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Owen Mason-Hill

Owen Mason-Hill, Senior Arts & Culture Editor

Owen Mason-Hill ’22 is an Arts & Culture Editor.

He previously served as a staff columnist, writing film reviews under the Reel Critic column.

Mason-Hill is studying for a Film and Media Culture major, focusing his studies on film criticism and videographic essays.

His coverage at The Campus focuses primarily on film criticism, and is currently expanding to encompass criticism of other mediums including podcasts, television, and music.

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Direct Your Attention: Twitch’s resilient surge

December 3, 2020
While many industries have been crippled by the pandemic, none has surged quite as much as online entertainment.
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Direct Your Attention: Dave Chappelle isn’t joking anymore

November 19, 2020

It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of comedian Dave Chappelle’s imprint on our zeitgeist. Even calling him a comedian feels like the wrong title; perhaps activist or social commentator is...

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Direct Your Attention: Ludovico Einaudi’s most intimate concert

November 12, 2020
One day when I was scrolling through Apple Music and happened upon an album with a beautifully simplistic design that demanded my attention.
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Direct Your Attention: At the October Apple Event, come for the tech, stay for the cinematic spectacle

October 22, 2020
Every few months, when Apple hosts one of their world-renowned events, I find myself eagerly counting down the seconds until the start. 
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Direct Your Attention: Music’s biggest stage is actually quite small

October 15, 2020
There’s a moment in each NPR Tiny Desk Concert when the hairs on the back of my neck stand up in applause because something truly remarkable has just happened.
Direct Your Attention: The Social Dilemma

Direct Your Attention: The Social Dilemma

October 1, 2020

This issue of Direct Your Attention is of a different sort; you won’t hear me shouting compliments toward a film or project. Instead, what you will get is a presentation of a project whose mission...

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Direct Your Attention: Casey Neistat’s Reinvention

September 24, 2020
Before a week ago, Casey Neistat had uploaded 11 videos in the past eight months. In the last 10 days, he has uploaded 10 times.
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Direct Your Attention: An insider’s look at America’s outsiders

September 17, 2020
Upon first glance, Andrew Callaghan is like any other news anchor: he wears a suit, holds a mic and stands in front of an ever-present cameraman.
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Direct Your Attention: Malcolm Gladwell’s perfect hi(story)

September 10, 2020
I can think of no better subject for the inaugural issue of Direct Your Attention than Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” podcast.
View from the front row: Arts editor Owen Mason-Hill reports from his spot overlooking the television, at press time streaming “You” on Netflix.

Quarantine streaming recommendations

April 16, 2020
Check out these six titles on Netflix and Hulu if you want to make the most of streaming time during quarantine.
Reel Critic: 'Bojack Horseman'

Reel Critic: ‘Bojack Horseman’

February 27, 2020
Even in its last season, "Bojack Horseman" brings artistic animation, self-awareness and surprise to the screen.
Reel Critic: '1917'

Reel Critic: ‘1917’

February 13, 2020
Winning the Oscar for Best Cinematography, "1917" is a new take on the genre of war film, intensely personal.
Reel Critic: 'Uncut Gems'

Reel Critic: ‘Uncut Gems’

January 23, 2020
This film packs a heavy and intense combination of emotion, tension and questions of inner worth and beauty.
Reel Critic: 'The Lighthouse'

Reel Critic: ‘The Lighthouse’

November 21, 2019
This black-and-white, technically rich film portrays the psychological tensions as Wake and Winslow, keepers of a lighthouse off the coast of New England, navigate their power dynamics and solitude.
Reel Critic: 'Bojack Horseman' Season VI

Reel Critic: ‘Bojack Horseman’ Season VI

November 7, 2019
The first part of the show's final season follows Bojack's path towards sobriety, dealing as ever with heavy subjects of alcoholism and trauma through the unlikely medium of animation.
Reel Critic: 'Shutter Island'

Reel Critic: ‘Shutter Island’

October 31, 2019
Ever-tense "Shutter Island" creates a sense of entrapment and solitude perfect for Halloween viewing.
Reel Critic: 'Big Mouth' Season 3

Reel Critic: ‘Big Mouth’ Season 3

October 17, 2019
In its third season, "Big Mouth" explores many complexities of sexuality and identity in adolescence.
Reel Critic: 'American Factory'

Reel Critic: ‘American Factory’

October 3, 2019
A new documentary on Netflix, "American Factory" demonstrates the effects of growing technology and new Chinese management on factory workers in Ohio.
Reel Critic: 'Ad Astra'

Reel Critic: ‘Ad Astra’

September 26, 2019
In a futuristic, intergalactic setting, "Ad Astra" explores the limits of our solar system as well as the complexity of human consciousness.
Reel Critic: 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

Reel Critic: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

September 19, 2019
"The Peanut Butter Falcon" is a film about self-discovery and self-definition through companionship.
Bo Burnham's directorial debut was chosen by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of 2018's Top 10 Films.

Reel Critic: Eighth Grade

February 14, 2019
Bo Burnham's directorial debut was chosen by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of 2018's Top 10 Films.
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Reel Critic: ‘Baskets’ Season 3

December 6, 2018
Season 3 of "Baskets" brings surprising depth and complexity, searching past the facade of clown makeup and rodeo shenanigans to provide a vulnerable commentary on the dynamics of a family.

Reel Critic: ‘First Man’

October 25, 2018
“First Man” follows astronaut Neil Armstrong through his hard-fought and embattled journey to be the first person to step foot on the moon.

Remembering Your Loved Ones

October 11, 2018

This weekend, the  Middlebury campus was graced by the iconic combination of Fred Rogers and François Clemmons, a duo that educated an entire generation of children. The Hirschfield International Film...

Reel Critic: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season Five

Reel Critic: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season Five

September 27, 2018
A look into Bojack Horseman's fifth season, a show famous for it's witty means of exploring the entertainment industry in a brilliant way.
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