The Pretentious-O-Meter is a new website that aims to gauge how snooty your taste in film really is. Created by web developer Niall Beard, the site collects user-generated movie ratings from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, and compares them with critics’ scores. The greater the difference, the higher a film’s pretentiousness.


“Your fate is in your hands!”

So warned AMC Theatres’ ad copy for the The Ultimate Marvel Marathon, a 27.5-hour screening of all 11 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, capped with a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the newest installment in the franchise. Tickets were $70. Popcorn and soda were unlimited. Sleep was discouraged.

Since I had seen only seven of the 10 Marvel films that have been released since 2008, and being in possession of a fairly comprehensive shelf of superhero comics, The Ultimate Marvel Marathon presented a unique challenge: Could the self-described Nerd King of Nerd Mountain survive nearly 28 hours of shrieking fans, violent robots, deafening explosions and Gwyneth Paltrow? There was only one way to find out.