Random Acts Of Opinion – The Way Back (2020)

The film is very well made, giving you all the cues you need to get into the proper emotional space. But intellectually I had a lot of issues from the way Jack slides into coaching as if it’s a thing anyone who used to play ball can do, to the non storytelling behind the mysterious character of Doc (who’s obviously important in Jack’s life for reason that go completely uncovered), to the sudden injection of Jack’s issue with his father and past substance abuse which is mentioned once and has no further bearing on the film or character. I felt along with the movie the entire time, but those feelings quickly faded on the way home as I began to look back on the film. The worst part for me personally was the revelation that with so much going on in the story the film doesn’t actually say anything about finding that, “way back” because no one actually struggles with anything. Now I get that the director and star and everyone involved might have decided against loading the film with a lot of darkness, pain and torment but without that suffering, without that struggle, the movie ends up having no real weight, in my opinion. And without that weight, and even for it’s deliberately austere tone,  it just becomes a, “feel good” movie. And I am no fan of, “feel good” films.

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Rhythm Section (2020)

The movie got shit reviews because it didn’t do anything new or spectacular within it’s genre and, I can only guess, because its, “strong female lead” didn’t have a strong female agenda to push. The Stephanie Patrick character isn’t defined by it’s gender, and that’s why it’s so great. The character is defined by it’s experiences like any character should be. The film also does a lot of what people have been complaining for years that these films should do and that’s not to revel in it’s presentation of sex and violence for sport. But that tends to be the problem with people; we bitch and piss about how we’re aren’t getting something but, when we do get it, we chalk it up to a moral win and move on without actually participating in the victory. Much like 2018’s Red Sparrow his is the kind of movie within this genre people are always saying they want to see made. And yet even when they do manage to sneak their way out through the studio door it’s the films like Atomic Blonde (a film I really enjoy) with their still typical approach to violence, sex and all the trappings of fantasy this film lacks, that get all the good press.

I don’t know; you figure it out.

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Gentlemen (2020)

Let’s engage in a little thought problem. What do you do when a movie, by any and all subjective standards you set for yourself, is good. It’s shot extremely well, has a snappy script and a fairly well constructed screenplay. It’s got nice characters, a decent score and good performances from a talented cast. By any measure, minus a few nit-picks, it’s a pretty good movie. But for some reason it just never quite, “get’s there” with you? So what does that mean? And how do you best discuss the movie with others?

When the lion is hungry, he needs to be sure his claws are sharp enough to hold his prey. So as the self proclaimed king of this jungle does The Gentleman dig in, or does it just scratch the surface?

Random Acts of Opinion – Bad Boys For Life

As entertained as I was by the work of directors Adil and Bilal I can’t help but wonder how the film might have fared if they had managed to keep director Joe Carnahan, a seasoned action filmmaker, attached to the project from early on. And with the series planning on moving forward with a fourth entry you have to wonder if Bad Boys will suffer the same fate as the Lethal Weapon franchise, going back to the well one to many times as the leads age and ending an entertaining series on an almost farcical note. If Bad Boys For Life were indeed to be the last entry in this franchise, it would be a worthy exit for stars Smith and Lawrence. But it feels like the film is being used as a way to set up continuing work without their involvement, which seems like a terrible idea in my opinion. This franchise was built and buoyed on the dynamic between the two stars. Moving on without them seems like a sure way to kill the Bad Boys for good.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Underwater (2020)

Underwater is an entertaining film, to a certain point, but it doesn’t even attempt to do anything new or interesting. Director Eubank’s is technically competent as a director but it became clear to me pretty quickly that he had nothing to say with this film; not about it’s subject, and not about it’s characters. Now that would have been fine if the film had enough going for it to make it an affecting experience but, as much as I allowed the jump scares and mood to work on me, nothing in the went far enough to really get under my skin. The filmmakers have chosen to create an experience over telling a story, which is perfectly fine don’t get me wrong. But in my opinion this film doesn’t push hard enough to create a truly engaging experience, and it moves too fast to immerse you in the environment or create an engaging sense of atmosphere or mood. The filmmakers have made a choice about what kind of movie they want to make, but in my evaluation they refused to commit to what it would take to make that movie work. I feel like this is the expression of corporate interests over artistic intent, imposing limits to make films more sellable. The fact that this will be the last movie released under the 20th Century Fox banner, after they were bought out by Disney, seems oddly appropriate.

Random Acts Of Opinion – 1917 (2019)

1917 is more than just a technical marvel of cinematography and planning in an age of CGI enhanced everything. It’s a film about people and the emotions, friendships and loves that drive them through terrible times. It never romanticizes the conflict or attempts to elevate the ideas of heroism and sacrifice above the emotional bonds that drive those at it’s center. It is a film best seen in a theater in the largest format you can to get the full impact of the presentation. However some audience members may find that they don’t connect emotionally as strongly as others, and for some the the experience may be underwhelming for a number of  reasons that have nothing to do with how well the movie is actually produced. If you’re planning on seeing it I would move those plans up to ASAP to catch it while it’s still in circulation. You may only get one shot.

Random Acts Of Opinion – Uncut Gems (2019)

I found this movie to be extremely effective. Everything about it works precisely as it should, and everyone involved should be proud and praised for creating a masterful piece of cinema. It’s also a movie I doubt I’ll ever feel the desire to watch again precisely because of how effective it is. It’s two hours and 15 minutes of watching a guy just dig his own grave, holding out basic human hope that he get somehow gets to crawl out from under the mountain of shit he’s created and knowing that there is just no way that’s ever going to happen. It’s a movie that I am thrilled we made the time to go see, but not one that I think I’m going to want to revisit. One trip though Howard Ratners world is fucking plenty, than you very much. I will never regret seeing the movie, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never see it again.

Random Acts Of Opinion – A Hidden Life (2019)

A Hidden Life is a slow meditation on conviction, love and faith. It’s a story of one person making a choice to put action behind what they believe is right, and for it’s period setting that’s a message that could not be more timely. It make the statement that if everyone made an individual choice to swear an oath to goodness, to love of the world and each other before all, each individuals choice would create massive change. By just having the conviction to say, “No” to something you believe is wrong, to make an oath to yourself to do no harm and to embrace peace- by itself it might not mean much. But enough people making enough pledges and having the strength to stand by them. That oath, that promise:

That could change the world.

Random Acts of Opinion – Honey Boy (2019)

Tragic stories of former child stars are, unfortunately, a dime a dozen. In our own way we are all culpable in a system that has virtually zero accountability as long as they aren’t caught violating the law. But this only covers what happens on the sets and in the studios. The very complicated and dangerous adult world that surrounds these kids isn’t interested in protecting them; that’s supposed to be the job of the parents. But how does that work when so often, more often than any of us want to admit, it’s the parents these kids need to be protected from?

Random Acts of Opinion – Marriage Story (2019)

he film isn’t narratively complex but it is emotionally complex; the twisted, conflicting and sometimes contradictory nature of Nicole’s and Charlies relationship so closely mirroring too many real life dramas. Even watching a relationship come apart with this level of fictional honesty can be uncomfortable. But watching Charlie and Nicole work through the all the pain to make something out of the version of their life together they now have to leave can grant a measure of hope for the rest of us that, as hard as it is, it can be done.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Robin Hood (2018)

Taking aim at the new film By M.Schinke It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me, OpinionNerds! I honestly don’t know what to say about this movie. I mean; I am honestly of some very differing minds about it. Directed by Otto Bathurst from a screenplay by Ben Chandler and…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Other Side Of The Wind (2018)

Looking at the new release By M.Shinke Who knows? Maybe you can stare too hard at something, OpinionNerds? I am not an Orson Welles aficionado. At the risk of having my cinephile card pulled, I’ve never even seen Citizen Kane from start to finish. Before this evening the only Welles films I had ever seen…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Creed II (2018)

Taking a look at the new film By M.Schinke I must break this, OpinionNerds! It’s a rare, great day to walk out of a sequel feeling as if you’ve seen a film that stands shoulder to shoulder with its predecessor. We can all point to The Empire Strikes Back or The Wrath of Khan as…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Widows (2018)

Diving into the film By M.Schinke Don’t leave me alone, OpinionNerds! Widows is a movie that has a bit of an identity crisis. On the one hand there is the dramatic plot of the widows (hence the title) of a recently deceased group of elite thieves pulling off a major job to pay back the…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Looking at the new film By M.Schinke Are you gonna take me home tonight, OpinionNerds? This is not real life. This is just fantasy. As we’ve mentioned in this space before, biopics are weird type of storytelling. It’s not a documentary, but if you’re doing it right it isn’t entirely fictional; unless that’s the goal….

Random Acts Of Opinion – Halloween (2018)

Observations on the new film By M.Schinke Time to get  on the bus, OpinionNerds! I’m 42 years old; born in 1976. When I turned 40, I didn’t get Jamie Lee Curtis to come out and celebrate with me no matter how many letters I wrote. So right there, that’s one thing that director David Gordon Green’s…

Random Acts Of Opinion – First Man (2018)

Impressions of the film By M. Schinke Prepare to leave yourselves behind, OpinionNerds. I love movies. I love working my way through a plot, going back over events and seeing how intricately they were constructed. I love going back to a movie and digging out what I believe the story to be. I also love…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)

A quick look at the new film By M.Schinke Time to decide which side of the line you sleep on, OpinionNerds! Movies where a group of strangers end up at a certain location and find their stories intertwined are nothing new. Just earlier this year we had a vaguely similar premise play out in Drew…

Random Acts Of Opinion – A Star Is Born (2018)

Thoughts on the film By M.Schinke Is it better to burn out than fade away, OpinionNerds? Hollywood cannibalizing itself for material is nothing new. TV shows become movies, movies become TV shows, movies spawn sequel after sequel after sequel before finally getting what we now call a, “reboot” so the cycle can start all over…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Venom (2018)

Talking about the film By M.Schinke Give us some brains, OpinionNerds Venom is a textbook case of an adaptation where the film doesn’t take advantage of any of the drama inherent in the character. The 2018 film film starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams doesn’t feature any of the alien body horror that…

Random Acts Of Opinion – White Boy Rick (2018)

Is reality important in biopics By M.Schinke There is no reality in fiction, OpionionNerds Biopics are an interesting breed of films. These movies are based on real people’s lives, and they tell stories (presumably) using depictions of real events as part of their dramatic arcs. We might see names we recognize, places that do or…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Juliet, Naked (2018)

Undressing the new film By M.Schinke Time for a naked conversation, OpinionNerds Romantic comedies are a strange sack of cats to wrangle. When you can get all the wee beasties under control they can be quite comforting and cute. But when you can’t, they are a howling mess of screeching, clawing animals you just want…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Death Of Superman (2018)

Analyzing the new direct-to-video feature By M.Schinke Once more unto the breach, dear Opinionnerds! In 2007, Warner Brothers animation kicked off a direct to video line of movies featuring their licensed DC properties to a fandom terrified of detoxing after the end of the animated Justice League program – those four color shakes are not…

Random Acts of Opinion – BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Looking at the latest Spike Lee Joint By M.Schinke Can you dig it, Opinionnerds? Our reality is determined on a sliding scale; there is fact, and then there is truth. Movies are part of an additional layer to that reality; things that, “feel true”. One of the primary functions of  movies is to create a…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Blindspotting (2018)

Looking at the film By M.Schinke Check those angles, Opinionnerds! When you mix the right amount of comedy with the proper concentration of drama, you can create a potent cocktail of entertainment able to intoxicate even the most puritan of audiences. Blindspotting writers/ stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, along with director Carlos Lopez Estrada,…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Mission Impossible: Fallout

Taking a look at the film By M.Schinke You know your choices, Opinionnerds! Make no mistake my friends, no matter what I might say from here on out this is a movie I received tremendous enjoyment from. I have been on board with Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible film franchise since the first movie stylishly runned…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Sorry To Bother You (2018)

A Look At The Film By M.Schinke Stick To The Script, Opinionnerds! I had no idea what to expect from Sorry To Bother You. Writer/ director Boots Riley’s debut feature was not on my radar and, if not for his appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah one random evening, I likely never would…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Whitney (2018)

A look at the powerfully affecting documentary By M.Schinke Time to scratch away at the megastars image, Opinionnerds There was a time I wanted to be a famous. I wanted to be a rockstar. I played guitar, (sort of) I sang and wrote like any other guy in his early 20’s who was arrogant enough…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Ant-Man and The Wasp

Giving my thoughts on the film By M.Schinke *This isn’t going to be an analytical piece. Sure, I’m going to talk a bit about character and storytelling a I always do but the bulk of this will be my reaction to the film on a less intellectual level. If you don’t want to read just…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

The sincere heart of the film By M.Schinke If it’s too loud, you’re too old Opinionnerds I’ve never exactly been what you would call an, “indie movie” guy. I love a good documentary, but indie films typically cover subject matter that isn’t really in my wheelhouse, and they do it in a way that has…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

Talking about the film By M.Schinke There are no heroes here, Opinionnerds. I don’t have strong memories of 2015’s Sicario, the first film in a proposed trilogy of stories starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. The first film gave us a focus character in Emily Blunt’s FBI agent swept up into the terrifying world…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Luke Cage: Season 2

The first season of Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage, based on the hero formerly known as Power Man, started off strong and compelling and ended up cliched and dull. The, “mid season” removal of Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth as the main antagonist was a huge blow to the programs forward momentum, causing the series to feel…

Random Acts Of Opinion – The Incredibles II

Admiring the films attributes by M.Schinke Get me my super suit, Opinionnerds! Just like the first film, released in 2004, writer/ director Brad Bird has crafted a well oiled piece of storytelling with The Incredibles II. For those living in a cave for the last 20 years, The Incredibles takes place sometime in a 1960’s…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Attack Of The Prequels: Solo (2018)

Thoughts on the film By M.Schinke I have a bad feeling about this, Opinionnerds… If you have in any way followed the behind the scenes shenanigans of Solo: A Star Wars Story, then you’ll know that the fact they were able to release a film as good as this one is a minor miracle. I’m…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – 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…

Random Acts Of Opinion – Lady Bird and the Cinema of Nothing

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