On Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake & Inspiration


New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. That evening I was attending “Constellations,” a play brought across the Atlantic from its London roots for American Read more

Why the Undertaker still matters in 2015


Think about it for a minute. We’re in the year 2015. Hot topics of conversation center on cars that can drive themselves, space tourism and head sets that can put us in virtual worlds. And still, one of the major headlines of the Wrestlemania season is how will the Read more

Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards


It’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Outside of a few moments of inspired political and social notice during acceptance speeches, the Read more

Alex's Official Predictions for the 2015 Oscars


The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Could “Boyhood” win Best Picture? Of course. The BAFTA Read more

Inaugural 2015 Groucho Movie Awards


So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I've done my top movies of the year lists. I've ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some Read more

He Said, She Said TV Review: Better Call Saul


Better Call Saul has premiered its first three episodes. As AMC's latest groundbreaking original series spinning off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has had great reviews and ratings. Joseph is a huge fan of Breaking Bad and Palmer never quite got into it. In the latest He Said, Read more

The Top 30 Moments in WrestleMania History – Part Two

Posted on by Alex Beene in Entertainment, Featured, Other Sports, WWE | Leave a comment

WM30

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

Posted on by Jeremy Wilson in Featured, Sports | 3 Comments

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

Vols Post Game Locker Room

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

Posted on by Alex Beene in Entertainment, Featured, Other Sports, WWE | Leave a comment

WM30

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

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

UT Bench

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

Posted on by Alex Beene in Assorted Wisdom, Featured | 2 Comments

IMG_5997
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

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, Reality Check, Television | Leave a comment

survivor cast

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.

Read more