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Faith in Film, Week 8

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Tonight we continue our discussion with "Up In The Air," a drama/comedy from director Jason Reitman that was released in 2009. This is one of my favorite films, and the best from Reitman. He kicked off his feature film career with "Thank You For Smoking" in 2005, then followed up with "Juno" in 2007 before releasing this film. And this film was a hit for him, with audiences and critics.

It was nominated for six Academy Awards, though it didn't win any awards. One of the things the film did really well was capture a certain time and struggle in our country, particularly as regards the economy. The film shot in 2008 in St. Louis and Detroit, two cities hit hard by the bursting of the housing bubble and the economic crisis. And they used real people, sharing real stories of being laid off, to create something powerful and memorable. And that's one of the reasons the film stood out.

But the other focus of the plot was the philosophy of the central ch…

Fall TV Roundup, Week 6

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We're deep into the new fall TV season now, and the wave, or rather flood, of new shows is washing over us. There's been a lot of options but, for me, few diamonds in the rough. Hopefully you've found something new you like. If not, the wave isn't about to abate any time soon. In these weekly posts I review the pilot and second episode of new scripted shows this fall. Don't see a new show listed below? Check previous weeks.

Monday:
Valor, Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW (Premiered October 9)
About:
The CW offered a pair of new shows this fall, "Valor" is about a group of special forces helicopter pilots embroiled in something deeper. I thought the pilot leaned a bit too much into other soapy shows on the network. By contrast, the second episode plays it a little more straight. But I found that's not always better. There's a lot going on here, and on the one hand I give The CW a bit of praise for stretching out of their typical demographic. But I wasn…

2017 Broncos' Season, Week 6

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We all feel that way, Trevor...

Week 6: New York Giants 23, Broncos 10
Season Record: 3-2 (3-1 Home)
Key Play: In the first half, with the Broncos trailing 10-3 and less than two minutes left in the half, Trevor Siemian threw a short pass that was intercepted by Janoris Jenkins, who returned it for a touchdown, making the score 17-3 and putting the game away.

Recap: For years now, I've been leery of the uniform combination that includes Navy Blue tops and Navy Blue pants. I think it's really the pants that put it over-the-top, especially in Prime Time. We always seem to find new ways to lose. Such was the case on Sunday night, as we returned from a bye week for a nationally televised home game against a team that came in 0-5 with their best players all out and injured. The Broncos were favored by 12.5 points, and it felt like the classic trap game. As was the Week 3 game in Buffalo. And for the second time this season, the Broncos fell into the trap. The team came out flat, never…

Veteran TV Check In — DC Heroes on the CW

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The TV Season is up and going again, and though they were the final network to make the leap, the CW is finally going, too. And, for the most part, that means DC Universe series. So here's a look at how all four shows returned and how they're looking as we kick off a new season.

Super Girl, Mondays at 8 p.m.
About: As we left off, "Super Girl" wrapped up her second season, first on the CW, on a sad note. She saved Earth but lost her love, Mon-El. And as we pick up season three, she's not taking things too well. She's detached, focused on saving as many people as possible and has let her life as Kara Danvers go, which isn't good for her or anyone. Don't worry, by the end of the premier she's back to something of her old self, but it was interesting to see Melissa Benoist take a new dimension. And the season is setting up well, too. Kara's friend, Lena Luthor, bought the paper, which will bring in a new dimension, and we got to see this season…

2017 Broncos' Season, Bye Week Hopes

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The Denver Broncos will begin their post-bye portion of the season tomorrow night as they host the New York Giants. But heading into the bye, the team was a Top 5 squad in the NFL, going 3-1 and, at times, looking unstoppable. It's also fair to argue they haven't played a complete four quarter game yet, so here's three hopes for the rest of the season.

1. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders get more involved. The Broncos are winning. That's important. And I don't want to diminish that. But DT and Sanders have complained about not being more involved, and that's a fair point. They are two of the best receivers in the NFL, and yet it seems like the offense has somewhat passed them over. In fact, DT hasn't scored a TD yet this season. That's got to change, and I think it could change as early as Sunday night.

2. Get healthy and stay that way. The Broncos have struggled with injuries pre-season and early in the season, and the injuries have come where the …

Now Playing

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Here's a look at the new movies I saw this week.

Blade Runner 2049
Starring:
Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, and Ana de Armas
Synopsis: "Blade Runner" is considered a cult classic and a sci-fi masterpiece. Based on the short story from Phillip K. Dick, the Ridley Scott film wasn't an immediate hit when it was released. But over the past 30 plus years, it's become a classic and revered film. Which is why the idea of a sequel, especially one executive produced by Scott and once again starring original film hero Ford, was met with such excitement. On Friday, we finally got that film. This new one, set 30 years after the original, is directed by Denis Villenueve, and featured Gosling in the starring role as a contemporary Blade Runner, and a new wave of replicant, named K. K is charged with "retiring" an old model replicant, still viewed as a threat, and there uncovers a deeper mystery. It leads him to seek out former B…

NFL Picks, Week 6

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After briefly taking the lead following Week 4, Lindsay surged back in front in Week 5, outscoring me by three picks. Will it last? Let's find out.

NFL Picks, Week 6:
Panthers Over Eagles (Panthers)
Falcons Over Dolphins (Falcons)
Ravens Over Bears (Ravens)
Texans Over Browns (Texans)
Lions Over Saints (Saints)
Packers Over Vikings (Packers)
Patriots Over Jets (Patriots)
Redskins Over 49ers (Redskins)
Jaguars Over Rams (Jaguars)
Buccaneers Over Cardinals (Cardinals)
Chiefs Over Steelers (Chiefs)
Raiders Over Chargers (Raiders)
Broncos Over Giants (Broncos)
Titans Over Colts (Titans)

Last Week: 6–8
Lindsay: 9-5

Season: 45–32
Lindsay: 46-31

NFL Picks Spread, Week 6:
Panthers -2.5 Over Eagles
Falcons -11.5 Over Dolphins
Bears +7.5 Over Ravens
Texans -9.5 Over Browns
Lions +4.5 Over Saints
Packers -3.5 Over Vikings
Jets +9.5 Over Patriots
49ers +9.5 Over Redskins
Jaguars -2.5 Over Rams
Buccaneers -2.5 Over Cardinals
Chiefs -3.5 Over Steelers
Chargers +6.5 Over Raiders
Broncos -12.5 Over Giants
Titans -3.5 Over Colt…