Movie Review: Dunkirk

When the credits roll on Christopher Nolan's latest film - a cinematic experience that brings the full scale of the Battle of Dunkirk to the big screen for the first time - the audience is left speechless. Unlike nearly all of his other films, it's not because you're trying Read more

Dream-Casting a Live-Action Little Mermaid for Disney

Perhaps no task is more difficult for a studio than casting a well-known franchise to match the sky-high expectations of fans. From novels to comic books to animated film remakes, Hollywood has had mixed results with the task; some have spent the big bucks to get the demanded stars, Read more

Best Movies of 2016: The 3rd Annual Groucho Awards

Welcome to the Third Annual Groucho Awards! This is my own platform to nominate and award the movies of my choosing, because it seems that far too often, the movies with the biggest campaigns get Oscar nominations and the little guys are left out in the cold. This year Read more

A compelling case that Corinne is six-years-old, and other Bachelor nonsense

  Written by: @jeremywilson412 In the words of Chris Harrison, "Coming up on this week's episode (recap) of The Bachelor..." The ladies receive their first real test, we pause to remember those we lost this week, I present a theory about Corinne that is bulletproof, and we discuss the contenders and pretenders. But Read more

I was not going to write about The Bachelor, but then...

(Written by: @JeremyWilson412) I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up in a shark costume convinced it was a dolphin costume. I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up who hooked up with Nick at Read more

What I Learned about Chris Pratt's Faith

Most of us have loved Chris Pratt since we first met him as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec. Then he made his dramatic debuts in Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter revealed that he could be an action star, so it came as no surprise Read more

He Said, She Said: Round Two

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He Said, She Said will be a weekly post brought to you by Joseph Williams and his lovely wife, Palmer. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything though…

Discussing thoughts and feelings about everything under the sun, from TV and film to awards shows and life experiences, they’ll bring a unique perspective on each topic.  When they agree, consider it two thumbs up.  When they disagree, consider both sides.  But don’t write them off as typical-guy and typical-gal points of view.  After all, Palmer doesn’t exactly like chick flicks, and Joseph doesn’t get all jacked up to see Transformers 3 at midnight.


How to Make Predictions for Contests

Palmer: Now that awards season is upon us, an annual debate has arisen between Joseph and I about how you should fill out your Oscars ballot. Joseph and his cheating heart thoroughly researched what the critics and Academy say about each pick.  I, with my pure, unadulterated heart, predict based on who I think ought to win.  Example: Joseph voted for The Tree of Life for cinematography based on critics’ predictions.  I saw parts of The Tree of Life, and thought the story was dumb and had no plot. Albeit a beautiful movie, my heart told me this was the Oscars, a contest for movies, not a contest for art on screen. Thus, I couldn’t vote for a seemingly pointless movie and chose, instead, The Artist.  Why should I let the Academy, a group of people I’m pretty sure I have little in common with, decide for ME what I think a good movie is?!

Joseph: First of all, you watched about 15 minutes of The Tree of Life.  I chose it because I thought it did have the best cinematography.  And many make the argument that movies are indeed a form of art on screen. I don’t see why being principled and choosing with your heart has to be mutually exclusive from picking a winner and being a winner.  This debate comes up as I have, for the second year in a row, won the Oscars Prediction Pool amongst our friends.

Palmer: And by win, you mean you cheated. And cheaters aren’t winners. So you did not win. Because you cheated.  (and The Tree of Life was dumb) Read more

Feeny Friday: Episode Two

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By the end of most weeks, you’ve had some successes and you’ve had some failures.  But, by Friday, you’re exhausted and often feeling at the end of your rope.  It’s at this point in time, whether it’s humility you need or some encouragement, that everyone needs a healthy dose of George Feeny.  After all, most of our lives would probably be worse off and definitely be less wise without him.  On a blog where we admit that our wisdom is limited, we felt we would be doing our faithful readers a disservice to not provide some authentic wisdom at the end of every week from one Mr. George Feeny.

Happy Feeny Friday, Feeny-ites! Continuing our stroll down Wisdom Lane, this week’s second episode of season one, entitled “On the Fence,” originally aired on October 1, 1993, on the day I turned seven years old. A magical date to be sure… so surely there must be great wisdom ahead!

The summary of the episode: When Cory’s parents don’t give him the money to buy a water gun for the classes water fight. He strikes a deal with Mr. Feeny to paint his shutters and Feeny will give him the money for the gun. Corey rushes through the job and an accident occurs.

Our favorite Feeny-ite, Mr. Matthews, begins this tale having the classic debate in the lunchroom about Superman vs. Batman. Who would you rather be? Who would you rather be your dad? This debate still goes on in lunchrooms today. It’s the truly partisan topic of our time. Even if Washington, D.C. was working, they still wouldn’t be able to solve this one. Read more

Liz Riggs: I Want To Know What Love Is

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This guest post comes from Nashville, TN resident Liz Riggs. We are proud to endorse her post on The Bachelor and we look forward to having her work with us more in the future!

If you haven’t seen The Bachelor yet, then allow the remainder of this piece to enlighten you.   I think most half educated human beings with a pulse know the premise of the show: a douchey 20 something male lacking an overwhelming amount of self awareness and containing just enough desperation simultaneously “dates” anywhere between 2 and 25 women whilst being followed by cameras.  It’s quite obviously the only recipe for true love.

Now, for those of you who haven’t watched much of this season, I would be absolutely delighted to fill you in.  Ben F., a “wine maker” from Sonoma experienced a devastating loss on last season’s The Bachelorette (hopefully your middle school inference skills can help you surmise the premise of that show).  He then became ABC’s new bachelor—God forbid they choose an actual person that applied for the position.  He sorted through a variety of women ranging from boring to extremely boring, slutty to potentially-bisexual, PhD students to “VIP” Cocktail waitresses, and LA models to Southern Belles. Read more

Inaugural Wise Guise Survivor Fantasy Draft

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Welcome to the Inaugural Wise Guise Survivor Fantasy Draft! Much debate went into the format and it wasn’t even actually finalized until nearly the end of the draft. Here is the agreed upon format for the proceedings…

Classic, fantasy, snake style draft. Each of us will have a team of 5 to “coach” throughout the season. One little remaining castaway will be left standing all by their self on the proverbial playground.

Here is the point system: Survivor Winner: 50 points. Survivor Runner-Up: 20 points. Survivor Third-Place: 12 points. (If the non-winning finalists both receive same number of final votes, each one is awarded 16 points, PGA Tournament style.) If your player makes the jury: 5 points. If your player wins an individual immunity challenge: 3 points. If your player wins an individual reward challenge: 2 points. If your player is selected by the winner of the individual reward challenge to also participate in the reward: 1 point. Every episode your player survives gains them 1 additional point.

Let the record show that each of us fall in vastly different parts of the fandom spectrum. Joseph, as many of you know, is Mr. Survivor, he’s the mega-fan. Colin is a regular Survivor viewer and casual fan of the show. Clayton has yet to see a full season of the show and has only seen bits and pieces of various seasons due to past roommates. As far as he is concerned, Russell is the greatest Survivor participant ever.

The following took place via a ridiculous email thread on February 27, 2012. We think you will find this rather entertaining whether you watch Survivor or not. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Tuesday’s With Tony: Tony Learns Magic

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And we’re back with another Tuesday)s With Tony. This past weekend the NBA had its annual dog and pony show, so here’s a quick wrap up for those who chose to watch Billy Crystal in black-face instead of a black face raise a crystal. Hey, Billy got laughs, figured I would try it too.

The weekend included a celebrity basketball game (Kevin Hart, MVP), Rookie/Sophomore game (layup drill), 3 point contest (K.Love), dunk contest (YAWN), and the main event Sunday had its moments of greatness. Blah blah blah. The weekend allowed players to rest and relax for a few days in preparation for the second half of the season. Well, Tony might have been resting his legs, but his thumbs have been very busy lately.

He started off this past week with an instant classic! While discussing his Epsom salt bath and his admission of not knowing what Epsom salt was, he still acknowledges his mother’s wisdom. Bless her, bless her. This was my favorite tweet of the week and early on I thought this would take up the majority of the post, but I was premature in my posting prophecy.

You see, it turns out that Tony has been learning magic. Yes, you heard me correctly, he tried to become Tony Blaine during his days off from basketball. Don’t believe me? Watch me put the pieces back together right before your very own eyes! (waves wand and the lights dim) Read more

Top 5 Oscar Surprises

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Misc. TV, Movies, Television | 1 Comment

Well…I lost. Again. To Joseph. Sad face.

The Oscars always seem to hold a few surprises. No matter how confident I am in my heavily researched picks, I always end the night with a “huh” look on my face.

Here is my selection process: First, I make a concerted effort to see every film nominated in every category. I follow up all my viewings with reading what every “expert” under the sun thinks will happen and their rationale and all that jazz. I then do my best to deduct their assured biases. And alas I come up with my picks.

Joseph and I only differed on two categories out of 24 this year. These were Best Makeup and Best Sound Editing. Logic originally told me The Iron Lady would win for makeup. But then there was the buzz for Harry Potter getting undeservedly shunned by The Academy. I figured they might throw them a bone in the visual section. The other difference was Sound Editing, which my gut told me would be Hugo. I again figured The Academy wouldn’t want to give Spielberg a sad face like mine and would throw him one bone for War Horse. I took two calculated risks and both backfired. I figured I’d at least get a split! So I finished getting 17/24 picks correct and Joseph got 19/24 correct. Congrats to Mr. Williams.

Now for what I would consider to be the Top 5 Oscar Surprises. Read more