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Thursday, March 14, 2019

2018 Recap - The Performances

2018 was an impressive year for the film industry with so many great movies and lots of outstanding performances as well. After compiling my nomination list, I realized that the ladies were definitely leading the way this year so I decided to go with female actors in all of the available nomination slots. After scouring all the films I watched this seemed appropriate and an honest appraisal as I couldn't find any men who matched the ten women who were chosen.

In addition to the nominations, I have included a few special categories to start things off. The amazing actresses and actors listed below come from all over the world including England, Mexico, Italy, Japan, and Oakland and a Bay Area duo is where we will start things off.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fighting with My Family - Movie Review

The Movie: Fighting with My Family

The Director: Stephen Merchant

The Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost

The Story: The origin story of WWE superstar Paige.

Monday, March 11, 2019

TwoOhSix Recap - 2019 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

This is such a fun and well organized festival and I am thankful for having the chance to cover it every year. The crop of movies I was able to watch was very impressive and the opening night party was a lot of fun including a killer set from Filipina-American rapper Ruby Ibarra. Seriously, check her out, she's about to be real big real soon. The volunteer staff that runs the festival always puts on a smooth production and this year was definitely no exception. See below for a recap of the films I watched and my selection for 2019 TwoOhSix Festival Favorite.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

For Izzy - 2019 SAAFF Movie Review

The Movie: For Izzy

The Director: Alex Chu

The Cast: Elizabeth Sung, Jennifer Soo, Jim Lau, Michelle Ang

The Story: The lives of a recovering addict and her single mother change forever when they move in next door to a widowed father and his adult daughter with autism.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Captain Marvel - Movie Review

The Movie: Captain Marvel

The Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

The Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Mckenna Grace, Reggie, Gonzo, Archie, Rizzo

The Story: A cat named Goose saves the galaxy from all out war setting up the events that unfold in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, Carol Danvers discovers how powerful she really is.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Origin Story - 2019 SAAFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: Origin Story

The Director: Kulap Vilaysack

The Story: When Kulap Vilaysack was 14, she took her father's side in an argument and her mother replied, 'Why are you defending him? He's not your real dad.' Twenty years later, she's finally ready to explore what that means.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ulam: Main Dish - 2019 SAAFF Movie Review

The Documentary: Ulam: Main Dish

The Director: Alexandra Cuerdo

The Story: The first food documentary following the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Blowin' Up - 2019 SAAFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: Blowin' Up

The Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal

The Story: Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted.

Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and Stereotypes - 2019 SAFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and Stereotypes

The Director: Harleen Singh

The Story: With a lively backdrop of superheroes, comic books, and animated comics, meet three talented artists—a Sikh, a woman, and an African American—who are challenging the racist stereotyping currently endemic in America through their work in comics.

On Happiness Road - 2019 SAAFF Movie Review

The Movie: On Happiness Road

The Director: Hsin-Yin Sung

The Cast: Lun-Mei Kwei, Te-Sheng Wei, Bor Jeng Chen, Hui-Jen Liao, Bella Wu

The Story: Chi earned her American dream after persevering with her studies in Taiwan. Following her grandmothers' death, Chi returns to her family on Happiness Road, where she begins to feel nostalgic about her childhood and starts to contemplate the meaning of "life" and "home".

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Alita: Battle Angel - Movie Review

The Movie: Alita: Battle Angel

The Director: Robert Rodriguez

The Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earl Haley

The Story: A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - Movie Review

The Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The Director: Dean DeBlois

The Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, Justin Rupple

The Story: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Happy Death Day 2U - Movie Review

The Movie: Happy Death Day 2U

The Director: Christopher Landon

The Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Rachel Matthews, Ruby Modine, Steve Zissis, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton, Missy Yager, Jason Bayle,

The Story: Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Tito and the Birds / Tito e os Pássaros - Movie Review

The Movie: Tito and the Birds / Tito e os Pássaros

The Director: Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto

Principal Voice Cast (Portugese): Matheus Nachtergaele, Denise Fraga, Mateus Solano, Otávio Augusto, Pedro Henrique

The Story: A socially relevant film and tells a timely tale of a marvelous dystopian adventure of heroic children battling a culture of fear that is infecting their world.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TwoOhSix Picks - 2019 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is back for another round of feature films, documentaries, short films, and special events all organized by a volunteer staff and presented across multiple venues including the Northwest Film Forum, the Broadway Performance Hall, Rhein Haus, and the Washington Hall event space. Below you will find a list of films that have been specially chosen as this year's TwoOhSix Picks. Links below the posters will take you to the film's SAAFF page where you can watch trailers, see photos, and read info!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Pledge - Movie Review

The Movie: Pledge

The Director: Daniel Robbins

The Cast: Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, Zack Weiner, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Jesse Pimentel, Joe Gallagher, Erica Boozer, Melanie Rothman, Max Schuster

The Story: A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there's more at stake than they could have ever imagined.

The Cannibal Club - Movie Review

The Movie: The Cannibal Club

The Director: Guto Parente

The Cast: Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues, José Maria Alves

The Story: Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple of the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. Otavio owns a private security company and is a notable member of The Cannibal Club. When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from Borges, a powerful congressman and the Club's leader, her and her husband's lives are in danger.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Wandering Earth / 流浪地球 - Movie Review

The Movie: The Wandering Earth / 流浪地球

The Director: Frant Gwo

The Cast: Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing, Qu Jingjing

The Story: When the sun begins to die out, humanity decides to move the earth to another solar system.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Donnybrook - Movie Review

The Movie: Donnybrook

The Director: Tim Sutton

The Cast: Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, James Badge Dale, Chris Browning, Pat Healy, Dara Tiller,

The Story: Two men prepare to compete in a legendary bare-knuckle fight where the winner gets a $100,000 prize.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Hour / ハッピーアワー - Movie Review

The Movie: Happy Hour / ハッピーアワー

The Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

The Cast: Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara, Rira Kawamura, Yoshio Shin, Shuhei Shibata, Hiroyuki Miura, Hajime Sakasho, Hiromi Demura, Shoko Fukunaga, Ayaka Shibutani

The Story: A slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - Movie Review

The Movie: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Director: Mike Mitchell

The Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

The Story: It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Drone - Movie Review

The Movie: The Drone

The Director: Jordan Rubin

The Cast: John Brotherton, Alex Essoe, Anita Briem, Neil Sandilands, Simon Rex.

The Story: A newlywed couple is terrorized by a consumer drone that has become sentient with the consciousness of a deranged serial killer.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

TwoOhSix Recap - 2019 Slamdance Film Festival

This was my second year covering the Slamdance Film Festival and I would say the selection of films I was able to watch was even better than the year before. Three narrative features and three documentaries came across my screens and each was seemed to raise the bar a little bit higher than the last. Of course, the decision always comes to name one of these films as the festival favorite and that is the point of this post.

Kifaru - 2019 Slamdance Film Festival Documentary Review

The Documentary: Kifaru

The Director: David Hambridge

The Story: Kifaru allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation firsthand through the lens of the men that look into the eyes of extinction on a daily basis.

Friday, February 1, 2019

This Teacher - 2019 Slamdance Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: This Teacher

The Director: Mark Jackson

The Cast: Hafsia Herzi, Sarah Kazemy, Lucy Walters, Kevin Kane, Lev Gore, Gabe Fazio, Rebekah del Rio

The Story: A young Muslim woman's vacation to New York City devolves into a nightmare.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Demolition Girl [JKエレジー] - 2019 Slamdance Movie Review

The Movie: Demolition Girl [JKエレジー] 

The Director: Genta Matsugami

The Cast: Aya Kitai, Hiroki Ino, Haruka Imo, Yura Komuro, Yota Kawase, Ko Maehara, Ryohei Abe, Nobu Morimoto

The Story: A high-school girl who lives in a rural town in Japan struggles to define her own way in life. To help her impoverished family she works as a video fetish performer which leads to problems for her and her family with a criminal underworld.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story - 2019 Slamdance Documentary Review

The Documentary: Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story

The Director: Patrick Creadon

The Story: The life and times of the legendary filmmaker who, through his annual ski films and national tours which began in the early 1950’s, was a driving force in the development and promotion of the ski industry in America and throughout the world.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Replicas - Movie Review

The Movie: Replicas

The Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

The Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, Amber Townsend, Aria Lyric Leabu

The Story: A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

Lost Holiday - 2019 Slamdance Move Review

The Movie: Lost Holiday

The Directors: Michael Kerry Matthews & Thomas Matthews

The Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, Keith Poulson, William Jackson Harper, Ismenia Mendes, Tone Tank, Joshua Leonard, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

The Story: A New York social worker finds herself embroiled in the kidnapping of a Washington DC socialite.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Desolation Center - Slamdance 2019 Documentary Review

The Documentary: Desolation Center

The Director: Stuart Swezey

The Story: Desolation Center is the untold story of Reagan-era guerrilla punk rock desert happenings that are now recognized as inspirations for Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TwoOhSix Picks - Slamdance 2019

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of Slamdance as well as my second year of covering the festival. Slamdance always features a fresh and original slate of programming making it the perfect way to kick off the new year. After digging into the roster of available films, I was very excited to once again see a true independent spirit embedded throughout making it no easy task to compile my list of the 10 films (narrative, documentary, and short) that stood out from the pack as this year's "TwoOhSix Picks.".

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Escape Room (2019) - Movie Review

The Movie: Escape Room

The Director: Adam Robitel

The Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll, Nick Dodani

The Story: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.

MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission / 말모이 - Movie Review

The Movie: MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission / 말모이

The Director: Eom Yoo-na

The Cast: Yoo Hae-jin, Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Hong-pa, Woo Hyun, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Sun-young-III, Min Jin-woong, Lee Sung-wook-I, Cho Hyun-chul, Jo Hyun-do, Park Ye-na

The Story: During the Japanese occupation, two men travel across the country compiling the first Korean language dictionary.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Glass - Movie Review

The Movie: Glass

The Director: M. Night Shyamalan

The Cast: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat-Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Luke Kirby, Adam David Thompson

The Story: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2018 Recap - Asian Cinema

While I don't necessarily consider Asian Cinema to be a genre, it is quite often the source for some of my favorite movies each year and 2018 was definitely no exception. Out of the twenty three movies watched and I have chosen six of them as my nominees for the 2018 TwoOhSix.com Favorite Asian Film Award.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Project Gutenberg (無雙) - Movie Review

The Movie: Project Gutenberg (無雙)

The Director: Felix Chong

The Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Aaron Kwok, Jingchu Zhang, Catherine Chau, David Yao-Qing Wang, Kai Chi Liu

The Story: Cops chase counterfeiters while counterfeiters make fake stuff in big action spectacle.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

2018 Recap - The Documentaries

Normally, documentaries aren't in my wheelhouse when it comes to movie watching, but whenever I have a chance to check one out, I am usually glad I did and quite often very impressed. In 2018 most of my documentary viewing (14 total) came from film festivals and there were a couple gems that really stuck with me. Out of the 14, I have picked six to be this year's nominees for TwoOhSix 2018 Favorite Documentary.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018 Recap - The Horror Movies

2018 was a great year for horror and featured a ton of variety, from the revival of the classic Halloween franchise to the emergence of the Christmas Zombie Musical, there was so much to like. Film festivals filled their slates with some truly innovative gems while mainstream Hollywood got into the act with several bonafide hits. After much struggle, contemplation, and deliberation, I have narrowed down the 42 horror movies I have had the privilege of watching over the course of the year to the ten finalists you will see below.

Halloween (2018) - Movie Reiew

The Movie: Halloween

The Director: David Gordon Green

The Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold

The Story: Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2018 Recap - The Film Festivals

2018 was my busiest year yet covering film festivals with an assortment of events that literally spanned the entire country from New York to Hawaii. Of course, the Seattle International Film Festival is my proverbial home base when it comes to festivals but I love being able to cover events from all over the place so I can better find those hidden gems and indie film makers from around the world. Some of my favorite movies each year come from film festivals and this year was no different.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Shoplifters (万引き家族) - Movie Review

The Movie: Shoplifters (万引き家族)

The Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

The Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka, Kairi Jō, Miyu Sasaki, Kirin Kiki

The Story: A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Roma (2018) - Movie Review

The Movie: Roma

The Director: Alfonso Cuarón

The Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Nancy García García, Verónica García, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero

The Story: A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

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