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.

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….

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?

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…

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…

Don’t Look Back – Daredevil: Director’s Cut (2004)

Looking at the superhero film By M.Schinke Can one movie make a difference, OpinionNerds? As it exists right now our world is full of a lot of very trusting people. For all of our cynicism we tend to take a lot of things at face value. Electric cars are an unsustainable product. Climate change is…

Don’t Look Back – I Kill Giants (2017)

A brief look at the films fantasy vs reality By M.Schinke Call upon your ancient magics, Opinionnerds! Films with plots about people who venture into a fantasy or delusion to deal with some fear or trauma are nothing new. Even in my limited experience I can name a few; Vanilla Sky, The Wizard Of Oz,…

Don’t Look Back – Sucker Punch (2011)

The art of setting up the story By M.Schinke This world is as real as any other, Opinionnerds! After its release in 2011 people pretty much stopped talking about Sucker Punch, the fantasy/ action film co-written and directed by Zack Snyder, in all but the most unflattering terms. The movie, in it’s mandated PG-13 theatrical…

Don’t Look Back – Superman: Doomsday (2007)

Examining the DC animated feature By M.Schinke Get ready for the beginning of the end of the beginning, Opinionnerds! With the release of the latest DC animated film, The Death Of Superman, it seemed both poetic, and appropriate, that we roll the calendar back to 2007 and look at the first of Warner Brothers and DC…

Don’t Look Back – Naked Lunch (1991)

Thoughts on the film By M.Schinke Say, could you rub some of that powder on my lips, Opinionnerds? There have been a number of books over the years that some have considered impervious to film adaptation and, for a very long time, right up near the top of that list, lay The Naked Lunch. After…

Don’t Look Back – Justice League (2017) Part 2

Examining the characters and storytelling in the film By M.Schinke The hits just keep on coming, Opinionnerds! If you need a quick refresher, or you just missed it, go back and read Part 1. So here we are embarking on part 2 of our, “epic journey” through the wasteland of wasted potential that is Justice…

Don’t Look Back – Justice League (2017) Part 3

Examining the characters and storytelling in the film By M.Schinke Once more unto the breach, dear Opinionnerds. If you need a quick refresher, or you just missed it, go back and read Part 1 and Part 2. This has been a long, hard slog for me guys. It’s been emotionally and intellectually exhausting not because of…

Don’t Look Back – Justice League (2017) Pt. 1

Examining the characters and storytelling in the film By M.Schinke Ok, I’ve put this off long enough, Opinionnerds. I’ve been trying to re-watch Justice League; I really have. I get it all queued up, press play, sit through the logos and the DC bumper and then….. And then the prologue flickers across the screen and…

Don’t Look Back – Diversity Engine: The Matrix Series

Looking back at the diversity in The Matrix By M.Schinke Let’s get plugged in, Opinionnerds… In 1999 Warner Bros released The Matrix onto a world that was taken completely by surprise. Blown away by mind bending, reality warping special effects, intense action and just enough philosophy that even the average C student felt themselves getting,…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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 – 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…

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…

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…

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…