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).
Monday, October 27 2014
Although our heroes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Grimm are initially alone, accepting help, and valuing their found families, is a virtue.
Thursday, March 19 2009
The auteur is dead, long live the auteur: Orson Welles and Touch of Evil, 50 years on.
Wednesday, August 13 2008
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
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
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.
Sunday, April 5 2015
Some creators and publishers choose to make time and space infinitely malleable. Others take readers to new times and places while leaving characters in a single timeline.
Friday, March 6 2015
Comics covers may not always reflect what's inside, but it's difficult to see covers as distinct from the books they adorn.
Wednesday, December 17 2014
There is no cloud storage for print, making the decision to recycle a bunch of my print comics qualitatively different from my decision to delete a book or title from my tablet.
Sunday, November 9 2014
GeekGirlCon may not be a "comic-con", but it has helped to bring about positive change in comics culture.
Tuesday, September 30 2014
The normalcy of reading movement into comics art is what makes Warren Ellis' and Jason Howard's new series, Trees, a curiosity.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
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
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
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
Amongst themselves, the main cast of characters are nominal equals, and that contributes to a particular kind of status parsing.
Thursday, March 29 2012
La Jetée and Sans Soleil are the kind of works that prompt repeated viewing and provoke thought and reflection on film, self, and world.