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.

Upcoming Blu-ray Releases: Two More Kitano Classics By Third Window Films

Earlier this year, UK- distributor Third Window Films released three films by writer/actor/director Kitano Takeshi, and these turned out to be pretty awesome. For starters, each of these had distinctive yet aligned new cover art. Well, if you were a... More »
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Have Your Say: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing?

We're nearing that time of the year again, at the end of May, when we get to celebrate the birthdays of three of the biggest legends horror cinema has ever known. I'm talking of course about Vincent Price, Christopher Lee... More »
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Out Now On Blu-ray: A LETTER TO MOMO Looks Neat And Crisp

To say that we're fans of Okiura Hiroyuki is an understatement, to say we wish he'd make more films even more so. While his hands have been all over some of anime's best known classics, and his career includes working... More »
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Pretty Packaging: A LETTER TO MOMO Dresses Modest But Nice

Okiura Hiroyuki's A Letter To Momo is a fine piece of anime, released in 2012 in its home country of Japan, and the Sitges festival had it even earlier. But despite critical and general acclaim, it had so far not... More »
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The Many Faces Of Kim Basinger

This week sees the wide release of Shane Black's The Nice Guys, and as Jason Gorber says in his review it stars a great Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. But in a supporting role, it also stars Kim Basinger! Now... More »
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Have Your Say: Who'd Make Best Movie Buddies?

This week, Shane Black's buddie-thriller The Nice Guys is premiering wide, and as Jason Gorber said in his review, the main reason to go see it is the very successful pairing-up of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Their chemistry is... More »
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The Many Faces Of Rachel Weisz

This week sees the wide release of Yorgos Lanthimos' weird satiric drama The Lobster, in which single people need to find love or get changed into animals. In his review, Jason Gorber voiced his disappointment about ending up not loving... More »
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Have Your Say: Films You Saw With Your Mother

Last weekend was Mother's Day in many countries worldwide, so I wanted this week's "Have Your Say" to be leaning in that direction. What to do, though? Best portrayal of a mother in a film? Best film called Mother's Day... More »
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Imagine 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

Two weeks ago the Imagine Film Festival ended, and as usual it had provided me with a ridiculously high batting average: every film I saw there was either very good or excellent. It's a testament to the festival's rigorous programming,... More »
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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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