Monday, May 31, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Leslie Alejandro and Dani de Jesus - Creators of Gold

The filmmaking dynamic duo of Leslie Alejandro and Dani de Jesus joins the Changing Directions interview series to discuss their latest project called Gold, a music video featuring Ella Jay Basco and Ruby Ibarra. The video was screened as part of the 2021 CAAMFest programming and has been receiving critical acclaim from media outlets all across the country.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Fabulous Filipino Brothers - 2021 CAAMFest Capsule Review

The Capsule Movie: The Fabulous Filipino Brothers

The Director: Dante Basco

The Cast: Arianna Basco, Cheryl Tsai, Dante Basco, Darion Basco, Derek Basco, Dionysio Basco, Joe Jitsukawa, Liza Lapira, Solenn Heussaff, Tirso Cruz III

The Story: In the lead-up to a family wedding, four brothers experience shenanigans of a wide range, as captured in a series of vignettes.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Deliver Us From Evil / 다만 악에서 구하소서 - Movie Review

The Movie - Deliver Us From Evil다만 악에서 구하소서

The Director: Hong Won-chan

The Cast: Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae, Park Jung-min, Choi Hee-seo

The Story: An assassin goes to Thailand in order to solve a kidnapping case linked to him, and finds himself chased by a man whose sibling he killed.

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Mei Makino - Director of Inbetween Girl

Mei Makino joins the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about her debut feature film Inbetween Girl which premiered at SXSW and is an official selection of CAAMFest. When it comes to representation,  Inbetween Girl is a genuinely fun coming of age comedy refreshingly told from an Asian American perspective.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Army of the Dead - Movie Review

The Movie: Army of the Dead

The Director: Zach Snyder

The Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Garret Dillahunt

The Story: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Snakehead - 2021 CAAMFest Capsule Review

The Movie: Snakehead

The Director: Evan Jackson Leong

The Cast: Celia Au, Devon Diep, Jade Wu, Perry Yung, Shuya Chang, Sung Kang

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

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Drive All Night - 2021 CAAMFest Movie Review

The Movie: Drive All Night

The Director: Peter Hsieh

The Cast: Johnny Gilligan, Lexy Hammonds, Sarah Dumont, Yutaka Takeuchi

The Story: Drive All Night follows Dave, a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, whose night takes an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara, a young woman hiding a dark secret. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

P!nk: All I Know So Far - Documentary Review

The Documentary: P!nk: All I Know So Far

The Director: Michael Gracey

The Story: A behind-the-scenes look at P!NK as she balances family and life on the road, leading up to her first Wembley Stadium performance on 2019's "Beautiful Trauma" world tour.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Undercover Punch and Gun - Movie Review

The Movie: Undercover Punch and Gun

The Directors: Koon-Nam Lui and Frankie Tam

The Cast: Phillip Ng, Vanness Wu, Andy On, Yinsheng Li, Joyce Wenjuan Feng, Luxia Jiang, Nicholas Tse, Carrie Ng, Susan Yam-Yam Shaw, Suet Lam

The Story: Undercover police Wu teams up with unlikely allies in order to fight a major drug dealer and take down a drug smuggling ring.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Inbetween Girl - 2021 CAAMFest Movie Review

The Movie: In Between Girl

The Director: Mei Makino

The Cast: Emily Garrett, Emma Galbraith, Liz Waters, William Magnuson

The Story: Teen artist Angie Chen turns to secret hook-ups with the heartthrob of her private school after her parents' sudden divorce.

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Changing Directions Podcast Series: Mari Walker and Lynn Chen - Director and Star of See You Then

Mari Walker and Lynn Chen join the Changing Directions podcast series to talk about their new movie See You Then which premiered at SXSW and is an official selection of CAAMFest. When it comes to representation, See You Then is a very necessary movie and it's so important to move these types of conversations forward.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Spiral: From the Book of Saw - Movie Review

The Movie: Spiral: From the Book of Saw

The Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

The Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Morgan David Jones, Richard Zeppieri

The Story: A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Profile (2021) - Movie Review

The Movie: Profile

The Director: Timur Bekmambetov

The Cast: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams

The Story: An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.

Riders of Justice - Movie Review

The Movie: Riders of Justice

The Director: Anders Thomas Jensen

The Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Lars Brygmann, Nicolas Bro,

Gustav Lindh, Roland Møller

The Story: Markus, who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Djinn - Movie Review

The Movie: The Djinn

The Directors: David Charbonier and Justin Powell

The Cast: Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, Donald Pitts, John Erickson

The Story: A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire.

Monday, May 10, 2021

TwoOhSix Picks - CAAMFest 2021

CAAMFest 2021 is a (mostly virtual) Asian and Asian American focused film festival based in San Francisco with live virtual film screenings, on-demand screenings, and some in person screenings at the Fort Mason FLIX drive in theater. This will be my first year covering the festival and I am excited to watch what looks like some really amazing films. See below for my TwoOhSix Picks, the movies you do not want to miss.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Wrath of Man - Movie Review

The Movie: Wrath of Man

The Director: Guy Ritchie

The Cast: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonzo, Raúl Castillo, Deobia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia

The Story: A mysterious and wild-eyed new cash truck security guard surprises his coworkers during a heist in which he unexpectedly unleashes precision skills.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Boss Level - Movie Review

The Movie: Boss Level

The Director: Joe Carnahan

The Cast: Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Will Sasso, Annabelle Wallis, Sheaun McKinney, Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Meadow Williams

The Story: A retired Special Forces officer is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Yung Chang - Director of Wuhan Wuhan

Award winning director Yung Chang joins the Changing Directions podcast interview series to talk about Wuhan Wuhan, a powerful new documentary about the early days of the pandemic. The director has crafted a compelling and inspiring story out of footage compiled at the onset of one of the worst natural disasters we have ever seen.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Wuhan Wuhan - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Wuhan Wuhan

The Director: Yung Chang

The Story: In a time when the world needs greater cross-cultural understanding, Wuhan Wuhan is an invaluable depiction of a metropolis joining together to overcome a crisis.

Cliff Walkers / 悬崖之上 - Movie Review

The Movie: Cliff Walkers悬崖之上

The Director: Zhang Yimou

The Cast: Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu, Liu Haocun, Zhu Yawen, Li Naiwen, Ni Dahong

The Story: In the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, four Communist party special agents, after returning to China, embark on a secret mission. Sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides.

Four Good Days - Movie Review

The Movie: Four Good Days

The Director: Rodrigo García

The Cast: Glenn Close, Mila Kunis, Stephen Root, Joshua Leonard, Sam Hennings

The Story: A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.

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