Don’t Look Back – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Discussing the power and reversals in the film by M.Schinke Come to the land of the ice and snow, Opinionnerds! I’m not going to lie, Opinionnerds; this is a tough film to experience. Based on the novel Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women) by the late Swedish journalist Stieg Larson, David Fincher’s adaptation (bearing…

Don’t Look Back – Reality Bites: Deadpool 2 (2018)

Grounding Deadpool for being good By M.Schinke Did you know I love a good love story, Opinionnerds? The operating word in that phrase being, “good”. Not sappy or overblown or sentimental but a good, solid story about people who really get each other; a great partnership between individuals. The love story between Wade and Vanessa…

In My Humble Opinion – Batman v Superman Is Not Perfect

Issues with the movie By M.Schinke Hell hath frozen over, Opinionnerds! This should come as a shock to no one; I really like director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What might shock many is that I do not consider it a perfect movie. When you’ve picked your jaws up off the floor;…

Don’t Look Back – Batman Ninja (2018)

Batman meets anime in the new movie By M.Schinke Sūtsuappu, Opinionnerds! Wow, Batman Ninja is a ride! At first glance one would be tempted to say, “Oh look, WB made one of those Batman cartoon movies look like an anime.” That would be oh so, so so wrong. Batman Ninja is a dyed in the…

In My Humble Opinion – The Fallacy Of Style Over Substance

The logical fallacy of a blanket criticism by M.Schinke Trust me; I’m more than I look like, Opinionnerds Okay, I’m starting research on a new What Was That All About article on Tim Burton’s 1989 film adaptation of Batman so, as always, one of the first things I do is I hit the Googles to…

Don’t Look Back – Lost In Space (2018)

A look of the 2018 Netflix series By M.schinke DANGER, OPINIONNERDS; DANGER! I’m finishing up the last couple of episodes of Netflix’s new take on Lost In Space, the classic ’60’s era sci-fi show that introduced the joy of a seemingly semi-sentient automaton constantly warning a small boy of impending peril. Though the original series…

Don’t Look Back – Avengers Infinity War (2018)

A cautious overlook of the films story By M.Schinke OPINIONNERDS; ASSE……. True to my word, Jessi and I went and saw Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Marvels The Avengers Infinity War last night; in 3-D no less (not worth it)! I’ll come right out and say it: It’s not bad! I mean, it’s not great but…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Avengers Infinity War (2018)

Stupid thoughts on the movie By M.Schinke I’m getting a little ME time, Opinionnerds! Ok, as a companion piece this is where I’m going to unpack some of my thoughts and nit-picks about the movie. This is not a serious, clinical overview of the movie and should not be taken as a measure of the…

Don’t Look Back – Superman The Movie (1978) – Part 2

Looking back at the movie By M.Schinke So we’re back to Earth with Superman, Opinionnerds! When we left our hero, Superman had finally made his public debut in a pretty spectacular display of his abilities. But as controversial as it might sound….. Superman Doesn’t Choose To Be Superman So here’s the scenario we’re presented with;…

Don’t Look Back – Superman: The Movie (1978) Part 1

Looking back at the movie By M.Schinke Look Opinionnerds, up on the internet! Superman. Superman, Superman, Superman. Superman The Movie I have such a ridiculously conflicted love/ hate relationship with this movie it’s created an almost pathological schism. Seriously; I’m about one emotionally contradictory observation away from flipping a coin and threatening to kill Batman…

What Was That All About – A Quiet Place (2018)

A look at the story and conceit in the film by M.Schinke Hey, keep it down Opinionnerds! I’m not a really big fan of horror movies. It’s not that I’m timid or easily spooked, though to this day my wife Jessica won’t let me forget how much Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake got…

In My Humble Opinion – Marvel, I Think We’re Breaking Up

My strained relationship with superhero movies By M.Schinke Opinionnerds, I really think we should talk… So, I’m not going to see Marvel’s Infinity War this weekend. Make no mistake, Opinionnerds; I will see it. But after 10 years and 19 movies the Marvel Cinematic juggernaut and it’s associated bedfellows have done the Watusi atop my…

In My Humble Opinion – Empathy & Sypmathy; Finding How We Feel

Exploring the concepts and their use By M.Schinke Let’s talk about our feelings, Opinionnerds! Picture this movie scene; A man and a woman, clearly in love, are driving on a dark stretch of road on a rainy night. A bright light suddenly appears in front of them and the deafening roar of a truck engine…

Don’t Look Back – Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

Thoughts on Mr. Rogers By M.Schinke Come on in and take your shoes off, Opinionnerds. As you guys well know I’m old. Ok I’m older than a number of you but; that’s cool. I grew up in the early 80’s so I wasn’t around for the hey day of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, the seminal children’s…

Don’t Look Back – Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Taking a look at the film By M.Schinke Don’t drift away on me now, Opinionnerds! Pacific Rim is not a movie that was in need of a sequel. The entire point of Pacific Rim was that it was the end of a story; the last chapter in a fight that had been occurring off camera…

Don’t Look Back – Ready Player One (2018)

Thoughts on the film By M. Schinke Who’s got next, Opinionnerds? Spoilers ahead! See the movie before reading. If not, don’t blame me for giving away the goose. Ready Player One, the newest big budget, high concept fantasy film from the director that made your childhood magical, Steven Spielberg, released this weekend and its everything…

What Was That All About – Prometheus (2012)

Finding the conceit in the film By M. Schinke It’s time to ask the big questions, Opinionnerds! Prometheuswas a big film. It had big production. It had big ideas and big ambitions. As a would be prequel to the Alien franchise it had big shoes to fill and a big load of expectation riding astride…

In My Humble Opinion – Superman, Injustice And The Nature Of Goodness

Let’s do some Superman again, Opinionnerds! So once again I come face to face with criticisms of Man of Steel related to the development of the Superman character in the film. This time someone pulled out an all time favorite criticism; why does Superman want to help anyone? As a comparison, the commenter pointed to…

Don’t Look Back – The Fall of Jessica Jones, Season 2

Looking at character arcs By M.Schinke Take a shot right from the bottle, Opinionnerds… I’ve been trying to process my feelings in regards to the second season of Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Based on the Marvel comic Alias, Jessica Jones tells the story of Jessica (Krysten Ritter)who, after an accident in which she loses…

What Was That All About? – Blade (1998)

Taking a bite out of the movies conceit By M.Schinke Time to bust out your ice skates, Opinionnerds! Monster movies. Monster movies are fun. Monster movies are fun but, like all great storytelling, they have always had the potential to serve a greater purpose in informing us about ourselves. Think about all the great, classic…

Don’t Look Back – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

Impressions of the film by M.Schinke I’m to old for this shit, Opinionnerds… Growing up I never read A Wrinke In Time. I didn’t know anyone who had read it. I had never even heard of it before this film went into production. Written by Madeliene L’Engle between 1959 and 1960, the book was ultimately…

In My Humble Opinion – Shazam; The Power Of Imagination

This is not going to go the way you think By M.Schinke Opinionnerds, are we going to have a SHAZAM problem? Ok, maybe not, “we” in the sense that the all of us collectively will have an issue but I sure as hell seem to be on that train. In fact, it’s already started rolling….

What Was That All About – The Dark Knight (2008)

Finding The Dark Knights conceit By M.Schinke Holy Cliched Introductions, Opinionnerds! The release of director Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight in 2008 is seen by many as a high water mark for comic book movies. On top of giving the world Heath Ledger‘s unforgettably electric performance as the Joker, it’s an incredibly well constructed and…

In My Humble Opinion – Netflix And The New Home Cinema

What we might lose with where we’re going By M.Schinke Are we staying in or going out, Opinionnerds? So What’s The Issue In the past few months Netflix has been at the center of a new discussion on the future of how, and more importantly where, we will be watching movies. With the release of…

Don’t Look Back – Red Sparrow: Weapons of Honesty

A quick look at what is, and is not, in the film By M.Schinke It’s me again, Opinionnerds – or is it? My wife and I had date night last night and you, dear readers, get to reap the benefits of….. yeah, I’m not buying it either. Let me just clue you in on what…

Don’t Look Back – Black Panther; Too Much Of A Good Thing

The arguement for streamlining characters in the movie By M.Schinke Welcome again, Opinionnerrds! So, I’ve been trying to center my thoughts on what it is about Black Panther, the 2018, Ryan Coogler directed release from Marvel Studios, that irks me. I’ve started, scrapped and started again on a few pieces trying to center on something…

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 (2017)

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…

Don’t Look Back – 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…

Don’t Look Back – 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 Time to go to war, Opinionnerds! 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…

Don’t Look Back – 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…

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…

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…

Don’t Look Back – 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…

Don’t Look Back – Justice League; Divided We Fail

The lost narrative of Justice League by M.Schinke Come together, Opinionnerds! 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…

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…

In My Humble Opinion – You Can’t Plan For Everything

An examination of what was and was not Lex Luthors plan in Batman v Superman by M.Schinke Put on your thinking caps, Opinionnerds! 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…

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…

Don’t Look Back – Posing The Question; Want’s, Needs and Antagonism

Musings On Spider-Man: Homecoming by M. Schinke Spider-Man: Homecoming is a terribly fun film. Even the films title is a bit of a jaunty statement, pointing to the characters, “homecoming” into the MCU fold with his own movie. It’s not going to win any accolades for breaking new ground with the character or reinventing the…