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 Nick Nolte

This week, Ken Kwapis' A Walk in the Woods gets released in cinemas, an adaptation of Bill Bryson's popular book. Peter Martin had a lot of fun with the film, and in his review here he praises the (un)easy camaraderie... More »
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Book Review: THE ART OF SATOSHI KON Makes You Crave More

(Did you know there were Perfect Blue Trading Cards? Neither did I...) Me being a fan of anime director and artist Satoshi Kon isn't exactly a secret. I was very much shocked by his death five years ago, first because... More »
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Exclusive: INNSMOUTH Teaser Teases Fishyness

Cutting a teaser for a short must surely be a frustratingly difficult exercise. For starters, anything over 30 seconds of footage is bound to plainly show a rather high percentage of the finished short already, and that is even without... More »
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Have Your Say: Out Of Wes Craven's Many Films, Which Is Your Favorite?

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, the famous director Wes Craven died this weekend. Originally I had planned a funnier "Have Your Say" for today, as last week's was basically an in-memoriam-edition as well, but this news is just... More »
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NecronomiCon Providence 2015 Review: INNSMOUTH Is Short But Shocking

This year, it's 125 years ago that H. P. Lovecraft was born, and though the writer died in 1937, his influence and popularity have not diminished one bit over the last few decades. Literally suffering from a Fantastic Fear of... More »
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The Many Faces Of Michael Ironside

This week, Turbo Kid arrives in cinemas, and it's a blast. A fun and gory throwback to the VHS-video hay-days of the eighties, it is the BMX-based low budget indie companion to Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year, and... More »
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Review: TURBO KID, Made With The Right Kind Of Secret Ingredient

(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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Blu-ray Review: ELFEN LIED Bares Bodies And Souls

(... and often also the insides of both...) British distributor 101 Films seems to own exactly two anime licenses, and it released one of those a few weeks ago on Blu-ray, in a beautiful shiny steelbook (seen here). I'm... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Anime By Satoshi Kon?

Yesterday, it was five years ago that the great Japanese artist and director Satoshi Kon died of cancer, at the brutally young age of 46. As a big fan of the man and his works, I was devastated when his... More »
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The Many Faces Of Gong Li

In a rather extreme example of belated distribution, Mikael Håfström's Shanghai finally arrives on North American shores. Finished and shown at festivals in 2010 already, people may wonder about the youthful appearances of its killer cast, which includes people like... More »
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Book Review: Piers Bizony's THE MAKING OF STANLEY KUBRICK'S 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

(My God, it's full of fold-outs...!) Last year, the German publishing house Taschen released an astonishing holy grail for fans of Stanley Kubrick's seminal science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey: a boxset which included four book volumes, enclosed in... More »
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Pretty Packaging: 101 Anime's ELFEN LIED Sure Is One Shiny Steelbook

In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has been in the news a lot lately, and while his private shenanigans are none of my concern, film-wise the waves he's making seem to bode well for the future. Word from the set of the upcoming Superman... More »
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Have Your Say: How Fantastic Are Your FANTASTIC FOUR?

Currently there is a new Fantastic Four film in theaters worldwide, and the word is... I wouldn't even call it mixed. I'm wondering if it could possibly be more hated if Freddy Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard were in the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Kevin Bacon

This week sees the general release of John Watts' thriller Cop Car, starring a terrifically creepy Kevin Bacon. And that immediately settled the issue of who to feature in this week's quiz. The man, the meme, the heartthrob, the villain...... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Ray Harryhausen Film (And/Or Monster)?

Ah, Ray Harryhausen, the ultimate matinee pleasure... I was ten years old when I saw my first Sinbad film of the legendary stop-motion artist, and I was totally hooked. Though obviously fake, his monsters seemed alive, worthy opponents and/or allies... More »
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The Many Faces Of Simon Pegg

Last week brought a new installment in the Mission: Impossible series, and with it a supporting appearance by Simon Pegg. For some time, just after his international breakthrough, it seemed Simon was some kind of superman. Whether you were checking... More »
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Blu-ray Review: KILL LA KILL Finishes With A Bang

(No, not THAT kind of bang, you filthy...) Last December, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. released their first boxset of Kill La Kill, which was pretty much kick-ass and which I reviewed here. Now, just over half a year later, the... More »
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The Interview With All Directors Of GERMAN ANGST Continues! Marschall! Kosakowski! Buttgereit! Part 2!

This weekend, the Berlin-based horror anthology German Angst can be seen at Fantasia. It had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the next day I was allowed to speak with all three directors. In the... More »
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Blu-ray Review: The PING PONG Anime Beats All Opponents

(Expect a back-and-forth between me and everyone who claims the film is better...) Last month in the US, Funimation released the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Ping Pong, the anime. And, as I have rather strong feelings about this one,... More »
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