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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.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Kampai! Sake Sisters - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Documentary Review



The Movie: Kampai! Sake Sisters

The Director: Mirai Konishi

The Cast: Miho Imada, Rebekah Wilson-Lye and Marie Chiba

The Story: Once forbidden to set foot into sake breweries, today women are the ones driving the most exciting changes within the sake industry in Japan. This documentary delves into the passionate lives of three pioneering women.

Doctor Sleep - Movie Review


The Movie: Doctor Sleep

The Director: Mike Flanagan

The Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran,

The Story: Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords / 掃毒2天地對決 - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review



The Movie: The White Storm 2: Drug Lords / 掃毒2天地對決

The Director: Herman Yau

The Cast: Andy Lau, Louis Koo, Michael Miu and Karena Lam

The Story: A wealthy businessman tries to take down a drug kingpin that he used to work with, while a policeman tries to find justice without breaking the law.

Dark Place - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Movie Review



The Movie: Dark Place

The Directors: Kodie Bedford, Perun Bonser, Rob Braslin, Liam Phillips, Bjorn Stewart

The Cast: Tasia Zalar, Katherine Beckett, Luka May Glynn-Cole, Leonie Whyman and Clarence Ryan

The Story: Australian genre cinema takes an exciting leap forward with a quintet of tales that approach postcolonial Indigenous history through the lenses of horror and fantasy, all made by filmmakers of Aboriginal origin.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Ford v Ferrari - Movie Review


The Movie: Ford v Ferrari

The Director: James Mangold

The Cast: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Tracy Letts, Ray McKinnon

The Story: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Midway (2019) - Movie Review


The Movie: Midway

The Director: Roland Emmerich

The Cast: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans

The Story: The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Last Christmas - Movie Review


The Movie: Last Christmas

The Director: Paul Feig

The Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh,

The Story: Kate's latest bad decision is taking a job as a Santa's elf in a department store although meeting Tom while on the job might just be the turn of luck she's been looking for.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Documentary Review


The Movie: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

The Director: Stanley Nelson

The Story: Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Countdown - Movie Review


The Movie: Countdown

The Director: Justin Dec

The Cast: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Peter Facinelli, Tichina Arnold, Matt Letscher, P.J. Byrne

The Story: When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

TwoOhSix Picks - 2019 Hawaii International Film Festival Presented by Halekulani


This is now my fifth year covering the Hawaii International Film Festival and I am so excited for this year's lineup of films, I wasn't sure how I was going to narrow it down for my TwoOhSix Picks selections. Well, here we are, I've done the work, and the list is complete. Check out the twenty films that have been chosen to be this year's TwoOhSix Picks.

Terminator: Dark Fate - Movie Review


The Movie: Terminator: Dark Fate

The Director: Tim Miller

The Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Luna, Diego Boneta, Fraser James

The Story: Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

TwoOhSix Picks - 2019 Romanian Film Festival


In case you weren't aware, the city of Seattle has non stop schedule of film festivals throughout the year thanks to SIFF, the Northwest Film Forum, and many other film related organizations, most of which are in business as non profits. The 2019 Romanian Film Festival is organized by the American Romanian Cultural Society in partnership with the SIFF Cinemas Uptown Theatre and, thanks to crowdfunding efforts, will be enjoying their largest version of the festival ever.

Parasite (기생충) - Movie Review


The Movie: Parasite (기생충)

The Director: Bong Joon-ho

The Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam

The Story: All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Motherless Brooklyn - Movie Review


The Movie: Motherless Brooklyn

The Director: Edward Norton

The Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, Josh Pais, Robert Ray Wisdom, Fisher Stevens, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe

The Story: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

Harriet - Movie Review


The Movie: Harriet

The Director: Kasi Lemmons

The Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Omar J. Dorsey, Henry Hunter Hall, Tim Guinee, Nick Basta, Joseph Lee Anderson, Antonio J. Bell, CJ McBath, Janelle Monáe

The Story: The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Knives Out - Movie Review


The Movie: Knives Out

The Director: Rian Johnson

The Cast: Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell

The Story: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

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