In My Humble Opinion – Black Panther; Success of a Nation

Why Wakanda is, but can never really be, forever By M.Schinke Marvel’s Black Panther opened big this weekend and I really do want to congratulate Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman and everyone involved on the success of that film. Making any movie is hard goddamn work and making one about an African hero from a African nation…

Don’t Look Back… Iron Man 2 – What We Leave Behind

The legacy of legacy By M.Schinke Suit up, Opinonnerds! I am not going to lie; I like Iron Man 2. I don’t, “love” it – it doesn’t spark all that much in me. But I do not now, nor have I ever, been able to reconcile the issues people had with the film I saw….

Watching Actors Act – Altered Carbon

Watching Joel Kinnaman By M.Schinke Get your sleeves ready, Opinionnerds! Joel Kinnaman is a large man; but not to large. He’s not a strikingly handsome fellow; but he ain’t hard on the eyes. He’s got a presence on screen, but not one that sticks with you. He’s got charm, but not enough to really get…

In My Humble Opinion – Superman, Red Dawn

Red trunks on Superman and what that means By M.Schinke Greetings, Opinionnerds! Seriously… I mean, seriously internet; stop making me write this stuff. In the wake of the number of events happening in DC comics at the moment, and with the momentous impending occasion of the publication of the 1000 issue of Action Comics, the…

In My Humble Opinion – Masterpiece Is A Four Letter Word

Getting the masterpiece monkey off our back By M.Schinke Greetings, Opinionnerds! I think its pretty safe to say that anyone who considers themselves a serious film fan will have at least one or two films that they consider, “masterpieces”. If one were to press them on why they feel that way, they will often recount…

Watching Actors Act – The Post

Watching Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks By M.Schinke Stop the presses, Opinionnerds! In 1971, the people of America started to really understand the depths that their government was capable of sinking to with the publication of what came to be known as The Pentagon Papers. Commissioned by then US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, they…

In My Humble Opinion – Teachable Moments: The Death(s) of Johnathon Kent

Examining Johnathan Kent’s death in Superman ’78 and Man of Steel By M.Schinke Welcome back, Opinionnerds! Ya know, this isn’t the, “Confronting Myths About Superman” blog. I have other interests I write about, and I’d like to think I’m not totally terrible at what I do here. However I can’t seem to tap dance away…

What Was That All About? What Happened To Monday

Finding the conceit in the film By M.Schinke Hello hello, Opionnerds! Finding the conceit in a film can be a rewarding experience on many levels and one of the biggest rewards is finding out that there is no single conceit, and no single way to apply it to the film. When applied effectively the conceit…

In My Humble Opinion – Charging Up With Black Lightning

Plugging into the pilot episode By M.Schinke Power up, Opinionnerds! The CW powered up its eagerly anticipated new superhero show this week with the premiere of Black Lightning, produced by the company that brought fans Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. The show stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning; a hero in…

Watching Actors Act: Darkest Hour

Watching Gary Oldman By M.Schinke Salutations, Opinionnerds! I’ve never been one for history, least off all World War II history. Like most conflicts WWII was a stupid war, initiated and waged by stupid people for stupid reasons. This world, and esepcially my country of the United States of America, have spent far too much time…

In My Humble Opinion – Living In A Cartoon World

Thoughts about growing up in the 80’s By M.Schinke It’s playtime, Opinionnerds! For anyone in my age group, or those who are fans of, there is a really fun documentary series on Netflix called The Toys That Made Us. The series goes over the history of some of the big toy franchises that defined so…

Don’t Look Back… Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Looking back at Rogue One By M.Schinke Time for a new mission, Opionnerds! Spurred on by a writer associate of mine on Twitter (@SMColbert – ScreenRant.Com) to take a second look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I decided to do just that. Only…. not that. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie I…

In My Humble Opinion – Zen Jedi

Why attachment, not emotion, is the true enemy of the Jedi By M.Schinke Namaste, Opionnerds! There’s been a video making the rounds about what the author, the Pop Culture Detective,  perceives as an inherent toxic masculinity at the heart of the Jedi in the Star Wars universe and how that toxicity ultimately led to their…

Whitewashed and Male – Am I Part Of The Problem

A humble admittance by M.Schinke To all my Opinionnerds Ok guys, I’m going to drop all my writer’s pretenses and we’re going to talk like people just sitting around shooting it; just you and me. No bullshit. So, I gotta know something; Am I part of the problem? I’d like to think I’m not. Though the…

Watching Actors Act: Molly’s Game

Looking at the main performances in Molly’s Game By M.Schinke Ante up, Opinionnerds! Aaron Sorkin crosses from writer and show runner to taking the center seat with his feature directorial debut; Molly’s Game. Adapted by Sorkin from the book of the same name, the film tells the story of Molly Bloom; a former Olympic freestyle…

Don’t Look Back… Breakfast In Angel Grove, Power Rangers (2017)

Breakfast Club feels in Power Rangers (2017) By M.Schinke It’s Morphing Time, Opinionnerds! The Criterion Colection is releasing a new restoration of The Breakfast Club on blu-ray and I find the timing personally amusing as I just went through a re-watch of the 2017 Power Rangers. Now I will certainly not be the first one…

In My humble Opinion – Lady Bird and the Cinema of Nothing

Thoughts on Lady Bird By M.Schinke Get your feels ready, Opinionnerds. Lady Bird is a 2017 film released by Scott Rudin Productions, Entertainment 360 and IAC Films. Directed by Greta Gerwig the film stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf and chronicles the title characters senior year of high school as she seeks a way out of Sacramento, CA and…

What Was That All About? The Crow (1994)

Finding the narrative in The Crow By M.Schinke Don’t be afraid, Opinionnerds. With a new film version on the horizon starring our favorite Aquaman, Jason Mamoa (@PrideofGypsies), I wanted to look back on one of my favorite films. So find your black leather jacket, fire up a clove cigarette and lace up your combat boots….

In My Humble Opinion – Ticket Takers and One Armed Bandits

Thoughts on our relationship with the film industry and franchises by M.Schinke A recent tweet by ScreenRant.com (I swear, I’m not getting paid to boost these guys, I just happen to dig a couple of their writers) about the cancellation of the Alien: Covenant sequel, as a result of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, prompted a…

In My Humble Opinion – Bright Ideas; Dim Responses

Bright and the importance of fantasy in our time By M.Schinke I have not read any reviews for Bright, and I do not intend to. And this is not a review; the film is my gateway to a point. Please enjoy. The film, released by Netflix and directed by David Ayers (End of Watch, Fury,…

In My Humble Opinion – Daddy Issues: Wonder Woman and Ares

Speculations about Wonder Woman by M.Schinke While I was writing my last article about Wonder Woman and trying to pin down the things about the film that keep scratching at the back of my brain, I started to see some small inconsistencies in regards to Diana that got me thinking about her origin story. As…

What Was That All About? – Captain America: Civil War

Finding the conceit By M.Schinke Due to all the feedback my Sour Patch Kid infused brain cells feverishly imagined I received on my article Losing, Finding and Keeping The Faith, where one of the main features was discussing what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is, “about”, I’ve decided to add an as regular as…

In My Humble Opinion – Here Comes The New Jedi; Same As The Old Jedi

Initial thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi By M.Schinke The latest offering in the Disney/ Lucasfilm, LTD. committee approved Star Wars Franchise, writer/ director Rian Johnson’s Disney/ Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit with a critical and financial bang this weekend to the surprise of absolutely no one. What was surprising was the…

Well I Wonder, Wonder Who…. Part 2

Personal problems with Wonder Woman (2017) by M.Schinke (The title is part of a lyric from the song, “Who Wrote The Book Of Love“. I’m not just another pretty face, ya know.. I know stuff) Part 1 is here if you missed it. I want to re-emphasize that what I’m about to discuss are not…

Celebrate

“How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.” – Captain James T. Kirk Our cat, Sparkles, died today after a sudden bout of kidney failure following a long illness. She was between 13 and 15 years old and lived a great life filled with love. But know…

In My Humble Opinion – The Knightmare In Justice League

How the Knightmare and Flash scenes in BvS may have tied up in Justice League by M.Schinke One of the most contentious scenes in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the dual punch of what has come to be known as Bruce Wayne’s Knightmare and a surprise cameo by an energy vortex dwelling…

Well I Wonder, Wonder Who… Part 1

Personal problems with Wonder Woman (2017) Part 1 by M.Schinke (Title is part of a lyric from the song, “Who Wrote The Book Of Love“. I’m not just another pretty face, ya know.. I know stuff) Wonder Woman. Oh lord…. I don’t want to be this guy. Despite the name of this blog I’m not…

In My Humble Opinion – Flash Fried

Thoughts on The Flash, Season 4 by M.Schinke The CW’s The Flash the TV series on The CW hit it’s mid-season break and I no longer know how I feel about it. I don’t hate it, but I have spent a good chunk of almost every episode bitching at the screen over one thing or…

Watching Actors Act – Denzel Washington Shines in Roman J Israel, Esq

Thoughts on the film by M.Schinke Roman J. Israel, Esq., the 2017 film starring Denzel Washington from writer/ directer Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) is another top notch showcase of Washington’s ability to create a compelling and fully fleshed out character. Unfortunately, that’s about the best praise one can muster for the film. There isn’t anything particularly,…

In My Humble Opinion – I Have Come To Praise Superman, Not To Bury Him

Thoughts on the Death of Superman in the DCEU by M.Schinke ScreenRant.Com recently posted an article discussing how the death of Superman has been handled in the current DC films. Specifically, their contention is that the story of the fall of the Man of Steel was mishandled, misapplied and otherwise just plain mangled from conception…

In My Humble Opinion – Simple Things; Family and Home

Quick thoughts on Stranger Things, Season 2 by M.Schinke My wife and I binged the second season of Stranger Things yesterday and, while I didn’t find it as compelling as the first season, it was still highly entertaining. The season suffers from the usual issues you run into when attempting to expand a universe in…

In My Humble Opinion – Divided We Fail

The lost narrative of Justice League by M.Schinke So I don’t do film, “reviews”. Reviews are a game of gut reactions made worse by the overwhelming need to get them out as fast as possible so they remain relevant while a film is still playing; there’s no point in reading a review after the movie…

Call Me A Thor Loser

Thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok By M.Schinke So, I don’t really know what else to add about Thor: Ragnarok, the 2017 Marvel release directed by New Zealand born Taika Waititi. The third entry in the solo franchise for the mighty Marvel God of Thunder and the fifth outing for actor Chris Hemsworth in the title role,…

In My Humble Opinion – Thus Spake The Superman

Thoughts on Henry Cavil’s recent comments and the DC film universe in general by M.Schinke An interview with Superman actor Henry Cavill in The Rake magazine started making the rounds today with some very mixed and heated reactions. In the interview, our Kal-El states that the current group of films under the DC Entertainment banner…

Giving My Just(ice League) Desserts

Some thoughts on Justice League by M.Schinke I’m going to depart from my normal format to give some candid thoughts on all the, frankly, bullshit talk that has surrounded the production of Justice League. Over the last 6 months, ever since Zack Snyder left production on his third DC superhero movie for Warner Brothers due…

You Can’t Plan For Everything

An examination of what was and was not Lex Luthors plan in Batman v Superman by M.Schinke In the course of the characters long life, Lex Luthor has been many things: Mad scientist “The greatest criminal mind of our time” A would-be galaxy conquering madman A powerful and ruthless businessman A clone of himself President…

How To Watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

An idiots guide by M.Schinke Hi, I’m an idiot! And if you’re like me, you are too! It’s been over a year and a half since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and when I peruse the comment sections of various videos and articles I still see the same comments being made…

Truthiness In Online Journalism

How coverage of the Justice League rumors mirrors online journalism by M.Schinke “Have some integrity, man!” – Dave the Film Junkee For the last 6 months various web outlets have been running full steam ahead with almost every rumored piece of information that’s come out regarding Justice League, the DC Comics super hero team up…

Of Drama And Darkness

Thoughts on, “darkness” in super hero movies by M.Schinke I’m not usually one to jump into the current goings on in the pop culture world. My purpose for this blog was to examine things I enjoy that run counter to the general consensus. However, a recent interview with artist Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame caught…

Can Good Acting Make A Pointless Scene Worthwhile?

Examining a scene from Captain America: Civil War by M.Schinke Captain America: Civil War (2016), written and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, is not my favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m going to apply a phrase here that I use a lot when talking with my friends, “I don’t hate it. Hell,…

It’s All An Act! Man Of Steel

Breaking the act structure of Man of Steel by M. Schinke When reading criticisms or articles about films, or watching videos about the same, I will often hear the author throw around the word, “act” in reference to the structure of the piece. This will typically be part of a complaint that the second act…

The DoomsDay Imperative – Part 2

The Role of DoomsDay and the Death of Superman in BvS By M.Schinke The use of DoomsDay in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice controversial among people who claim to be fans of the character. For many, the use of the character was either ill-timed or, “poorly executed” either in concept, design, etc. In my…

In My Humble Opinion – How Do You Raise A Superman?

Examinging Supermans upbringing by M. Schinke   So, this is something I learned recently: John and Martha Kent are assholes. I mean… just look at em. At least, this is the opinion some people seem to carry of the characters in the Zack Snyder directed DCEU films Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. The…

The DoomsDay Imperative – Part 1

The Role of DoomsDay and the Death of Superman in BvS by M.Schinke In my YouTube feed I will, more often than not, find multiple MoS and BvS related videos in my feed. Being two films I enjoy discussing to a great degree, I usually end up engaging in one or two conversations with people…

Don’t Look Back… WHAT DO HEROES DO ANYWAY?

Examining Superheroes Inaction By M.Schinke The newest trailer for Zack Snyders Justice League debuted this past weekend and, for my money, it looks like it’s going to deliver the kind of film that DC movie fans have been hoping it would. An interesting and controversial aspect of the trailer and film is that Bruce Wayne…

In My Humble Opinion – Villainous Relations

Musings on Spider-Man: Homecoming by M. Schinke In my post, “Want’s, Needs And Antagonism” I made mention of how Adrian Toomes, AKA The Vulture, was a pretty meaningless villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now I don’t want to sound as if I’m saying that Toomes isn’t a, “good” villain or that Michael Keaton didn’t bring his…