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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

The Director: Lee Won-tae

The Cast: Ma Dong-seok, Kim Moo-yul, Kim Sung-kyu

The Story: Remake of the South Korean film 'The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil' about a crime boss who teams up with a cop to track down a serial killer.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

The Director: Yuen Woo-Ping

The Cast: Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, Liu Yan, Michelle Yeoh, Max Zhang

The Story: While keeping a low profile after his defeat by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi gets into trouble after getting in a fight with a powerful foreigner.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Porno - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Porno

The Director: Keola Racela

The Cast: Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Katelyn Pearce, Peter Reznikoff, Larry Saperstein, Glenn Stott, Robbie Tann

The Story: When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in it's basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education...written in blood.

His Bad Blood (いつくしみふかき) - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: His Bad Blood (いつくしみふかき)

The Director: Kôichirô Ôyama

The Cast: Yu Toyama, Ikkei Watanabe, Sakura Enomoto, Ryo Ushimaru, Naoki Goto

The Story: A criminal father and his persecuted son, not knowing who the other is, separately seek refuge at a church where the reverend takes them in and protects them from their dark past.

The Art of Self Defense - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: The Art of Self Defense

The Director: Riley Stearns

The Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola, Steve Terada, David Zellner

The Story: A man is attacked at random on the street. He enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Deeper You Dig - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: The Deeper You Dig

The Directors: John Adams, Toby Poser

The Cast: John Adams, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, Izzy Figueredo

The Story: In the aftermath of a roadside accident, the line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, a daughter and a stranger.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Trespassers - Movie Review

The Movie: Trespassers

The Director: Orson Oblowitz

The Cast: Angela Trimbur, Zach Avery, Janel Parrish, Jonathan Howard, Carlo Rota, Fairuza Balk, Sebastian Sozzi, Joey Abril

The Story: Two dysfunctional couples end up fighting each other and an unexpected home invasion.

Sadako (2019) 『貞子』 - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Sadako 『貞子』

The Director: Hideo Nakata

The Cast: Elaiza Ikeda, Himeka Himejima, Ren Kiriyama, Hiroya Shimizu, Rie Tomosaka, Takashi Tsukamoto

The Story: A group of people must find out how to stop the newborn deadly curse, which has born and gone viral after a Youtuber accidentally captured a vengeful ghost on camera.

Stuber - Movie Review

The Movie: Stuber

The Director: Michael Dowse

The Cast: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan, Betty Gilpin,

The Story: A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.

Monday, July 8, 2019

TwoOhSix.com Podcast - Episode 002: Cinematic Six Pack and Con-tact High Segments Debut

Welcome to the TwoOhSix.com Podcast! Episode 002 features the debut of the Cinematic Six Pack and Con-tact High segments which gives me an opportunity to talk about the latest movies that are in theaters now as well as the latest fan events and genre conventions.

Cinematic Six Pack - Spoiler free mini reviews of Booksmart, Annabelle Comes Home, Men in Black International, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Stuber.

Con-tact High- Recap of Ace Comicon and preview of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet.

The TwoOhSix.com podcast features bi-weekly episodes where I'll be talking about movies and everything movie related with guest appearances from industry insiders and members of the film critic community. You will also get to hear interviews with film makers from around the world and tag team match ups on a variety of different topics. Every episode will be something new and exciting so thank you for listening and enjoy the show!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Midsommar - Movie Review

The Movie: Midsommar

The Director: Ari Aster

The Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe, Anders Back, Mats Blomgren

The Story: Americans go to Sweden and find unexpected fun at an isolated commune.

The Review:
This movie falls just short of a two and a half hour run time. The same story could have been told in about an hour complete with all of the subtext, allegory, and messaging that Ari Aster took way too long to show us. This is where people are going to say I just didn't get it but you know what; I got it, I just didn't care. I wasn't entertained. At all. The movie is more melodrama than horror, but there's a couple flashes of gore and lots of screaming so I guess it qualifies.

I love Florence Pugh but watching her have an anxiety attack for two hours didn't do much for me unfortunately. The good news is that, after watching this movie, I still love Florence Pugh.

One last thought. Through the entire movie, I kept asking myself is that Jack Reynor or is that Seth Rogen. The weirder it got for Reynor's character the more he turned into Seth Rogen.  Did anyone else notice that?

Check out the brand new TwoOhSix.com Podcast!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Rocketman - Movie Review

The Movie: Rocketman

The Director: Dexter Fletcher

The Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Bennett, Charlie Rowe

The Story: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Movie Review

The Movie: Spider-Man: Far From Home

The Director: Jon Watts

The Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice

The Story: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

TwoOhSix Picks - 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival

The 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival will take place from July 11th through August 1st and is packed full with tons of amazing genre films. Horror, action, thriller, comedy, documentary, and anime are just a few of the film genres that will be on display as the festival screens over 130 films. Yeah! I'm super excited to be covering this festival for the first time!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Cuddle: The Series - Web Series Spotlight

The Web Series: Cuddle

The Director: John Helde

The Cast: Hope Shanthi, David S. Klein, Patricia Haines-Ainsworth, Ryan Sanders, Treavor Boykin, Kiki Abba, Larissa Schmitz, Isis Phoenix,

The Story: A quirky, young cuddle therapist sets out to change the world with the power of touch - but the hardest person to hug might just be herself.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Annabelle Comes Home - Movie Review

The Movie: Annabelle Comes Home

The Director: Gary Dauberman

The Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Michael Cimino, Samara Lee, Steve Coulter

The Story: While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The TwoOhSix.com Movie Podcast Is Finally Here!

TwoOhSix.com presents: anchor.fm/thetwoohsix

After years of writing reviews on this here website, countless brainstorming sessions, and a whole lot of inspiration, the TwoOhSix.com Podcast is just about ready to launch. I'll be talking about movies, bringing in guests, teaming up with my fellow critical community members, discussing events like comicons and film festivals, interviewing film makers, and just about anything I can think of that will involve movies with an emphasis on independent films and the local film community.

Here's a breakdown of the segments that are in the works for at least the first few months.
  • Cinematic Six Pack
    • Monthly discussion of six specially selected films.
  • The InnerViews
    • Film makers discuss the inner workings of their latest projects.
  • Critical Thinking
    • Local critics join in to discuss the latest movies.
  • Con-tact High
    • From Emerald City to Geek Girls, this is all about that convention life.
  • Food for Thought
    • Because we need to eat between watching movies.
  • More coming soon...

Episode number one is going to feature an interview with the creators of a locally made web series that is so good you will want to just cuddle up and give it a big, therapeutic hug! After that, I will have more interviews with film makers from around the world including the producer of a horror movie from England and one of the stars of a crime thriller from the Philippines as well as first editions of the other segments you see listed above.

The TwoOhSix.com podcast, hosted on anchor.fm, will be available on Spotify as soon as the first episode is posted and then rolled out to other podcast outlets real soon so watch for more info as we get things going. Every episode will also be posted right here on TwoOhSix.com and on all the TwoOhSix.com social media outlets as soon as they go live.

Thank you for being a part of the TwoOhSix.com community!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Anna (2019) - Movie Review

The Movie: Anna

The Director: Luc Besson

The Cast: Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy,

The Story: Beneath Anna Poliatova's striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Leto - Movie Review

The Movie: Leto

The Director: Kirill Serebrennikov

The Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk

The Story: A love triangle emerges around a rock and roll musician, his protege and his wife in 1980s Russia.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Toy Story 4 - Movie Review

The Movie: Toy Story 4

The Director: Josh Cooley

The Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Carl Weathers,

The Story: When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

TwoOhSix Recap: 2019 Seattle International Film Festival

Twenty five festival days, Thirty eight movies, four interviews, and countless kernels of popcorn. Covering my home town film festival is always a major highlight of the year. Being immersed in film, film fans, and film makers is an experience well worth the late nights, popcorn dinners, and utter exhaustion by the time it's all said and done.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Booksmart - Movie Review

The Movie: Booksmart

The Director: Olivia Wilde

The Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Mason Gooding, Skyler Gisondo, Diana Silvers, Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Eduardo Franco, Nico Hiraga, Austin Crute

The Story: On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Men In Black: International - Movie Review

The Movie: Men in Black: International

The Director: F. Gary Gray

The Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson

The Story: Thor and Valkyrie join forces with the guy from Taken and weirs stuff happens.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Dark Phoenix - Movie Review

The Movie: Dark Phoenix

The Director: Simon Kinberg

The Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jessica Chastain, Scott Shepherd, Ato Essandoh, Halston Sage, Brian d'Arcy James

The Story:I have no idea.

TwoOhSix Interviews - Bob Byington and Kaley Wheless - Creators of Frances Ferguson for SIFF 2019

Frances Ferguson is a film about an unhappy young woman who goes to extreme lengths to escape the metaphorical prison that is her life by doing something that sends her to real prison. With screenings of the movie scheduled during the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival, director Bob Byington and  lead actress Kaley Wheless were on hand and set aside some time to sit down with me so that we could discuss this very particular creation.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

TwoOhSix Interviews - Ben Kasulke Director of Banana Split for SIFF 2019

One of the first movies I watched for the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival was the super fun coming of age comedy Banana Split which was directed by Ben Kasulke who had worked for years in the Seattle area film industry before moving to California. Having an opportunity to sit down with Ben to discuss the new movie was a real treat as you can tell he has a real passion for film making and a ton of knowledge about his craft.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Support the Girls - SIFF 2019 Capsule Review

The Movie: Support the Girls

The Director: Andrew Bujalski

The Cast: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Shayna McHayle, James LeGros, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka, Brooklyn Decker, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer, John Elvis

The Story: The general manager at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.

The Review:
So, when the credits started rolling, I was genuinely surprised because I was still waiting for the story to start. Seriously. Nothing happens of any significance that would warrant this being a feature film. It was like four episodes of a bad sitcom strung together with no commercial breaks. Great cast, though so there's that.

Support the Girls is an official selection of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.

To see more reviews, interviews and festival coverage please go to:

TwoOhSix at SIFF 2019

MEMORY - The Origins of Alien - SIFF 2019 Documentary Review

The Documentary: MEMORY - The Origins of Alien

The Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The Story: The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger.

Watch List (Maria) - SIFF 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Watch List (Maria)

The Director: Ben Rekhi

The Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Jake Macapagal, Arthur Acuna, Jess Mendoza, Angeli Bayani

The Story: After her husband is mysteriously killed in the drug wars of the Philippines, a widowed mother of three must confront her own darkness to protect her children from further harm.

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers - SIFF 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Hoshikuzu kyôdai no densetsu aka The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

The Director: Makoto Teduka

The Cast: Shingo Kubota, Kan Takagi, Kyoko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki, Issay

The Story: In 1985, Makoto Tezuka, the son of manga genius Osamu Tezuka, was still a film student with a few experimental shorts to his credit and who was entrusted with the mission to turn an album by Haruo Chikada into a musical film.

Enormous: The Gorge Story - 2019 SIFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: Enormous: The Gorge Story

The Director: Nic Davis

The Story: "The Gorge" has brought over 7 million fans, and the world's biggest musicians, to a patch of rural Washington farmland "150 miles from nowhere."

Ten Years Thailand - SIFF 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Ten Years Thailand

The Directors: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The Cast: Boonyarit Wiangnon, Kidakarn Chatkaewmanee, Tanasawan Thepsatorn, Sakda Kaewbuade

The Story: Four directors from Thailand are asked to tackle an important social or political issue and imagine how it will play out ten years into the future.

Here Comes Hell - SIFF 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Here Comes Hell

The Director: Jack McHenry

The Cast: Jessica Webber, Margaret Clunie, Charlie Robb, Tim Renouf, Tom Bailey

The Story: A 1930's dinner party descends into carnage, gore and demonic possession in Here Comes Hell, a genre-clashing horror comedy.

Greener Grass - SIFF 2019 Capsule Review

The Movie: Greener Grass

The Directors: Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe

The Cast: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Janicza Bravo, Neil Casey, Mary Holland, D'Arcy Carden, Jim Cummings

The Story: Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

The Review:
Imagine a movie where the creators fill every scene and every moment with the most absurdly unexpected twists and turns leaving your brain in a constant state of "WTF". That's this movie and every bit of it works brilliantly. The end result is an extremely original and insanely hilarious comedy that pokes fun at the nuances of polite society while mixing in elements of the thriller and horror genres because why not.

Greener Grass is an official selection of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.

To see more reviews, interviews and festival coverage please go to:

TwoOhSix at SIFF 2019

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