The timeless tastelessness of Female Trouble

“Who wants to die for art?” Dawn Davenport (Divine) screams before shooting a willful volunteer to death in a packed nightclub theater. She’s just...

Nice girls don’t wear cha-cha heels

If you’re familiar with John Waters’ movies, you’re either a huge fan or are generally baffled by his continued popularity in the underground film...

Feminist cinema debuts at 5th Ave.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, 5th Avenue Cinema is showing two shorter pieces: Left On Pearl and Genesis 3:16....

Find it at 5th Ave.: ‘Precious’

Lee Daniels’ 2009 drama Precious remains a source of controversy in the film community. Positive and negative criticisms of the film tend to form...

‘Boyz N The Hood,’ a classic in New Black Realism

Boyz N The Hood is a 1991 film infused within the American cinema lexicon and has become a film nearly everyone knows of, even...

‘Chameleon Street,’ Fascinating, forgotten and (mostly) factual

Chameleon Street, the only film by writer-director Wendell B. Harris Jr. is, in some ways, a classic American narrative. A young man (Harris) is...

‘La Noire de’ is a short and bitter upheaval of European...

Sometimes you don’t need your film to be two hours long to make an impact. La Noire de is a 50-minute condemnation of mid-century...

‘I Am Cuba,’ a Soviet technical marvel

However you feel about the politics of a pro-Castro drama funded by the Soviets screening on Portland State campus, you owe it to yourself...

“I Wake Up Screaming” Goes Deep in Noir

Director Bruce Humberstone’s thriller I Wake up Screaming (1941) features a mix of flashback-heavy noir and comedy as it tells the story of a...

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Immigration reshapes what it means to be American

In its more than 240 years of existence, the United States has seen near-constant evolution of the average American. According to U.S. Census data,...

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‘I really do care, don’t you?’

America has a long-standing history of oppression, violence and injustice, but in all of the chaos, there are nonprofits, organizations and people willing to...