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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Copshop - Movie Review

The Movie: Copshop

The Director: Joe Carnahan 

The Cast: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder

The Story: On the run from a lethal assassin, a wily con artist devises a scheme to hide out inside a small-town police station—but when the hitman turns up at the precinct, an unsuspecting rookie cop finds herself caught in the crosshairs.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Blue Bayou - Movie Review

The Movie: Blue Bayou

The Director: Justin Chon

The Cast: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham, Emory Cohen

The Story: As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

Friday, September 10, 2021

The Card Counter - Movie Review

The Movie: The Card Counter

The Director: Paul Schrader

The Cast: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe

The Story: Redemption is the long game in the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Small Engine Repair - Movie Review

The Movie: Small Engine Repair

The Director: John Pollono

The Cast: Jon Bernthal, Shea Whigham, Jordana Spiro, John Pollono, Ciara Bravo, Spencer House

The Story: Events spin wildly out of control when three lifelong friends agree to do a favor on behalf of the brash young woman they all adore.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Fatal Raid - Movie Review

The Movie: The Fatal Raid

The Director: Jacky Lee

The Cast: Patrick Tam, Michael Tong, Jade Leung, Jeana Ho, Min Chen Lin, Hidy Yu, Sin Hang Chiu, Andrew Yuen, Jadie Lin

The Story: Two elite police teams head up a secret operation following a dangerous smuggling ring across the Macau border, but when their presence is discovered, the mission ends in a deadly firefight. Twenty years later, an escort mission brings the survivors back to the scene of the tragedy—and fosters a highly unwelcome reunion.

Hellbender - Fantasia 2021 Movie Review

The Movie: Hellbender

The Director: John Adams, Zelda Adams, Toby Poser

The Cast: Zelda Adams, Toby Poser, Lulu Adams, John Adams

The Story: A lonely teen discovers her family's ties to witchcraft.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Movie Review

The Movie: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

The Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng

The Story: Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Yakuza Princess - Fantasia 2021 Movie Review

The Movie: Yakuza Princess

The Director: Vincent Amorim

The Cast: MASUMI, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tsuyoshi Ihara

The Story: The heiress to half of the Yakuza crime syndicate forges an uneasy alliance with an amnesiac stranger who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Midnight Diner / 深夜食堂 - Movie Review

The Movie: Midnight Diner / 深夜食堂

The Director: Tony Leung Ka Fai

The Cast: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Deng Chao, Eddie Peng, Vision Wei

The Story: Year after year, people flock from far and wide to the mysterious Midnight Diner to share their stories, savor delicious home cooking, and finally, to leave refreshed, feeling equally full and ready for their next adventure.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Little Q / 小 Q - Movie Review

The Movie: Little Q / 小 Q

The Director: Law Wing Cheong

The Cast: Simon Yam, Gigi Leung, Him Law, Charlie Yeung, Shanshan Yuan, Angela Yeun, Frankie Lam, Roger Kwok Chun On

The Story: Little Q, a yellow lab with a curious birthmark, is training to become a guide dog for the blind. When his training is complete, Little Q is sent to help Lee Bo Ting, a famous, recently blinded chef.

The Protégé - Movie Review

The Movie: The Protégé

The Director: Martin Campbell

The Cast: Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton

The Story: Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody and trained in the family business, Anna is the world's most skilled contract killer. But when Moody is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Night House - Movie Review

The Movie: The Night House

The Director: David Bruckner

The Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin

The Story: The Night House follows a widow who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Raging Fire / 怒火 - Fantasia 2021 Movie Review

The Movie: Raging Fire / 怒火

The Director: Benny Chan

The Cast: Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Qin Lan

The Story: Bong Cheung is a righteous cop who is admired by the police force to have solved many cases. One day, his past comes back to haunt him when his sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by his former protégé.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Free Guy - Movie Review

The Movie: Free Guy

The Director: Shawn Levy

The Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi

The Story: A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Escape from Mogadishu / 모가디슈 - Movie Review

The Movie: Escape from Mogadishu / 모가디슈

The Director: Ryoo Seung-wan

The Cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Huh Joon-ho, Zo In-sung, Koo Kyo-hwan, Joung Man-sik, Kim So-jin

The Story: Based on a true story: as civil war rages in Mogadishu, rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Nine Days - Movie Review

The Movie: Nine Days

The Director: Edson Oda

The Cast: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, Bill Skarsgård, David Rysdahl, Arianna Ortiz

The Story: A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.

Friday, August 6, 2021

The Suicide Squad - Movie Review

The Movie: The Suicide Squad

The Director: James Gunn

The Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Jennifer Holland, Tinashe Kajese, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis

The Story: Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival

The Fantasia International Film Festival is back! This is seriously one of my favorite film festivals of the year and once again, it is jam packed with a lineup of genre films with both virtual and in person screenings from August 5th through August 25th. I had a hard time narrowing down this incredible list of films so I went with 25 "TwoOhSix Picks" this year.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Jungle Cruise - Movie Review

The Movie: Jungle Cruise

The Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

The Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti

The Story: Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Green Knight - Movie Review

The Movie: The Green Knight

The Director: David Lowery

The Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson

The Story: A fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Settlers (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: Settlers

The Director: Wyatt Rockefeller

The Cast: Sofia Boutella, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Brooklynn Prince, Nell Tiger Free, Jonny Lee Miller

The Story: Settlers on the Martian frontier do what they must to survive the cosmic elements and each other in this science-fiction thrill ride.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Pink Opaque - Movie Review

The Movie: Pink Opaque

The Director: Derrick Perry

The Cast: Elijah Boothe, Ruby Park, Chaim Dunbar, Daniel C, Jeremy Ford, Susan Elle, Aaron Dominguez, Chris Markle, Bill Miltenberger, Kris Kil, Milo Scott

The Story: While struggling to finish his thesis documentary required to graduate, Travis Wolfe reconnects with his estranged uncle and navigates a budding romance against the wishes of his girlfriend’s older brother.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Erika Cohn - Director of Belly of the Beast

Filmmaker Erika Cohn joins the Changing Directions podcast interview series to talk about her game changing documentary Belly of the Beast. You can watch the film for free on PBS Independent Lens through the end of July.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Joe Bell - Movie Review

The Movie: Joe Bell

The Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

The Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Gary Sinise

The Story: The true story of a small town, working class father who embarks on a solo walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins - Movie Review

The Movie: Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins

The Director: Robert Schwentke

The Cast: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Tahehiro Hira, Iko Uwais

The Story: A G.I. Joe spin-off centered around the character of Snake Eyes.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Hydra - Movie Review

The Movie: Hydra

The Director: Kensuke Sonomura

The Cast: Masanori Mimoto, Miu, Tasuku Nagase

The Story: After retiring as an assassin, Takashi leads a quiet life as a chef at a sushi bar, where he secretly watches over the daughter of a former associate. His peace is short-lived: soon, he is recruited for a final job that he simply can’t refuse.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Lou Nakasako - Producer of Try Harder!

Producer and cinematographer Lou Nakasako joined the Changing Directions interview series during the Sundance Film Festival to discuss the premiere of Try Harder!, a documentary that is continuing to play at festivals throughout the year including the Austin Asian American Film Festival and the Bentonville Film Festival.

The Witches of the Orient - 2021 NBFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: The Witches of the Orient

The Director: Julien Faraut

The Story: The story of the 1964 Japanese Olympic volleyball team, the "Oriental Witches."

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Stranger Than Fiction Competition - 2021 North Bend Fil Festival

The 2021 North Bend Film Festival is jam packed filled with feature films and short films as well as both virtual an in person experiences so there's no shortage of quality entertainment for anyone to enjoy. The festival includes a selection of films that are in competition for various awards and the organizers asked me to be on the jury for the Stranger Than Fiction category which for me is quite the honor. See below for a few thoughts on each of the six films that are part of the competition.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Swan Song - 2021 NBFF Capsule Review

The Movie: Swan Song

The Director: Todd Stephens

The Cast: Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans

The Story: A formerly flamboyant hairdresser takes a long walk across a small town to style a dead woman's hair.

Pig - Movie Review

The Movie: Pig

The Director: Michael Sarnoski

The Cast: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff

The Story: A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Hui Tong - Co-Director of Curtain Up!

Filmmaker Hui Tong checks in from Beijing to talk about Curtain Up!, a documentary he co-directed with fellow director and producer Kelly Ng. Curtain Up!, an official selection of the 2021 Austin Asian American Film Festival, raises timely topics while shining a spotlight on some truly talented children.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - 2021 North Bend Film Festival

The North Bend Film Festival is back after a one year pandemic induced hiatus and the 2021 edition has got a full lineup of programming both virtual and in person. This hybrid format has been the norm for most festivals this year and the fine folks who are in charge of these particular proceedings have gone all out in maintaining the fun and quirky vibe the festival is known for. See below for my election of films you do not want to miss out on during the festival's run.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Silat Warriors: Deed of Death - Movie Review

The Movie: Silat Warriors: Deed of Death

The Director: Areel Abu Bakar

The Cast: Namron, Khoharullah Majid, Feiyna Tajudin, Fad Anuar, Taiyuddin Bakar, Megat Shahrizal, Azlan Komeng

The Story: When a reckless young gambler’s wild lifestyle of illegal betting, drag racing, and brutal street fights pits him against a ruthless criminal enterprise, his luck finally runs out.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: CJ Hunt - Director of The Neutral Ground

Director CJ Hunt joins the Changing Directions podcast interview series to discuss his new documentary The Neutral Ground. The film is one that should be required viewing in the same vein as other recent documentaries Far East Deep South and Summer of Soul.

The Neutral Ground - Documentary Review

The Documentary: The Neutral Ground

The Director: CJ Hunt

The Story: In December 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate monuments from public grounds. A forceful group of critics protested the decision, and fearing retaliation, no crew would agree to remove the statues.

The Interview:
Director and producer CJ Hunt was kind enough to take time to join the podcast right in the middle of The Neutral ground's festival run and PBS debut. The film will be available to watch for free on PBS as the season premiere episode of the POV documentary series beginning on July 5th.

Black Widow - Movie Review

The Movie: Black Widow

The Director: Cate Shortland

The Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Rachel Weisz

The Story: A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Werewolves Within - Movie Review

The Movie: Werewolves Within

The Director: Josh Ruben

The Cast: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtain, Wayne Duvall, Harvey Guillén, Rebecca Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, and Glenn Fleshler 

The Story: After a proposed pipeline creates divisions within the small town of Beaverfield, newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.

Summer of Soul - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Summer of Soul

The Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

The Story: A feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Tomorrow War - Movie Review

The Movie: The Tomorrow War

The Director: Chris McKay

The Cast: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Keith Powers

The Story: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Forever Purge - Movie Review

The Movie: The Forever Purge

The Director: Everardo Gout

The Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, Will Patton

The Story: All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Michele Josue - Director of Nurse Unseen

Award winning director Michele Josue took some time to discuss Nurse Unseen, her latest project which is currently in production after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Bad Detectives - Move Review

The Movie: Bad Detectives

The Director: Presley Paras

The Cast: Dralla Aierken, Freya Tingley, Jim Meskimen, Paul Rae, Caylee Cowan

The Story: Two young women inherit their grandfather's detective agency and reluctantly team up to solve their murders.

F9 The Fast Saga - Movie Review

The Movie: F9

The Director: Justin Lin

The Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren, with Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron

The Story: No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Antoinette Jadaone - Director of Fan Girl

Antoinette Jadaone joins the Changing Directions podcast interview series to talk about Fan Girl, her latest feature film. Fan Girl is an intensely emotional drama that will make you take a hard look at both sides of pop culture fandom.

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