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 Domhnall Gleeson

Alex Garland's Ex Machina is currently doing great business: still in a successful theatrical run in its home country of the United Kingdom, the limited release in the US so far has seen a staggeringly high box office (60,000 dollars... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Anime Limited's Second KILL LA KILL Boxset

It's been a few months since the release of Anime Limited's first Kill La Kill boxset (reviewed here and seen in detail here), so the wait has been long, but finally the second one out of three has arrived. These... More »
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Have Your Say: What Was Your Best Film Festival Ever?

The past six days I've been visiting the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam a lot, and have been enjoying myself immensely: meeting old film buddies, meeting new film buddies, a great line-up, Amsterdam in spring weather... it has been sheer bliss... More »
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Imagine 2015 Review: TURBO KID Splatters Everyone With Fun

(Gory equals glory with lots of guts!) Saying Turbo Kid is Mad Max on BMX-bikes may be a quick description, and not exactly misleading, but it's also selling the film a bit short. For starters it fails to show Turbo... More »
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The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
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Have Your Say: Does TWIN PEAKS Without David Lynch Sound Feasible?

Remakes, sequels, prequels, reboots... these always provide plenty of topics for discussion. When there was news about a follow-up series to the legendary Twin Peaks, it sure got tongues wagging, and for good reason: most of the vital parts of... More »
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Imagine 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

This Wednesday (the 8th of April) sees the start of the 2015 Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, the largest Dutch genre film festival. What started as an annual horror marathon has now, in its 31st iteration, grown into an... More »
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MONSTER HUNT Posters Look Suitably Epic

Something big this way comes, courtesy of Hong Kong-based production company Edko Films. Last year they announced the film Monster Hunt, their most expensive production ever, and this week they released two huge teaser posters, which you can see below.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Paul Walker

Astute people may have noticed that there is a new Fast and the Furious film in cinemas. It's the seventh in its franchise, it's called Furious 7, and it has either arrived in your hometown or will soon (even if... More »
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Ari Folman Reveals His ANNE FRANK Animation Project

Earlier today, the Thompson On Hollywood site showed concept art and behind-the-scenes pictures from Ari Folman's as yet untitled animated "Anne Frank" project. And it definitely warrants a close look indeed. To say we're big fans of Ari Folman here... More »
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Have Your Say: Which Blockbuster Are You Anticipating Most?

(Using a Jaws picture, because according to Wikipedia it was the first film to be widely called a 'blockbuster' in mainstream press, back in 1975...) Tomorrow sees the start of April, meaning that in just over a month, the Hollywood... More »
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CinemAsia 2015: Line-up and Recommendations

The annual Amsterdam-based CinemAsia festival aims to provide Dutch audiences with a chance to see notable films from Asia, be it of the art-house or the blockbuster variety. This year sees its eighth iteration, but recently the festival lost... More »
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Review: ERBARME DICH - MATTHÄUS PASSION STORIES Targets The Purpose Of Sadness

(Don't feel bad, feel worse! Then, listen to exquisite music...) A documentary about classical music does, on paper, not seem to be a crowd-pleaser. Yet Ramón Gieling's Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories was one of the big surprises at... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ray Stevenson

Currently number one in US cinemas, Divergent: Insurgent shows there can still be some financial life in young-adult franchises. A look at its cast list reveals an impressive list of supporting actors, including Ray Stevenson, so let's make him the... More »
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Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
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Our Facebook Quiz Will Shortly Have Its 400th Film Guessed!

Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-trafficked topic used to be the screenshot quiz. The rules were simple: someone would post a screenshot, for all other people to guess which film it was from. And the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Rinko Kikuchi

This week sees the premiere of Kumiko - The Treasure Hunter, the film based on the bizarre tale of a Japanese woman who thought the bag of money from the Coen Brothers' Fargo was real, and who went looking for... More »
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John Woo Has Been Caught For A MANHUNT Remake

Earlier today, Media Asia Films announced they are planning a new thriller, Manhunt, which will be helmed by legendary Hong Kong director John Woo. The film is a remake of the 1976 Japanese film by Satô Jun'ya of the... More »
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Have Your Say: The Battle Of The Bingbings!

Almost every Friday, we here at TwitchFilm run our weekly celebrity screenshot quiz, and last week the celebrity was Chinese actress Li Bingbing. Interestingly, on Facebook, Twitter and in comments beneath the article itself, comparisons were drawn with Chinese actress... More »
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Pretty Packaging: SPACE DANDY Brings Artwork Rather Than Bling, Baby!

Scottish distributor Anime Limited (a.k.a. All The Anime) was on a roll in 2014, making good on most of their promises with many spectacular announcements and releases. Pretty early on they had made it known they had secured the rights... More »
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