Random Acts Of Opinion – 21 Bridges (2019)

I don’t think I’m out of bounds by saying 21 Bridges isn’t going to blow anyone away, but it’s got enough grit for those that like a solid cop drama. I don’t know if the no frills approach will lead to a lot of re-watchability, and the movie certainly doesn’t seem to have much of anything to say, but it’s still a solidly entertaining 99 minutes of a movie. I don’t know if it’s worth crossing the Hudson for, but I’ve done a lot worse for a lot less.

Random Acts Of Opinoin – Black Widow Trailer 1

Picking at the trailer By M.Schinke Oh what a tangled web, OpinionNerds! For the 2010 release of Iron Man 2, Marvel expanded their slate of heroes-on-film by casting Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow; former KGB assassin and then current undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. With the ever growing slate of films based on their characters it…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Harley Quinn (2019)

I know a lot of people are going to find this show very entertaining and they are right to do so. If I watch clips from it or find some way to watch full episodes after my subscription runs out, I’m sure I’ll giggle. I might even chuckle. If that’s all the production wants to get from me then Huzzah to the shop keep. What I’ve learned from this is that people have the definitions of, “mature” and, “edgy” all ass backwards. This show might be edgy, but it is far from mature. That might make it amusing; but not much else.

Don’t Look Back – Batman v Superman Comic Con Trailer (2015)

Movie trailers serve a purpose, and they aren’t going anywhere in the near future. But we have to be careful how much stock we put in them because, in the end, a trailer is just a commercial, and commercials don’t always tell you the truth. It’s up to us to keep that in mind and manage our expectations so we don’t find yourself sitting in a theater eagerly awaiting a movie that doesn’t exist.

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Good Liar (2019)

The Good Liar has all the elements in its text for a movie that could be a tense twisty, turny thriller. And there is entertainment in watching all the pieces fall into place. McKellen and Mirren are always fascinating to watch but there is no cat and mouse between these two fakers, so the movie isn’t really giving the two titanic thespians much of anything to do, in my opinion. I almost wish we were in on, if not on exactly who Mirren’s character is, but the fact that she’s playing McKellen just to give the film a little competitive, “who’s going to come out on top” angle. But that would be a different movie all together, and I don’t get to ask for that. There is an audience out there for this film that will continue to find value in it. It’s sad that I’m not in that audience, but that’s how things work out sometimes.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Sports movies are rarely ever about sports. The question of whether the good guy wins the big game/match/race is just the thing that gets people in the door so you can tell them the real story, the story that actually matters.

The Grey Area – Watchmen (2019)

Watchmen isn’t like other comic book universes that exist only as a sandbox for the characters to play in. Watchmen had a purpose; a specific message it was attempting to convey that was laser targeted at the audience the book was going to attract, with the movie following suit in its own way. If the show is just using that world as a backdrop to tell a story about how putting on a hood, airbrushing your face black and driving around in a cool car can’t stop racism we’ve kind of been there already. If it’s a show that ends up being about the theme of legacy in some way that’s very cool, but I fail to so-far grasp why the Watchmen IP, with it’s specific narrative perspective, seemed like a good fit for that. Right now I don’t really care about any of the characters, the story lines aren’t grabbing me and it isn’t exactly going to be setting any new high-water marks for visual presentation. If something doesn’t bubble up in this next episode to really nail my attention to the grocery store counter I may not be willing to extend my disinterest any further.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Doctor Sleep (2019)

Don’t get it twisted; this is a fine, fine movie. Incredibly well made on every level. But even despite all that it didn’t turn me on because it just wasn’t enough. It was frustratingly too tame and seemed to want to play more as a dark superhero movie than a horror film on almost any level. The movie was very dedicated to the adventure of it and sharing the thrills of its dark fantasy world, and it does so with aplomb. But it just didn’t hit the hard notes hard enough for me, and that’s just frustrating. It all comes down to the choices made by the filmmakers and they just aren’t choices that work for me. I get it;  I really do get it. Whether or not I can get behind the choices that were made is irrelevant. Whether or not I think the choices make the movie weaker is irrelevant; they weren’t my choices to make. Doctor Sleep is a movie that had all the right ingredients for a film that could have really lit my fire but we just didn’t spark. It is what it is. I didn’t hate my return to the Overlook Hotel, but I really think it’s time for me to check out.

The Grey Area – Man of Steel: More Adventures In Just Catching The Plot

Storytelling is a really weird, fickle thing that doesn’t always work the way we, the audience, believe it should. Sometimes you can’t see the strings being plucked but you still feel the vibrations moving things along. Other times it’s like a cat sitting on your chest, staring you right in the face and demanding your attention. The artistry is in the choices made; what to obfuscate and what to reveal, when to reveal it and then, finally, how. And these choices are all wrapped up in your intent; your overall approach to how you want the audience to take in the storytelling as you present it to them. These are just a couple of examples of how you can render storytelling in ways that aren’t strictly expository. Breaking down and understanding these ways of approaching storytelling here will help you build out your toolbox, and that can open up all sorts of new avenues for understanding and appreciating the art of film storytelling.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

None of this means that Terminator: Dark Fate is a movie that doesn’t entertain. Indeed, what I’m looking for doesn’t seem to have been on the plate for this film to begin with, so nothing that I’ve brought up says anything about whether or not the movie as it exists is entertaining or not. In fact I think it will be entertaining for a great number of people because of how well produced it is. But in my opinion what keeps bringing people back to a film is in watching it’s characters struggle and overcome in a story that resonates beyond the confines of the screen. Like anything else time will tell whether or not this film crosses the divide between just being entertaining to being meaningful to fans of the franchise.

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse is a dirty, grimy, dark, lout, disturbing, uncomfortable movie – and that is a very good thing. It’s cinema that pushes you out of your comfort zone and makes you consider the value of entertainment. It’s going to be a movie that many people will be hard pressed to decide whether or not they even enjoyed it – and that’s perfectly okay. A movie like this is one that has artistic merit that extends far beyond the confines of a simple up or down/ like or dislike function. This movie can be challenging and that alone will be enough of a reason for some to ignore or dismiss it. But if you’re up for a little challenge and you want to experience something a little more akin to an old man’s version of cinema, then maybe The Lighthouse is just the beacon in the dark you need.

Don’t Look Back – Superman Returns (2006)

Coming back to the movie By M.Schinke Superman returns! But is there anything worth coming back for, OpinionNerds? 1987 left a bad taste in the mouths of Superman fans all over the world. For so many reasons director Sidney J. Furies Superman IV: The Quest For Peace is a film that just plain didn’t work….

The Grey Area – Is Cinema Subjective, Or Is It Cinema Is Subjective?

Maybe the new wave of cinema is all about reactionism, and the art will be to find different and exciting ways to manipulate and control the audiences responses. It doesn’t sound all that great to me, but the world of film doesn’t exist to service my desires. So who knows; maybe the theme park is the new avant garde of film making and we’re all witness to a new renaissance of storytelling. I have my doubts, but thankfully it’s not up to me. Ultimately it’s up to the filmmakers to decide what the new cinema will be. But in this heavily corporatized entertainment environment where big spectacle incurs big costs, are the filmmakers really driving the bus?

The Grey Area – Batman V Superman: Generally Speaking, He Might Not Be Dead.

This issue is about more than just a particular scene in a Superman movie. There are a lot of films that bank storytelling on items of religion, science, engineering, philosophy, theology, etc., that are probably not within the scope of knowledge for the average movie goer. I don’t know if this is a uniquely American problem, but we have a tendency to see the intelligence of others as a threat; a perceived slight towards our own cognitive limitations that we simply cannot tolerate. My people here in the U.S.A. seem to take particular joy in poking holes in the work of seemingly intelligent filmmakers, especially when they refuse to play down to lowest common denominator. We’ll take any opportunity to blow up details in their films and smear the resulting intellectual goo all over the internet like we’re finger painting the phrase, “YOU’RE NOT BETTER THAN ME!” in our own feces.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Gemini Man (2019)

No matter where you are in your life one of the hardest things anyone can do is come face-to-face with themselves. To have an honest look at what the years and all the choices, good and bad, have done to make you the person you are can be terrifying. All the missed opportunities, all the times you should have zagged when you zigged, the things left unsaid, the kisses left un-stolen, the lies told, the loves lost – self-reflection on that level can be heartbreaking and revealing. It’s a concept ripe for cinema and tackled what I’m sure must have been scores of times in movies I’ve never even seen or heard of, And it’s one that seemed right up director Ang Lee’s alley. Toss in perennial megastar Will Smith, a cool storytelling device and an approach to presentation meant to take film storytelling to a new level and all the ingredients are there for a movie event to be something special. Unfortunately whether or not an audience is able to fully engage with the film as conceived isn’t always in a filmmakers control and, as a result, the final work may not deliver entirely as intended. But does the idea that the film doesn’t completely work mean it should never have been made?

Random Acts Of Opinion – Ad Astra (2019)

Rocketing off with the movie By M.Schinke Always looking for the exit, OpinionNerds. I lament the day science fiction was reduced to, “Sci-Fi”. Though it’s long been misunderstood as nothing more than distracting flights of the fantastic with nothing substantial to say, the great authors of science fiction knew that what they were telling were…

Random Acts Of Opinion – IT: Chapter Two (2019)

Honest engines; I didn’t walk out of IT: Chapter Two hating what I saw. I was dismayed at the overall presentation and left feeling profoundly unsatisfied. And what it comes down to is the simple fact that the movie, while it can be creepy, is never scary. Its spends far more time being sentimental and funny than it does being horrifying. I’m really not interested in an R-rated, mature audience oriented monster movie giving me speeches on the power of friendship and believing in yourself. In terms of intent and execution I’m not sure whether or not to consider the film a success or a failure. I guess that all depends on what one believes the intent to have been.

Don’t Look Back – Marathon Man (1976)

Marathon Man is, from what I can tell, every bit the film it’s reputation makes it out to be. It’s not a narrative that’s going to turn your psychology upside down, but the craft in the presentation leads to a very satisfying viewing experience.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Night Hunter (2019)

With as much as I enjoyed about writer/ director David Raymond’s serial killer thriller, there is a gaping feeling of absence that keeps the movie from truly percolating despite some real acting power and a solid grasp on the mechanics of film making.

Don’t Look Back – Green Lantern (2011)

Shining a light on the film By M.schinke No evil shall excape my sight, OpinionNerds! You know, the biggest problem with director Martin Campbell’s 2011 stab at super hero movies with Green Lantern is not that it’s a, “badly” made movie. More or less,the movie does right what it’s supposed to do right. No, the…

The Grey Area – One Aspect Of Artistry

Looking at one piece of storytelling By M.Schinke Its the little things, OpinionNerds. Before we get started an important note: I am not a filmmaker. I hold no position in the industry or artistry of film making. This piece is based on research and observation; not experience. So if I’m getting anything wrong I’d surely…

The Grey Area – Grounding Out

Sharing my fantasy By M.Schinke Before we even get started I want to get this out of the way: Yes, I know all movies are fantasies because they are all made up. That’s not what we’re talking about; stop being a pedantic prick. That’s my shtick and you’re trampling all over it. You only paid…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Blinded By The Light (2019)

Blinded By The Light can be an entertaining experience whether or not you’re a fan of Springsteen’s music. I ultimately feel the filmmakers choice to be so universal left it without it’s own voice (ironic given some of the films key themes) but I applaud the approach that says there are no, “others” in this world. we all have the same stories. Slightly different textures, slightly different flavors, but we’re all the same no matter what. While it didn’t exactly shine brightly for me, I have no doubt others may find the film…. illuminating.

Don’t Look Back – Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

Looking at all that glitters By M.Schinke As I recall I think we both kinda liked it, OpinionNerds! What do you do? When the world of blockbuster film making is constantly disappointing you, the indie landscape is as disparate and disconnected as your modern urban metropolis, making finding anything of personal value a chore, and…

It’s All An Act – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spinning a web on the film By M.Schinke Just don’t call me late to dinner, OpinionNerds. Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a unique distinction; it’s regarded as containing both some of the best, and worst, storytelling in any Spider-Man film. The fifth film in 15 years for the wall-crawling menace, the…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Batman Hush (2019)

Talking about the new film By M.Schinke I will not stay quiet about this, OpinionNerds! Written by Jeph Loeb with art from Jim Lee, Hush is one of Batman most layered and challenging books. It finds a way to include almost all of Batman’s most notable players, reaches all the way back to his origins,…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Kitchen (2019)

Cooking up some thoughts on the film By M.Schinke Is this the recipe for an entertaining film, OpinionNerds? I don’t know if most people know, but comic books are more than just superheros. Really. Comics have a long history as a storytelling medium and across their publication lifespan many different kinds of stories have been…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Boys (2019)

Getting the lads together By M.Schinke We’re taking the, “Hero” out of SuperHero, OpinionNerds! When Watchmen hit theaters in 2009 it was seen by many as a cynical, exploitative look at the idea of the superhero and our relationship with them. The movie was dark, at times violently graphic and was certainly not intended for…

The Grey Area – Just A Copy Of A Copy Of A Copy…..

Talking about sources and changes By M.Schinke Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! Turn and face the strange, OpinionNerds! In 1968, author Richard Hooker (real name  Dr. H. Richard Hornberger) published his book MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. Based on his experiences in the Korean War the book was somewhat a success and in 1970 the book was…

Random Acts of Opinion – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

Being told a story By M.Schinke Movie number nine is pretty fine, OpinionNerds Quentin Tarantino is a master at his craft. There, I said it. The ninth film by the wildly erratic, twitchy, hyper-vocal auteur film maker (he considers Kill Bill to be one film; don’t get mad at me over it) is so stuffed…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Art of Self Defense (2019)

Sparring with the film By M.Schinke I’ll take a diet Fight Club with light ice, OpinionNerds I was always a fan of Fight Club. Director David Fincher’s 1999 film about a guy who creates a strong alternate personality to deal with the world that eventually threatens to take over completely has a darkly comic vibe,…

Random Acts of Opinion – Stranger Things Season 3 (2019)

Investigating the new season By M.Schinke It’s like a never ending story, OpinionNerds! When I first heard about Netflix’s Stranger Things I remember thinking it was going to be one of those shows that everyone loved, but I was going to be absolutely repelled by. Powered by unhealthy doses of nostalgia for a time period…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Framing John DeLorean (2019)

Busting the documentary By M.Schinke Is it too late for a cocaine joke, OpinionNerds? For most people, the name DeLorean just means, “that car from Back to the Future, right?” Older people may remember some cocaine laced jokes they heard along with a vague tale about a guy who got really rich and kind of…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Midsommar (2019)

Standing in the sun of the film By M.schinke It’s always brightest just before the dark, OpinionNerds. A question that doesn’t get asked often enough in these days of micromanaged, genre specific output is what exactly makes a horror movie a, “horror movie”? It’s easy enough to peg a slasher film, or a zombie film,…

The Grey Area – A Cartoon Outlook

Talking two-dimensional desires By M.Schinke Let me explain myself, OpinionNerds! I was supposed to be taking a break; a little mental vacation from analysis and breakdowns and just trying to figure out people for a little while. But I have a thought that keeps bouncing around my head as I continue to see comments about…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Dark Phoenix (2019)

Burning in the new film By M.Schinke In 2000, Fox and director Bryan Singer altered the landscape of movies adapted from comic books forever with the release of X-Men. The movie was among the first of it’s kind to take an approach to it’s comic book subject that began to push the material into the…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Toy Story 4 (2019)

Playing with the new film By M.Schinke To Infinity yadda yadda yadda, OpinionNerds! I remember seeing the first Toy Story in theaters and being completely blown away, not just by the technical brilliance of the art and animation, but by how genuine the story and performances were. This continued into Toy Story 2, and I…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Batman Vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)

Movies in a half shell By M.Schinke Make mine with pineapple and bacon, OpinionNerds! …………. oh boy. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles track their mortal enemies, The Foot Clan, to Gotham City in the pursuit of stealing advanced tech. This brings them into conflict with Batman and his team who have also been tracking the…

What Was That All About – Alien (1979)

A bursting look at the film By M.Schinke In space, no one can hear you analyze, OpinionNerds! Like any great, impacting movie, director Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic Alien has been dissected and picked over since it’s release in 1979. In the decades that have followed, a number of imitators have burst forth attempting to…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Fosse/Verdon (2019

Dancing with the heartache by M.Schinke Do it again from the top, OpinionNerds In modern history there are a handful of creative partnerships that are truly meaningful. Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, Lennon and McCartney. In the modern theater there are a handful of names that resonate as powerfully as Bob Fosse and Gwen…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Rocketman (2019)

Blasting off with the new film By M.Schinke The bitch is back, OpinionNerds! As the opening titles render across the screen and settle, a door in the background of the frame bursts open, sending the title scattering across the screen. In stomps an imposingly large looking figure decked out in a flaming orange and bedazzeled spandex…

The Grey Area – Captain America: A Journey Of Character

Examining Cap’s arc in the MCU By M.Schinke I can do this all day, OpinionNerds My contemporaries over at ComicBookDebate.Com recently posted an article that takes a look into the arc of the Captain America character as it appears across the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The article makes the point that as a…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Booksmart (2019)

Thoughts on the movie By M.Schinke Last chance to turn it up, OpinionNerds! High school movies are about as common as hot dogs at a picnic, and it takes quite a bit to make one stand out from the herd. Director Olivia Wilde may have just created a minor classic with Booksmart, putting her stamp…

The Grey Area – Calibrate Your Expectations

Talking picture quality By M.Schinke It’s better to be accurate than good, OpinionNerds! I think it’s fair to say that everyone who has a TV, projector or monitor display of some kind knows about these settings that control how the image looks. Brightness, contrast, LCD back light, color, sharpness, gamma, color temperature and a whole…

Don’t Look Back – The French Connection: Preserving Color

Connecting with the movie By M.Schinke OpinionNerds fais le en Francais! So, time for a confession: I had never before seen director William Friedkin’s The French Connection – a state of being I have recently rectified. The Oscar winning 1971 film is one of those movies that is spoken about with great reverence among film fans, with…

Random Acts Of Opinion – John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019)

Taking a shot at the movie By M.Schinke There is a price if you break the rules, OpinionNerds There are many things I really, really like about the movies that make up the very small but extremely potent John Wick franchise, but the thing I think I enjoy the most is the no-bullshit attitude that…

Don’t Look Back – Brazil (1985)

Looking at the film By M.Schinke Don’t forget to file your paperwork, OpinionNerds Terry Gilliam is a movie legend. Or is it despot? He’s either an artistic hero or a film making villain, a genius or a lunatic, depending on either your mood or the company you’re in. And his films are either classics of…

The Grey Area – Snapping Back, or the Moral Responsibility of Tony Stark

Looking at obligation and responsibility By M.Schinke What is our moral obligation in the face of unprecedented villainy, OpinionNerds? The heroes goal in Avengers: Endgame, the latest blockbuster film from the Marvel franchise juggernaut, is simple – bring back the people lost to The Snap, the undefinably atrocious act perpetrated by Avengers: Infinity War’s main…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Capturing the film By M.Schinke I choose you, OpinionNerds! I was on the outside of the whole Pokemon thing. I was too old when it hit, and the only people I knew who participated in it were cynical speculators who were buying boxes of cards trying to secure the most rare ones pieces to sell…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Avengers Endgame

Looking at the film By M.Schinke Everything that has a beginning has an end, OpinionNerds! Well; that was a movie. It was a long movie, but it’s not one devoid of it’s appropriate emotional affect. It’s also not a movie I particularly cared about other than a sense of intellectual curiosity afterwards, but that’s not…

The Grey Area – Deconstructing Mythology

Tearing down tall tales By M.Schinke Have I got a good one for you, OpinionNerds From all accounts, Zack Snyder has an affinity for the concept of mythology and how it relates to the modern world. Also from accounts, Zack Snyder has a love for deconstruction because he made one movie that deals with the…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Just League Vs The Fatal Five (2019)

Looking at the 34th DC direct to video movie By M.Schinke In brightest day, in blackest night, no DC movie will escape my sight, OpinionNerds! I don’t know who’s idea it was to turn Justice League vs The Fatal Five into a de facto Justice League Unlimited episode but they are either making a commentary…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Amazing Grace (2018)

Listening to the movie By M.Schinke How sweet the sound, OpinionNerds! I need to make something very clear; I know exactly fuck all about gospel music. My religious upbringing was Presbyterian, and if there is one thing they know how to do it’s how to avoid grandiose showcases of emotion. When I was old enough…

The Grey Area – How Do You Do That Do You Do

Thinking about thinking about movies By M.Schinke Analyze this, OpinionNerds! Something no one has been asking me about is how it is I go about the work that I do for my What Was That All About series of articles, wherein I attempt to interpret the metaphor or allegory of a particular film. Well much…

Random Acts Of Opinion – SHAZAM! (2019)

Looking at the movie By M.Schinke Say my name, OpinionNerds! People in the DC films fan community have been split on director David F. Sandberg’s SHAZAM!, the first big screen adaptation of C.C. Beck’s classic Fawcett Comics superhero. Some have been saying it’s going to help drag the image of DC characters and their films…

Don’t Look Back – Batman v Superman: Holding The Line

Martha, bias and character By M.Schinke You’re letting them analyze Martha, OpinionNerds! Before posting a big new Batman article the other day in honor of the characters 80th birthday,  I took some time to revisit the very first essay I ever wrote for *NotThePopularOpinion, Martha, Martha, Martha: How Priming Saved The Man Of Steel. In…

Don’t Look Back – Batman v Superman; The Fear That Drives Us

Trauma and the Dark Knight By M.Schinke Breathe it in, OpinionNerds! One of  the things I love most about the lifespan of movies is the ability to revisit a work, even one you’re quite familiar with, and refine an analysis. A good piece of art is never done, even after it’s released to the world,…

The Grey Area – A Fantasy of Heroism

What did he say this time By M.Schinke Wake Up, OpinionNerds! At a recent event where the 2009 film Watchmen was screened for a private audience, director Zack Snyder made comments that after the original book was released and tore down superheros to their roots, those who hold to the idea that their superhero’s are innocent…

The Grey Area – Speaking In Film

What is film language By M.Schinke Do you see what I’m saying, OpinionNerds? Around these parts when we’re discussing movies we often get into talking about what we call the language of the film making. In context, the definition of language we’re concerned with is the use of an agreed upon system of expressions (images,…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Captive State (2019)

Striking a match with the movie By M.Schinke You Have To Choose A Side, OpinionNerds Outside of Netflix it seems like thrillers are a bit of a dying breed. They’re not action movies, they’re not horror movies, they typically don’t have big budgets to play with and they usually aren’t dumb enough to be flat…

Random Acts of Opinion – Captain Marvel (2019)

21 and counting By M.Schinke I’m not going to fight your war, OpinoinNerds When it comes to the MCU and it’s myriad of, “SuperHero” movie offerings I am not an unbiased observer. My opinion on the franchise as a whole has been built on ten years of storytelling which I have been in the theater…

Don’t Look Back – Push (2009)

Watching and moving By M.Schinke Don’t do it; I’m close to the edge, OpinionNerds In the early part of the 2000’s, before the franchise wars ground down all the reasonable nerds in the world and tossed the resulting meal into the cursing, screaming abattoir of the new fandom, someone had a thought; “People like superhero…

Don’t Look Back – Watchmen (2009)

Watching the Watchmen By M.Schinke Never compromise, OpinionNerds As I’m writing this, director Zack Snyders Watchmen, the 2009 adaptation of the declared unfilmable Alan Moore/ Dave Gibbons adult superhero comic book limited series first published between 1986 and 1987, has just turned 10. And like clockwork, there was a quick, though mostly impotent, set of…

Random Acts of Opinion – Triple Frontier (2019)

Stealing a look at the movie By M.Schinke You can never go back to your normal lives, OpinionNerds The movie landscape is littered with big tent pole movies, action blockbusters and huge, decades long spanning franchises So, when is just being a, “pretty good” movie good enough? Triple Frontier started life in 2010 when it…

Don’t Look back – Superman (1978)

Looking at it for what it is By M.Schinke They say confession is good for the soul, OpinionNerds Okay hold on now; put down the torches and pitchforks – I come in peace. Readers of this blog, or those who interact with me on their Tweet machine of choice, might have a pretty good idea…

The Grey Area – Cinemas Fidelitus

Talking pictures By M.Schinke Let’s get technical, OpinionNerds Fidelity. In our context of film and home video, fidelity is defined by by Dictionary.Com as, “The degree of accuracy with which sound or images are recorded or reproduced” Fidelity is the reason why motion picture cameras and lenses cost so damn much, why so much money…

Don’t Look Back – Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

Staying alive with the film By M.Schinke Get down with the sickness, OpinionNerds! In the early 2000’s producers Eric Newman and Marc Abraham hatched a plan to produce a revamped version of director George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. The duo set out on a mission not to just remake the…

The Grey Area – Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Discussing darkness for darkness sake By M.Schinke In the grim darkness of the internet, OpinionNerds…. Not that we haven’t covered this already but let’s do this again – there is no such practical concept as a piece of storytelling being dark, “just for the sake of being dark” unless it is being purposefully exploitative. It…

Don’t Look Back – All That Jazz (1979)

Singing and dancing through the film By M.Schinke Ok, OpinionNerds. A-one-and-a-two-and-a…… There are certain films that I know I’m just not qualified to discuss. Sure, I can follow a plot, I can talk about the language of the camera, I can have an opinion on lighting – that’s all biscuits and gravy. But there are…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Alita: Battle Angel

Fighting with the film By M.Schinke I will not stand by in the face of evil, OpinionNerds! It’s been a long time since I first heard that the legendary James Cameron was planning on adapting the Yukito Kishiro manga, and anime OVA, Gunnm, or Battle Angel Alita as it was known here, to the big…

The Grey Area – What Do We Know and When Do We Know It

 Informing a sequel By M.Schinke The Grey Area is all editorial content by our writer. These pieces are not specifically analytical or scientific, and the opinions contained within may be ones you do not agree with. So try to keep that in mind when replying. Fore warned is fore armed. Not too long ago I…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Reign of the Supermen (2019)

Looking at the film By M.Schinke Superman is dead, OpinionNerds – long live Superman! In August of 2018, WB animation released their long anticipated adaptation of the famed Death of Superman comic book arc with the aptly titled The Death of Superman (we took a look at it here). Now the studio has released the…

What Was That All About – Black Panther (2018)

Communication vs interpretation By M.schinke Is this your king, OpinionNerds Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got a big ego boost recently (not that they needed it) when the 2018 film Black Panther was nominated in the Best Picture category at the upcoming Oscars. Whether or not I feel the movie deserves this honor, it’s…

Don’t Look Back – Snow Steam Iron (2017)

A long look at the short film By M.Schinke Hell hath no fury like, OpinionNerds 2017 was a troubling year for Director Zack Snyder. It started with the director losing control over what was arguably the biggest movie of his career to date, the damaged eventual release Justice League, and became compounded by a horrible…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Cold War (2019)

Looking at the movie By M.Schinke Button up tight, OpinionNerds Cold War, director Pawel Pawlikowski’s 2019 tragic romance, tells a story with so much going on though very little actually happens. Starring Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot, the black and white, subtitled film from the Polish director is filled with music but it does not…

The Grey Area – Look At What We’ve Got Here

What it is vs what we want By M.Schinke Get the audio version of this article at Soundcloud.Com HERE. Ya know, OpinionNerds, I thought I wanted to talk about the Justice League dump we got from Kevin Smith not too long ago. The overview of the five movie plan to include a Justice League trilogy…

The Grey Area – Stream of Consciousness

Streaming movie mayhem By M.Schinke Hear me read this for The Film Exiles Podcast HERE! So hey OpinionNerds, Zack is back. The news hit today that director Zack Snyder, joined by his wife an producing partner Deborah, oh he of the Superman and Batman of the pop culture mainstreams darkest nightmares, is joining the man…

The Grey Area- Stream Of Consciousness

Welcome to a new section here at *NotThePopularOpinion we’re calling The Grey Area. This is a place where I can post just some quick thoughts I have, short statements, questions for the world, stream of consciousness stuff and whatever else is on my mind. Call it a more or less real time peek inside my…

The Grey Area – Error and Growth

Learning from mistakes By M.Schinke Believe it or not, I love being wrong about things. If I’m wrong about something it means I’ve engaged in a subject that I don’t have the proper information about, if I have any information at all. Being wrong is an opportunity to learn something new. Learning is growth, and…

Don’t Look Back – Suicide Squad (2016)

So what is Suicide Squad? Is it an abject failure as a piece of storytelling, or a powerful reminder that when it comes to making a film financially successful, pandering to the audience works? And finally, if the movie is seen as any kind of failure, who is it that must ultimately carry the blame?

Random Acts Of Opinion – Glass (2019)

Peering through the films window By M.Schinke Look at what we can become if we just believe, OpinionNerds People, especially in the United States, have a complicated relationship with our mythic heroes, which in this day means, “super heroes” – characters we normally associate with brightly colored spandex, amazing powers, rippling muscles and simplistic moralizing….

Don’t Look Back – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Tragedy and Batman in the film By M.Schinke Does what damages you define you, OpinionNerds? Batman is a tragic character. He was born of tragedy and his life seems to be one long, endless stream of tragic events. Over the years the character, in its various incarnations, has suffered a number of different set backs…

Random Acts Of Opinion – On The Basis Of Sex (2018)

Filing suit with the film By M.Schinke Thank you, OpinionNerds, and may it please the court United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led one hell of a life. She was in the second group of women allowed to study law at Harvard University. She cared for a gravely ill husband while they…

What Was That All About – Aliens (1986)

Waking up from the movie By M.Schinke We’re in the pipe, 5X5; OpinionNerds! As we journey along our path as film fans, movie nerds, cinema geeks, frame freaks and shutter sillies; it’s never a bad idea to take a step to the side and look back at where we’ve been. One of the great advantages…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Bandersnatch (2018)

Looking at the film/ playing the game By M.Schinke Your choices don’t matter, OpinionNerds! Look, OpinionNerds; I’m a movie guy. As far as anything goes my area of interest is in long form film storytelling. That’s not a commentary on any other form of storytelling, it’s just where I prefer to sit. So when I…

Don’t Look Back – Batman Forever (1995)

Looking at the film By M.Schinke It’s the car,right? Chicks dig the car, OpinionNerds Riddle me this: how do you open an article about Batman Forever? Do you do it with a clever statement leaping off of the well trodden catch phrase of one of the movies characters? Do you tip your hand by giving…

In My humble Opinion – The Illusion of Wonder Woman

Looking at the fiction within the fiction By M.Schinke What you see isn’t always what you get, OpinionNerds Orson Welles loved magic and magicians, illusionists and foolers. He often compared the art of filmmaking to magic, and filmmakers with that long line of liars, hucksters and charlatans. Everything about movies is an illusion. Even the…

Random Acts Of Opinion – If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Dreaming with the film By M.Schinke Trust love all the way, OpinionNerds I’m going to tell you everything I know about author James Baldwin: James Baldwin was a writer. So…. If Beale Street Could Talk, is based on the 1974 novel by american author, essayist and civil rights icon James Baldwin. Set in the early…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Vice (2018)

Mining the new film By. M.Schinke Stay silent, listen and then strike, OpinionNerds! A little more than 10 years after leaving public office, Dick Cheney remains one of the most polarizing figures in recent American history. There are some people content to think of him as Batman’s enemy The Penguin; selfish and terrible, but easy…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Titans (2018)

Looking at the streaming program By M.Schinke When there’s trouble you know who to call, OpinionNerds! I waited until the last episode of Titans had come to a close before deciding if I wanted to write anything about the show. Now, I can’t exactly say I was looking forward to the program early on. Being…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Looking at the film By M.Schinke Bow before your Queens, OpinionNerds! What a marvelous opportunity for a nascent film analyst! In the space of two weekends I have had the opportunity to experience two films that are very similar in appearance but so very different in result. Last week was director Yorgos Lanthimos darkly comedic The…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Favourite (2018)

An overview of the film By M.Schinke Comedy is darker by candlelight, OpinionNerds! Backstabbing, skullduggery, lust, duck racing and sugary cakes – welcome to Queen Anne’s England as portrayed in director Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite, screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The film very, very loosely follows the historical procession of court favorite during the later years…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Aquaman (2018)

Diving into the film By M.Schinke This movie sleeps with the fishes, OpinionNerds! So, Jessi and I saw Aquaman, the latest entry in Warner Bros. ever expanding DC Comics film franchise, and I am trying to get my head straight with it. I understand what the movie is intending to be; a big, broad adventure romp…

In My Humble Opinion – Green Book (2018)

Taking the Oscar-bait By M.Schinke Trust me, OpinionNerds; I’m a doctor! Normally I’d use the Random Acts Of Opinion section to talk about new films but with Green Book, I’m not really interested in talking about the movie. I mean; obviously I am, because here I am gabbing away already. But when it comes to…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

Parsing the multidimensional storytelling By M.Schinke With great storytelling comes great entertainment, OpinionNerds. I might have to change the name of this blog. Even though it’s never been true, the reputation I have developed is one of being a contrarian – liking films others don’t while taking popular films out behind the woodshed and opposing…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Boy Erased (2018)

The style and substance of the movie By M.Schinke Who are you angry with, OpinionNerds? Style over substance is typically used to insult spectacle films by the people who don’t respect them. I mean honestly; nobody ever applies that term to a film they like unless they are trying not to look as if they…