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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

What Lies Below - Movie Review

The Movie: What Lies Below

The Director: Braden R. Duemmler

The Cast: Ema Horvath, Trey Tucker, Mena Suvari

The Story: A 16 year-old girl returns home from camp and learns that her mother has a new boyfriend, one she intends to marry to, a man whose charm, intelligence and beauty make him look like he's not human at all.

Half Brothers - Movie Review

The Movie: Half Brothers

The Director: Luke Greenfield

The Cast: Luis Gerardo Méndez, Connor Del Rio, José Zúñiga, Vincent Spano, Pia Watson, Juan Pablo Espinosa, Jwaundace Candece

The Story: Renato, a Mexican aviation exec, is shocked to learn he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher. They are forced on a road trip together, tracing the path their father took from Mexico to the US.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

TwoOhSix Podcast - 2020 LAAPFF Interview with Ramona S. Diaz Director of A Thousand Cuts

Belushi - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Belushi

The Director: R.J. Cutler

The Story: Using previously unheard audiotapes recorded shortly after John Belushi's death, director R.J. Cutler's documentary examines the too-short life of once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny bones of devoted audiences.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Collective - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Collective

The Director: Alexander Nanau

The Story: Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Uncle Frank - Movie Review

The Movie: Uncle Frank

The Director: Alan Ball

The Cast: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, with Margo Martindale, Stephen Root

The Story: In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover Walid.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Happiest Season - Movie Review

The Movie: Happiest Season

The Director: Clea DuVall

The Cast: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Levy, Mary Holland, Burl Moseley, Victor Garber, Mary Steenburgen

The Story: A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family's acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams

The Director: Ema Ryan Yamazaki

The Story: Baseball is life for the die-hard competitors in the 100th annual Koshien, Japan's wildly popular national high school baseball championship, whose alumni include U.S. baseball star Shohei Ohtani and former Yankee Hideki Matsui. But for Coach Mizutani and his players, cleaning the grounds and greeting their guests are equally important as honing their baseball skills.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Twentieth Century - Movie Review

The Movie: The Twentieth Century

The Director: Matthew Rankin

The Cast: Dan Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Catherine St-Laurent , Mikhaïl Ahooja, Brent Skagford, Seán Cullen, Louis Nigen, Trevor Anderson, Kee Chan

The Story: Determined to become the leader of the Dominion of Canada, a young W.L. Mackenzie King rises to power.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist

The Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The Story: A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, exploring the depths of William Friedkin's mind's eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography.

Coded Bias - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Coded Bias

The Director: Shalini Kantayya

The Story: An exploration of the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's startling discovery of racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Run (2020) - Movie Review

The Movie: Run

The Director: Aneesh Chaganty

The Cast: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Pat Healy, Sarah Sohn

The Story: A homeschooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.

Ainu Mosir / アイヌモシㇼ - 2020 HIFF Movie Review

The Movie: Ainu Mosir / アイヌモシㇼ

The Director: Takeshi Fukunaga

The Cast: Lily Franky, Kanto Shimokura, Riwka Shimokura, Debo Akibe, Tôko Miura

The Story: A coming of age tale about Kanto, a 14 year old boy, and a descendant of Japan's indigenous Ainu people, who struggles to come to terms with the recent loss of his father.

TwoOhSix Podcast - 2020 HIFF Interview with Takeshi Fukunaga Director of Ainu Mosir

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Make Up - Movie Review

The Movie: Make Up

The Director: Claire Oakley

The Cast: Molly Windsor, Joseph Quinn, and Stefanie Martini 

The Story: On a remote holiday park in Cornwall, a young woman is drawn into a mysterious obsession when she suspects her boyfriend has cheated on her.

Friday, November 13, 2020

I Am Greta - Documentary Review

The Documentary: I Am Greta

The Director: Nathan Grossman

The Story: Documentary follows teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on her international crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the world's environmental problems.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Fatman - Movie Review

The Movie: Fatman

The Directors: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms

The Cast: Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The Story: To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Come Away - Movie Review

The Movie: Come Away

The Director: Branda Chapman

The Cast: David Oyelowo, Jordan Nash, Keira Chansa, Reece Yates, Anna Chancellor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Angelina Jolie, Derek Jacobi, Michael Caine

The Story: When their eldest brother dies, Peter and Alice seek to save their parents from despair until they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.

Lingering / 호텔 레이크 - Movie Review

The Movie: Lingering호텔 레이크

The Director: Yoon Eun-kyoung

The Cast: Lee Se-young, Park ji-young, Park Hyo-joo, Park So-yi, Jeon Su-ji, Lee Ju-won, Kim Bo-yoon, Moon Chang-gil

The Story: When Yoo-mi searches out her mother's friend at a hotel to drop off her younger sister, she falls into unexpected mystery and horror.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds - Documentary Review

The Movie: Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds

The Directors: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer

The Story: A new documentary from Werner Herzog about meteors and comets and their influence on ancient religions and other cultural and physical impacts they've had on Earth.

Minari - 2020 HIFF Capsule Review

The Movie: Minari

The Director: Lee Isaac Chung

The Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Scott Haze, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton

The Story: A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.

Capsule Review:
Minari is a beautifully written story about a Korean immigrant family's perspective on the American dream and features stellar performances from a cast that is highlighted by Steven Yeun and Han Ye-ri. The movie is primarily a family drama although writer and director Lee Isaac Chung adds in bits of comedy and social commentary to create a very well rounded and timeless story.

Minari is an official selection of the 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Kindred - Movie Review

The Movie: Kindred

The Director: Joe Marcantonio

The Cast: Tamara Lawrance, Jack Lowden, Fiona Shaw, Edward Holcroft 

The Story: Plagued by mysterious hallucinations, a pregnant woman suspects that the family of her deceased boyfriend has intentions for her unborn child.

Friday, November 6, 2020

TwoOhSix Picks - 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival

Welcome to TwoOhSix.com's coverage of the 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival. Each year in preparation for the event, HIFF programmers view some 1,000 films and choose an average of 150 features, documentaries and film shorts. From those final selections, I have selected the twenty films that you do not want to miss, Here are the 2020 HIFF TwoOhSix Picks.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

18 to Party - Movie Review

The Movie: 18 to Party

The Director: Jeff Roda

The Cast: Alivia Clark, Tanner Flood, James Freedson-Jackson, Oliver Gifford, Nolan Lyons, Sam McCarthy, Ivy Miller, Taylor Richardson, Erich Schuett

The Story: It's 1984 and outside a small-town nightclub, a group of 8th graders gather, grappling with a spate of recent suicides, UFO sightings, their absentee parents, and each other.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Blood Vessel - Movie Review

The Movie: Blood Vessel

The Director: Justin Dix

The Cast: Nathan Phillips, Alyssa Sutherland, Robert Taylor, Christopher Kirby, Alex Cooke

The Story: Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945, a life raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship. With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost until a seemingly abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Let Him Go - Movie Review

The Movie: Let Him Go

The Director: Thomas Bezucha

The Cast: Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Lesley Manville, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart, Will Brittain

The Story: A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Scare Package - Movie Review

The Movie: Scare Package

The Directors: Emily Hagins, Chris McInroy, Anthony Cousins, Hillary Andujar, Courtney Andujar, Aaron B. Koontz. Noah Segan, Baron Vaughn

The Cast: Jeremy King, Noah Segan, Toni Trucks, Zoe Graham, Chelsey Grant, Jocelyn DeBoer, Atsuko Okatsuka, Elizabeth Trieu, Lawrence Varnado

The Story: Chad, the owner of Rad Chad's Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Memories of Murder / 살인의 추억 - Movie Review

The Movie: Memories of Murder살인의 추억

The Director: Bong Joon-ho

The Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha, Park Hae-il, Byun Hee-bong

The Story: In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

TwoOhSix Podcast - Special Halloween Horror Edition with the Creators of The Old Ways

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Hall - Movie Review

The Movie: Hall

The Director: Francesco Giannini

The Cast: Carolina Bartczak, Yumiko Shaku, Mark Gibson, Bailey Thain, Julian Richings

The Story: When a debilitating sickness spreads across a long hotel hallway, a few scattered victims fight for survival, and try to escape from the dark narrow stretch of isolated carnage.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Come Play - Movie Review

The Movie: Come Play

The Director: Jacob Chase

The Cast: Azhy Robertson, Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr.

The Story: A monster named Larry that manifests itself through smart phones and mobile devices.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

TwoOhSix Podcast - 2020 LAAPFF Interview with Jenny Shi Director of Finding Yingying

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Bad Hair - Movie Review

The Movie: Bad Hair

The Director: Justin Simien

The Cast: Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Jay Pharoa, Kelly Rowland, Blair Underwood, James Van Der Beek, Usher Raymond 

The Story: In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Synchronic - Movie Review

The Movie: Synchronic

The Directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

The Cast: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton, Ally IIoannides

The Story: Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - Movie Review

The Movie: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Director: Jason Woliner

The Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Irina Novak, Luenell 

The Story: Follow-up film to the 2006 comedy centering on the real-life adventures of a fictional Kazakh television journalist named Borat.

On the Rocks - Movie Review

The Movie: On the Rocks

The Director: Sofia Coppola

The Cast: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jenny Slate, 

The Story: A young mother reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.

Monday, October 19, 2020

A Ghost Waits - Movie Review

The Movie: A Ghost Waits

The Director: Adam Stovall

The Cast: MacLeod Andrews, Natalie Walker, Sydney Vollmer, Amanda Miller

The Story: Jack's job is to fix up the house. Spectral agent Muriel's eternal task is to haunt it. They should be enemies, but they become fascinated by one another.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Bullets of Justice - Movie Review

The Movie: Bullets of Justice

The Director: Valeri Milev

The Cast: Danny Trejo, Timur Turisbekov, Yana Marinova, Dessy Slavova, Doroteya Toleva, Ester Chardaklieva

The Story: In the post-apocalyptic aftermath of World War 3, an army of half-human half-pig super-soldiers takes over the world.

Death of Nintendo - 2020 LAAPFF Movie Review

The Movie: Death of Nintendo

The Director: Raya Martin

The Cast: Noel Comia Jr., Agot Isidro, Moi Marcampo, John Vincent Servilla, Mailes Kanapi, Nikki Valdez, Elijah Alejo, Kim Chloe Oquendo

The Story: In the early 1990s, a teenager and his gang of friends enjoy their summer playing games as they grow up.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Old Ways - Movie Review

The Movie: The Old Ways

The Director: Christopher Alender

The Cast: Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés, Julia Vera, Sal Lopez, AJ Bowen

The Story: When a Mexican American reporter returns to her ancestral homeland of Veracruz chasing a story on witchcraft and faith healers, she becomes the subject of her own story.

The Queen of Black Magic / Ratu Ilmu Hitam - 2020 Nightstream Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: The Queen of Black Magic / Ratu Ilmu Hitam

The Director: Kimo Stamboel

The Cast: Ario Bayu, Hannah Al Rashid, Adhisty Zara, Ari Irham, Muzakki Ramdhan, Shenina Cinnamon, Giulio Parengkuan, Tanta Ginting, Miller Khan, Salvita Decorte, Imelda Therinne, Ade Firman Hakim, Sheila Dara Aisha, Ruth Marini, Yayu A.W. Unru, Putri Ayudya, Gisellma Firmansyah

The Story: An orphanage is home to some pretty dark secrets and, when former residents make a return visit, a reckoning of sorts begins to take shape.

Friday, October 16, 2020

In Case of Emergency - Documentary Review

The Documentary: In Case of Emergency

The Director: Carolyn Jones

The Story: Follows emergency nurses and their patients in seven unique settings across the U.S from urban to rural, shedding light on some of the biggest health care crises facing Americans today.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Thousand Cuts - 2020 LAAPFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: A Thousand Cuts

The Director: Ramona S. Diaz

The Story: A look at how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte uses social media to spread disinformation.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Mortuary Collection - Movie Review

The Movie: The Mortuary Collection

The Director: Ryan Spindell

The Cast: Clancy Brown, Christine Kilmer, Caitlin Fisher, Jacob Elordi, Barak Hardley, Sarah Hey 

The Movie: On the cusp of retirement, an eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he's encountered in his long career, but things take a turn for the phantasmagorical when he learns that the final story - is his own.

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