On John Updike & Easter


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 Read more

Roundtable: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview


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 Read more

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. Joseph: In its first weekend Read more

Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster


We all fall victim to the green-eyed monster. It has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first reference the green-eyed monster dates back hundreds of years to Shakespeare's Othello. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd Read more

My Weekend at The Masters: Bubba, History, and How It's Supposed to Be


It was clear on Saturday night how things were going to go, if you looked at Twitter, watched the Golf Channel, and listened to the pundits. On Sunday, here's how it was supposed to be… - Bubba Watson had only won 1 out of 14 tournaments that he had led Read more

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 Read more

Nothing Like a Beatdown from Your Tax Dollars

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krawetz Nothing Like a Beatdown from Your Tax DollarsWhen I pay state sales tax and file my federal tax return at the end of the year, I know that my hard-earned dollars are going to educate the future, to upkeep and create roads and highways, to protect American borders, and–heaven forbid it happen–put out a fire if my house was ablaze. That being said, I do not expect my tax dollars to sic a dog on me, force me to have invasive medical procedures, or open fire on any children I may have in my vehicle.

I know what you are thinking: Police officers are our friends; their sole purpose is to protect us. In fact, for generations the public has told their children that they can ALWAYS trust a police officer.

Allow me to share with you the following stories of police brutality, and then you tell me: Will you continue to tell your children to always trust police officers and law enforcement officials?

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March from Selma to Montgomery (1965)

I’m not looking to put together a complete, historical list of police brutality; however, that is certainly something that could be accomplished. Police brutality has been a growing problem dating back decades.

The National Civil Rights Movement was successful in part because of the national attention brought to the movement by police brutality widespread in states such as Alabama. While nonviolent protesters planned a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, police officers gassed marchers with tear gas and beat them.

The name Rodney King has now become synonymous with police violence and brutality. Upon receiving his beatdown from him tax dollars, several “copwatch” organizations came into fruition. With these organizations, the nation has done a much better job of tracking and publicizing the rampant police brutality.

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What Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Did For a Special Needs Kid During a Game

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Basketball, Bright Spots, Featured, Sports | Leave a comment

Zbo kia award What Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph Did For a Special Needs Kid During a Game

There are several things we’ve always made clear here at The Wise Guise during our nearly two years of blogging.

(1) We love the Memphis Grizzlies. This has been clear from the beginning, when one of our early series was Tuesdays with Tony.

(2) We have a special place in our hearts for the special ones amongst us. I’ve written at length about these exceptional ones in our lives, including my sister, Mary.

Well, Clayton sent me the following video earlier today, which made me reply, “Oh. My. Zbo.”

Clayton’s response? “What a dude. That’s why [the Grizzlies] still have the full support of most of the city despite their on court struggles this year.”

Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Although Zbo himself possibly could. Earlier in the night, he was awarded November’s KIA Community Assist Award.

As Randolph said via NBA.com after he was given the award, “I love to give back to kids in need and from single-parent homes because I was one of those kids growing up, so I feel as though I can relate. It’s a blessing for me to be able to help someone else.”

May we all be able to do the simple things in life the help someone else this holiday season. Timely given the release of the sequel, but it reminds me of a line from Gandalf in the first Hobbit film: ”[Some] believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.”

SAG Nominations put “12 Years” out front, give boost to “Dallas Buyers Club” & “Butler”

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

butler SAG Nominations put “12 Years” out front, give boost to “Dallas Buyers Club” & “Butler”

Each year, a heavy amount of anticipation is given to the Screen Actors Guild nominations. They are in many ways the first “inside view” we get as to what the Academy is liking during the awards season. After all, the actors branch is the largest one in the Academy’s membership, and presumably most – if not all – of those actors are also in SAG.

Of course, it would be and is often a fault to take these nominations too seriously when assessing the Oscar race. Yes, they are a very good indicator for the actors and actresses who get nominated, but keep this in mind: (a) these nominations are made very early in the season, meaning most voters didn’t see every film in contention yet and (b) these are acting-based nominations, and “Best Ensemble” does not equate to “Best Picture.”

Still, they’re the first clues we get, so let’s put them under the magnifying glass.

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“American Hustle” and “Her” Kick Off 2014 Awards Season with Surprises

Posted on by Alex Beene in Awards Addict, Entertainment, Featured, Movie Previews, Movie Reviews, Movies | Leave a comment

americanhustle American Hustle and Her Kick Off 2014 Awards Season with Surprises

Welcome to another film awards season. I originally ran a site called “Awards Addict” which featured content on the road leading up to the Oscars. This year, I’m happy to say that content will be available at The Wise Guise for your reading pleasure. I know. You’re welcome.

As for those of you wondering about my credentials for covering the Oscar race, I’ve been doing so since 2005. I’ve got a pretty consistent record of knowing what the Academy likes and doesn’t like despite some of the more ludicrous choices we’ve seen grace the stage at the actual event. I’ve also personally been to Academy screenings and have an idea of who the typical Academy member is and what they like.

Now that you have an idea of my background, let’s get into this year’s race. For those of you unfamiliar with how the game is played (and the Oscar race is nothing more than a Hollywood game), the whole season begins with a slew of critic groups announcing their picks to garner buzz for contenders.

For the longest time, the general thought was “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” would be the critical darlings attracting the most top honors. But the first two Best Film awards of the season popped that consensus bubble quite rapidly. With the New York Film Critics’ choice of “American Hustle” and the National Board of Review’s stunning support of “Her,” this awards season has already gotten compelling in its infancy.

So what do these two choices ultimately mean?

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A Casual Fan’s Guide to Turkey Day Football

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Featured, Football, Sports | Leave a comment

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Thanksgiving… great food, quality family time, exciting traditions, and reflecting on our many blessings since the previous Thanksgiving. What’s missing? Oh, right. Football.

Let’s face it. Regardless of whether your dad played for 15 years in the NFL or if your last name is Dewey and your family is famous for the creation of the exhilarating decimal system, you will end up watching some amount of football. You will.

I spoke to a few friends recently who are casual sports fans at best, and they all said that they will be watching football on Thursday. Do they want to? Not really. But they will because of two reasons: 1) They don’t have control of the remote (editor’s note: click the link and skip about halfway through for more on “remote warfare”), and 2) Dad/Grandpa/Older brother will play the parade card—“Listen, I already watched 4 hours of that stupid parade this morning! It’s time I get to watch whatever I want!” Guess what that “whatever I want” is? Yes, football.

So I come to you today with the Casual Football Watcher’s Guide to Turkey Day Football.

There are three NFL games on the schedule for Thursday. Green Bay @ Detroit (12:30 ET), Oakland @ Dallas (3:30 ET), and Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (7:30 ET). If these three games were being played on a Sunday at 1:00, I wouldn’t be excited for them. Instead, we’ll watch a large portion of all three games after we find our favorite pair of pants with that generous elastic waist.

I will give you 4 categories for each game: 1) Alcohol Selection—what you should be drinking (if you choose to, of course) during that particular game, 2) What to Point out to your Mom—if you’re a sports fan, you need to keep others in the room interested. The x’s and o’s of the game won’t do it, so this will provide you material to keep people’s interest as high as possible, 3) Fantasy Players to Watch—hopefully your family has a competitive league going, so this will highlight who you should keep an eye on, and 4) Which team would be the pilgrim and which would be the Native Americans—part of it had to be Thanksgiving themed, right? Read more

In Defense of Shopping on Thanksgiving Day

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Shopping Crowd In Defense of Shopping on Thanksgiving Day

From the moment major retailers started announcing they’d open their doors at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, I knew there would be a backlash coming. Sure enough, just hours later I began to see these supposedly compassionate posts on all social media urging us to stay at home with our families and avoid this “evil corporate scheme.”

Well, I’m here to say you can all have fun sitting at home and doing nothing. I’m heading to the stores at 5 p.m. to get some deals. Yes, I have a family. Yes, it’s nice to see them each year on Thanksgiving. Some of them, at least. Read more

Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Posted on by Alex Beene in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 1 Comment

hungergames Movie Review   The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

When the first “Hunger Games” film launched in March 2012, it was a massive success on all levels.  Crowds loved it, critics adored it and the box office was unreal, with the film bringing in over $400 million in the U.S. alone.

Flash-forward to a year-and-a-half later, and the second entry in the series, “Catching Fire,” has arrived. In that time, a new directior, Francis Lawrence, came on the scene, and the girl (Jennifer Lawrence) who played the girl on fire (Katniss Everdeen) has become a mega-star with an Oscar now in her possession.

Do either one of these factors make the new installment feel different? Actually no, not at all. “Catching Fire” shines in its consistency with the first film, with the same visual style and intensity in performance carrying over. Perhaps the fear for survival feels a tad diluted compared to the first go-around, but its replacement is the intrigue of a power struggle between rich and poor.

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