Darleen Ortega has been a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color to serve in that capacity. She sees two to three films a week and has been writing about movies for well over a decade, including blogging two film festivals and publishing a list of the year's best films. You can find her movie blog at www.opinionatedjudge.blogspot.com.
Rock musical brings outsider voices to art and relationships
Our 'Opinionated Judge' reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's premier production of "Family Album," a rock musical that tackles the struggles for authentic expression in art and relationships.
Play about broken relationships and other works highlight Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Our 'Opinionated Judge' takes on the Oregon Shakespeare festival play 'Water By the Spoon' examining the sometimes messy and beautiful connections that make family relationships.
Film ‘Ida’ keeps its focus on a family’s history
Our 'Opinonated Judge' reviews the film 'Ida'
Mindful curiosity to an odd and ordinary life
Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega critiques the film "Finding Vivian Maier''--that probes mysteries about the human experience with a vigorous curiosity that may be deemed obsessive.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival revives play by African American playwright
Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of the late Lorraine Hansberry play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window".
‘In Bloom’ has teenage friends dealing with the world on their own terms
Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews "In Bloom", a film that sees teenage friends dealing with the world on their own terms.
Some wonderful films get the attention they deserve
Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reflects on her 10 favorite films of 2013 in preparation for this years upcoming Oscars
It’s the final stretch for Portland International Film Festival
Our 'Opinionated Judge' reviews films from the final stretch of this year's Portland International Film Festival.
Screenings get past weather warnings
The Portland International Film Festival trudges on through all kinds of weather -- and I found a decent turnout at the screenings I attended
Diverse lineup promises another great run
It's time for one of Portland’s highlights of the year: The Portland International Film Festival. For the last 37 years, the Northwest Film Center has been hosting PIFF and its diverse array of films to screen over two glorious weeks in February. It's such a brilliant opportunity to see films from all over the world, most of which you won't ever see in wide release and many of which may be hard to find after the festival runs its course.