James Orbesen
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James Orbesen is the author of the forthcoming book Gud Dog: Examining Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's We3, as well as a professor living in Chicago. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, Jacobin, Booklist, The New Humanism, Bookslut, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

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Reviews // 28 Articles
Blogs // 2 Articles

Paul Verhoeven's Authenticity Came to Light at Chicago's Logan Arcade | 5 Jul 2015 // 10:04 PM

Some works by Paul Verhoeven, a director known for satire, were shown in an ironic setting this summer. The result was an earnestness soaked in blood.

The Three Creators: PopMatters at the "Chicago Women in Comics" Panel | 5 Oct 2010 // 5:00 PM

This past week Columbia College hosted the Chicago Women in Comics but rather than unearth a discourse of marginalization, the event showcased a deep wellspring of talent and widescale commercial success.


Queen Said It Best: We Are the Champions | 27 Jul 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Invaders considers the tenuous position of the planet's top dogs.

Glenn Greenwald's Latest Has Us Wondering Who Watches the Watchers? | 13 Jul 2015 // 2:00 AM

'No Place to Hide' is a portrait of courage, determination, and the lengths people go to stand by their principles.


Eight Films That Didn't Deserve Their Initial Reception | 14 Jul 2015 // 4:56 AM

There are films that slipped through the cracks, not finding their stride upon release. Either these films baffled critics, were ignored by audiences, or became subjected to the whims of a cruel market.

10 Classic "So-Bad-They're-Good" Films | 17 Jun 2015 // 4:12 AM

Success sticks out in memory, but so too do failures -- especially the bad ones. Here are ten films that fall so flat on their face that you can't help but hit rewind.

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Call for Papers: Do You Believe in Life After Auto-Tune?

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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