Portland Film Review

Nathan Modlin

Co-founder, editor, contributing writer


Hey, I’m Nathan! I was born and raised near Portland, OR, and I’m a big fan of the Pacific Northwest’s stunning nature. I’m a junior Comparative Literature major at Reed College, where I primarily focus on 20th-century European film and fiction. I’ve been studying film since late high school, mostly centred around French and German cinema, which has fuelled my interest in writing about foreign film. Although my cinema tastes lie all over the map, a few of my favorite directors are Hitchcock, Tarantino, and Truffaut, and my favorite films include Rear Window (1954), 12 Angry Men (1957), Les 400 Coups (1959), Mulan (1998), and Les Intouchables (2011).

Jane Vaughan

Co-founder, editor, contributing writer


Hi! I’m Jane, and I’m from Portland, ME. I love Portland for its many great restaurants and fresh seafood. I’m a senior at Wellesley College, where I study English and Art History. I want to pursue a career in journalism, so I’m interested in how stories are told and how experiences and emotions are conveyed. I’ve always enjoyed watching movies, but my interest really sparked when I took a class on 1970s American Film in my sophomore year. I loved discussing, analyzing, and writing about the films that we watched. My favorite directors are Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, and Kenneth Lonergan, and some of my favorite films include No Country for Old Men (2007), Taxi Driver (1976), Blue Jasmine (2013), Nightcrawler (2014), Run Lola Run (1998), The Fighter (2010), Boyhood (2014), and Manchester by the Sea (2016).

Devin McGrath-Conwell

Editor, contributing writer

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Hello there! My name is Devin McGrath-Conwell, and while I am not from Portland, I grew up in Saco, Maine, a short drive from the center of the city. My first love was literature, melting into the worlds inexplicably held by ink and paper. Once I found movies, though, that was it. Stories told in frames and scenes taken from some of my favorite books – it is a joy that never grows old. Yet, I could never choose just one, so I am a Film and Media Culture & English and American Literature double major at Middlebury College in Vermont, trying to find the perfect ways to tell stories both with a keyboard and a camera. While it’s always an impossible task, to just name a few, some of my favorites include Casablanca (1942), Les Diaboliques (1955), The Birds (1963), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), A Fish Called Wanda (1988),  L.A. Confidential (1997), The Prestige (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Nice Guys (2016) and Arrival (2016).

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