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

The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History – Part Two

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Football has the Super Bowl, film has the Academy Awards and for those of us who grew up fans of the lucrative world of sports entertainment that is WWE, professional wrestling has WrestleMania.

The once-a-year spectacle has played host to some of the greatest moments in the company’s history. Every spring, followers of Vince McMahon’s brainchild are treated to an almost religious experience of high-profile matches and celebrity appearances. Read more

Tennessee’s 13 Most Heartbreaking Losses of the Last Decade

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“There ain’t no party like a Tennessee pity-party, cuz a Tennessee pity-party don’t stop!”

Vols Post Game Locker Room Tennessees 13 Most Heartbreaking Losses of the Last Decade

Another University of Tennessee sports season in the books, and another heartbreaking loss after the controversial charge call in the waning seconds of the Sweet 16.

Was the Michigan defender set? Should the ball have been in Stokes’ hands in the first place? Did the referees not allow the players to decide the game?

These were just a few of the questions flying out of the mouths of Tennessee fans and onto every avenue of the internet, especially Twitter – the world’s largest verbal wrestling ring. Regardless of what you thought about the ending in Indianapolis, Vols fans can all agree on one thing – this game gets added to the all-time heartbreaker list.

But just how long is that list?

As a Tennessee fan, I know this feeling of heartbreak all too well. So I began to think of other heartbreaking outcomes, and immediately (too immediately) a couple dozen games came to mind. I originally started to try to rank the top five heartbreaking losses in my head, but five wasn’t enough. Then I moved on to ten, BUT even ten wasn’t enough. After an hour and a half on the phone with my die-hard Vols fan friend, Dyron, we finally settled on the perfect number… 13. Read more

The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History – Part One

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WM30 300x268 The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History   Part One

Football has the Super Bowl, film has the Academy Awards and for those of us who grew up fans of the lucrative world of sports entertainment that is WWE, professional wrestling has WrestleMania.

The once-a-year spectacle has played host to some of the greatest moments in the company’s history. Every spring, followers of Vince McMahon’s brainchild are treated to an almost religious experience of high-profile matches and celebrity appearances. Read more

Tennessee Basketball: The Sweet 16 & Justifying Cuonzo’s Critics

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UT Bench Tennessee Basketball: The Sweet 16 & Justifying Cuonzos Critics

The Tennessee Volunteers are in the Sweet 16.

If you had told me in October that the Vols would be in the Sweet 16, I would have thought that sounded about right. This was a veteran team in a horrible conference that has Sweet 16 talent. If you told me in December that this team would be in the Sweet 16, I would have been a little more skeptical. In February, I would’ve laughed in your face.

But now this Tennessee team has three NCAA tourney wins under its belt, boasting an average margin of victory of 17 points. The Vols have been arguably the hottest team in the tournament since halftime of their 78-65 OT win over Iowa. Read more

Thank You, Rob

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 Thank You, Rob
Two weeks ago, I was heading up to Vanderbilt Medical Center to check up on my mother. She had been rushed from my uncle’s home in Franklin to the facility by ambulance. I called my friend Rob Carpenter, but got no answer. He lived less than a mile from the hospital, and I had stayed with him a few times before when I had been in town. I was thinking I’d probably have to use his couch on that evening yet again.

By the time Rob returned my call, the situation had dramatically changed. I had received news my mother was dying. I was calling every family member I could think of, all the while attempting to maintain my composure. When I answered and heard Rob’s voice, I knew if I started talking about mom I’d completely break down. Read more

Survivor is 28 Seasons In & Still Going Strong

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survivor cast Survivor is 28 Seasons In & Still Going Strong

I’ve written at length about Survivor, and why it is one of the most relevant shows on TV in capturing our society and our humanity in its fullness, both the redemptive and the fallen aspects… and everything in between.

The new season is 4 episodes in, with 5 of the 18 brand-new castaways eliminated in Tribal Councils. The season began with 18 castaways split into three tribes designated as Brawn, Beauty, and Brains.

After 4 eliminations (3 of which involved the Brains tribe failing miserably, only to leave three of my favorite players of the season as survivors that are now positioned to do well this season), the three tribes became two, resulting in the powerful becoming powerless and the blindside of a former NBA All-Star.

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