“The 20/20 Experience World Tour” is currently touring throughout the United States through Spring 2014. These reviews are from the Bridgestone Arena show on Friday, November 15th and the FedEx Forum show in his hometown, Memphis, TN, on Monday, November 18th. Read more
[Yesterday, Variety published an article announcing a sequel to "It's a Wonderful Life." TIME, USA Today, the LA Times, Huffington Post, and others announced the news. Much of the internet scoffed and scorned the idea. The Wise Guise and friends nearly went into absolute shock. But, ironically, our very own Sutter Vaught (who has argued against It's a Wonderful Life in the past) did some research that shows all of this news is most likely a big ol' hoax!]
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the blog during the holiday season that The Wise Guise and friends were sent into a fit bordering on frothy rage at yesterday’s announcement of an up-and-coming sequel to It’s A Wonderful Life.
From the Variety article:
The sequel, titled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
Grimes, of course, bellowed the iconic line “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel.
Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay.
However, as the Internet, ourselves included, worked itself into a hyperbolic rage over this sacrilege, our very own in-house skeptic, Sutter “Die Hard was better” Vaught put on his old-timey reporter hat and hit the mean streets of Google to ask the tough questions. What he found may shock you.*
Or not, if you’ve ever heard Dan Aykroyd talk about Ghostbusters 3 and/or have used the Internet more than twice. Point being, this movie we’re all panicking about? It ain’t happening.
It’s the latest sign that the End of the World may be upon us… Paramount announced yesterday that they are green-lighting a sequel to perennial Christmas film, AFI-voted most inspirational film of all time, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The Wise Guise and friends have some thoughts. Some very strong thoughts and feelings.
Alex: I just posted this online, but Paramount’s doing a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2015. [cries]
Joseph: I saw that. I hoped it was a lie and thought it was a joke. They’re casting the actress who played ZuZu as an angel, who visits George Bailey’s unlikeable grandson to show him how much better off the world would be HAD HE NEVER BEEN BORN! How wonderful is THAT life? Why? They claim that they always wanted to do a sequel, but rejected every script until they got this one. WHAT? They rejected every script because this idea is terrible.
Clayton: Oh boy.
Joseph: This is gross. This is horrible. So much anger. Never has there been more evidence our current society is much more Pottersville than Bedford Falls…
One of the most-talked about films of the year and frontrunners for Best Picture is Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”. Starring a myriad of actors in small roles and based upon a true story of a free black man enslaved for 12 years in the 1840s and 1850s, it is a film unlike any other you’ve ever seen. Alex and Joseph each present their thoughts.
Alex Beene – Examining an Instant Classic: What makes “12 Years a Slave” Great
I suppose I should start with some elaborate explanation as to why you’re just now reading a Wise Guise recap of “12 Years a Slave.” Steve McQueen’s sprawling historical drama has been in theaters for weeks, garnering universal acclaim from critics, strong awards buzz and – not surprisingly – some walk-outs from audience members not anticipating such intensity in its filmmaking.
In reality, we’re just a group of busy Southerners who have a hard time being able to keep ourselves grounded at a computer long enough to reflect on such an experience. And yet, perhaps that additional time given to ponder on this masterpiece of a film helps in attempting to detail why this historical recap on one of slavery’s darkest stories is an essential lesson for Americans eager to get a brutally realistic take on a once-divided nation.
For “12 Years a Slave’s” true accomplishment is not in providing a by-the-books overview of Civil War-era America, but rather in giving viewers a very intimate story of one man’s stunning story of survival. Once-free Northerner Solomon Northup, brilliantly portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is drugged and thrown into the ownership of Southern landowners. The setting is perfect for a bombastic melodrama over the battle for rights and acceptance.
Yet, McQueen ignores the common plight of other films in the genre. More than anything, this is about survival. Northup spends little time screaming about his freedom and instead utilizes most of his life as a slave simply trying to live until the next day.
[Editor's Note: I'm a big fan of Aronofsky. I LOVED The Fountain and thought Black Swan, though imperfect, was extremely creative and captivating. So I was disappointed when Aronofsky dropped as the director of the second Wolverine film. But then I was intrigued when I found out he was directing a film about the Old Testament tale of Noah's Ark. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see how this would be. And, with the premiere of the first trailer, I'm still not sure. So I did what I do with many things… sent the trailer to some of my smartest and funniest friends to get their thoughts. It would have been selfish of me not to share these with you. - Joseph]
Joseph: From the man who brought us Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and Black Swan…
Seth: We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
I admit it: I’m a Southern Gentleman. In this day and age, that can be taboo to admit. I would say the vast majority of young males I confront fall far from the definition. And in the modern era, it’s easy to see why.
We’re a society built on impulse. Before we even know what the app does for our phone, we’re already downloading it. Most guys find themselves carrying ladies to the bedroom when they barely know their names. They think the digital world should operate on their time table and get quickly angered when they don’t get an immediate response through text or social media (“My Instagram pic only got 2 likes in one hour? Time to take that sucker down!”).
Oh yes, and they don’t worry about sending out resumes. Just wait for mom or dad to connect me with that job interview, where I’ll leisurely brisk in wearing the “nice Sunday clothes” mom got me for Christmas, expecting to land that hot-paying job with a diploma and stained bow-tie I wore in college.
If you find yourself in any of the aforementioned positions, now is the time to change trajectory. It’s not only these things though; most older Southern guys are labeled as gentlemen incorrectly. Just because you attended the University of Alabama, were in a fraternity, and go back to all the home football games with your plastic surgeried-to-hell wife does not a gentleman make.
I’ve decided to make a guide to resolve some of these issues. I expect intense debate. I also expect many young males to just roll their eyes and say, “Eh, this is some GQ-reading, metrosexual liberal Northerner telling me how to live.” If you guessed this, the only thing you got right was the GQ-reading part. And I don’t even read it every month.
So, let’s begin, shall we? In this installment, I’d like to start with three excuses you’ll often find made by Southern males that are not things true gentlemen would say.
A novelist writes a story. When the book ends, so does the story.
A film director directs a story. When the movie ends, so does the story.
But television is a whole different ball game.
So much has been said over the past decade about this being TV’s golden age, about how you can develop characters and stories over years and seasons, and how viewers can really form bonds with these people that they spend an hour or so with per week for X amount of years. And I get that. Trust me. My relationship with Coach Taylor and Mrs. Coach and Riggins and Saracen and the gang was deeper than some of my closest friendships.
But the downside of television’s ability to draw out character development and storytelling over years and seasons – and in some cases decades – is this risk of running a show straight into the ground.
The following is a list of shows I have watched or am watching and what their ultimate end should be or should have been: