Marvelous! Or, The Death of Cinema

Marvelous! Or, The Death of Cinema

A critical and comedic reexamination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it‘s competitors and clones, the rise of ultra-corporate and algorithmically generated entertainment, and the symptoms of a culture in decline. A dirge for the death of film. ”A savage journey into the heart of the American Dream.” Hosted by Tyrell ”Stu” James (@Discourse_Stu) and Nicole Veneto (@Kuntsuragi). Production by Miguel Tahni. Cover art by Zoe Woolley (@probablyademon). Banner by @HeartWorme. Discord: https://discord.gg/7vRmbRJDgs Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/marvelousdeath

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August 9, 2022 7 min

Modern dance. The RAF and Baader-Meinhoff. Chest vaginas. Human origami. Abject mothers. Metal rib hooks. Thom Yorke. Mennonites. Eating chicken wings. It's Suspiria (2018), a certified Nicole-core movie (one of her favorites actually) that arguably surprasses the legendary original and paves its own fucked-up way in the process. Is that controversial to say? Do you disagree and want to yell at us? Well you're going to have...

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Double, double, toil and trouble, it's the first of our long teased two-parter Suspiria (1977) vs. Suspiria (2018) episode! On this edition of Watch Something Else, Nicole and Stu discuss Dario Argento's original Technicolor nightmare in all its bloody glory. With the color palette of a demonically possessed Disney movie and the gnarliest score ever recorded for a motion picture, 1977's Suspiria is a cinematic assault o...
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July 20, 2022 107 min

This fortnight on Marvelous!, Nicole and Stu follow up Avengers 2: Joss Whedon Embarrassing Psychic Projection and finish out Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a smaller-scale movie where Paul Rudd plays a bug guy who steals. Like Iron Man 3, it's okay for inflight entertainment, but it's also the Marvel movie that shows just how controlling Feige and Friends are over the studio's productions. Hey, at leas...

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In his follow up to the most reaction GIFed movie ever made, feminist filmmaker Joss Whedon buckles under his own ego and the studio mandated checklist Kevin Feige and co. needed him to fulfill in order to set up Phase 3 movies. This episode of Marvelous!, Nicole and Stu dissect Avengers: Age of Ultron, the divisive sequel to The Avengers where another Olsen twin and not Evan Peters team up with the gang to stop an unsexy robot pla...

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After the success of Avengers, the MCU was burgeoning into a colossus, and Disney found itself in desperate need of Intellectual Property to enlist in it's conquest of popular culture. They take a risk: A cult director with a pedigree in sicko schlock, a far fletched cosmic setting, and a d-list cast of offbeat throwoffs including a talking raccoon and a tree. What did they get? A smash hit and a money printing machine. What di...

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It's conspiracies and queerbaiting as we get to possibly the most disappointingly overrated and bafflingly well remembered of these movies so far. We discuss a conspiracy thriller without a thrilling conspiracy, the problems with green-screen action and quick-cut editing, how the film inverts the relationship between the US Gov't and post-war Nazis, the continuing hollowness of hollywood 'war on terror' feaux-critiq...

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May 25, 2022 109 min

Thor is back for another aimless, dull adventure in Thor 2: The Dark World. Why do they keep shoving Thor's sidekicks on screen with nothing to do? Why do all these movies have pale black-cad bad guys in big pointy black ships? How come Natalie Portman stops being a character twenty minutes into the movie? Did studio interference actually make this movie slightly less terrible? Is genocide only bad if you're not good enough...

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Nicole and Stu talk Iron Man 3, the most adequate MCU movie yet! It has the most OK action! The least bad politics! A less underused villain cast! It's everything you could ever possibly want in a movie you see on an airplane! Tune in for a in-depth analysis and scathing critique of a movie we both thought was "perfectly fine." Production by Miguel Tanhi. Art by Zoe Woolley. Follow us at @MarvelousDeath for updates...

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It's time to take another break from charting the decline of the hollywood blockbuster to take a look at two more movies we love that you should watch instead!* In this episode Nicole and Stu discuss two movies about the monstrousness of the American Bourgeoisie, Bryan Yuzna's 'Society' and  Michael Lehmann's 'Heathers' both from 1989 the beginning of the end of history. We're talking imaginative wei...

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April 13, 2022 116 min

Nicole and Stu discuss Man of Steel, the superman reboot hastily retrofitted into the genesis of WB and DC's 'Not-MCU' franchise. We talk about the exploitative and ill-conceived use of 9/11 imagery, the bizarre strain of gruesome horror running through the film, the failure of writers Nolan and Goyer to fit The Last Son of Krypton into their 'gritty realistic' Dark Knight formula, the enigma of dumb-smart/smart...

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At last it comes to this. The terrible beast that tore a path of destruction across the cultural landscape and remade the rubble in it's own image, the ground zero for an era of industrially produced perfectly smooth franchise IP gangbangs. A decade after it's release, what do Stu and Nicole make of Marvel's The Avengers Assemble (not to be confused with 1998's The Avengers)?1 What can we say about writer/director J...

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Nicole is simps over Chris Evans and his big feet, Stu is leads the crusade against body fascism, and a man dressed like a flag punches Hitler - It's Captain America: The First Avenger. Join us as we trace the MCU's retconned origins back to WW2 and we discuss the origin point of American Hegemony, the mythology of liberal imperialism, the genre's immanent inability to confront it's own moral contradictions, sperg o...

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March 2, 2022 102 min

Half of this movie is sexy ET without sex, half of this movie is Shakespeare in Space but without any drama. Nicole wants to know how this movie didn't kill the MCU in the crib. Stu wants to know why Kat Dennings is shilling crypto. The movie is bad. The podcast is good. It's the "Marvelous!" Thor episode.

 

Production by Miguel Tanhi. Art by Zoe Woolley. Follow us at @MarvelousDeath for updates! If you enjoy th...

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This is the inaugural episode of "Watch Something Else", in which we discuss movies that actually kick ass and recommend that you watch them.

 

This week (Bi-week? Fortnight?) Nicole and Stu take a partial look at the career of Paul Verhoeven, noted Dutch Christ scholar and sometimes filmmaker. We examine the theological themes, the Christian analogies, and the explicit sex and ultra-violence of such films as Flesh + Bl...

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Nicole and Stu take a look at Iron Man 2, three action scenes in a trenchcoat pretending to be a movie. It's boring. It's meandering. It has a lot of plot threads that don't go anywhere. It's dumb as rocks and retreats from and muddles further whatever meager social commentary even the first film could muster. It's bad! So instead of watching this turd listen to our conversation about it, which is slightly short...

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January 19, 2022 104 min

For our first excursion outside the realm of the MCU Nicole and Stu take a look at another 2008 movie. One that was even bigger than Iron Man, even more a reaction to the Bush era, and equally formative on the following decade's  blockbusters, in particular defining the style and tone of Warner Bros attempts to build a competing cinematic universe. Is it a neocon tract? Fascist apologia? Or is there more going under the hood wi...

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He's big, he's green, and he's... remarkably boring. Also he can't have sex with Liv Tyler. In the pod's own troubled* sophomore outing, Nicole and Stu talk about 2008's almost forgotten The Incredible Hulk. We go over the film's production woes, the conflict between the studio, the director, and miscast star Edward Norton, its failures as a movie, and how the media franchise that now rules culture with ...

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December 22, 2021 102 min

Nicole and Stu start at the beginning with 2008's Iron Man. There was no plan. There wasn't even a script. An indie director on the come-up took a long-shot casting a burnt out has-been who's charisma and pathos single-handedly turned a mid-tier action film into a monster hit that would spawn a monstrous cultural behemoth. We take a look at the troubled production, Downey Jr's charisma, and the film's confused p...

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