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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

VFW - Movie Review

The Movie: VFW

The Director: Joe Begos

The Cast: Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, Sierra McCormick, Tom Williamson, Travis Hammer, Dora Madison, George Wendt, Fred Williamson

The Story: A group of old war veterans put their lives on the line to defend a young woman taking shelter in their local VFW post, who's running from a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of drug addled punks.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Leap / 夺冠 - Movie Review

The Movie: Leap / 夺冠

The Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan

The Cast: Gong Li, Huang Bo, Wu Gang, Peng Yuchang, Bai Lang 

The Story: After 12 years, the Chinese women's volleyball team again reached the Olympic final. The ups and downs of the Chinese women's volleyball team for more than three decades have slowly spread away.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Mosul - Movie Review

The Movie: Mosul

The Director: Matthew Michael Carnahan

The Cast: Waleed Elgadi, Hayat Kamille, Thaer Al-Shayei, Suhail Dabbach, Adam Bessa, Mohimen Mahbuba, Is'haq Elias

The Story: A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants.

Monster Hunter - Movie Review

The Movie: Monster Hunter

The Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

The Cast: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung, Ron Perlman, Jannik Schümann

The Story: When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Definition Please - Movie Review

The Movie: Definition Please

The Director: Sujata Day

The Cast: Sujata Day, Ritesh Rajan, Jake Choi, Lalaine, Parvesh Cheena, Tim Chiou, Katrina Bowden, LeVar Burton

The Story: A former Scribbs Spelling Bee champion must reconcile with her estranged brother when he returns home to help care for their sick mother.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Midnight Sky - Movie Review

The Movie: The Midnight Sky

The Director: George Clooney

The Cast: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Caoilinn Springall, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Tiffany Boone, Sophie Rundle, Tim Russ

The Story: This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

My Spy - Movie Review

The Movie: My Spy

The Director: Peter Segal

The Cast: Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Kristen Schaal, Greg Bryk, Ken Jeong, Nicola Correia-Damude, Devere Rogers, Noah Dalton Danby

The Story: A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Pieces of A Woman - Movie Review

The Movie: Pieces of A Woman

The Director: Kornél Mundruczó

The Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn

The Story: A grieving woman embarks on an emotional journey after the loss of her baby.

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Dissident - Documentary Review

The Documentary: The Dissident

The Director: Bryan Fogel

The Story: When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world piece together the clues to a murder and expose a global cover up.

TwoOhSix Podcast - Interview with Alice Gu Director of The Donut King

Director Alice Gu talks about her new documentary The Donut King, an inspiring story of prosperity and ingenuity that also digs into the heart of immigration and racism in 1970's America, the perils of fleeing a country under siege, and the pitfalls of living the so called "American dream."

Sunday, January 3, 2021 Presents - Favorite Films of 2020

Hello friends and welcome to my 2020 recap post where I break down all my favorite films in various categories and now I also get to add in a selection from my podcast as well which debuted in May. 2020 has been quite the decade and it's interesting to look back and see how it all unfolded in the context of movies, being able to watch movies, studios being able to release movies, fighting through injustice, and managing a global pandemic. No big deal right? Okay, let's get to it.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Shadow in the Cloud - Movie Review

The Movie: Shadow in the Cloud

The Director: Roseanne Liang

The Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Joe Witkowski, Byron Coll 

The Story: A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

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