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…

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…

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…

What Was That All About – Iron Man (2008)

Ironing out the conceit in the film By M.Schinke Has He Lost His Mind, Opinionnerds? 2008 seems like a lifetime ago. Two lifetimes, if we’re being honest. If you were a fan of movies based on comic book characters this was the year your skull split open like a multicolored egg and a thousand joyous…

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…

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…

What Was That All About – The Avengers (2012)

Looking for the narrative conceit By M.Schinke I’ve been looking at things all wrong, Opinionnerds… So I’ve had a moment of clarity recently….. They do not occur often, so I tend to cherish them. I was looking through my drafts folder at articles I had lined up and I decided that I wanted to start…

What Was That All About – Batman (1989)

Looking for the narrative conceit By M.Schinke I’m of a mind to make some mookie, Opinionnerds. It has been a number of years since the last time I watched Tim Burton’s Batman and, surprisingly, the movie holds up very well as a piece of entertainment. Standard information; the movie stars Nicholson as Jack Napier, AKA…

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;…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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 – 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…

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…

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 – 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…

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…

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…