Ard Vijn
Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ard joined Twitch in November 2006, promising Todd to share information about the Dutch film industry. Instead, he focuses on Asian cinema and Japanese animation in particular. Once every year he nearly becomes the writer he so desperately wants to be and that is during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He juggles his time between his wife and two sons, films, and a career-on-the-side as a financial analyst.

The Many Faces Of Chris Evans

This week is Captain America: Civil War week at the box office worldwide, no doubt about it. Therefore our quiz will be about Cap himself, Chris Evans! Basically looking the quintessential young muscular handsome American with a hint of arrogance,... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Anime Ltd.'s TERROR IN RESONANCE Is Da Bomb

In its ten years of existence, the Noitamina slot in the Japanese television station Fuji Broadcasting's schedule has held many a great series. Aimed at older audiences, these series tend to differ from the regular commercial barrage of mecha, high-school... More »
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Have Your Say: What (Or Who) Is Your Favorite Zombie?

It's now almost two weeks ago that I saw the Japanese zombie film I Am A Hero, a movie which surprised me by being unexpectedly awesome. In my review, I said that most zombie films feature a "hero zombie", one... More »
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Imagine 2016 Review: THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT Hits All Its Beats

(In short: it's like a sad Captain America versus a sad Joker, and it's great!) This year's winner of the audience award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam came from an unexpected direction: Italy. While that country has a rich... More »
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Pretty Packaging: MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA Makes You Say Eureka

A few choice distributors have made a name for themselves by making their releases veritable own-able museums about the films they contain. Criterion can rightfully call themselves the inventor of the term "Special Edition", back in their Laserdisc days, experimenting... More »
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Imagine 2016 Review: I AM A HERO Is Awesome, Gory, And Fun

(Or: how you can do things right by doing nothing wrong, and adding some brains...) It's hard to think of a more tired horror sub-genre than the zombie flick. Due to the popularity of George Romero's Night of the Living... More »
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The Many Faces Of Luis Guzman

This week, the Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele comedy Keanu premieres, and in one of the supporting parts you can see veteran character actor Luis Guzman. And that settled who we would choose this week. For Luis Guzman is an... More »
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Imagine 2016 Review: Oshii Mamoru Takes NOWHERE GIRL To His Familiar Places

(The movie which can be summed up as "Stay awake, stay awake, stay awake, WHOA!!!) One cannot help but wonder what would happen if Japanese director Oshii Mamuro would ever decide to make a straightforward action film. Whether he is... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Arrow's BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR Presents The Terrifying Side Of Marriage

Arrow UK has a rather prominent place in the Pretty Packaging series of articles, as they are currently one of the frontrunners in the art of disc-pimping worldwide. Their releases tend to be low on trinkets but high on (cardboard)... More »
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Have Your Say: Who Would You Cast In A Live-action KILL LA KILL Film?

Plenty of words have been written and said about the ongoing disgruntlement with Scarlett Johansson being in the live-action Ghost in the Shell film. So when a Facebook friend of mine posed the fun question of who we'd cast in... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is The Best Fight Scene Ever?

This weekend I was visiting the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and one of the films I saw was Oshii Mamoru's Nowhere Girl. I chose that one not only because I'm a big Oshii fan, but also because James Marsh... More »
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The Many Faces Of Patrick Stewart

This week, Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room premieres wide, and is getting rave reviews (like the one by our Ryland Aldrich). And it stars the great, GREAT Patrick Stewart as the evil leader of a right-wing organization. Which settles who we... More »
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Prepare Yourself For ROB GOOSSENS: LOW-BUDGET STUNTMAN

Earlier today, Dutch directors Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil announced they are currently working on two new films, one of which they will start shooting this May already: Rob Goossens: Low-budget Stuntman. Steffen and Flip became international stars... More »
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The Live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL Reveals Its First Glimpse

And if you curious about how Scarlett Johansson was going to look like as Major Kusanagi, wonder no more: Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures released a first picture of their upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film, and she's in... More »
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Have Your Say: No More Super-heroes Anymore!

Just over a decade ago, superhero films were a tiny sub-category in the general science fiction and fantasy branches. They occasionally happened, and occasionally they were good, and occasionally they were bad. Then Marvel/Disney started with their cinematic universe, released... More »
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The Many Faces Of Chris Cooper

Among the fine films opening wide this week in North America is Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, which knocked out Jason Gorber (his words). It sure has a stellar cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. We could have picked... More »
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Have Your Say: May BLADE RUNNER 2 Turn Out Right?

Say of director Ridley Scott what you want, but decades ago the man made two science fiction films which turned out to be so great, so influential, that even today we can still everywhere see the waves they created. These... More »
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Pretty Packaging: BEYOND THE BOUNDARY Collector's Edition Crosses The Line

When people alerted me about the two Beyond the Boundary anime feature films, telling me they were pretty good, I got interested, and wanted to check out the anime series first. Well, lo and behold: Sentai Filmworks recently released one... More »
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The Many Faces Of Kurt Russell

While I was looking through this week's premieres to find a likely candidate for the quiz, my eye fell on the Blu-ray releases, and spotted The Hateful Eight (see J. Hurtado's review). Which means that cinema releases this week be... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

(The gloves come off as our team becomes a league, FOR JUSTICE!) Sweeping the world faster than Superman, but tanking harder than the Batmobile on the review front, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently the topic of... More »
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