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

Concert Review: Lake Street Dive with Lucius – September 29, 2014 at Minglewood Hall

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Lake Street Dive 1 Concert Review: Lake Street Dive with Lucius – September 29, 2014 at Minglewood HallBrooklyn based Lake Street Dive brought their mixture of jazz, pop, and blue-eyed soul to Memphis last night, along with openers Lucius, for a great, energetic performance.

Led by the dynamic and super-talented Rachael Price, Lake Street Dive has been together since 2004 but recently gained notoriety from YouTube performances of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Hall and Oates “Rich Girl.”

The band’s Memphis performance in front of a decent-sized Monday crowd showcased tracks from their 2014 release Bad Self Portraits as well as selections from past albums.

Price has a voice that is otherworldly. Equal parts sultry and powerful, it kept the audience in awe all evening. I would go so far as to say that her voice is one of the finest I’ve ever heard in person. If she had chosen the path of crappy, reality TV shows that promise musical fame, she probably could have won any competition out there. She really is that good.

Finishing up with an encore of “Rich Girl” that brought Lucius back on stage, Lake Street Dive gave Memphis a great show. Hopefully they will be back soon to entertain the Bluff City. I expect that their career will be taking an upward trajectory as their tour continues and the word-of-mouth about how great they are spreads.

If you haven’t before, give Lake Street’s newest album a listen.

Going Back to the Island: The 10th Anniversary of Lost’s Premiere

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Ten years ago this week, Lost premiered on ABC with over 18 million viewers tuning in. It’s not the best show of the past decade.  But it will likely always be my favorite show because there has never been and there will never be anything quite like it in terms of scope, quality, obsession, and community-building.

This only seems appropriate for the show that gave us the classic “Live Together, Die Alone” speech.

Or John Locke explaining Backgammon to Walt in the pilot episode which premiered 10 years ago – “Two players, two sides. One is light. One is dark.”

There was theology (Mr. Eko and John Locke talking about the building of the temple in the Old Testament), mythology (giant statues missing toes, light coming from caves), family drama driving big global conglomerates and vice-versa, smoke monsters, polar bears, time traveling, hippie communes filled with crazy scientists, flash-backs, flash-forwards, flash-sideways, and “The Constant.” Oh, The Constant. Desmond and Penny. Watching the final moments of that episode reminds me that they’re likely the greatest love story in TV history (we didn’t even meet them until Season 2!) and when Lost was great, it was better and is better than anything else.

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TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Fox’s Gotham

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Gotham TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Foxs Gotham

The new Fall TV season is upon us. Last night, Gotham premiered on Fox. The high-budget reimagining of a young Jim Gordon investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents in a gritty, corrupt city where future Batman villains are simply getting their starts. Alex, Seth, and Joseph share their reviews of the first episode, what they liked, what they didn’t, and what they hope the show will become.

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Exclusive Interview with Adam Smith of America’s Next Top Model

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Adam Smith from this season of America’s Next Top Model and I went to high school together at White Station High School in Memphis, TN and so once I found out about him being on ANTM I knew I had to get him to do an interview with us. Naturally, he’s a busy dude these days but he was still gracious enough to take the time to join us for this Q&A. I highly recommend checking him on out Instagram here, Twitter here and his Facebook page here. Read more

Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting

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SPSportsbook Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting

With a wild first two weeks of the NFL regular season behind us, now is the perfect time to start studying trends and game lines and get in on NFL online betting. While many new sports bettors may only be familiar with point spread betting, there are dozens of NFL betting options to take advantage of before planting yourself on the couch on NFL Sunday.

Oddsmakers at online sportsbooks offering National Football League betting have developed an uncanny ability to establish point spreads so accurate that knowing who to lay a bet on can be a grueling decision for new sports bettors.

But what if you could move point spreads to your advantage?

With teaser betting, you can.

Teasers, as they are so appropriately named, are varieties of sports bets that enable you to adjust the point spreads on two or more games in exchange for reduced odds.

In a teaser bet, six extra points are added to the point spread favoring the teams of your choice in at least two games. For example, if the Seattle Seahawks are favored by 7.5 points over the Denver Broncos, a teaser bet would change the spread to either Seattle by -1.5 or make Denver +13.5.

Some online sportsbooks also offer sweetheart teasers, which let you adjust the point spread by either 10 or 13 points on either three or four games. Of course, such bets come with dramatically reduced odds, but provide sports bettors with peace of mind, at least until kickoff.

There are also countless opportunities to bet on NFL player and team performances, both in individual games and throughout the season.

Proposition bets, or props bets as they more commonly known, allow you to bet on individual player performance, like how many yards a quarterback will throw for, or the number of times he is sacked, during a game or throughout the season.

Other player props bets enable wagering on who will be named NFL MVP and rookies of the year.

Team props bets enable wagering on subjects like how many total wins a team will earn in the regular season, and whether any team will have a perfect 16-0 season, or dismal winless campaign.

But if you are looking for an NFL betting experience that is immediate and exhilarating, check out NFL live betting. Offered at most major online sportsbooks, NFL live betting, also known as in-play betting lets you make wagers on the fly, using your computer, tablet or smartphone, as you watch the game.

As injuries, swings in momentum, controversial calls and changes in weather impact an NFL game in play, you can seize the moment to pad or change up your betting strategy.

But be careful. While live betting on NFL can be an incredibly exhilarating and profitable experience, the tide can turn quickly in an NFL game, with improbable 4th quarter rallies making and breaking the fortunes of NFL bettors every week.

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae

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lecrae anomaly album cover The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae

It boggles my mind and, yet, it’s the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God.

It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Methodist in Memphis, TN where I was a youth group intern for the summer. He was also well-known by my friends who worked at Kanakuk Kamps over the summer. We all had hope for Lecrae because, while he was a Christian rapper performing in Christian environments, he was not like most of the other Christian rappers. He was not like most of the other Christian artists.

His work was at a higher level than most other Christian art, whether they be film, music, or television. It was at the next level.

But not in my wildest imagination did I ever dream of the day where Lecrae would sit in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and be introduced as having the #1 music album in America.

Not the #1 Christian rap album or #1 Christian album or #1 rap album.

Nope. Lecrae’s latest album, Anomaly, is the #1 album in America. Period. Full stop.

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