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Life Itself

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonia Banderas

Directed by: Dan Fogelman

Rated: PG-13

 

Let this be a lesson: what works for television doesn’t always work for a feature film. Writer and director Dan Fogelman, the architect of the NBC hit series “This is Us,” spent his summer hiatus making this film for which the more correct title should have been “Life Bummer.”

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In a recent column, I wrote about David, the young shepherd boy, killing the great giant of the Philistine army that taunted the Israelites. Goliath of Gath would come out on the mountainside and bellow out across the valley, “Don’t you guys have anyone that will fight me?” He was big and he was bad. No one in Saul’s army wanted to take on that challenge because they feared being killed and the Philistines taking over their land and people.

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Constant amazement sweeps through my heart and mind when I hear someone say that they cannot read the Bible because it is so boring. I laugh quietly to myself. We have every kind of intrigue, mystery, villain, hero, love story, war, and instructions for life found within its pages. The truth of the matter for me is that every time I read a story, I tend to find something that I had overlooked in the past. It may be one or two words or an entire pattern of truth. It is new and interesting and I find help for whatever it is that I am facing at the moment.

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The Verve Pipe needs no introduction. Led by singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark, the Michigan band took the music world by storm in 1996 with their first major release Villains on RCA Records, which contained monster singles “Photograph,” “Hero,” “Never Let You Down,” “Cup of Tea” (one of our personal favorites) and the No. 1 single — “The Freshman.”

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I wrote the first half of an article that became important to me when I asked a large group of people, “What do you want to be remembered for in life after you die?” The responses were interesting, revealing, and thought provoking. I asked our readers to join me in thinking about this same question and have had some compelling replies and many good conversations. I would remind us all that we build this legacy day by day and that how we live our everyday lives, and sometimes, even minute by minute, determines our overall composite of life.

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