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Shaun Huston
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Shaun Huston is an associate professor in Geography and Film Studies at Western Oregon University, where he primarily teaches courses in political and cultural geography. He also makes films, including Comic Book City, Portland, Oregon, USA (2012), a documentary on the community of comics creators in Portland, Oregon (view details on IMDB).


Features

Thursday, March 19 2009

An Auteur's Touch of Evil

The auteur is dead, long live the auteur: Orson Welles and Touch of Evil, 50 years on.


Wednesday, August 13 2008

Life Into Art: Strange Culture and the Measure of Documentary Film

Strange Culture is a critical entry point into the current discussion of what makes a documentary a documentary, most notably because it announces its own subjectivity in a clear and provocative way.


Tuesday, August 5 2008

Mad Men, Sad Men

The increasing prevalence and sophistication of advertising, the popularization of psychotherapy, and an emerging political consciousness in the American middle class all come to the fore in this excellent television series.


Monday, February 26 2007

Barbarians at the Gate

In addition to enabling collaboration and sharing, recently developed social open sourcing technologies -- sometimes called Web 2.0 or the read-write web -- make it possible to cultivate communities of interest around a particular film and even short-circuit normal promotional efforts and theatrical distribution.


Thursday, December 7 2006

Bringing Short Films to a Mailbox Near You: An Interview with Karl Mechem

Does the short film have a reputable future beyond stupid human tricks on YouTube?


Columns

Tuesday, February 25 2014

Digital Comics and the Return of Disposability

A lot of comics may be seen as cheap, but so what? That also makes them fun.


Sunday, January 5 2014

Walking Through the Space of Childhood: Geneviève Castrée's 'Susceptible'

Comics is an ideal medium for showing memory, time and mind, as having "physical dimensions".


Sunday, December 1 2013

Marvel Studios' Major TV Launch Will Benefit from Staying Close to Its Comics Roots

While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may stem directly from The Avengers film franchise, like those movies, the show also has comics in its DNA.


Sunday, November 10 2013

Geek Girl Con 2013 Synthesized Pop Culture, Science, Technology, and Critical Inquiry

I can't think of another gathering of academics, practitioners, and fans that places comics alongside not just other pop media, but also science, math, and technology.


Sunday, September 29 2013

Do You Have What It Takes to Commit to Serials?

Once one has committed to a narrative, it can be hard to let go, even if creative teams have changed, or ideas are running out.


Creator: Various [9.Mar.10]
Comic Re-Imagining [17.Sep.09]

Reviews

Wednesday, June 26 2013

Effortlessly Cool and Youthful: 'Band of Outsiders'

While Band of Outsiders is less frequently canonized than certain of Godard's other works, it can still rightfully be read as a touchstone in the development of film form and cinema history.


Sunday, January 6 2013

Surveying the Design of Everyday Objects in 'Objectified'

Gary Hustwit's films are linked by a concern with the role of design in what people do everyday, largely as part of the little-thought-about background to daily life, particularly in cities and in the postindustrial consumer societies of North America, Europe, and East Asia.


Thursday, December 6 2012

On Not Spoiling a 16-Year-Old Masterwork: 'Hard Core Logo: All Access Edition'

Logo contains a surprise, a moment of shock, that strikes me, both as an individual critic and as someone who teaches the film, as important to any initial viewing.


Thursday, September 6 2012

An Affectionate Look at the Privilege of the White and the Middle Class: 'The Last Days of Disco'

Amongst themselves, the main cast of characters are nominal equals, and that contributes to a particular kind of status parsing.


Thursday, March 29 2012

Revisiting and Rethinking Two Classic Essay Films: 'La Jetée' and 'Sans Soleil'

La Jetée and Sans Soleil are the kind of works that prompt repeated viewing and provoke thought and reflection on film, self, and world.


Examined Life [25.Feb.10]
Private Century [27.Oct.09]
Audience of One [31.Aug.09]
Dakota Skye [24.Aug.09]
Prometheus' Garden [26.Oct.08]
Bomb It [30.Jul.08]
Gattaca [18.Mar.08]
Drunken Angel [9.Jan.08]
Libby, Montana [2.Jan.08]
You Kill Me [18.Oct.07]
3:10 to Yuma [27.Aug.07]
Diggers (2007) [29.Jul.07]
Half Nelson (2006) [11.Feb.07]

Blogs

Monday, December 7 2009

AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa

AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa, The Criterion Collection [$399.00]


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