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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, August 26 2014

Who Wants to Read Comics on a Computer?

However modest in scope, comiXology's new downloads signals the beginning of the end for strict DRM in digital comics -- and it will change how we view comics.


Sunday, July 27 2014

'Shutter', 'Saga' and 'The Private Eye' Showcase the Best of What Comics Can Do

The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in.


Sunday, July 6 2014

With 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' the MCU Decisively Breaks with Comics

Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.


Monday, May 5 2014

The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.


Thursday, April 17 2014

What Do We Do When Our Online Comics Collections Explode?

Complications or confusion aside, the hacking of comiXology demonstrates a disconcerting vulnerability in digital comics.


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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