Saturday, August 29, 2020

Detention / 返校 - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: Detention / 返校

The Director: John Hsu

The Cast: Gingle Wang, Tseng Chin-Hua, Fu Meng-Po, Cecilia Choi

The Story: A high school student in 1960's Taiwan during the period of White Terror and martial law must deal with the consequences of her actions against a secret book club.

Special Actors / スペシャルアクターズ - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: Special Actorsスペシャルアクターズ

The Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda

The Cast: Kazuto Osawa, Hiroki Kono, Takuya Fuji, Ayu Kitaura

The Story: Kazuto has a lifelong dream of becoming an actor, but has been suffering from a special medical condition where he faints and collapses when he gets nervous. Now he has a chance to join a group of actors who have been hired to expose and take down a cult.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Sheep Without A Shepherd / 误杀 - Movie Review

The Movie: Sheep Without A Shepherd / 误杀

The Director: Sam Quah

The Cast: Joan Chen, Xiao Yang, Paul Chun, Tan Zhuo

The Story: Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bill and Ted Face the Music - Movie Review

Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, and Brigette Lundy-Paine in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

The Movie: Bill and Ted face the Music

The Director: Dean Parisot

The Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine

The Story: Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Crazy Samurai Musashi - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: Crazy Samurai Musashi

The Director: Yuji Shimomura

The Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Masaaki Takarai, Akihiko Sai

The Story: Legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi fights off hundreds of opponents.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles / 旅猫リポート - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: The Travelling Cat Chronicles / 旅猫リポート

The Director: Kôichirô Miki

The Cast: Sôta Fukushi, Yuko Takeuchi, Alice Hirose, Takurô Ôno, Ryôsuke Yamamoto, Tomoya Maeno, Yûko Takeuchi

The Story: A young man takes a road trip visiting old friends in hopes that one of them will be able to adopt his cat. They both quickly learn that this will be no easy task.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Monster Seafood Wars / 三大怪獣グルメ - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: Monster Seafood Wars / 三大怪獣グルメ

The Director: Minoru Kawasaki

The Cast: Keisuke Ueda, Ayano Yoshida Christie, Yûya Asato, Shojiro Yokoi, Reon Kurosaki, Gota Ihashi, Satoshi Kobayashi, Hikomaro, Paradise Yamamoto, Ukulele Eiji, Kei Grant, Asato Izumi

The Story: Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Lapsis - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: Lapsis

The Director: Noah Hutton

The Cast: Ivory Aquino, Arliss Howard, Babe Howard, Dean Imperial, Dora Madison, James McDaniel, Madeline Wise, Frank Wood

The Story: In a parallel present, Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market.

The Columnist - 2020 Fantasia Movie Review

The Movie: The Columnist

The Director: Ivo van Aart

The Cast: Genio de Groot, Katja Herbers, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, Claire Porro, Harry van Rijthoven

The Story: Columnist and author Femke is flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social media. One day she has enough and decides to take revenge.

Fly Me To Saitama / 翔んで埼玉 - Fantasia 2020 Movie Review

The Movie: Fly Me To Saitama / 翔んで埼玉

The Director: Hideki Takeuchi

The Cast: Fumi Nikaidô, Gackt, Yûsuke Iseya, Masaki Kyômoto, Kumiko Takeda, Haruka Shimazaki, Kumiko Asô, Ryô Narita, Brother Tom, Shôtarô Mamiya, Akaji Maro

The Story: In a world where people are discriminated based on their birthplace, a resident of the much-reviled Saitama Prefecture embarks on a revolutionary campaign to improve things for his home.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Random Acts of Violence - Movie Review

The Movie: Random Acts of Violence

The Director: Jay Baruchel

The Cast: Jesse Willimas, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Niamh Wilson

The Story: A pair of comic book writers begin to notice scary similarities between the character they created and horrific real-life events.

Chemical Hearts - Movie Review

The Movie: Chemical Hearts

The Director: Richard Tanne

The Cast: Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones, Adhir Kalyan, Kara Young, Coral Peña, Shannon Walsh, Bruce Altman, Meg Gibson, Adhir Kalyan

The Story: A high school transfer student finds a new passion when she begins to work on the school's newspaper.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Lingua Franca - Movie Review

The Movie: Lingua Franca

The Director: Isabel Sandoval

The Cast: Eamon Farren, Lev Gorn, P.J. Boudousqué, Lynn Cohen, Isabel Sandoval, Ivory Aquino, Andrea Leigh, Leif Steinert, Roman Blat, Jake Soister

The Story: Olivia, an undocumented Filipino trans woman, works as a caregiver in Brooklyn. When she runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with her employer's grandson in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.

Words On Bathroom Walls - Movie Review

The Movie: Words On Bathroom Walls

The Director: Thor Freudenthal

The Cast: Charlie Plummer, Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, Molly Parker, Walton Goggins

The Story: A teenager coping with paranoid schizophrenia hopes his new experimental drug treatment will help him navigate high school and the outside world.

TwoOhSix Podcast - Nick Naveda Interview for Words on Bathroom Walls

Screenwriter Nick Naveda sat down (virtually) with the Podcast to discuss his latest movie Words on Bathroom Walls. Nick talks about what it meant to tell this story, how the casting came together, and what he wants people to take away from watching the movie.

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Words on Bathroom Walls premieres in theaters where available on August 21st. The movie was directed by Thor Freudenthal and features performances from Charlie Plummer, Taylor Russell, Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, Molly Parker, and Walton Goggins.

The story: A teenager coping with paranoid schizophrenia hopes his new experimental drug treatment will help him navigate high school and the outside world.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Peninsula / 반도 - Movie Review

The Movie: Peninsula / 반도

The Director: Yeon Sang-ho

The Cast: Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re as Joon, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-jae, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Do-yoon, Lee Ye-won, Jang So-yeon, Moon Woo-jin, Kim Kyu-baek, Bella Rahim

The Story: Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive.

Tesla - Movie Review

The Movie: Tesla

The Director: Michael Almeryeda

The Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, Hannah Gross, Josh Hamilton

The Story: A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Hail to the Deadites - Fantasia 2020 Documentary Review

Documentary Review: Hail to the Deadites

The Director: Steve Villeneuve

The Story: A documentary about the fans of the Evil Dead films and explores the classic franchise's undying and ever-growing popularity.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Life: Untitled / タイトル、拒絶 - 2020 Fantasia Fest Movie Review

The Movie: Life: Untitled / タイトル、拒絶

The Director: Kana Yamada

The Cast: Sairi Itô, Reiko Kataoka, Aimi Satsukawa, Yuri Tsunematsu, Kokoro Morita, Wan Marui, Aika Yukihira, Tomoko Nozaki, Ayumi Ookawara, Dai Ikeda, Hannya, Syunsuke Tanaka, Denden

The Story: This is a film about female escorts who are living life as best they can. Kana Yamada makes her feature directorial debut, adapting her own stage play. Sairi Ito stars as the protagonist, Kanou. - NYFF

Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business - Fantasia 2020 Documentary Review

The Documentary: Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

The Director: Justin McConnell

The Story: Following five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?

La Llorona - Movie Review

The Movie: La Llorona

The Director: Jayro Bustamante

The Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kenefic, Sabrina de la Hoz, Julio Diaz

The Story: An aging paranoid dictator, protected by a witch crafting wife, faces death and the uprising of his people in Guatemala.

Monday, August 10, 2020

TwoOhSix Picks - 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival

The 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival Virtual Edition kicks off on August 20th and runs through September 2nd with what I am calling the coolest collection of movies I have seen since, well since the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival! After scouring the roster of movies that will be virtually screening exclusively to audiences in Canada this year, I have come up with my picks for the ones you do not want to miss.

Sputnik - Movie Review

The Movie: Sputnik

The Director: Egor Abramenko

The Cast: Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov

The Story: The lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident hasn't returned back home alone-hiding inside his body is a dangerous creature.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Boys State - Documentary Review

The Movie: Boys State

The Directors: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

The Story: A thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up.

Saturday, August 8, 2020 Podcast Zoom Edition: Interview with the Cast of Host

Welcome to a special Zoom Edition of the Podcast! This episode features an interview with the stars of HOST, a brand new Zoom POV horror movie directed by Rob Savage. Included in the interview are Caroline Ward, Emma Louise Webb, Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Radina Drandova, and host Marc Morin. The interview does contain several spoilers so consider yourself warned.

HOST is currently available to stream exclusively on the Shudder horror movie website. Go to to start your free trial subscription.

Thank you for watching this special Zoom Edition of the Podcast, make sure to watch HOST if you haven't already, and Happy Spookies! Review of HOST.

Special thank you to Sean from Shudder and Emily from FerenComm for making this interview possible.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Rebuilding Paradise - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Rebuilding Paradise

The Director: Ron Howard

The Story: The community of Paradise, California, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, attempts to rebuild after devastating wildfires in 2018.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Host (2020) - Movie Review

The Movie: Host

The Director: Rob Savage

The Cast: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Edward Linard, Seylan Baxter

The Story: Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lock down - but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong.

TwoOhSix Podcast Interview - Bob Byington and Kaley Wheless for Frances Ferguson

This interview features director Bob Byington and actor Kaley Wheless as they discuss their feature film Frances Ferguson. The conversation took place at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.

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