Friday, November 26, 2021

Double Walker - Movie Review


The Movie: Double Walker

The Director: Colin West

The Cast: Sylvie Mix , Maika Carter, Quinn Armstrong, Justin Rose, Tina Matthews

The Story: A young woman's ghost investigates the mysterious events that led to her own murder.

Encanto - Movie Review


The Movie: Encanto

The Directors: Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith

The Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, María Cecilia Botero, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Wilmer Valderrama

The Story: The tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Atomic Cover-Up - HIFF 2021 Documentary Review



The Documentary: Atomic Cover-Up

The Director: Greg Mitchell

The Story: Long suppressed footage of the human suffering caused by the US nuclear bombing of two Japanese cities in August of 1945.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Movie Review


The Movie: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The Director: Jason Reitman

The Cast: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts, Paul Rudd, Celeste O'Connor, Logan Kim, Bokeem Woodbine

The Story: When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Changing Directions Interview Series featuring Maya Cozier Director of She Paradise


Director Maya Cozier joins the Changing Directions Filmmaker Interview Series to talk about She Paradise, her debut feature film, right before its release in theaters and on VOD.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

She Paradise - Movie Review


The Movie: She Paradise

The Director: Maya Cozier

The Cast: Onessa Nestor, Kimberly Crichton, Chelsey Rampersad, Michael Cherrie, Denisia Latchman, Kern Mollineau

The Story: A teenage girl stumbles upon a free-spirited dance crew, leading to alluring but unsettling encounters with nightlife and money.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Changing Directions Interview Series: Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy, Nathan Truesdell for Ascension


Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy, and Nathan Truesdell join the Changing Directions Filmmaker Interview Series to talk about their documentary Ascension. Such a great conversation about what I believe to be one of the best documentaries of the year.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Belfast - Movie Review


The Movie: Belfast

The Director: Kenneth Branagh

The Cast: Catriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, Jude Hill

The Story: A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The Souvenir Part II - Movie Review


The Movie: The Souvenir Part II

The Director: Joanna Hogg

The Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Jaygann Ayeh, Richard Ayoade, Ariane Labed, James Spencer Ashworth, Harris Dickinson, Charlie Heaton, Joe Alwyn, Tilda Swinton

The Story: In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship, Julie begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Teine Sā - The Ancient Ones - 2021 HIFF Movie Review



The Movie: Teine Sā - The Ancient Ones

The Directors: Matasila Freshwater, Mario Faumui, Miki Magasiva, Vela Manusaute, Mario Gaoa

The Cast: Frankie Adams, Elsie Polosovai, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Joseph Naufahu, Yvonne Maea-Brown, Daniel Watterson, Aleni Tufuga

The Story: The ancient female spirits of the Pacific are stirring. Revered and feared, these sacred goddesses have crept back into the modern world to engage with five women each facing their own demons.

Changing Directions Interview Series: Mye Hoang - Director of Cat Daddies for HIFF 2021


Mye Hoang joins the TwoOhSix Podcast during the 2021 Hawai'i International Film Festival to talk about Cat Daddies, her brand new documentary. Being a former cat daddy myself, I was really excited to watch this film and speak to Mye about how the movie came together.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Emperor's Sword - Movie Review / Home Video Release


The Movie: The Emperor's Sword

The Director: Yingli Zhang, Haonan Chen

The Cast: Fengbin Mu, Yilin Hao, Qihang Zhao, Qiyu Yang

The Story: During a time of peace, a deadly sword that bestows great power upon its wielder was divided and hidden. After the emperor dies, a deranged rebel seizes power and stages a massacre during his search for the blade, leaving only one survivor. Now, the young daughter of a great general is all that stands between a tyrant and his quest for domination.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Great White - Movie Review


The Movie: Great White

The Director: Martin Wilson

The Cast: Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, Te Kohe Tuhaka

The Story: A blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare when five seaplane passengers are stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival, the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface.

Lair - Movie Review


The Movie: Lair

The Director: Adam Ethen Crow

The Cast: Corey Johnson, Oded Fehr, Alexandra Gilbreath, Sean Buchanan, Aislinn De'ath, Kashif O'Connor, Anya Newall, Alana Wallace

The Story: When Ben Dollarhdye is accused of murder, saying he was possessed by a demonic force, Steven Caramore investigates his friend's claims, setting off a chain of events that forces a young family into a terrifying battle for survival.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Cat Daddies - HIFF 2021 Documentary Review



The Documentary: Cat Daddies

The Director: Mye Hoang

The Story: A heartwarming collective portrait of eight unique men whose lives have been changed by their love for cats. Some of these men will navigate the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of these feline friends.

Dangerous (2021) - Movie Review


The Movie: Dangerous

The Director: David Hackl

The Cast: Scott Eastwood, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Durand, Famke Janssen, Mel Gibson

The Story: A reformed sociopath journeys to a remote island to investigate the mystery behind his brother's demise, but soon ends up facing off with more than he bargained for.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Finch - Movie Review


The Movie: Finch

The Director: Miguel Sapochnik

The Cast: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Marie Wagenman, Oscar Avila

The Story: A man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Nightshooters - Movie Review


The Movie: Nightshooters

The Director: Marc Price

The Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Doug Allen, Nicolas Aaron, Rosanna Hoult, Wendy Glenn, Philip Barantini

The Story: An action thriller about a group of filmmakers who find themselves on the run from a violent horde of criminals after witnessing a brutal gangland execution. Unable to flee the derelict building they have been shooting in, the hapless film crew must use their technical skill and cinematic knowledge to defend themselves.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Eternals - Movie Review


The Movie: Eternals

The Director: Chloé Zhao

The Cast: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree
Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, with Kit Harington, with Salma
Hayek, Angelina Jolie

The Story: When monstrous creatures called the Deviants mysteriously return, the Eternals—a group of heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man—are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Hawai International Film Festival, Presented by Halekulani


The 2021 Hawai'i International Film Festival, Presented by Halekulani is here! This is my seventh year covering what has become one of my favorite film festivals of the course of each year. There's always such an amazing lineup of movies from all over the world and it's always nice to see so many different perspectives from all over the place. This year's event is a combination of virtual access and in person screenings with lots of measures and protocols in place to keep everyone safe. See below for my list of TwoOhSix Picks, the movies you definitely want to have on your radar whether you will be attending in person or watching from home.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Snakehead - Movie Review


The Movie: Snakehead

The Director: Evan Jackson Leong

The Cast: Sung Kang, Celia Au, Devon Diep, Shuya Chang, Perry Yung, Jamie Choi, Jade Wu, Amy Tsang, Sandra Eloani, Eric Elizaga

The Story: A Chinese immigrant get caught up in an international crime ring of human smuggling while attempting to make a better life for her family.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Antlers (2021) - Movie Review


The Movie: Antlers

The Director: Scott Cooper

The Cast: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan

The Story: In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Last Night in Soho - Movie Review


The Review: Last Night in Soho

The Director: Edgar Wright

The Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham, Michael Ajao, Synnove Karlsen

The Story:  An aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Becoming Cousteau - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Becoming Cousteau

The Director: Liz Garbus

The Story: A look at the life, passions, achievements and tragedies surrounding the famous explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau, featuring an archive of his newly restored footage.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain - Movie Review


The Movie: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

The Director: Will Sharpe

The Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Sharon Rooney, Aimee Lou Wood, Taika Waititi, Olivia Colman 

The Story: The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Dune (2021) - Movie Review


The Movie: Dune (2021)

The Director: Denis Villeneuve

The Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem

The Story: Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

The Harder They Fall (2021) - Movie Review


The Movie: The Harder They Fall

The Director: Jeymes Samuel

The Cast: Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler,
Edi Gathegi, RJ Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole, Regina King, Idris Elba

The Story: In this Western, outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck, is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The French Dispatch - Movie Review


The Movie: The French Dispatch

The Director: Wes Anderson

The Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson

The Story: A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine".

Found - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Found

The Director: Amanda Lipitz

The Story: Three adopted American teenage girls discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

When I Consume You - 2021 BHFF Movie Review



The Movie: When I Consume You

The Director: Perry Blackshear

The Cast: Libby Ewing, Evan Dumouchel, MacLeod Andrews, Margaret Ying Drake

The Story: A woman and her brother seek revenge against a mysterious stalker.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Knocking - Movie Review


The Movie: Knocking

The Director: Frida Kempff

The Cast: Çecilia Milocco, Albin Grenholm, Alexander Salzberger, Krister Kern, Ville Virtanen, Charlotta Åkerblom, and Naida Ragimova

The Story: After suffering a traumatic incident, Molly moves into a new apartment to begin her path to recovery, but it’s not long after her arrival that a series of persistent knocks and screams begin to wake her up at night.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy / 偶然と想像 - Movie Review


The Movie: Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy / 偶然と想像

The Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

The Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori, Shouma Kai, Fusako Urabe, Aoba Kawai

The Story: An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Halloween Kills - Movie Review


The Movie: Halloween Kills

The Director: David Gordon Green

The Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann, Anthony Michael Hall 

The Story: The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.

The Blazing World - Movie Review


The Movie: The Blazing World

The Director: Carlson Young

The Cast: Udo Kier, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, Soko, John Karna, Carlson Young

The Story: Decades after the accidental drowning of her twin sister, a self-destructive young woman returns to her family home, finding herself drawn to an alternate dimension where her sister may still be alive.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Hard Luck Love Song - Movie Review


The Movie: Hard Luck Love Song

The Director: Justin Corsbie

The Cast: Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA, Brian Sacca, Eric Roberts, Melora Walters, Max Arciniega, Randal Reeder, Taylor Gray, Geri Courtney-Austein, Toni Robison-May, Zac Badasci

The Story: A gritty love story about a charismatic but down-on-his-luck troubadour living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions.

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival


After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival has returned! I have been super excited to see this year's lineup and the festival programmers did not disappoint in any way. If you are a fan of horror movies, you definitely want to check this festival out. Keep in mind, this is an in person festival only with no virtual screenings or events so if you're not in New York, you're out of luck. See below for my six TwoOhSix Picks movies that you do not want to miss!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Medium / ร่างทรง - Movie Review


The Movie: The Medium / ร่างทรง

The Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun

The Cast: Sawanee Utoomma, Narilya Gulmongkolpech, Sirani Yankittikan, Yasaka Chaisorn

The Story: A horrifying story of a shaman's inheritance in the Isan region of Thailand. What could be possessing a family member might not be the Goddess they make it out to be.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Poser - 2021 Nightstream Movie Review



The Movie: Poser

The Directors: Ori Segev and Noah Dixon

The Cast: Sylvie Mix, Bobbi Kitten, Rachel Keefe, Abdul Seidu, Nick Samson, Aujolie Baker, Amber Falter, Angela Jernigan

The Story: As Lennon fuels her desire for entry into a podcast featuring live music and conversations with the artists she so fervently admires, Lennon finds inspiration for her own musical ambitions...and a growing sense of misdirected identity.

Alien on Stage - 2021 Nightstream Documentary Review



The Documentary: Alien on Stage

The Directors: Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer

The Story: Tired of performing pantomime productions for their annual charity show in Dorset, the amateur company sets their sights on a most ambitious adaptation of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes - 2021 Nightstream Movie Review



The Movie: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

The Director: Junta Yamaguchi

The Cast: Kazunori Tosa, Aki Asakura, Gota Ishida, Riko Fujitan, Masashi Suwa, Yoshifumi Sakai, Haruki Nakagawa, Takashi Sumita, Munenori Nagano, Chikara Honda

The Story: A cafe owner discovers that the TV in his cafe suddenly shows images from the future, but only two minutes into the future.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Mass - Movie Review


The Movie: Mass

The Director: Fran Kranz

The Cast: Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Breeda Wool, Michelle N. Carter

The Story: Aftermath of a violent tragedy that affects the lives of two couples in different ways.

El Planeta - Movie Review


The Movie: El Planeta

The Director: Amalia Ulman

The Cast: Amalia Ulman, Ale Ulman, Nacho Vigalondo, Zhou Chen

The Story: Amidst the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and an impending eviction.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Lamb - Movie Review


The Movie: Lamb

The Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson

The Cast: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

The Story: A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale.

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