Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ip Man 4: The Finale - Movie Review

The Movie: Ip Man 4: The Finale

The Director: Wilson Yip

The Cast: Donnie Yen, Kwok-Kwan Chan, Scott Adkins,

The Story: The Kung Fu master travels to the U.S. where his student has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school.

Black Christmas (2019) - Movie Review

The Movie: Black Christmas

The Director: Sophia Takal

The Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O'Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Cary Elwes, Simon Mead, Madeleine Adams

The Story: A group of female students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Queen & Slim - Movie Review

The Movie: Queen & Slim

The Director: Melina Matsoukas

The Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine

The Story: A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Movie Review

The Movie: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Director: J.J. Abrams

The Cast: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Ian McDiarmid, Kelly Marie Tran, Billy Dee Williams, Joonas Suotamo, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Greg Grunberg, Richard E. Grant

The Story: The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 Seattle Film Critics Society Awards

The has been a banner year for The TwoOhSix with a record number of movies watched and reviews posted, global expansion of film festival coverage, and all of it capped off by being accepted into the Seattle Film Critics Society. One of the duties as a member of the SFCS is to participate in voting for the year end awards which have now officially been posted for everyone to see.

1917 - Movie Review

The Movie: 1917

The Director: Sam Mendes

The Cast: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Adrian Scarborough, Daniel Mays, John Hollingworth, Richard McCabe

The Story: Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Irishman - Movie Review

The Movie: The Irishman

The Director: Martin Scorsese

The Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

The Story: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Bombshell - Movie Review

The Movie: Bombshell

The Director: Jay Roach

The Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Kate McKinnon, Mark Duplass, Allison Janney, John Lithgow, Malcolm McDowell, Rob Delaney

The Story: A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Dolemite is My Name - Movie Review

The Movie: Dolemite Is My Name

The Director: Craig Brewer

The Cast: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, T.I., Luenell, Tasha Smith, Chris Rock

The Story: Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Apollo 11 - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Apollo 11

The Director: Todd Douglas Miller

The Story: A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Honeyland - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Honeyland

The Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

The Story: The last female bee-hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level - Movie Review

The Movie: Jumanji: The Next Level

The Director: Jake Kasdan

The Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Awkwafina, Nick Jonas, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser'Darius Blain, Rhys Darby, Rory McCann

The Story: The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2019 Seattle Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

Even though I am nine years into this movie critic thing, this has been my first year as a member of the Seattle Film Critics Society which means I had the honor and privilege of participating in the year end awards nominations process. Over the course of 2019, I have watched and reviewed more movies than ever before so it was quite a task going through all of it to find the best of the best.

Take a look below for the official SFCS press release that contains all the information you could ever want about this year's nominees and stay tuned for the winners to be announced on Monday, December 16th via the SFCS Twitter page (@seattlecritics).

Uncut Gems - Movie Review

The Movie: Uncut Gems

The Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

The Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett

The Story: A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Marriage Story - Movie Review

The Movie: Marriage Story

The Director: Noah Baumbach

The Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Merritt Wever, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Mark O'Brien, Kyle Bornheimer, Brook Bloom, Azhy Robertson

The Story: Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

No Time to Die Character Posters

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The new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, is on it's way and now we have some character posters to give us a glimpse at who we will be seeing in the new movie. After you are done gazing at these glorious posters, take a look at the teaser trailer for the teaser trailer.

Black Widow Trailer Debut

The first teaser trailer for Marvel's Black Widow movie was released today. This officially kicks off the marketing campaign for the movie and the beginning of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson looks better than ever in the role and the cast of characters including Florence Pugh looks super fun. Definitely looking forward to this one.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Waves - Movie Review

The Movie: Waves

The Director: Trey Edward Shults

The Cast: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges

The Story: Traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Arctic - Movie Review

The Movie: Arctic

The Director: Joe Penna

The Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk

The Story: A man stranded in the Arctic after a plane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.

I Lost My Body - Movie Review

The Movie: I Lost My Body

The Director: Jérémy Clapin

The Cast: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao, Hichem Mesbah, Myriam Loucif, Bellamine Abdelmalek

The Story: A story of Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle. In another part of town, a severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Little Women (2019) - Movie Review

The Movie: Little Women

The Director: Greta Gerwig

The Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep, Louis Garrel

The Story: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Us - Movie Review

The Movie: Us

The Director: Jordan Peele

The Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop

The Story: A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Weathering with You 『天気の子』 - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Weathering with You天気の子

The Director: Makoto Shinkai

The Cast: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Kentaro Araki, Chieko Baishô and Kana Hanazawa

The Story: A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

The Fable / ザ・ファブル - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: The Fable / ザ・ファブル

The Director: Kan Eguchi

The Cast: Jun'ichi Okada, Fumino Kimura, Koichi Sato, Mizuki Yamamoto, Ryo Kimura

The Story: An legendary assassin from Tokyo is forced to live as a normal person in Osaka for one year without killing anyone.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Mina-Anud - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Mina-Anud

The Director: Kerwin Go

The Cast: Dennis Trillo, Jerald Napoles, Matteo Guidicelli, Alvin Anson and Mara Lopez

The Story: Paradise is upturned when 3 tons of cocaine wash up on the peaceful shores of a fishing village. Two local surfers must decide if the lure of a richer tomorrow is really worth risking family and freedom.

Yesterday - Movie Review

The Movie: Yesterday

The Director: Danny Boyle

The Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino

The Story: A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

21 Bridges - Movie Review

The Movie: 21 Bridges

The Directors: Brian Kirk

The Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David, Alexander Siddig

The Story: An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Charlie's Angels (2019) - Movie Review

The Movie: Charlie's Angels

The Director: Elizabeth Banks

The Cast: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Méndez

The Story: When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Exit / 엑시트 - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Exit / 엑시트

The Director: Lee Sang-geun

The Cast: Cho Jung-seok, Im Yoon-a, Ko Du-shim, Park In-hwan, Kim Ji-Young

The Story: A rock climber tries to save the day when a mysterious white gas envelops an entire district in Seoul, South Korea.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Yellow Rose - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Yellow Rose

The Director: Diane Paragas

The Cast: Eva Noblezada, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Libby Villari and Lea Salonga

The Story: Rose, an undocumented 17 year old Filipina, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Signal 100 / シグナル100 - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Signal 100 / シグナル100

The Director: Lisa Takeba

The Cast: Kanna Hashimoto, Yuta Koseki and Toshiki Seto

The Story: A group of high school students are forced into a game where they are hypnotized to commit suicide on an unknown command. Where no one is safe from a sudden death, how can they avoid their fates?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Blood Machines - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Blood Machines

The Director: Seth Ickerman

The Cast: Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen, Christian Erickson, Natasha Cashman, Joëlle Berckmans, Noémie Stevens, Alexandra Flandrin, Garance Silve and Walter Dickerson

The Story: An artificial intelligence escapes her spaceship to turn into a female ghost and challenges two blade runners to a galactic chase.

The Serengeti Rules - Documentary Review

The Documentary: The Serengeti Rules

The Director: Nicolas Brown

The Story: Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head, and offer new hope for restoring our world.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Moon Hotel Kabul - 2019 Romanian Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Moon Hotel Kabul

The Director: Anca Damian

The Cast: Florin Piersic Jr., Florin Ghioca, Alexandru Nagy, Rodica Negrea

The Story: An investigative journalist who bends the truth finds his reality shaken after a translator who he had a one night stand with ends up dead the following day.

TwoOhSix Picks - 2019 GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon is a really fun convention in downtown Seattle that focuses on empowering women and girls to pursue their passions all within the context of geek culture. There are panels, vendors, exhibits, and all kinds of stuff for people to do all in a safe and inclusive environment that anyone would enjoy. Here is my TwoOhSix Picks list of the things you don't want to miss while you're there.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Frozen II - Movie Review

The Movie: Frozen II

The Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

The Cast: Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood, Jason Ritter, Idina Menzel, Sterling K. Brown, Alan Tudyk, Josh Gad, Rachel Matthews, Ciarán Hinds, Alfred Molina

The Story: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Feast of the Seven Fishes - Movie Review

The Movie: Feast of the Seven Fishes

The Director: Robert Tinnell

The Cast: Skyler Gisondo, Madison Iseman, Josh Helman, Addison Timlin, Ray Abruzzo, Andrew
Schulz, David Kallaway, Lynn Cohen, Joe Pantoliano, Paul Ben-Victor

The Story: In a Rust Belt town on the Monongahela River on Christmas Eve, 1983, a nice, working-class boy brings an affluent, Ivy League girl to his family’s raucous traditional Italian seafood feast, setting off a chain reaction of romantic, comedic and cultural conflicts.

Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos / 나쁜 녀석들: 더 무비 - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos / 나쁜 녀석들: 더 무비

The Director: Son Yong-Ho

The Cast: Ma Dong-Seok, Kim Sang-Jung, Kim Ah-Jung, Jang Ki-Yong, Kang Ye-Won

The Story: Bad guy prisoners are sent on a mission to capture bad guy escaped prisoners.

The Report - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: The Report

The Director: Scott Z. Burns

The Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Linda Powell, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, Michael C. Hall, Joanne Tucker, Ian Blackman, Douglas Hodge, T. Ryder Smith, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Shepherd, Ted Levine, Matthew Rhys, Kate Beahan

The Story: Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.

Nina Wu / 灼人秘密 - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Nina Wu / 灼人秘密

The Director: Midi Z

The Cast: Wu Ke-Xi, Sung Yu-Hua, Hsia Yu-Chiao and Shih Ming-Shuai

The Story: Struggling actress gets dream role and the experience comes with unexpected consequences.

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