Grading All the New Movie Trailers Out of Comic-Con

I traveled to visit family this weekend, so as new trailers came pouring in over the weekend from San Diego's Comic-Con, I was only able to watch a couple of them. I'm sure many of you may be interested in seeing them, debating them, and discussing them. So I Read more

Bright Spots: Chauncy's Chance

So I just happened to see Memphis, Tennessee briefly trending earlier today on Facebook (it appears to have already dropped half an hour after I first saw it), and so I obviously had to see what was going on. I was thrilled to see it was for another positive Read more

As a White Man, I now understand why the O.J. Simpson Jury did what it did

It was a hot Friday night in the summer of 1994. My parents and I had just walked into our house from a lengthy little league game of mine. Despite hours in the heat, I was wound up from the excitement of a win and eager to dive into Read more

Bright Spots: Memphis Teen Pays For College Like A Boss

Every now and then the media chooses to spend a little time on positive stories to share with the general public. I think it's important that we, as consumers, show up with website hits and/or media views to reinforce this positive publicity in a society dominated by negative news Read more

In Defense of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while Read more

The Bachelor 2016: Finale Recap!

  (Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season's The Bachelor, go here) Another season has come and gone, and one thing was clear from start to finish: America loves Ben. Admit it, you love Ben. It doesn’t matter if you are a single girl, a married woman, or a Read more

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Top 50 Films of 2012: 1-10

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All good things must come to an end. I hope you’ve considered my top 50 films of 2012 countdown a good thing and I hope to bring it home with a strong top 10 finale. A big part of why I like to write about movies so much is that I want to make people aware of all the special movies that are made that don’t have the budget to air commercials every half hour for weeks on end. There are a lot of creative and brilliant filmmakers out there who make brilliant works of art but they don’t have mass appeal, so they often get swept under the rug. Through this list I’ve tried to highlight as many of these as possible without being that tool that only names obscure movies to try to look cool. Nobody likes that guy and that’s not my intention.

So as we conclude this list, my hope is that you’ll look back through 11-30 and 31-50 and pick out a few films you may have missed from 2012 and give them a fair shot. And by a fair shot, I mean that you shouldn’t just stare at your phone the whole time and then tell me I recommend boring movies. Also one last reminder that if you click on the titles of these films, I’ve already linked a trailer for you. Read more

Top 50 Films of 2012: 31-50

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Last February as The Wise Guise was making its debut, I was frantically trying to rank my top 25 films of 2011. I did posts with numbers 11-25, and then 1-10. Looking back, there are a few that I would definitely re-order a little bit. But I’m still very proud of my top two especially.

This year, I want to step my game up and rank my top 50… which is a daunting task to undertake for sure. I just feel like there were so many films that deserve to be spotlighted and a top 25 would not do them all justice. I even have a Word document of another 50+ that I wanted to try to see this year. At the time of this post though, I have seen 78 films from 2012. And what a year it was for film! Read more

The Ten: Most Anticipated Upcoming Movies of 2012

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Previews, Movies, The Ten | 3 Comments

This week for The Ten I’ve decided to lay out all the movies I’m looking forward to for the remainder of the year. And there are lots. I’m damn near giddy for The Dark Knight Rises to grace us with its presence and so I thought this was the perfect time to share all the movies I’m pumped for closing out the year.

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Movie Review: The Raid: Redemption

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Overall: 7.5/10

Acting: 7.5/10

Directing: 8.5/10

Plot: 6/10

Recommendability: 8.5/10 (Guys) 6/10 (Girls)

Style: 8.5/10 Read more

Josh Smith: Misguided Summer Movie Guide

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This guest post comes from one of the funniest people The Wise Guise writers know, Josh Smith. Josh is the Director of Contemporary Worship at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN. We are thrilled he found the time to join us for a guest post and we hope you enjoy! You can follow Josh on Twitter at @yeshuasmith and check out his music on iTunes here.

A couple of weeks ago, The Wise Guise TM approached me about doing a guest post and so I assumed that they wanted me to do a rundown of this summer’s hot upcoming movie releases. I also thought that was strange, because I haven’t actually seen a summer movie in the theater since I bought a minivan and started wearing socks with my sandals, but I was able to Google the movie posters so I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed this one. I now humbly present, The Wise Guise Summer Movie Guide TM. You’re welcome. Read more

Movie Review: Rampart

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 2 Comments


Overall: 7/10

Acting: 7.5/10

Directing: 7.5/10

Plot: 6/10

Recommendability: 7/10

Style: 7.5/10 Read more