The Many Faces Of Keanu Reeves

Whoa! John Wick is hitting its theatrical release this week, and as Peter Martin says in his review (click), it's surprisingly good by virtue of not being bad. Part of the film's success is due to the starring role of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

5 Reasons To Attend This Weekend's Film Independent Forum In LA

If you're like me, you often look at the list of filmmaker panels at film festivals and bemoan the fact that you just have to miss what might be a great conversation in order to go catch a movie. But... More »
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014 Offers Provocative, Moving Global Documentaries

The 2014 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, a great annual documentary fest which screens at the American Museum of Natural History and runs this year from October 23-26, has as this year's theme "Past Forward." According to the festival,... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Marvel vs. DC Could End The Moviegoing World

Here's why I worry about megafranchises: what's bigger than a megafranchise? As much as I admire what Marvel is doing - stacking their product horizontally as well as vertically for added tensile strength, creating therefor the proverbial Brick Shithouse of... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks FURY, BOOK OF LIFE, TU DORS NICOLE, And More

This week sees Brad Pitt and company blow stuff up real good in Fury, Guillermo del Toro help bring Day of the Dead celebrations to the fore in kids film The Book of Life, a charming, foggy film from Quebec... More »
  

Meeting The Criterion: Creeping Up On Halloween With JUDEX, SCANNERS, ERASERHEAD, And More

Going through this year's releases to see if Criterion had something to offer for my Halloween viewing, I uncovered an embarrassment of riches. These awesome Blu-ray/DVD combos have not yet been covered here in the hallowed halls of Twitch and I'm... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Iñárritu Talks BIRDMAN

Alejandro González Iñárritu took some days off from the filming of The Revenant - which is happening in Calgary, Canada - to present Birdman in Morelia. Unfortunately, none of the actors could make the trip due to several compromises, including... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival kicked off this past Friday, with the Mexican premiere of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. For the second year in a row, I'm in Morelia covering the fest for Twitch, so expect... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Shia LaBeouf

This week, David Ayer's World War II tank film Fury premieres. And while it is oh-so-tempting to dedicate this week's quiz to one of the two Brads in the film, I decided to go with Shia LaBeouf instead. We'll have... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Box Office Mojo No Go

Did you know that Box Office Mojo was owned by the IMDB? I didn't; at least, not until this past Saturday. What about the IMDB: did you know they were owned by Amazon? Another one of Saturday's lessons. There was... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Toronto After Dark 2014: We Pick Nine Must-See Flicks

As the ninth edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival approaches, I conferred with two other Twitch Film men-about-Toronto, Kurt Halfyard and Jason Gorber, and we came up with our top nine must-see films of this year's festival, which... More »
  

Pink Eiga Brings Back DVD Releases With PRISON GIRL And MILK THE MAID

After three years of distributing Pinku titles solely on VOD, Pink Eiga is bringing back the DVD! What may seem to be a silly venture to take up again is, in reality, a response to their fans and the numerous requests... More »
  

Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks DRACULA UNTOLD, KILL THE MESSENGER, And Turkey Day Movies

We take a bite this week into Dracula Untold, find Kill the Messenger doesn't live up to the importance of its story, and talk turkey about Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Eraserhead in celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving.Video embedded below... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Asami

This week, Mitsutake Kurando's Gun Woman was shown at the Sitges festival, part of its worldwide tour since its world premier in Yubari (where our own James Marsh saw and reviewed it). The undisputed centerpiece, title character and star of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Days 3 And 4: ABCs OF DEATH 2 And A Porn Movie To Close The Fest

I remained focused on the Mexican selection during the last couple of days of Feratum 2014, to the point that I ended watching each and every national, feature-length film that the festival presented. Unfortunately, the trend of the first two... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.0, And My Seven-Fold Double-Dip...

("I can resist anything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde) See the image above? It is from Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell. To be more specific, it's from the original 1995 version. It is not in the revamped cut... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: "I'm That Cunt," Said The GONE GIRL

Spoilers for Gone Girl, from one of six audience members who hadn't read the book beforehand. "You fucking cunt!" Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne spits at his wife, Amy Elliot-Dunne (Rosamund Pike) as he grabs her by the shoulders and bounces... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Fincher's GONE GIRL, Smith's TUSK, And Dolan's MOMMY

David Fincher's back with Gone Girl, his Hitchcockian thriller about marriage and betrayal. Plus, another look at fest faves, from Xavier Dolan's Mommy to Kevin Smith's Tusk.Video embedded below... More »
  

New York 2014: ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA And The Importance of Preservation

Post-production wiz, Walter Murch, in his book, In The Blink of An Eye, devotes a chapter to what he refers to as a film's DNA. He essentially says that a film can only be what it was meant to be,... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  
 
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