2017 Broncos' Season, Week 3

Yesterday wasn't a great game, and I'll get to analysis in a minute. But yesterday was about more than games. It was about the future of our country, and I was proud to be a football fan when I saw those men bravely stand up for what is right by taking a knee during the anthem. If you're offended by that, you should also be offended by someone who claims to be our leader that has no regard for the Constitution and no problem using profanity to defame his citizens. Now on to the game, which left us feeling anything but proud.

Week 3: Buffalo Bills 26, Broncos 16
Season Record: 2-1 (2-0 Home)
Key Play: There were many, but the one that stood out was a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Von Miller as he had fun and joked with Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The penalty extended the drive and helped the Bills salt the game away with a late field goal. It was ridiculous for many reasons and was a key point in the game.

Recap: Prior to the start of the game, as early a…

God's Justice

I love teaching Faith and Film because both those things are important to me, as is open and honest discussion of the way the world views things as opposed to how God would lead us to view things. And when you're part of a public discussion, you never know what you're going to hear. We're all different people who have different backgrounds and life experiences, and different understandings of Scripture.

This week was one of those weeks. As part of the discussion of "The Hunger Games," and the duel inspirations of America's bloodlust in entertainment and our obsession with reality shows that inspired the film, I touched on the scourge of "Torture Porn." It's a sub-genre of horror which delights in porographic levels of violence, particularly against young people. It is a disturbing sub-genre that first appeared in the early 2000s and led many to decry its existence.

I join that chorus, but no all do, apparently. One attendee commented Wednesday …

Summer Box Office Lessons

I had an interesting conversation this week about the Summer Box Office and what went wrong. This, of course, has been a hot topic. Recently Variety chronicled how bad the summer was at the Box Office, noting that it was the "worst in a decade." The summer of 2017 was a 14.7 percent decline from 2016's Summer, and leaves us 6.5 percent behind this time last year as a whole despite some monster winter and spring movies.

That's not good. But you'd have to go back to 2006 to find overall summer receipts this low. Given inflation and the rise in 3D, that really means the actual number of tickets being purchased could be the worst in 15-20 years. And that is a moment to pause, reflect, and think about what we learned.

Many people have theories, and some have even called this the worst summer for movies ever, suggesting it was nothing but terrible releases. That's not right, and I don't think that's fair. But that doesn't mean we can't learn someth…

Now Playing

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

Wind River
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Graham Greene
Synopsis: Taylor Sheridan is one of the best writers working right now. His movies have a quality that feels real and lived in, he brings his characters to life in a vibrant way, and I love the light he shines on certain subjects. Whether it's predatory lending and the lives it crushes ("Hell or High Water"), the failed attempts in the war on drugs ("Sicario") or the plight of missing Native American women, which he considered in his latest film, "Wind River." This time Sheridan also sat in the director's chair and showed he has a strong eye for composition of shots and pacing of a films as well. The film centers on a U.S. Wildlife hunter (Renner) who comes across the body of a young girl while hunting lions on the Wind River reservation. Being that it's on Federal Land, a young FBI agent (Olsen) is called in to help with th…

NFL Picks, Week 3

We have two weeks in the books and it's time to re-evaluate our pre-season assumptions about some of these teams. Hopefully with some adjustments the picks will come out even stronger. Through two weeks, Lindsay and I remain tied. We've had the same record each week despite some different picks, which is interesting. What will happen in Week 3? Lindsay's picks are in brackets.

NFL Picks, Week 3
Rams Over 49ers (Rams)
Ravens Over Jaguars (Jaguars)
Falcons Over Lions (Lions)
Broncos Over Bills (Broncos)
Steelers Over Bears (Steelers)
Browns Over Colts (Browns)
Dolphins Over Jets (Dolphins)
Vikings Over Buccaneers (Vikings)
Patriots Over Texans (Patriots)
Panthers Over Saints (Panthers)
Eagles Over Giants (Eagles)
Titans Over Seahawks (Titans)
Packers Over Bengals (Packers)
Chiefs Over Chargers (Chiefs)
Raiders Over Redskins (Raiders)
Cowboys Over Cardinals (Cowboys)

Last Week: 11–5
Lindsay: 11-5

Season: 20–11
Lindsay: 20-11

NFL Picks Spread, Week 3
Rams -2.5 Over 49ers
Ravens -4.5 …

Faith in Film, Week 4

“We cheer for our favorites then cry when they get killed, it’s sick. If everyone just stopped watching they’d have nothing.” - Gale, "The Hunger Games"

The past two weeks we've taken a look at mainstream franchise films to see what they're saying about our contemporary culture. Last week it was "Jurassic World," which stays true to the original film, "Jurassic Park," in looking at the idea of what happens when you attempt to play god. But more importantly than that, it layered on a message about our current culture of more, and the pressure that creates on innovators to keep moving forward no matter what.

Tonight we look at "The Hunger Games," another popular film franchise that takes some very deliberate looks at a couple aspects of culture. And that is a credit to Suzanne Collins, the writer who first crafted "The Hunger Games" as a three-book franchise and later worked on the film adaptations. She set the series in a future…

Fall TV Roundup, Week 2

Fall TV is upon us! We have a handful of new shows already on the air, and the full premier week begins on Sunday night. In these weekly posts I look at the pilot and second episode of news shows this fall. Don't see a new show listed below? Check previous weeks.

Tuesday Nights:
American Horror Story: Cult, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX (Premiered September 5)
About: This is the seventh iteration of the popular horror anthology, and each one features a different story, genre, and characters, while employing many of the same actors. People like Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson have been it since the beginning, and are continuing to generate scares. I commented last week that I had a small issue with this structure because it felt like the wrong venue to take up a somewhat serious political issue. Another concern I had was that we felt too close to this, in a way. It mirrored reality too strongly, which is rough for me since I view TV as an escape from the every day grind. The second episode…