Men of Action: Akira Kurosawa’s “Stray Dog” (1949) and Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987)

Men of Action: Akira Kurosawa's Stray Dog (1949), and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987)   Last spring, I was in a fascinating class titled "Gun and Sword: Violence and Masculinity in Japanese and American Films." It was taught by Dr. Carole Cavanaugh, a professor in the Japanese department with a background and interest in film studies. For years … Continue reading Men of Action: Akira Kurosawa’s “Stray Dog” (1949) and Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987)

It’s All Just for Fun: Why There’s No Such Thing as “High” Cinema

It’s All Just for Fun: Why There’s No Such Thing as “High” Cinema.  by Nathan Modlin   In a recent post anticipating Avengers: Endgame (2019), Portland Film Review’s own Devin McGrath-Conwell discussed the role of Marvel films in the larger world of cinema. There, Devin argued that it would be a mistake to simply “swear … Continue reading It’s All Just for Fun: Why There’s No Such Thing as “High” Cinema

Preparing for the Endgame: Thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Preparing for the Endgame: A few Thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe         This Thursday, April 26, 2019, Avengers: Endgame (2019) will premiere and bring with it the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as we know it, marking the final outing for the Avengers in their current makeup. It is … Continue reading Preparing for the Endgame: Thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe