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Cinema Excelsior

Smarten Up

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Cinema Excelsior is a chronological exploration of films based on Marvel Comics. From the heady days of Howard the Duck to today's premiere blockbuster franchises, our roundtable dives deep into the history and significance of the House of Ideas's cinematic output.

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Smarten Up is a conversation about the tropes, traditions, and history of professional wrestling. Whether you're a long-time enthusiast or a new fan, our conversation will help you learn more about one of the world's most influential and misunderstood entertainment genres.

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Your Favorite Hosts

Nick Bestor (@Bestorb) is PhD candidate in film at the University of Texas. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Nick Bestor (@Bestorb) is PhD candidate in film at the University of Texas. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Derek Long (@DerekLong08) is a PhD candidate in film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Derek Long (@DerekLong08) is a PhD candidate in film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Daniel Watson-Jones (@movebywillalone) is a seeker of truth. He currently aspires to become a Yoda. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Daniel Watson-Jones (@movebywillalone) is a seeker of truth. He currently aspires to become a Yoda. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Stefan Claypool (@StefanClaypool) is a product Manager and aspiring novelist currently residing in Berkeley, CA. Hosts several shows.

Stefan Claypool (@StefanClaypool) is a product Manager and aspiring novelist currently residing in Berkeley, CA. Hosts several shows.

Patrick Regan (@underwoodfive) is a screenwriter currently based out of Los Angeles. He was also a featured extra in Jonah Hex. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Patrick Regan (@underwoodfive) is a screenwriter currently based out of Los Angeles. He was also a featured extra in Jonah Hex. Hosts Cinema Excelsior.

Drew Zolides (@dzolides) is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Xavier University. Co-hosts Smarten Up

Drew Zolides (@dzolides) is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Xavier University. Co-hosts Smarten Up

Lillian DeRitter (@lillianlemoning) is a writer, director, geek, gamer, comics and Shakespeare hipster, and, every now and then, a girl. Occasional host on Cinema Excelsior.

Lillian DeRitter (@lillianlemoning) is a writer, director, geek, gamer, comics and Shakespeare hipster, and, every now and then, a girl. Occasional host on Cinema Excelsior.

Nick Smith (@WhoIsNickSmith) is a stand-up comic currently based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a man of at least three hats. Hosts Investors Needed.

Nick Smith (@WhoIsNickSmith) is a stand-up comic currently based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a man of at least three hats. Hosts Investors Needed.