James Orbesen
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James Orbesen is the author of a forthcoming book on the comics of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, as well as a professor living in Chicago. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, Jacobin, Booklist, The New Humanism, Guernica, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

Features // 5 Articles
Reviews // 35 Articles
Blogs // 3 Articles
//Features

Craven, Freddy, and That Dream in Your Head | 8 Sep 2015 // 9:02 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 // 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.

//Reviews

Is It Always Better to Think Things Through Twice? | 3 Feb 2016 // 9:05 PM

Columnist Stanley Fish's collection of works has readers reconsidering how they form their opinions.

The Creep of Neoliberalism's Effects Are Explored in 'Disaster Capitalism' | 16 Dec 2015 // 9:05 PM

A cool, hard look at the global structures that profit from those of us who are most vulnerable.

//Blogs

Eight Films That Defied Their Low Budgets | 10 Sep 2015 // 5:27 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 // 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.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

// Moving Pixels

"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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