Sunday, November 28, 2021

Bruised - Movie Review


The Movie: Bruised

The Director: Halle Berry

The Cast: Halle Berry, Adan Canto, Shamier Anderson, Danny Boyd, Jr., Adriane Lenox, Sheila Atim, Valentina Shevchenko, Stephen McKinley Henderson

The Story: A disgraced MMA fighter finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life.

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.

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