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What The Wise Guise is meant to be is a place for us to get together and discuss the things we love and are passionate about, in a hopefully entertaining way. Think of it as a virtual MacLaren’s Pub, The Max, or Monk’s Café. We each love writing. We each have a propensity to become addicted to varied corners of culture. So we figured… why not join forces?! Think Super 8, where Spielberg, Abrams, Coach Eric Taylor, and the sassiest adolescents since The Sandlot joined forces. We don’t want to create another website full of people who think they have all the answers about everything from comprehensive tax reform and college football to TV quality and Kardashian cup sizes (the latter two not always being mutually exclusive). We’re not the Huffington Post. The Wise Guise is merely a place for us to post some opinions and observations, while collecting your feedback. The name “The Wise Guise” derives from the idea that so many bloggers feel the need to assert their self proclaimed expertise. They try to give the appearance of wisdom when, more often than not, they just use controversy to get their name out there. We have no “unnamed” sources and again, we don’t claim to be experts. We come more from the line of people who wish they were experts but have real jobs. Well, some of us have real jobs… sometimes. You can also follow us on Twitter @TheWiseGuise!


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JULY 13, 2012 2:29PM

Movie Review: The Intouchables

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Not many people are going to see this movie, and that makes me sad. Sure it’s already the 3rd most viewed movie of all time in France, but your average American is not going to see it on their Flixster app and think that a French dramedy with English subtitles… Read full post »

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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… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2012 4:29PM

Robinson Cano & The Home Run Derby

 Robinson Cano & The Home Run Derby

This guest post comes to us courtesy of Wise Guise friend Patrick Henson from Lexington, Kentucky. Enjoy his take on this year’s MLB All-Star festivities and the constant tension between one of the game’s biggest stars and the host city!

This year marked the Major League Baseball… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2012 12:43PM



This is how our, my wife’s (Kate) and my, return trip from our vacation in Crested Butte, CO looked.

Montrose, CO: Montrose is about an hour and a half from Crested Butte, where we spent our vacation, so in order to make our 11:00 flight to Dallas, we had to… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2012 1:22AM

It’s Still Real to Me DAMMIT!

MTV The Real World Its Still Real to Me DAMMIT!

If you are one who judges people based on the their television taste, well this is a post tailor made for you and your narrow mindedness. Nobody likes closed minded people, why else would being liberal be so hip these days? I have wasted a myriad of hours in my… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2012 4:10PM

The Midsummer Classic

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Editor’s Note from Joseph: I really love the Major League Baseball All-Star game. I was thinking about writing a post discussing my childhood home run derbies in my friends’ game room, missing so many of them for church camp each summer, my love of voting each year as a goodRead full post »

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Anyone who watches The Bachelorette knows that superlatives rule all, and that anyone can have three best days with three best guys. So, we got to hear about how Emily and Sweaty(Seeya!)Sean, Arie, and One-f-Jef had the absolute best days of their lives… Read full post »

Moonrise Kingdom Entertainment Inspirations: Moonrise Kingdom

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It became painfully obviously this weekend that there aren’t enough seats in Nashville’s independent, non-profit theater, the Belcourt. With the much anticipated arrival of Wes Anderson’s ode to childhood love, Moonrise Kingdom, Nashville flooded the/… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2012 2:20PM

Condescending Married Tone

Engaged Condescending Married Tone

“Dude, just ask her out.†“Come on man, get with the program.†“I don’t know what you’re waiting for, go for it.†If I had a dollar for every time I heard phrases like that, I’d be set. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Condescending Married Tone (CMT).

I… Read full post »

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Welcome back, Feeny fanatics!

Episode Title: “Class Pre-Union”  Originally aired November 26, 1993.

Episode Summary: Mr. Feeny gives an assignment to the class to predict where their life will be by their 20th class reunion, and a special guest appearance from a legendary Hall-… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2012 1:18PM

America, America, This is YOU!

Happy Fourth of July and a happiest of Independence Days to you and yours! On this first Wise Guise Fourth of July post of mine, I thought I’d go retro, and share with you a Facebook Note that I wrote and published 3 years ago on this very day.

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John Wayne An Independence Day Ode to America’s Pop Culture

This guest post comes compliments of Alex Beene of Alex is an Ole Miss grad and a former section editor of The Daily Mississippian. He is an admitted cinephile and we’re thrilled that he took the time to join us for this guest post! You can follow him onRead full post »

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Last night’s episode of The Bachelorette brought tears to my eyes. Whether it was because One-F-Jef read me a beautiful account of his feelings while we (read: he and Emily) looked over the mountains—or because I spilled red wine straight out of the bottle onto my work computer an… Read full post »

wsoplogo 300x300 The World Series of Poker: History Being Made at Every Turn

“No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is the Cadillac of poker. Each player is dealt two cards face down. Five cards are then dealt face up across the middle. These are community cards everyone can use to make the best five card hand. The key to the game is playing the man,Read full post »

Chris Faulkner Thats video game stuff Anachronic Sports Phrase

Today’s guest post comes from native Memphian Chris Faulkner. Chris is the lead singer of the band Rainy Day Manual and is a big sports fan. Below he sets the record straight on the unbelievable sports achievements that pre-date the video game era and the phrase, “that’s vid… Read full post »

decisionpaper 300x300 The Roberts Wager: How the Chief Justice Made the Riskiest Bet in Supreme Court History

Well, it happened. As the liberals began to write their “final” obituaries for the honor, integrity, and independence of the highest court in the land and the conservatives began salivating at getting a big judicial victory of their own… as legal scholars (of which everyone… Read full post »

Ferris Bueller The Ten: Best Years For Summer Movies

“Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.†-Charlie Chaplin

Ok so Charlie was a little off. Not only have movies proven to not be a fad, they have evolved into these grand events in society. The summer movie season has been king since… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 9:23AM

Movie Review: People Like Us

People Like Us Movie Review: People Like Us

Well it was certainly nice to see Elizabeth Banks is back as a human after playing the role of cotton candy in The Hunger Games movie.

Chris Pine plays a pretty generic and interchangeable, handsome and unnaturally charming 30 year old. You know the type where most guys watch the… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 6:00AM

Dissecting “Dear John”

Taylor Swift Dissecting Dear John

On the way to work this morning “Dear John†by the lovely and talented Taylor Swift came on my radio was deliberately listened to on my iPod. This is not the first time I have heard it intentionally scrolled to Taylor Swift’s album Speak Now to select this gem on… Read full post »

Sandlot Entertainment Inspirations: Summer with The Sandlot

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I own approximately eight movies. Two of them are Baz Luhrmann films that I will speak of another time. Two are suspense thrillers. Two are 90s’ teen flicks. One is Shawshank Redemption. And the last, my dearies, is The Sandlot.… Read full post »

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“I wanna date you so hard and marry the f-ck out of you.â€

These are the words One-F-Jef said to me last night during the latest installment of The Bachelorette.  You probably thought he was talking to Emily, but you were wrong.  His skinny jeans were looking at me.  And… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2012 7:00AM

The True Villainy of King James

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I’ve often argued that every person’s views on sports, college and professional sports teams, and rooting interests stems from a period of formative years in their childhood.  … Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 11:42AM

Review: The Newsroom

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[Writer's Note: Ironically, given the topic of The Newsroom, I finish writing this while reading the Arizona Immigration Supreme Court decision and reading the headlines, which range from "Huge win for Obama Administration" to "Key Part Upheld, Huge Loss for President Obama". That media... i… Read full post »

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This week’s Feeny Friday comes to us from Friend of The Wise Guise and regular guest blogger, Jay “Jayzor” Salato. Some call him Coach Jayzor. Some just call him Coach. Regardless, he’s back in America, back to living the summer life of a teacher, and back to spendingRead full post »

JUNE 22, 2012 10:45AM

The Ten: Movies About Movies

Singin in the Rain The Ten: Movies About Movies

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

-Orson Welles

I’m going to be kicking off a new movie ranking series and I thought the most appropriate start would be to review movies about the movies. These are films that… Read full post »