Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - Movie Review

The Movie: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

The Director: George Miller

The Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, Alyla Browne

The Story: The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before her encounter and teamup with Mad Max.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Eternal / For Evigt - 2024 SIFF Capsule Review

The Movie: Eternal / For Evigt

The Director: Ulaa Salim

The Cast: Simon Sears, Nanna Øland Fabricius, Anna Søgaard Frandsen, Viktor Hjelmsøe, Halddóra Geirharosdottir

The Story: An earthquake causes a mysterious fracture on the ocean floor, which accelerates climate change.

I Saw the TV Glow - SIFF 2024 Movie Review

The Movie: I Saw the TV Glow

The Director: Jane Schoenbrun

The Cast: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, Danielle Deadwyler

The Story: Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Babes - SIFF 2024 Movie Review

The Movie: Babes

The Director: Pamela Adlon

The Cast: Ilana Glazer, Michelle Buteau, John Carroll Lynch, Stephen James, Hasan Minhaj

The Story: It tells the story of Eden who becomes pregnant from a one-night-stand and leans on her married best friend and mother of two to guide her.

In A Violent Nature - SIFF 2024 Movie Review

The Movie: In A Violent Nature

The Director: Chris Nash

The Cast: Ry Barrett, Andrea Pavlovic, Cameron Love, Reece Presley, Liam Leone

The Story: An ambient horror slasher that methodically depicts the enigmatic resurrection, rampage, and retribution of an undead monster in a remote wilderness.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

399 : Queen of the Tetons - 2024 SIFF Documentary Review

The Documentary: 399: Queen of the Tetons

The Director: Elizabeth Leiter

The Story: 399: Queen of the Tetons follows the life of world famous Grizzly #399 as she attempts to raise four cubs.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Tim Travers and the Time Traveler’s Paradox - 2024 SIFF Movie Review

The Movie: Tim Travers and the Time Traveler’s Paradox

The Director: Stimson Snead

The Cast: Samuel Dunning, Felicia Day, Joel McHale, Danny Trejo, Keith David

The Story: A scientist creates a time machine and kills their younger self to see what would happen.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Food Roots - 2024 SIFF Movie Review

The Documentary: Food Roots

The Director: Michele Josue

The Story: Emmy-Award winning Chicago Restaurateur Billy Dec adventures through his mother's native 7641 Islands of the Philippines to learn recipes from his last living elders, confronting culinary and cultural treasures and family secrets.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Primevals - 2024 SIFF Movie Review

The Movie: The Primevals

The Director: David Allen

The Cast: Juliet Mills, Leon Russom, Richard Joseph Paul, Walker Brandt

The Story: When a group of explorers go in search of a yeti, they find themselves taken captive by an ancient race of alien creatures.

Friday, May 10, 2024

The Fall Guy - Movie Review

The Movie: The Fall Guy

The Director: David Leitch

The Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Winston Duke, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddingham, Stephanie Hsu

The Story: A down-and-out stuntman must find the missing star of his ex-girlfriend's blockbuster film.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Cat City - Documentary Review

The Documentary: Cat City

The Director: Ben Kolak

The Story: A feature documentary chronicling Chicago's love/hate relationship with feral cats. It tells the story of Chicago's outdoor cats, the communities who look after them, and the ordinance that protects them.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

TheTwoOhSix Picks - 2024 Seattle International Film Festival

50 years of movies thanks to the Seattle International Film Festival! What an amazing achievement for one of the world's most unique film festivals and I am proud to say that this is my 12th year covering the event as a member of the press. I have watched and reviewed so many movies during and for the festival, at some point I'll have to take a look back to see what my all time favorites are. In the meantime, here are the 12 (in honor of my years of coverage) feature films that I feel are the ones you absolutely do not want to miss.

Dancing Village: The Curse Begins / Badarawuhi di Desa Penari - Movie Review

The Movie: Dancing Village: The Curse Begins / Badarawuhi di Desa Penari

The Director: Kimo Stamboel

The Cast: Aulia Sarah, Maudy Effrosina, Jourdy Pranata, Moh. Iqbal Sulaiman, Ardit Erwandha, Claresta Taufan, Diding Boneng, Aming Sugandhi, Dinda Kanyadewi, Pipien Putri, Maryam Supraba, Bimasena, Putri Permata, Baiq Vania Estiningtyas Sagita, Baiq Nathania Elvaretta

The Story: A shaman instructs Mila to return a mystical bracelet, the Kawaturih, to the “Dancing Village,” a remote site on the easternmost tip of Java Island.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Abigail - Movie Review

The Movie: Abigail

The Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

The Cast: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Alisha Weir, Kathryn Newton, William Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, Giancarlo Esposito

The Story: After a group of criminals kidnap the ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, they retreat to an isolated mansion, unaware that they're locked inside with no normal little girl.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Boy Kills World - Movie Review

The Movie: Boy Kills World

The Director: Moritz Mohr

The Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Brett Gelman, Isaiah Mustafa, Yayan Ruhian, Andrew Koji, Sharlto Copley, Famke Janssen

The Story: A fever dream action film that follows Boy, a deaf person with a vibrant imagination. When his family is murdered, he is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childish imagination and become an instrument of death.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Monkey Man - Movie Review

The Movie: Monkey Man

The Director: Dev Patel

The Cast: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Adithi Kalkunte, Makarand Deshpande

The Story: An anonymous young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Civil War (2024) - Movie Review

The Movie: Civil War

The Director: Alex Garland

The Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman

The Story: A journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Dagr - Movie Review

The Movie: Dagr

The Director: Matthew Butler-Hart

The Cast: Riz Moritz, Ellie Duckles, Tori Butler-Hart

The Story: Fame seeking YouTubers find themselves in a paranormal nightmare when the advert team they are stealing from awakens a murderous occultist from the past.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - Movie Review

The Movie: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

The Director: Adam Wingard

The Cast: Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, Alex Ferns, Fala Chen

The Story: Two ancient titans, Godzilla and Kong, clash in an epic battle as humans unravel their intertwined origins and connection to Skull Island's mysteries.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Immaculate - Movie Review

The Movie: Immaculate

The Director: Michael Mohan

The Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Simona Tabasco, Álvaro Morte, Benedetta Porcaroli

The Story: Cecilia, a woman of devout faith, is warmly welcomed to the picture-perfect Italian countryside where she is offered a new role at an illustrious convent. But it becomes clear to Cecilia that her new home harbors dark and horrifying secrets.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

The Movie: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

The Director: Gil Kenan

The Cast: Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Celeste O'Connor, Logan Kim, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts

The Story: When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Problemista - Movie Review

The Movie: Problemista

The Director: Julio Torres

The Cast: Tilda Swinton, Julio Torres, RZA, Greta Lee, Catalina Saavedra, James Scully, Larry Owens, Laith Nakli, Kelly McCormack, Spike Einbinder, Greta Titelman, River L. Ramirez, and narrated by Isabella Rossellini

The Story: Alejandro is an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in NY. As time runs out on his work visa, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast becomes his only hope to stay in the country.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Night Shift (2024) - Movie Review

The Movie: Night Shift

The Director: The China Brothers (Paul & Ben)

The Cast: Phoebe Tonkin, Lamorne Morris, Madison Hu, Patrick Fischler, Lauren Bowles, Christopher Denham

The Story: While working her first night shift at a remote motel, a woman begins to suspect that the property is haunted.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Madame Web - Movie Review

The Movie: Madame Web

The Director: S. J. Clarkson

The Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O'Connor, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott

The Story: Cassandra Webb is a New York metropolis paramedic who begins to demonstrate signs of clairvoyance. Forced to challenge revelations about her past, she needs to safeguard three young women from a deadly adversary who wants them destroyed.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Dune part 2 - Movie Review

The Movie: Dune part 2

The Director: Denis Villeneuve

The Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem.

The Story: Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

Monday, February 26, 2024

One-Percent Warrior - Movie Review

The Movie: One-Percent Warrior

The Director: Yûdai Yamaguchi 

The Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Kensuke Sonomura, Sho Aoyagi, Itsuji Itao, Kenjiro Ishimaru, Keisuke Horibe, Togo Ishii

The Story: After his devastatingly fast, samurai-style combat approach sets filmmakers against him, a legendary action star films his own movie, on turf claimed by feuding yakuza gangs, including Japan’s deadliest martial arts assassin.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Lovely, Dark, and Deep - Movie Review

The Movie: Lovely, Dark, and Deep

The Director: Teresa Sutherland

The Cast: Georgina Campbell, Nick Blood, Wai Ching Ho, Edgar Morais

The Story: Lennon, a new back-country ranger, travels alone through the dangerous wilderness, hoping to uncover the origins of a tragedy that has haunted her since she was a child.

Seagrass - Movie Review

The Movie: Seagrass

The Director: Meredith Hama-Brown

The Cast: Ally Maki, Luke Roberts, Chris Pang, Sarah Gadon, Nyha Breitkreuz, Remy Marthaller

The Story: A Japanese-Canadian woman grapples with the death of her mother as she brings her family to a retreat. When her relationship with her husband begins to affect the children's emotional security, the family is changed forever.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Drive-Away Dolls - Movie Review

The Movie: Drive-Away Dolls

The Director: Ethan Coen

The Cast: Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Pedro Pascal, Colman Domingo, Bill Camp, Matt Damon

The Story: Jamie regrets her breakup with her girlfriend, while Marian needs to relax. In search of a fresh start, they embark on an unexpected road trip to Tallahassee. Things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Bob Marley: One Love - Movie Review

The Movie: Bob Marley: One Love

The Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

The Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Tosin Cole, Anthony Welsh, Michael Gandolfini, Umi Myers, Nadine Marshall

The Story: The story of how reggae icon Bob Marley overcame adversity, and the journey behind his revolutionary music.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

I.S.S. - Movie Review

The Movie: I.S.S.

The Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The Cast: Ariana DeBose, Chris Messina, John Gallagher Jr., Maria Mashkova, Costa Ronin, Pilou Asbæk

The Story: Tensions flare in the near future aboard the International Space Station as a conflict breaks out on Earth. Reeling, the U.S. and Russian astronauts receive orders from the ground: take control of the station by any means necessary.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

I Did It My Way / 潜行 - Movie Review

The Movie: I Did It My Way / 潜行

The Director: Jason Kwan

The Cast: Andy Lau, Lam Ka Tung, Eddie Peng, Cya Liu, Simon Yam, Cheng Jut Si, Philip Keung, Terrance Lau

The Story: As the secretive, complex world of online drug trafficking increasingly targets Hong Kong, the police launch a risky, top-secret sting operation to bring down one of the most notorious drug lords in Asia.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

When Evil Lurks - Movie Review

The Movie: When Evil Lurks

The Director: Demián Rugna

The Cast: Ezequiel Rodriguez, Demián Salomon, Luis Ziembrowski, Silvia Sabater, Marcelo Michinaux

The Story: In a remote village, two brothers find a demon-infected man just about to "give birth" to evil itself. They decide to get rid of the body, only to end up unintentionally spreading chaos.

Noryang: Deadly Sea / 노량: 죽음의 바다 - Movie Review

The Movie: Noryang: Deadly Sea / 노량: 죽음의 바다

The Director: Kim Han-min

The Cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Baek Yoon-sik, Jung Jae-young, Huh Joon-ho

The Story: Winter of 1598, the story of Yi Sun-shin's last naval battle during the Japanese invasions of Korea that happened in the Noryang Strait.

Monday, January 1, 2024

TheTwohSix Top Ten Favorite Movies of 2023

Here its is, TheTwoOhSix Top Ten Favorite Movies of 2023. For me, this was a very strange year for cinema with a lot of heavy hitters missing the mark but still several that knocked it out of the park and more than enough in the overall lineup to keep things interesting. Out of all of those, you will find my absolute favorites in the list below. Enjoy!

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