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.
‘Roma’ is my favorite film of 2018
Unless we prioritize the perspective of those who are relegated to the margins, our understanding of reality is bound to be hopelessly flawed and incomplete.
Plays worth seeing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Live theater productions that offer soulful windows into how humans struggle justify a trip to Ashland
The life and career of André Leon Talley
New documentary ‘The Gospel According to André’ a dramatic profile of a fashion icon who reached for his own expressions of style
Reviews from the Seattle International Film Festival
A great opportunity to catch a huge variety of films on the big screen from all over the world
Oregon Shakespeare Festival makes space for authentic, rarely-heard voices
It is no exaggeration to say that three plays currently on offer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are making space for authentic, rarely-heard perspectives, and are changing the landscape of the American theater.
Reviews from the Full Frame Documentary Festival
In order of my own appreciation, the first three films are especially well worth seeking out.
Best films from Full Frame
I saw 16 premiere feature-length documentaries in four days
Fresh take on two classics at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Two plays directed by women of color offer a fresh take on two classics as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens a new season
Game changing social thriller the best of the best
Here's my top best films of 2017
Film festival is a showcase of fresh perspectives
There is still a full week to go in the Portland International Film Festival -- Here's some of what I've seen so far.