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.
Won't see Shakespeare done better
Two imaginative productions with contrasting takes on human vanity
A cheer for Ashland plays and racial progress
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's outdoor Elizabethan stage features plays this summer and fall that are all are worth seeing.
Practice and perfection in the art of two people loving each other
The documentary offers a tender examination of the last 15 months of a 76-year marriage.
Ashland play ‘Roe’ accords dignity to complex points of view
"Roe" is a beautifully directed play by Bill Rauch and features a wise and stunning cast. It's playing in Ashland through the end of October.
Documentary sparks conversation on how badly things can go wrong
When the criminal justice system makes mistakes, why are we as a culture not more curious about what went wrong?
Artists outside dominant culture find their voices
Based on the experiences of playwright Qui Nyugen's parents, who immigrated to the U.S. as refugees in the mid-1970s, the play moves back and forth in time between Vietnam and their early years in the U.S.
Scoping out the best at Full Frame
A terrific slate of films, all worth seeing
A new season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
For the first time in its history, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company features a majority of actors of color.
Films with rich insight to the human condition
With a bit of Oscar commentary, I offer this list of the 10 best films of 2015
Last week before curtain call
Jump in and see what you can before it's over!