Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dreadout - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Dreadout

The Director: Kimo Stamboel

The Cast: Marsha Aruan, Caitlin Halderman, Susan Sameh

The Story: Social media obsessed teenagers accidentally open a portal to a magical world where supernatural creatures and other horrible things exist.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Stare 『シライサン』 - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Stare 『シライサン』

The Director: Hirotaka Adachi

The Cast: Marie Iitoyo, Yu Inaba, Shota Sometani

The Story: If you listen to the story and you know her name, she will find you and kill you.

The Incredible Shrinking Wknd - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: The Incredible Shrinking Wknd

The Director: Jon Mikel Caballero

The Cast: Nadia De Santiago, Iria Del Río, Adam Quintero, Luis Tosar

The Story: It's not a loop, it's a countdown: Alba is trapped in her weekend, forced to relive it over and over again, but each repetition gets a bit shorter.

Friday, July 26, 2019

No Mercy (언니) - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: No Mercy (언니)

The Director: Lim Kyoung-tack

The Cast: Lee Jun-hyuk, Park Se-wan, Lee Si-young

The Story: A woman seeks to take revenge when her young sister disappears and she finds out that her sister suffered violence and sexual abuse from school bullies.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

House of Hummingbird (벌새) - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: House of Hummingbird

The Director: Kim Bo-ra

The Cast: Park Ji-hu, Kim Sae-byuk, Lee Seung-yeon, Jeong In-gi

The Story: Seoul, 1994 -- in the year the Seongsu Bridge collapsed, 14-year-old Eunhee wanders the city searching for love.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Idol (우상) - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Idol (우상)

The Director: Lee Su-jin

The Cast: Sul Kyung-gu, Han Seok-kyu, Chun Woo-hee,

The Story: A man attempts to solve the mystery of his son's murder while a politician seeks to hide it.

Shadow - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Shadow

The Director: Zhang Yimou

The Cast: Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Wang Qianyuan, Wang Jingchun, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Leo Wu

The Story: Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court.

Mystery of the Night - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Mystery of the Night

The Director: Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr

The Cast: Solenn Heussaff, Benjamin Alves, Gina Alajar, Elizabeth Oropesa, Allan Paule

The Story: 1900 colonial Philippines. During the time of Spanish tyranny and oppression, a woman raised in the enchanted woods by nymphs experiences love for the first time from a man from town. When she is later betrayed and experiences heartbreak, hell hath no fury indeed like a woman scorned as she transforms into the mythical aswang out to avenge her pain and let the man suffer forever. -

Chiwawa - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: Chiwawa

The Director: Ken Ninomiya

The Cast: Shiori Yoshida, Mugi Kadowaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Ryô Narita, Kan'ichirô Satô, Nijirô Murakami, Tadanobu Asano, Tina Tamashiro,

The Story: In Tokyo, Chiwawa is a popular girl. One day, her body is found in Tokyo Bay. Chiwawa's friends gather to remember her, but they realize they do not know anything about her like her real name or her background.

Monday, July 22, 2019 Podcast - Episode 003: The "InnerViews" - Olivia Loveridge: Producer of Here Comes Hell

Welcome to the Podcast! Episode 003 includes the second installment of the "InnerViews" segment which is a series of conversations with filmmakers that explore the inner workings of their projects from feature films to web series. These 20 minute conversations go in depth into the movie making process and shed light on the inner workings of taking a movie from being just an idea to getting it out and in front of an audience.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Prey - Fantasia 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: The Prey

The Director: Jimmy Henderson

The Cast: Gu Shangwei, Vithaya Pansringarm, Byron Bishop, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Nophand Boonyai, Rous Mony, Dy Sonita, Vandy Piseth, Hun Sophy

The Story: After years of tracking down international criminals, a trip to a remote jungle prison will force Chinese cop Xin to become human prey to fight for his freedom - and to save his own life.

Luz - Movie review

The Movie: Luz

The Director: Tilman Singer

The Cast: Luana Velis, Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt

The Story: Luz, a young cabdriver, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Crawl - Movie Review

The Movie: Crawl

The Director: Alexandre Aja

The Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson, Jose Palma, George Somner, Anson Boon, Ami Metcalf

The Story: A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

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

Welcome to the 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 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?

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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.

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