"The death of the star vehicle meant the death of the original blockbuster or at least a blockbuster where the IP wasn’t the primary selling point. What was unique in 1989, a big-budget adult-skewing comic book superhero movie directed by a wunderkind visionary and filled with “prestigious” adult movie stars, is now virtually the only path to success."
"The genius of the new far right, if we could call it “genius,” has been their steadfast determination to blend into the larger fabric of society to such an extent that perhaps the only way you might see them as a problem is if you actually want to see them at all."
"Stan Lee used myth and history to show the best AND the worst of us. He gave nerdy kids like me in the 70s who bought Marvel back issues from second-hand stores for a quarter, read them over and over voraciously, and realized superheroes for us now are what gods once were for the ancients that we didn't have to stand by in the face of evil, or even in the face of the everyday banalities that make us small, petty and cruel."
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What are we left with when the backbone of modern American music (one of the few true gifts baby boomers will have bequeathed to us) breaks? Teenybopper love songs and mumble rap, that's what. Wither the old gods.
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