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…

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…

In My Humble Opinion – Joker: So Crazy It Just Might Work

Looking at the character By M.Schinke I’ve got a crazy idea, OpinionNerds I’ve been thinking. I know, that’s a really cliched place to start one of these but; stick with me. I’ve been thinking about our dear old friend Mr. J. After reading some of my thoughts on Superman, someone on Twitter said they would…

In My Humble Opinion – Wonder Woman: Stepping Into No Man’s Land

Wandering into the film again by M.Schinke Once more unto the breach, dear OpinionNerds I have a difficult relationship with Wonder Woman. Not the character mind you, she and I get along just fine. It’s the movie. The 2017 adaptation from director Patty Jenkins doesn’t do anything wrong; functionally. It’s a good looking film that’s…

In My Humble Opinion – Rare Or Well Done; How Do You Like Your Stakes?

Outlining the literary concept of stakes By M.Schinke What have you got to lose, OpinionNerds? We humans are strange creatures. We are the only species on the planet capable of communication beyond announcing that we found food, warning that something might kill you or letting others know the baby factory is open for business. With…

In My Humble Opinion – How Do You Rate Your Film Experience?

Where the R ends and the PG-13 begins By M.Schinke This article is not approved for all audiences, OpinionNerds! (This article is strictly an editorial piece – it is not the result of any scientific study. Please separate your salt into individual granules and take them when appropriate) Film ratings used to be simple: G/PG/R/X…

In My Humble Opinion – Batman: Thou Shalt Not Kill

Talking Batman and death By M.Schinke Is this the end of the Caped Crusader, OpinionNerds? There has been, for a very long time now, a debate amongst Batman fans over whether or not our dear Dark Knight should ever be made to take a life. There are those that believe the character should be above…

In My Humble Opinion – The Origins Of The (Cinematic) Universe

Pondering the nature of the universe By M.Schinke Look upon these works and tremble, OpinionNerds! The Cinematic Universe is a hot commodity right now and everyone in the film biz is trying to get in on some of that sweet, sweet franchise money. Marvel and Lucasfilm (read: Disney) are leading the pack with their two…

In My Humble Opinion – Rey vs Luke: It Builds Character

Examining the character building By M. Schinke Search your feelings, Opinionnerds…. Right off the bat I want to make it clear I do not have an issue with Rey as a character or any ax to grind with the new movies. Daisy Ridley infuses this character with an immediately identifiable spirit and a complex, conflicted…

In My Humble Opinion – Superman: For Law Or Justice

Is Superman actually a criminal and would he smash a car for no reason By M.Schinke Ready for one more spin around The Planet, Opinionnerds? I swear to Rao, people and their interesting takes on Superman and the movie Man of Steel are like the gifts that keeps on giving for people who like to…

In My Humble Opinion – False Positives: Sexism and Superman

Discussing gendered criticisms of Man of Steel By M.Schinke Ok, time to get real Opinionnerds I’m going to extend my reach beyond the normal scope of my work to talk about something that’s been bothering me. While I was working on the last In My Humble Opinion entry (Superman: Defining Heroism In The Man Of…

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;…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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? 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 Bright and Mute, among…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 – 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 – 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…

In My Humble Opinion – 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…

In My Humble Opinion – 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…

In My Humble Opinion – 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…

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…

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…