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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Machine Gun Preacher - Movie Review

First I would like to say thank you to the Seattle International Film Festival for presenting a special preview screening of this film and for bringing in Sam Childers and screenwriter Jason Keller for a post movie Q&A.

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers as he goes from heroin addicted drug dealer and all around trouble maker to becoming a major force in protecting children and families from violence bordering on genocide in the heart of war ravaged Sudan. When I very first heard the name of this movie, my instant reaction without knowing any story details was that this would fall in to the same category as Hobo With a Shotgun and Machete which were very stylized Grindhouse movies that play for cheap thrills and indulgence. This movie turned out to be about as different as could possibly be and surprised me in several different ways.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Lion King 3D - Movie Review

3D Technology has certainly been the story of the year so far in the world of cinema. The release of James Cameron's Avatar set off a virtual wildebeast stampede as movie studios set out to turn as many feature films in to 3D blockbusters as quickly as possible. The result of this obvious cash grab was met with mixed results as films like Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender were so poorly converted to 3D that it actually made the image quality worse.

It was soon discovered that the preferred methods of making a 3D movie were to either film it with 3D cameras like the visually breathtaking and box office record smashing Avatar or spend as much time as possible and make every effort to make sure the conversion process is done right. Disney was at the forefront of this "quality over quantity" idea and they also had an edge with animated features being ideal candidates to present in this emerging format.

Movies like Toy Story 3 and Tangled were huge successes with the latter being a major surprise hit and only partly due to the 3D format. The studio remembered that story is more important than anything else when it comes to making a movie people will truly enjoy and want to see again and again. They were in fact the same folks that brought us The Lion King in the first place and the only question now was if they would make the conversion of this all time classic to 3D just as magical as the rest of the film.

Monday, September 26, 2011

UYBC - South Lake Union

UYBC = Unofficial Yelp Bar Crawl
South Lake Union - October 7, 2011

Focusing on neighborhoods in and around the city of Seattle, this monthly bar crawl series gives people an opportunity to see new places, visit favorite haunts, and hang out with an ever changing group of friends over the course of one fun-filled evening.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Seahawks: Home Sweet Home

If you read my previous post about the Seahawks, you understand that I do like Tarvarus Jackson at quarterback and today's game showed a lot of the reasons why. He has the ability to manage a game and although at times he doesn't necessarily make the ideal decisions, he has yet to make the type of mistakes that cost you games. More often than not it has been other areas of the team that have faltered (special teams, receivers dropping balls, ineffective offensive line), but the quarterback will always be the first one targeted when things aren't going well. All I have seen from T-Jack is a steady and confident style of play which is exactly what the Seahawks need right now as they build on a team that is currently made up of the youngest group of starters in the NFL.

Facebook Timeline

As I was sitting at my computer today, a notification popped up on my Facebook page stating I can now take a tour of the new version of my profile page and can also activate the Timeline feature now if I choose to. The first thing I did was hit activate even before taking the virtual tour since I had read some info on this Timeline feature and was already looking forward to its release.

The article below covers a presentation by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg where he covers a range of topics from the Timeline profile upgrade to the upcoming integration of services like Spotify and Netflix.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Drive (2011) - Movie Review

Up and coming director Nicolas Winding Refn, who hails from Denmark, has made a very bold statement with his first mainstream Hollywood effort. Best known previously for his direction of critically acclaimed films like Bronson and Valhalla Rising, Drive will definitely get his career going full speed ahead as he brings us a story full of understated drama contrasted by brutally intense action sequences.

Seahawks - No Worse Than Expected

After two weeks of the NFL season, things have played out pretty much exactly as everyone would have expected. Opening on the road in San Francisco and Pittsburgh was going to be a daunting task and you would be hard pressed to find someone that thought we would win either of those games. Going in to that first game in the bay area, we knew the Hawks had deficiencies at offensive line and question marks at several other position groups on both sides of the ball. This meant weeks one and two would be a serious uphill struggle and now that these first two games are in the books, it is very clear to me who the Seahawks starting quarterback should be moving forward.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Straw Dogs (2011) - Movie Review

First, let me just say that I have not seen the original version of this film from 1971 which stars Dustin Hoffman and Susan George so I am not able to offer any comparison between the two. That being said I still had a pretty good idea of how the movie would play out based on the trailer which can be viewed at the end of this review. This is a fairly straightforward tale that does have some interesting twists and turns, but could it live up to the promise of being the intensely violent thrill ride we see touched on in the trailer?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Contagion - Movie Review

There seems to be a lot of hype about the quality of this movie partly due to the star studded cast featuring Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburn, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet just to name a few. Director Steven Soderbergh also adds a large credibility factor due to previous critical successes that he has brought to the screen including the likes of Traffic, Erin Brockovich and his breakout feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape. All of this quality star power both in front of and behind the camera should certainly have Contagion primed for some award season honors down the road, but after watching this movie I walked out of the theater with a differing opinion that what I had already heard and read.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Warrior - Movie Review

Having read nothing about this movie going in and only seeing what was available in the trailer, I figured I had a fairly good idea of how this story unfolds and for the most part I was correct. What I was not expecting was an engrossing story about a family broken by abuse (both substance and physical) and how the members of that family struggled not only with each other, but with their individual lives as well. As I walked out of the theater, my first thought was how, out of any film I have watched so far this year, this should be a serious contender for the coveted Best Picture Oscar.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dancing Spartan at PAX = Youtube Sensation!

I uploaded this video to Youtube on September 7th, 2010 and in one year's time, it received nearly 80,000 views, 534 likes, and has been embedded on several websites around the world. I'm hoping it will get to 100,000 at some point but it seems to be slowing down so we'll see.

The picture is me and "Kat" from the video along with a Halo: reach poster that was signed by several members of the Bungie staff.

Check out the video after the jump...

Music Streetlight

This is where we dig deep into those virtual crates to give you the best new music around. Kat from Tinksaysboo.com and MusicStreetlight is our one and only expert music contributor so stay tuned to this page for weekly new music updates and other random music related posts.

Seattle Area Movie Theaters

Here at TwoOhSix.com, we have a very discerning eye when it comes to selecting just the right movie theater to see a movie in whether its the latest big screen blockbuster or that little indie film that is only showing at one theater for a two weeks and then its gone. We have even broken down which theaters you should go to for the ideal IMAX experience and which theaters are faking the IMAX funk (CLICK HERE for details).

In addition to writing movie reviews for the last two years,  I have also been writing business reviews on Yelp.com including most of the movie theaters I have been to in the greater Seattle area. Below you will find a list of those theater reviews which are linked from their corresponding Yelp pages. This can be used as a great guide for everything from who has the best popcorn to which theater has the biggest screens and most comfortable seats.

Theaters listed alphabetically:


PAQ: An introduction to my blog.

Congratulations! You have found the first ever post on my blog which could end up being quite historic when its all said and done so feel free to bask in the glory for as long as you can. I'm sure you have some initial questions so I have decided to answer them right away!

We will call this the PAQ (Potentially Asked Questions).

"Why do you have a blog?"
This blog was created to be an outlet for me to share and discuss my interest in topics that are important to me. There have been various attempts made over the years using different media and I suppose it all started back at Skyline elementary school with "show and tell" where my various baseball cards, comic books, and GI Joe action figures (they're not dolls!) would be on display for my classmates to marvel over.

Movie Reviews - A to Z

The TwoOhSix.com A-Z Review Guide

10 Cloverfield Lane
12 Years a Slave
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
100 Bloody Acres
2 Days in New York
21 and Over
21 Jump Street
22 Jump Street
The 33
The 5th Wave
71: Into the Fire

A Brilliant Young Mind
A Good Day to Die Hard
A Hard Day
A Haunted House
A Most Violent Year
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
The A-Team
About Time
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Accountant
Act of Valor
The Adventures of Tintin
Afternoon Delight
All is Lost
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
American Honey
American Hustle
American Reunion
American Sniper
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Angkor's Children
The Artist
As Above / So Below
As Luck Would Have It
Asura: The City of Madness
Audition (2015)
August: Osage County
The Avengers
Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Babadook
Bad Moms
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Battle: Los Angeles
Beautiful Creatures
Begin Again
Big Eyes
Big Hero 6
The Big Short
Birds of Neptune
Black Swan
Blair Witch
Bleed for This
Bless Me, Ultima
The Bling Ring
Blue Jasmine
The Bodyguard
The Book of Eli
The Bourne Legacy
The Boy Next Door
Brick Mansions
Bridge of Spies
Bullet to the Head

The Cabin in the Woods
The Call
The Campaign (2012)
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain Phillips
Carrie (2013)
Central Intelligence
Chatty Catties
Cheap Thrills
The Chef (Comme un Chef)
Cinderella (2015)
Cloud Atlas
Cockneys vs. Zombies
The Coffin Maker / Magkakabaung
The Confirmation
The Conjuring
The Conjuring 2
Crimson Peak
The Croods
Crush the Skull

Dallas Buyers Club
The Dark Knight Rises
Dark Shadows
Dark Skies
The Darkest Hour
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dead Body
Dead Man Down
The Debt
Deep Dark
Deepwater Horizon
The Descendants
The Devil Inside
Dirty Grandpa
The Disappointments Room
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Django Unchained
Doctor Strange
Don't Pass Me By
Drawing the Tiger
Dredd 3D
Drinking Buddies
The Drop
Drug War
Dude Bro Party Massacre III

Earth to Echo
The East
Eddie the Eagle
Edge of Tomorrow
Empire of Silver
End of Watch
Ender's Game
Escape from Planet Earth
Escape Plan
Europa Report
Everybody Wants Some
Evil Dead (2013)
Ex Machina
The Expendables 2
The Expendables 3
Eye in the Sky

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Four
Fast and Furious Five
Fast and Furious Six
Fast and Furious Seven
Fateful Findings
Fifty Shades of Grey
Finding Dory
The Finest Hours
Footloose (2011)
For a Good Time, Call
For Love & Broken Bones
Fresh Dressed
Fruitvale Station

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Game of Werewolves (Lobos de Arga)
Gangster Squad
The German Doctor
Get Hard
Ghostbusters (2016)
The Gift
Ginger & Rosa
The Girl on the Train
Girl Rising
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Godzilla (2014)
Gone Girl
The Good Dinosaur
The Good Lie
Good Ol' Boy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Green Inferno
Green Room
The Grey
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Guest

Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
The Handmaiden
The Hangover part III
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Happy Feet Two
Hardcore Henry
The Hateful Eight
Hell or High Water
The Help
Hercules (2014)
Here Comes the Boom
Hit and Run
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Horrible Bosses 2
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
How to be Single
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Human Race
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Huntsman: Winter's War

Identity Thief
The Ides of March
If I Stay
The Imitation Game
The Impossible
In A World...
In the Heart of the Sea
In Time
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Independence Day: Resurgence
Inherent Vice
Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Out
Insidious Chapter 2
Ip Man 3
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Iron Sky
It Follows

J. Edgar
Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Jack the Giant Slayer
John Carter
John Wick
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
The Judge
The Jungle Book (2016)
Jurassic World
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

The Keeping Room
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Kick-Ass 2
Killing June
Killing Them Softly
The King's Speech
The Kings of Summer
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kong Curling
Kubo and the Two Strings

La La Land
Landfill Harmonic
The Last Exorcism Part II
Last I Heard
The Last of Robin Hood
The Last Stand
The Lazarus Effect
The Lego Movie
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
The Light Between Oceans
Like Crazy
Lila & Eve
Line Walker (Shi tu hang zhe)
The Lion King 3D
Liza, The Fox Fairy
Lola Versus
London has Fallen
Lone Survivor

Ma Ma
Machete Kills
Machine Gun Preacher
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Magnificent 7
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Man of Steel
Man on a Ledge
The Man with the Iron Fists
Manchester by the Sea
Margin Call
The Martian
The Maze Runner
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Men in Black 3
Men, Women, and Children
Middle Man
Midnight in Paris
Midnight Special
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Mirror Mirror
Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The Monster
Monster Hunt
Monsters University
Moonrise Kingdom
Morris from America
Much Ado About Nothing
The Muppets
Mutual Friends

Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time
New Year's Eve
The Nice Guys
The Night Before
No Good Deed
Nocturnal Animals
The November Man
Now You See Me
Now You See Me 2

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Off the Menu: Asian America
Office Christmas Party
Olympus Has Fallen
Once Upon a Time in Queens
Only God Forgives
Operation Chromite
Operation Mekong
The Other Side of the Door
The Other Woman
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Oz the Great and Powerful

Pacific Rim
Paranormal Activity 3
Paranormal Activity 4
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
The Peanuts Movie
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Pete's Dragon
Pitch Perfect
Pitch Perfect 2
The Place Beyond the Pines
Playing for Keeps
The Possession
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Project X
The Purge
The Purge: Anarchy
The Purge: Election Year
Puss In Boots

Queen of Katwe

The Raid: Redemption
The Raid 2: Berendal
The Real Miyagi
Real Steel
Red 2
Red Dawn (2012)
Red State
Red Tails
Resident Evil: Retribution
The Revenant
Rio 2
Robocop (2014)
Rock of Ages
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Roller Town
The Rum Diary

Sadako vs Kayako
Safe Haven
Safe House
Safety Not Guaranteed
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
San Andreas
Saving Mr. Banks
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Secret Life of Pets
Seoul Searching
Seoul Station
The Sessions
Seven Psychopaths
The Shallows
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Shut In
Side Effects
Silent Hill: Revelation
Silent House
Silver Linings Playbook
Sing Street
Sinister 2
Sky on Fire
Snow on the Blades
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Sorcerer and the White Snake
The Spectacular Now
Spring Breakers
Spy Time aka Anacleto Agente Secreto
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Steve Jobs
Still Alice
Straight Outta Compton
Straw Dogs
Suicide Squad
Sunlight Jr.

Taken 2
Teddy Bears aka The Big Ask
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Temporary Family
Terminator: Genisys
Texas Chainsaw 3D
That Awkward Moment
The Theory of Everything
The Thing (1982 and 2011)
They Look Like People
They're Watching
This is 40
This is the End
This is Where I Leave You
This Means War
Thor: The Dark World
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Titanic 3D
The To Do List
Tokyo Drifter
Top Spin
Total Recall (2012)
Toy Story 3
Train to Busan
Transformers: Age of Extinction
The Tree of Life
Trespass Against Us
Triple 9
Trouble with the Curve
Tsukiji Wonderland
The Tunnel
Turbo Kid

Under the Shadow
Underworld: Awakening
Une Libération

V/H/S 2
Vacation (2015)
Valley of the Sasquatch
Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned
The Visit

War Horse
Warm Bodies
The Warrior's Way
The Way Way Back
We're the Millers
While We're Young
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
White House Down
Why Him?
Winnie the Pooh
The Witch (2016)
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolverine
The Woman in Black
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake
Won't Back Down
World War Z
The World's End
Wrath of the Titans
Wreck-It Ralph

X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class

Yakuza Apocalypse
You're Next

Zero Dark Thirty


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