Grizz favorite Zach Randolph shared with the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins last season.

As the series has shifted from OKC back to Memphis, English is excited to debut some new menu items centered around the Grizz as well as enjoy what has proven to be one of the most fun times of the year to be a Memphian, the NBA Playoffs.

When I caught up with Kelly, he was fired up about the prospect of the Grizzlies taking a 2-1 series lead in front of a home crowd tonight and eager to talk about his love for all things Grizz.

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On John Updike & Easter

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While Joseph reflected on Good Friday last year, we urge you to enjoy this poem from John Updike and Michael Bowman’s reflections so that you can let this year’s celebration of Easter impact your life beyond Easter Sunday. Have a blessed week!

“Seven Stanzas at Easter” by John Updike

Make no mistake: if he rose at all
It was as His body;
If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit,
The amino acids rekindle,
The Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
Each soft spring recurrent;
It was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the
Eleven apostles;
It was as His flesh; ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes
The same valved heart
That-pierced-died, withered, paused, and then regathered
Out of enduring Might
New strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence,
Making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded
Credulity of earlier ages:
Let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
Not a stone in a story,
But the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of
Time will eclipse for each of us
The wide light of day.

And if we have an angel at the tomb,
Make it a real angel,
Weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in
The dawn light, robed in real linen
Spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
For our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
Lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are embarrassed
By the miracle,
And crushed by remonstrance.

Through his “Seven Stanzas at Easter,” Updike does a wonderful thing. He captured Easter. I want to join in his call this year, instead of falling victim to what Easter has become. While Easter bunnies, candy, and egg-hunts are all good, I hope we do not miss the point.

The point is the death and resurrection Jesus. If you have grown up in the Church at all, or have been a Christian for any amount of time, you probably understand that everything we believe in hinges upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus had just died, then so what? The Resurrection is essential to our lives as Christians. We get it. But let us not take the Resurrection and dim down it’s light. Let it be transcendent.

The hope of this post is not to teach you something new about Christianity. It is here to help your processing of what Easter is this year. Maybe you have been completely numb to the Gospel, and Jesus, and the Church, and Christianity, and everything having to do with Easter for awhile now. Maybe you have been so incredibly busy that you have not had a chance to reflect on Easter at all. That’s okay. Be reminded of why we celebrate, in every sense of the word, Easter.

Let us walk through the door. The tomb is empty. The veil has been torn. He is risen!

Roundtable: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Spring has sprung, The Masters has come and gone, so now The Wise Guise and the sports world are focused on one thing:

The NHL Playoffs — er (clears throat), excuse me…

THE NBA PLAYOFFS, BABY!

The Grizzly Bears have nestled into the 7 seed and will face a familiar foe in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have earned the 3rd best lottery odds by piecing together some very, very impressive losses. But who cares about the Magic right now — nobody.

As the playoffs tip off on Saturday, The Wise Guise and friends answer these nine questions…

1) How far can the Grizzlies go? What is a somewhat realistic best-case scenario?

2) If the Grizzlies get bounced in the first round in an ugly fashion, what happens going forward? Do they blowup parts of the roster? Have we seen the last of this roster that we’ve grown to know and love?

3) Who wins the West? Why?

4) Who wins the East? Why?

5) Who will be the first team that Adam Silver hands the Larry O’Brien Trophy to?

6) Which coverage do you prefer — TNT (Turner) or ESPN/ABC?

7) Who’s the dark horse in the East? West?

8) Last year the sports world learned about the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard during the finals. Which player this year will be a household name?

9) What is your nightmare matchup for the finals?

Here’s what the fellas had to say…

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