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.

Features // 5 Articles
Reviews // 32 Articles
Blogs // 3 Articles

Craven, Freddy, and That Dream in Your Head | 8 Sep 2015 // 8:02 PM

Wes Craven let Freddy Krueger into our world. With the director now departed, what remains of his monster in our minds?

Paul Verhoeven's Authenticity Came to Light at Chicago's Logan Arcade | 5 Jul 2015 // 9:04 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 10 Films in 'Attack of the Killer B's' Replicates the Ethos of B-films Rather Well | 11 Nov 2015 // 8:10 PM

In B-films such as these, there’s usually something there to be found, a something resulting from a film’s flaws, rather than its flawlessness.

The Word of the Day Is Legacy, As in Pee-wee Herman's Legacy | 19 Oct 2015 // 8:10 PM

In an era of TV antiheroes, of irony, grittiness, postmodern sensibilities galore, a character like Pee-wee Herman, emphasized in Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special, is cutting edge.


Eight Films That Defied Their Low Budgets | 10 Sep 2015 // 4:27 AM

Money isn't everything, although in film making it counts for a lot. These eight films defy their minuscule budgets.

Eight Films That Didn't Deserve Their Initial Reception | 14 Jul 2015 // 3:56 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.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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