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Entertainment of the Week: November 31st – December 6th

NFL: Ravens at Steelers
No you’re not reading this wrong, I’m recommending the same game for the second week in a row. Originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, Covid worked its way into both camps as some very key players are left out for this matchup, including reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and Steeler’s starting running back James Conner. In a game of huge importance it’ll be interesting to see how both teams adjust. So…I suppose there’s no reason to write a new synopsis since all the same sentiment can be applied. If you want to read last week’s input as to why this is a great matchup, here it is. I’m doubling down on this game being great so hopefully I don’t let you all down.
The AFC North is a great division for rivalries. All of these teams really want to crush each other each and every time they’re forced to share the field. And for us fans, that’s exactly what we want. Games are almost always gritty, hard-hitting, and fairly close in points. I see this game as no exception. The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently the best team in football, with a perfect 10-0 record. Some critics will say it may be the softest 10-0 team of all time, but the reality is that undefeated is undefeated and it is no easy task to do so through 10 games. Big Ben is still out there slinging it, Rookie wide receiver tandem Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson are terrorizing defenses, and Juju Smith-Shuster is is still shooting plenty of commercials and logging into Twitch instead of getting better and helping my fantasy team stay out of last place.
The Baltimore Ravens meanwhile are underperforming significantly by their standards, and by the standard they seemed to set for the franchise last year. However, Lamar Jackson is still the reigning MVP and one of the most exciting players in the NFL. Jackson and the Ravens are going to want to reset the tone for their season on Thursday by going into Pittsburgh and taking down not only a bitter rival, but the top team in the NFL.
Check this game out, as of now, Wednesday at 3:40 pm. I double-checked that time because it seems insane but it appears to be accurate.

 

Premier League: Manchester United at West Ham
Manchester United fans are braced for another year of disappointment. It seems that despite tons of money, great coaches that want to be there, and seemingly excellent talent, this squad is unable to work itself back into the mix of the top teams in the Barclay’s Premier League. That being said, if they have any chance at propelling themselves back to glory, they need to start connecting some solid wins. Their first chance to do so is this weekend against West Ham. West Ham, a team that has pretty much been irrelevant for years and are known for occasional solid starts that fizzle out into obscurity, are once again doing ok through the first 10 matches of the season. A win and some other key losses could see them in 3rd place by the end of the weekend, so dispatching 9th place Man U at home would be a huge confidence boost for West Ham. I’ll definitely be rooting for the London-based squad, as I still feel a few more years of choking could do Manchester United fans some good after all their past success. Check out this one Saturday, December 5th at 12:30 am.

 

Netflix Movie of the Week: Cloud Atlas
Alright so the first thing I have to mention about this movie is that Cloud Atlas is fairly long. We’re talking over 2 1/2 hours. I know that a lot of people don’t have that kind of attention span despite how good a movie may be so if this is you then perhaps it isn’t the movie you’re going to want to try out. For everyone else, this is a solid movie. I would go as far as to call it severely underrated. Essentially it is a movie that spans 4 or 5 different time periods, and jumps around between each of those time periods. There are two very cool concepts to this style. First, every time period is played by the same actors; amongst the biggest names of which are Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugo Weaving. It’s fun seeing each actor take on a different role in each of the handful of settings. Second, everything is connected. I won’t say much else because I want you to go into the movie without too much information, because it is without a doubt one of the more unique films we’ve seen. Also, the score is pretty great (shout out to composer Tom Tykwer, who also directed the film).

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