Even though Clayton and I already previewed all the films premiering in March, April, and May 2013, the recent release of new movie trailers had me wanting to share each one on my Facebook wall. But instead of all that spam, I thought I’d embed them all in one post with some bits of commentary. Needless to say, as the three weeks of law school final exam cramming is upon me, I can’t wait for summer. And a big part of that is summer movie season.
But first, I have to share the newly released first look at the Hunger Games sequel, which is taking over Thanksgiving weekend given the conclusion of Twilight and Harry Potter franchises. I’ve watched it several times and it gives me goosebumps each time. It’s fascinating to me how they’re growing the films beyond the Katniss-narrated structure of books… and I think the payoffs will continue to be positive. Ridiculous how little they’re trying to spoil and therefore, how little of the substantial plot is revealed. AND YET, every second has me more excited. Read more
Coach Jayzor’s 2nd Annual MLB Predictions
Last year, I made my predictions before the season started, as all respectable prognosticators should. However, this year, life got busy, and I found myself two weeks into the season. A wise man once said, “Better late than never.” That was either Benjamin Franklin or Winston Churchill. At any rate, I have included the current standings and my predicted standings. In some cases, they are similar. In some cases, they are very different (See the AL East, where I have predicted the exact opposite of the current standings). If you read until the end of this post (which is quite a feat), you will be rewarded with my predictions for MVPs, Cy Young Awards, and World Series teams. Enjoy the predictions, and enjoy the season!
*NOTE: Current Standings are as of the morning of 4/17/13 (before any games were played).* Read more
I’ve received a lot of e-mails, Facebook posts, and comments from friends eagerly anticipating Wise Guise thoughts on this season of “Survivor.” It seems writing about my love of Survivor in the face of friends’ jokes about it being around for hundreds of seasons has finally paid off. Fear not, fellow Survivor fans. I’ve been keeping up with this season every week and, even though we didn’t post about it like past seasons, we are playing a Wise Guise Survivor Fantasy Game this season as well. We modified the rules slightly, we added more teams, and things are as exciting as ever before! Read more
Wise Guise contributor Sutter Vaught returns today with a wonderful review of Terrance Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder. He has previously pontificated on the similarities between Don Draper and Jeff Winger, while also debating Joseph about Christmas films in the First Annual Wise Guise Christmas Movie Fantasy Draft. Enjoy!
I went into To The Wonder with high expectations. Dangerously high expectations. In my book, The Tree of Life was hands down the best movie of 2011, and The Thin Red Line is the greatest war movie ever. I’m pretty admittedly an all-around Malick fanboy, although The New World didn’t really do it for me. And so I was looking forward to this one so much that I was inevitably setting myself up for a disappointment.
Alright folks… it’s been a while since I’ve done a Netflix streaming suggestions post so I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been watching lately.
Recently we had Josh Smith drop some wisdom on us about the Netflix original series House of Cards. But I’m admittedly slacking on that series at the moment. I think I’ve watched like 4.5 episodes so far.
Here’s what I have been watching and would recommend: Read more
Sunday evening at the 1884 Lounge, the smaller, more intimate concert room of Memphis’ Minglewood Hall, The Lone Bellow played a sampling of songs from their self-titled debut album to an enthusiastic, albeit slim crowd. The Lone Bellow is a group that I would say is right on the cusp of making it big, maybe even huge, but unfortunately a Sunday night in Memphis doesn’t always produce the best crowd for live music. The night before they played a sold-out show at the Exit/In in Nashville and will be playing another sold out show in Nashville at the historic Ryman when they open for Dwight Yoakam later this spring. It’s a shame that the crowd was small, but I’m sure the band will be back in the future. The crowd size also could have been affected by the fact that they were not even considered the headliner of the show despite receiving substantially more critical acclaim and music industry buzz than the actual main attraction Marcus Foster. (Admittedly I did not even stay to see Foster play, so if he becomes the next big thing in American music, I’ll have to live with that choice.) Read more
My phone beeped with several alerts as I was getting ready this morning. The Great Margaret Thatcher had passed away. Got to school and opened up the laptop to see pictures of The Iron Lady posted, obituaries linked, and quotes listed off.
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
“There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.”
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”
When news broke about Roger Ebert’s passing, I can’t say I was shocked. Stories on the film critic’s health for the last few years had rarely been good, and even when we received reassuring words, his weak appearance caused more concern than confidence.
Still, Ebert was a god among film critics who seemed invincible. His reviews served as a source for the definitive word on whether a movie was worth our time or not. It had been that way for the last few decades, in fact. Most of us born in the late 1980s recall the majority of positive ads on films featuring the famous “Two Thumbs Up!” phrase coined by Ebert and his film-reviewing partner Gene Siskel. Read more
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.
This year, WrestleMania will celebrate its 29th anniversary from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, an occurrence WWE is promoting as a homecoming of sorts given the New York metropolitan area was the location for the first WrestleMania and two of them since. In honor of this, I bring to you my personal list of the top 29 most significant moments in the show’s history. In case you missed them, you can see the first nine entries here and the second part here. Read more
“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” - Terrance Mann
It’s opening day. The day games have started, the aces are warmed up, and the crisp spring has launched the Boys of Summer towards the Dog Days of Summer and the Fall Classic.