What Was That All About – Mother! (2017)

Director Darren Aaronofsky’s 2017 sense and sensibility assaulting film Mother! is not a difficult movie to understand if you’re willing to do a little digging. The director has been very clear about what the movie is, and this information is not difficult to find. Even without the blatant explanation, the moment someone clues you in to even the slightest degree the pieces of the movie should all fall into line like Sandpeople on Bantha’s. At the risk of serving dessert before the meal, at this point it shouldn’t be a surprise that Mother! is an metaphorical retelling of the Christian bible conveyed in both an amazingly vague and yet painfully direct way. What may not be so easy to immediately grasp is the allegory the film weaves about mankind and it’s relationship with mother Earth, and what a nice house she had before we came along and fucked it all up.

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.

What Was That All About – Arrival (2016)

Am I right about this one? I’d like to think that I’m at least somewhere in the neighborhood. But whether I’m right or not is hardly what’s important. Understanding a film isn’t always as important as experiencing it. When a film is openly trying to manipulate you it can feel cheap and uncomfortable, like someone reaching inside your head and trying to tickle your brain. When a story is told sincerely, when the ebb and flow of emotions come from a genuine place, you an let go without worrying about that you’re being taken advantage of. These can be the best kinds of films, the ones that you can trust in to take you someplace special; someplace pure. Sometimes, the journey really is just as important as the arrival.

What Was That All About – Alien (1979)

A bursting look at the film By M.Schinke In space, no one can hear you analyze, OpinionNerds! Like any great, impacting movie, director Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic Alien has been dissected and picked over since it’s release in 1979. In the decades that have followed, a number of imitators have burst forth attempting to…

What Was That All About – Aliens (1986)

Waking up from the movie By M.Schinke We’re in the pipe, 5X5; OpinionNerds! As we journey along our path as film fans, movie nerds, cinema geeks, frame freaks and shutter sillies; it’s never a bad idea to take a step to the side and look back at where we’ve been. One of the great advantages…

What Was That All About – Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Looking for story and conceit in the film By M.Schinke We all walk alone sometimes, OpinionNerds. A little while back I wrote an article for this series on the 2007, “Final Cut” version of Ridley Scott’s cult classic Blade Runner. Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Rutger Hauer the movie is a neo noir, science fiction…

What Was That All About – Blade Runner: Final Cut (2007)

Exploring the story and conceit By M.Schinke It’s Too Bad She Won’t Live, OpinionNerds. But Then Again Who Does? In 1968, writer Philip K. Dick released the strangely titled Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, a science fiction novel about a bounty hunter named Rick Deckard taking on a contract to retire (kill) a group of Nexus-6…

What Was That All About – TRON: Legacy (2010)

Assessing the films meaning By M.Schinke Get ready to obtain enlightenment, OpinionNerds! The original TRON was what people in the industry would call an ambitious disappointment. Produced by Disney in 1982 on a budget of $17 million dollars, not cheap in those days, the movie made $33 million domestic and earned middling reviews that praised…

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…

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 – Hotel Artemis (2018)

Finding the metaphor in the menagerie By M.Schinke Hold onto your guts, Opinionnerds; this is probably gonna hurt…. Let’s face it; being a criminal is a dangerous way of life. From time to time you are going to take some damage; burns, bullets, knives – it’s a little more than an occupational hazard. When one…

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…

What Was That All About – A Quiet Place (2018)

A look at the story and conceit in the film by M.Schinke Hey, keep it down Opinionnerds! I’m not a really big fan of horror movies. It’s not that I’m timid or easily spooked, though to this day my wife Jessica won’t let me forget how much Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake got…

What Was That All About – Prometheus (2012)

Finding the conceit in the film By M. Schinke It’s time to ask the big questions, Opinionnerds! Prometheuswas a big film. It had big production. It had big ideas and big ambitions. As a would be prequel to the Alien franchise it had big shoes to fill and a big load of expectation riding astride…

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…

What Was That All About – What Happened To Monday (2017)

Finding the conceit in the film By M.Schinke Hello hello, Opionnerds! Finding the conceit in a film can be a rewarding experience on many levels and one of the biggest rewards is finding out that there is no single conceit, and no single way to apply it to the film. When applied effectively the conceit…

What Was That All About – The Crow (1994)

Finding the narrative in The Crow By M.Schinke Don’t be afraid, Opinionnerds. With a new film version on the horizon starring our favorite Aquaman, Jason Mamoa (@PrideofGypsies), I wanted to look back on one of my favorite films. So find your black leather jacket, fire up a clove cigarette and lace up your combat boots….

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…