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 Read more
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 Read more
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 Read more
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 Read more
When browsing various websites to catch up on the latest news, I always encounter a few headlines that seem so obvious. Usually more obvious than crayons being colorful, water being wet, or fire being hot. I put together a short list of this week’s headlines that jumped out as Read more
I know, I know. For some of you, part one was too income-heavy. I’m not going to backtrack my views on the things covered; brands and travel are essential parts to your gentleman repertoire. However, if entry-level employment or graduate school has temporarily blocked the funding of those parts, Read more
Beginning to pick up viral momentum, Foolin’ Around Vandy’s latest YouTube video is called “The Sorority Report.” It’s a basic concept executed beautifully – a sophomore at Vandy dresses up like a character from the universe of Wes Anderson and dead-pan interviews people all over campus, striving to learn all there is to know about sororities.
There are some moments of comic genius here, including an excellent not-so-subtle jab at Vanderbilt’s all-comers policy.
[Today, we're honored to have a guest contributor review "The Counselor", the Ridley Scott-directed, Cormac McCarthy-penned film with the all-star cast and less-than-stellar reviews. Don't miss what R. Rooney Roux, CSA has to say about this movie dividing so many critics and viewers alike.]
Knowing how difficult it may be to pass up a Ridley Scott directed film featuring Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Michael Fassbender, I, nonetheless, encourage you, entreat you, implore you to do just that.
How does a premiere writer-director team take such incredible screen talent and produce such a travesty of a film? Primarily, they use a tired, unoriginal plotline of pretty boy lawyer-type wants more. The namesake of the film has it all. Plenty of money from a successful law practice, brand new Bentley convertible coupe and the love of his life – the beautiful, sexy, you could even say “perfect” Laura, played by Cruz. But of course, it’s not enough. He’s got to have lots more and in the process places Laura in the crosshairs of all the Juans, Pedros, Manolitos and Chingons that work south and north of the Rio Grande. So take on a couple more clients, you idiot. No, I think I’ll make a big hit and jump in bed with some Mexican Drug Lords. Even after he is told over and over not to do it by the guys who know what happens when one lies down in a bed of rattlesnakes, he smugly says, “I’m in.” Everyone in the theatre knew he was thinking ‘how bad can they really be?’ How bad can these people be? Can you say beheading and snuff film?
Maybe I’m the only one who’s been seeing this (which would be totally super awkward), but does it seem like we’re over-celebrating awkwardness in our culture today? I’m all for pointing out awkward interactions, laughing them off, and then moving past them into meaningful social interactions, but is that what’s actually happening here, or is there a more sinister, anti-social undercurrent at work?
What is awkwardness?
In laymen’s terms, awkwardness is the feeling we get when people aren’t on the same page socially. Technically speaking, awkwardness is the recognition of mismatched cultural habits between people within a social interaction.
Why awkwardness is necessary:
People are not identical. In order for humans to interact, there must be give and take. Awkwardness helps us sense social differences so that we can translate for them. The degree of awkwardness varies with every interaction, but the need to relate to each other is typically enough to keep us moving forward.
Smiles from ear to ear. Fist-pumping. Chanting “Anchor Down”, “Brand New Vanderbilt”, and love for Coach James Franklin. Mockingly doing the Gator Chomp.
But at this point in this season, I can’t help but wonder if this is just the status quo of Vanderbilt football from here on out. The past is firmly behind us. The sky is the limit. As our old friend Kevin Garnett said, “Anything is possible!”
The average American has a life expectancy of 78.5 years. Assuming that this “average American” eats three meals a day, that is roughly 86,000 meals–and let’s face it, many of us don’t eat breakfast. Moreover, as a child, you don’t get to pick your meals. I could continue to let this imaginary number dwindle down, but you get the idea. Read more
My wife, Palmer, sent me this video a few days ago. She warned me to prepare for tears. So I don’t know why I decided to wait to watch it until I was sitting in a full law library.
Regardless, I think you’ll enjoy this video that has gone viral, made by the patients and staff at University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital.
As I was watching it, I couldn’t help but think back to this quote from Gandalf in last winter’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love.”
Last year, we did one of our first Roundtables discussing all things Halloween – costumes for the young and old, movies, etc. This year, we got our growing group of friends together to give us their thoughts on funny/creative costume idea suggestions for this year, your favorite costume you’ve worn, your costumes that you think are overplayed, favorite scary movies, favorite candy to receive trick-or-treating, worst candy to receive, funny stories from past Halloweens, etc. Enjoy!