Don’t Look Back – Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice (2016)

A special message By M.Schinke Let’s get real, OpinionNerds! So since this CoVid-19 bullshit put the Batman v Superman Comes Home charity event here in Detroit on ice we here are the GO!-Quarters are going to play following the bouncing Kryptonite along with all the other good little geeks and weirdos by participating in the…

The Grey Area – Man of Steel: Chances Of Survival

I have a feeling some of the misconception about survivors trapped in rubble stems from one shot of people climbing down into ground zero where a woman looks like she’s helping someone up out from under some debris. While the film clearly shows that these are people climbing down into the crater, as I’ve attempted to illustrate it also clearly shows that the chances of having survived within the area of impact are absolutely zero. Like we’ve discussed here before with General Amajagh in Batman v Sueperman, this criticism is a matter of people injecting information into the storytelling instead of simply following what they’e being given. And like that and so many other cases, the information they’re injecting is bad information, which leads to bad analysis and bad conclusions because people assume they know things they clearly do not. However, I suspect that the people who fervently stand behind this terrible criticism are not ones who will be swayed no matter how detailed an analysis might be. Like the song says; haters gonna hate.

The Grey Area – Batman v Superman: A Motivated Patsy

I have noted that much of the difficulty that people have in regards to assessing this movie is an unwllingness or inability to let go of certain expectations and presumptions so that they may view the material strictly as it is presented. This is true for the great majority of critics, but it is also true for many fans, especially when it comes to the character of Lex Luthor. How you analyze Wallace Keefe’s role in the film depends chiefly on how you analyze Lex’s. It’s easy to look at the character of Lex and interpret the storytelling in a way that supports the idea of the genius master criminal with the intricate two-year plan because ridiculously complicated schemes are what we expect from the character of Lex Luthor. A super-villains gotta super-villain, right? So we allow for certain assumptions to be made, regardless of how reasonable they may or may not be, because we understand Lex as a character that is as intellectually capable as Superman is physically. But that expectation flies in the face of the fact that every other aspect of the films storytelling is firmly rooted in some logical process. Just making sure to leave enough information on screen to allow for an analysis like this to even occur takes a hell of a lot of work, and my appreciation for it grows exponentially every time a challenge is met.

What Was That All About – Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel might not be the Superman movie some people wanted; no one can argue that. However to not only ignore but grossly misrepresent the storytelling and characterization because it didn’t fit into the heart shaped box one has built for the character is just pure anti-intellectualism. Perhaps the path through the film cannot be followed at a leisurely pace, but it most certainly does not leave you wanting for connective tissue and storytelling that takes you through the characters experience every step of the way. Though more difficult for people to grasp, a flat character arc is not unique for this kind of film. After all; for Clark to have a transformative arc he’d have to start out as someone very different from the heroic Superman we expect, and I can tell you for a fact that is something that simply would not fly with the very same people that criticize this character as it is. And as for what the movie is about? What one takes away from a film emotionally is never wrong as we all have our individual experiences and reactions. And no one is required to engage in the same level of analysis that I choose to. But if you take nothing else of value from this piece, I hope that it encourages you to develop and engage in some manner of process building of your own. Put together your toolkit and learn how to work it. And don’t do it because I said so or you feel like you have to.

Do it because you choose to.

The Grey Area – A Certain Brand of Justice

A line of storytelling can be traced that runs through almost the entire first half of the movie, making the brandings something more useful than just Batman doing, “a really bad thing”; storytelling wise. There is an entire substructure of storytelling that operates beneath the main events of the plot, adding rhyme and reason to events that would otherwise appear random. An interesting thing to note is that even with the foundation this storytelling provides, because it’s never directly confronted by any entity within the story, understanding how it works becomes more or less irrelevant. The answers are there to find if you want to ask the questions, but you don’t have to have those answers for the movie to function. You don’t need to know why these things happen, you just need to know that they do. Could director Snyder have made all of this more obvious? Of course he could.

But being obvious isn’t interesting.

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…

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.

The Grey Area – Man of Steel: More Adventures In Just Catching The Plot

Storytelling is a really weird, fickle thing that doesn’t always work the way we, the audience, believe it should. Sometimes you can’t see the strings being plucked but you still feel the vibrations moving things along. Other times it’s like a cat sitting on your chest, staring you right in the face and demanding your attention. The artistry is in the choices made; what to obfuscate and what to reveal, when to reveal it and then, finally, how. And these choices are all wrapped up in your intent; your overall approach to how you want the audience to take in the storytelling as you present it to them. These are just a couple of examples of how you can render storytelling in ways that aren’t strictly expository. Breaking down and understanding these ways of approaching storytelling here will help you build out your toolbox, and that can open up all sorts of new avenues for understanding and appreciating the art of film storytelling.

The Grey Area – Batman V Superman: Generally Speaking, He Might Not Be Dead.

This issue is about more than just a particular scene in a Superman movie. There are a lot of films that bank storytelling on items of religion, science, engineering, philosophy, theology, etc., that are probably not within the scope of knowledge for the average movie goer. I don’t know if this is a uniquely American problem, but we have a tendency to see the intelligence of others as a threat; a perceived slight towards our own cognitive limitations that we simply cannot tolerate. My people here in the U.S.A. seem to take particular joy in poking holes in the work of seemingly intelligent filmmakers, especially when they refuse to play down to lowest common denominator. We’ll take any opportunity to blow up details in their films and smear the resulting intellectual goo all over the internet like we’re finger painting the phrase, “YOU’RE NOT BETTER THAN ME!” in our own feces.

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…

It’s All An Act – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spinning a web on the film By M.Schinke Just don’t call me late to dinner, OpinionNerds. Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a unique distinction; it’s regarded as containing both some of the best, and worst, storytelling in any Spider-Man film. The fifth film in 15 years for the wall-crawling menace, the…

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 – 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…

The Grey Area – Captain America: A Journey Of Character

Examining Cap’s arc in the MCU By M.Schinke I can do this all day, OpinionNerds My contemporaries over at ComicBookDebate.Com recently posted an article that takes a look into the arc of the Captain America character as it appears across the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The article makes the point that as a…

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…

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 – 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 – 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…

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 – 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Grey Area – Can Good Acting Make A Pointless Scene Worthwhile?

Examining a scene from Captain America: Civil War by M.Schinke Action, OpinionNerds! 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’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…

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…