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Friday, April 9, 2021

Slalom - Movie Review

The Movie: Slalom

The Director: Charlène Favier

The Cast: Noée Abita, Jérémie Renier, Marie Denarnaud, Muriel Combeau, Maïra Schmitt, Axel Auriant

The Story: Under the guidance of a strict ex champion, a promising 15 year old girl trains as a professional skiing star. Will she be able to endure the physical and emotional pressures?

Voyagers - Movie Review

The Movie: Voyagers

The Director: Neil Burger

The Cast: Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, Madison Hu, Colin Farrell       

The Story: A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Space Sweepers / 승리호 - Movie Refview

The Movie: Space Sweepers / 승리호

The Director: Jo Sung-hee

The Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, Yoo Hae-jin

The Story: Set in the year 2092 and follows the crew of a space junk collector ship called The Victory. When they discover a humanoid robot named Dorothy that's known to be a weapon of mass destruction, they get involved in a risky business deal.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong - Movie Review

The Movie: Godzilla vs. Kong

The Director: Adam Wingard

The Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Demián Bichir, Kyle Chandler, Kaylee Hottle, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Ronnie Chiang, John Pirruccello

The Story: Godzilla and Kong get in a fight and some people do some things, too.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Ema Ryan Yamazaki - Director of Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams

Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki joins the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about her documentary Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams. Yamazaki hits a home run with this highly entertaining documentary about the annual high school baseball tournament that is considered to be the biggest sporting even in Japan.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Nobody - Movie Review

The Movie: Nobody

The Director: Ilya Naishuller

The Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Alexey Serebryakov, Christopher Lloyd

The Story: A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

See You Then - Movie Review

The Movie: See You Then

The Director: Mari Walker

The Cast: Pooya Mohseni, Lynn Chen, Nican Robinson, Danny Jacobs

The Story: A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi, Kris invites her to a dinner to catch-up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris' transition. Over the course of their one night encounter, they engage in a series of increasingly intimate and vulnerable conversations, before a shocking secret is revealed.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Cosmoball - Movie Review

The Movie: Cosmoball

The Director: Dzhanik Fayziev

The Cast: Evgeniy Mironov, Evgeniy Romantsov, Viktoriya Agalakova, Maria Lisovaya, Ivan Ivanovich

The Story: An enormous spaceship hovers over Earth-this is a stadium, which hosts sports events that resemble soccer but at mind-boggling speeds. The name of the game is cosmoball.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Sabrina Doyle - Director of Lorelei

Director Sabrina Doyle joins the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about Lorelei, her award winning debut feature film. Lorelei is one of those movies that sneaks up on you with emotionally powerful performances and a relatable story that steers far away from any type of Hollywood story telling or fairy tale endings.

Friday, March 19, 2021

The Courier (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: The Courier

The Director: Dominic Cooke

The Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley

The Story: A true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Nomadland - Movie Review

The Movie: Nomadland

The Director: Chloé Zhao

The Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie

The Story: Follows a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Mallorie Ortega - Director of The Girl Who Left Home

Director Mallorie Ortega joins the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about her debut film, The Girl Who Left Home. Mallorie's debut feature film is filled with promise and entertaining performances. Job well done all the way around.

Cosmic Sin - Movie Review

The Movie: Cosmic Sin

The Director: Edward Drake

The Cast: Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Brandon Thomas Lee, Corey Large, Perrey Reeves, CJ Perry, Lochlyn Munro, Costas Mandylor, Adelaide Kane

The Story: Seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Underplayed: Documentary Review

The Documentary: Underplayed

The Director: Stacey Lee

The Story: Filmed over the summer festival season, Underplayed presents a portrait of the current status of the gender, ethnic, and sexuality equality issues in dance music.

The Devil Below - Movie Review

The Movie: The Devil Below

The Director: Bradley Parker

The Cast: Alicia Sanz, Adan Canto, Zach Avery, Chinaza Uche, Jesse Latourette, with Jonathan Sadowski, Will Patton

The Story: There is an abandoned place nestled deep in Appalachian country where underground coal mines have been ablaze for decades. When a team of researchers try to find out how the fires started, they soon discover something more startling than the mystery that sent them there: they’re not alone.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu - Far East Deep South

Director Larissa Lam and Producer Baldwin Chiu join the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about their documentary, Far East Deep South. The documentary is heart wrenching because of the generations of history the Chiu family has lost and it is also filled with hope because of how much of that history has been recovered for future generations to learn from and appreciate.

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Girl Who Left Home - SAAFF 2021 Movie Review

The Movie: The Girl Who Left Home

The Director: Mallorie Ortega

The Cast: Haven Everly, Emy Coligado, Paolo Montalban, Lora Nicolas, Liz Casasola, Russwin Francisco, Mitch Poulos

The Story: A musical dramedy about a Filpino-American female who must put her dreams aside to keep her family restaurant from eviction.

Raya and the Last Dragon - Movie Review

The Movie: Raya and the Last Dragon

The Directors: Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada
The Co-Directors: Paul Briggs and John Ripa

The Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, Alan Tudyk, Lucille Soong, Patti Harrison and Ross Butler

The Story: In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

Far East Deep South - 2021 SAAFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: Far East Deep South

The Director: Larissa Lam

The Story: When a Chinese-American family travels from California to Mississippi to visit the grave of their ancestors, they stumble upon surprising revelations.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Chelsea Christer - Director of Bleeding Audio

Director Chelsea Christer joins the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about her documentary, Bleeding Audio. Bleeding Audio is an inspiring documentary and an intriguing look into the realities of being in a band, dealing with the music business, and learning some valuable life lessons along the way.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Chaos Walking - Movie review

The Movie: Chaos Walking

The Director: Doug Liman

The Cast: Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, David Oyelowo

The Story: A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

And Then - 2021 SAAFF Short Film Review

The Short Film: And Then

The Director: Jenn Ravenna Tran

The Cast: Erika Ishii, Rina Hoshino

The Story: A short film about two women who meet and grow closer to each other through insomnia, exploring a new city, and art.

Pixie (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: Pixie

The Director: Barnaby Thompson

The Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Alec Baldwin

The Story: On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small town life behind.  When the plan goes horribly wrong she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Boogie - Movie Review

The Movie: Boogie

The Director: Eddie Huang

The Cast: Taylor Takahashi, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Taylour Paige, Perry Yung, Mike Moh, Domenick Lombardozzi

The Story: Coming-of-age story of Alfred "Boogie" Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is back for another year although this time with a virtual setup that will allow people within certain geo locked regions to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own homes. The festival will begin on Thursday March 4th with an Opening Night program and will conclude on Sunday March 14th. Below you will find the six films, five features and one short, that I have selected as this year's TwoOhSix Picks.

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Vigil - Movie Review

The Movie: The Vigil

The Director: Keith Thomas

The Cast: Dave Davis, Malky Goldman, Menashe Lustig, Lynn Cohen

The Story: A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas' electrifying feature debut.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Cherry (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: Cherry

The Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

The Cast: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, 
Michael Gandolfini

The Story: An Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.

Anatomy of Wings - 2021 Slamdance Documentary Review

The Documentary: Anatomy of Wings

The Directors: Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander and Nikiea Redmond

The Story: What is only supposed to last 10-weeks turns into a 10+ year journey for 10 Baltimore City Girls who frame how their cinematic story is shared with the world.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story - 2021 Slamdance Documentary Review

The Documentary: 18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story

The Director: Stephen DeBro

The Story: Home of 18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story, a documentary film telling the story of a city through a historic fight palace. Boxing, wrestling, roller derby, music, L.A. history and culture.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Sujata Day - Director of Definition Please

Director, actor, and 4th grade spelling bee champion Sujata Day joins the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about her new film, Definition Please. Definition Please spells out the ups and downs of a dysfunctional American Indian family in a very lighthearted yet meaningful way.

Bleeding Audio - Slamdance Documentary Review

The Documentary: Bleeding Audio

The Director: Chelsea Christer

The Story: Bleeding Audio is an intimate portrait detailing The Matches' promising career, defeating break up, and inspiring reunion as they reflect on what success truly means for musicians in today's digital industry.

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock - Slamdance Documentary Review

The Documentary: End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

The Director: Shannon Kring

The Story: Indigenous women unite to stop the oil pipeline that threatens their land, water, and very existence.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

True Mothers / 朝が来る - Reel Love Film Fest Movie Review

The Movie: True Mothers / 朝が来る

The Director: Naomi Kawase

The Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada

The Story: A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child's birth mother.

Friday, February 19, 2021

A Writer's Odyssey / 刺杀小说家 - Movie Review

The Movie: A Writer's Odyssey / 刺杀小说家

The Director: Lu Yang

The Cast: Yang Mi, Tong Liya, Dong Zijian, Jiayin Lei, Hewei Yu

The Story: Six years after the abduction of his daughter, a man is hired to kill the author of a fantasy novel, but the world of the novel seems to intersect with reality.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lorelei - Reel Love Film Fest Movie Review

The Movie: Lorelei

The Director: Sabrina Doyle

The Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Jena Malone, Gretchen Corbett 

The Story: A working-class fable about a biker, a mermaid and three shades of blue.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah - Movie Review

The Movie: Judas and the Black Messiah

The Director: Shaka King

The Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Algee Smith, Martin Sheen

The Story: The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Wrong Turn (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: Wrong Turn

The Director: Mike P. Nelson

The Cast: Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Bill Sage, Valerie Jane Parker, Tim Dezarn, Adain Bradley

The Story: Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by 'The Foundation', a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.

Land - Movie Review

The Movie: Land

The Director: Robin Wright

The Cast: Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Sarah Dawn Pledge

The Story: A bereaved woman seeks out a new life, off the grid in Wyoming.

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things - Movie Review

The Movie: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

The Director: Ian Samuels

The Cast: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Jermaine Harris, Anna Mikami, Josh Hamilton, Cleo Fraser 

The Story: The film tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret, also stuck in the time loop.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Mauritanian - Movie Review

The Movie: The Mauritanian

The Director: Kevin Macdonald

The Cast: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi

The Story: A detainee at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention center is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Reel Love Film Festival

The 2021 Reel Love Film Festival (Feb 10-14) is a brand new online festival experience featuring feature films, short film programs, and virtual experiences and I'm super happy to be checking it out. As always, I have selected my TwoOhSix Picks for the upcoming festival including four feature films and a virtual event. I have already watched one of the films and it just might end up being one of my favorites of the whole year.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Minari - Movie 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.

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Slamdance Film Festival

The Slamdance Film Festival 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 six films that stood out from the pack as this year's "TwoOhSix Picks."

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Malcolm and Marie - Movie Review

The Movie: Malcolm and Marie

The Director: Sam Levinson

The Cast: Zendaya and John David Washington

The Story: A director and his girlfriend's relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics' responses.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Son of the South - Movie Review

The Movie: Son of the South

The Director: Barry Alexander Brown

The Cast: Lucas Till, Lex Scott Davis, Lucy Hale, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Ormond, Brian Dennehy

The Story: A grandson of a Klansman comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. Based on Bob Zellner's autobiography "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek."

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Try Harder! - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Try Harder!

The Director: Debbie Lum

The Story: In a universe where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams.

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Little Things - Movie Review

The Movie: The Little Things

The Director: John Lee Hancock

The Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, 

The Story: Two cops track down a serial killer.

Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA

The Director: Todd Thompson

The Story: Nichelle Nichols' daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation's best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Our Friend - Movie Review

The Movie: Our Friend

The Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The Cast: Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, Gwendoline Christie, Cherry Jones, Marielle Scott, Violet McGraw, Ahna O'Reilly, Reed Diamond, Azita Ghanizada

The Story: After receiving life-altering news, a couple finds unexpected support from their best friend, who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

No Man's Land - Movie Review

The Movie: No Man's Land

The Director: Conor Allyn

The Cast: Jake Allyn, Frank Grillo, Jorge A. Jimenez, Alex MacNicoll, Andie MacDowell, George Lopez

The Story: A modern Western inspired by the real-life "no man's land" areas along the Texas-Mexico border.

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