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.
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.