Asking the tough questions

The Portland Center for Public Humanities is dedicating the entire month of May to bringing awareness to people with disabilities and the roles they play in the community.

Defining ‘femme fatale’

Over the last few months, the Northwest Film Center has screened—and will continue to screen—films for the class/film series “Literature into Film.” The course is exactly what its title sounds like, offering a deeper look into the way directors, producers and screenwriters interpret and transform words on the page for the silver screen.

‘I’m Harvey Milk, and I’m here to recruit you!’

The year 2008, like many election years, was a big one in terms of politics—and political films: Che, Nothing But The Truth, Frost/Nixon, W. and, of course, Milk.
Though not quite as financially successful as other movies released in 2008, Gus Van Sant’s Milk was certainly one of the most decorated: It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and took home two—best actor (Sean Penn) and best original screenplay (by Dustin Lance Black).

Visualizing quality short films

PSU’s 5th Avenue Cinema, located conveniently on campus, is well known for its weekly showings of classic, modern and independent films for all the community to enjoy at extraordinarily low prices. Why part ways with a Jackson to see yet another generic superhero movie shown in nauseating 3-D?

Classics, clowns and comedies

The Northwest Film Center is more than doing its part to expand the community’s knowledge of foreign film, showing Norway’s Thale last week and exhibiting the films of France’s Pierre Etaix this weekend and next.

Nature shows its mysterious side in Thale

Over the last few years, Scandinavia has established itself as a powerhouse when it comes to cinema that blends suspense, horror and creatures of native lore. Most notably, Sweden contributed Let the Right One In, which dabbles in vampires, and Norway Trollhunter, which features under-the-bridge-dwellers.

Documenting Warsaw’s ghetto

It’s been 70 years since the Nazi atrocities of World War II, and to this day the events that took place in the ghettos and concentration camps still horrify history buffs and students alike.

A tale of death, a tale of life

It’s very rare, and quite difficult, for documentarians to make an objective movie about a controversial issue: Even if they start with objective intentions, their stance and opinion often have an unmistakable influence on the content of the film.