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.

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
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Have Your Say: What's The Best Film You Saw In 2015 So Far?

How time flies when you're an adult. One moment you're preparing your year-end list for 2014, the next it's suddenly almost the first of July, meaning we're all about to enter the second half of 2015! So here at TwitchFilm... More »
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Review: MINIONS Tickles Funnybone, But Scratches No Itch

(Nevertheless it will make.... MILLIONS!) In the increasingly vast catalog of computer-generated animated feature films, the two Despicable Me films aren't exactly considered to be top tier. Weak in story and painfully sentimental, what watchability they have is completely owned... More »
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The Many Faces Of Orson Welles

Today, Carol Reed's classic 1949 thriller The Third Man is being re-released in the US. It stars the great Joseph Cotton and the great Orson Welles, the latter of which would have become exactly 100 last month, had he still... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Pixar Film?

This weekend, animation studio Pixar had another hit on its hands with Inside Out. And indeed, there was plenty of critical acclaim as well, which may be no surprise: Pixar has a (nearly) spotless reputation for excellence in what it's... More »
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The Many Faces Of Takeuchi Riki

This week, UK distributor Eureka released Tokyo Tribe on Blu-ray. James Marsh reviewed that release and found it to be much to his liking. In it, veteran actor Takeuchi Riki plays Boss Buppa, a performance which makes Asano Tadanobu's turn... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Film?

This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausica√§ of the Valley of the Wind, as many people... More »
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The Many Faces Of Sir Christopher Lee

It is strange how the death of someone we don't know personally can sometimes have the impact it has. When the news became known yesterday that Sir Christopher Lee has died last weekend, it shocked me, which is frankly a... More »
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Legendary Actor Sir Christopher Lee Dies at 93

Saruman. Dracula. Lord Summerisle. Scaramanga. It's hard to think of another actor whose face is associated with so many iconic roles. Sir Christopher Lee, whose name is synonymous with horror and fantasy film, passed away this past Sunday from respiratory... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: The SOCIETY Limited Edition Looks Icky, And That's Great!

(Arrow Video have not been mucking about with this one...) That Arrow Video has become one of the finest labels in Europe will be no longer a surprise: its ascent to that position actually happened about two years ago already.... More »
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Have Your Say: What Gag Made You Gag?

Earlier today, J. Hurtado reviewed the much anticipated Arrow Blu-ray release of Brian Yuzna's Society (check out that article here). I'm looking forward to finally seeing the film, about which I've heard people talk for literally decades. Some hail it... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jason Statham

Paul Feig's comedy Spy is out in cinemas, and getting lots of acclaim, also, perhaps surprisingly, from critics. Our Pierce Conran even said it may stake an early claim to being the summer's best comedy. And while it is of... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Non-original (Remake, Reboot) Film?

Looking at the top-10 of Hollywood's output this week, it's easy to spot how we the industry is mired knee-deep in the usual traditions of remaking classics, rebooting old favorites, and sequel-ing the hell out of franchises. Pitch Perfect 2... More »
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The Many Faces Of Bill Murray

This week Cameron Crow's Aloha premieres, with - if nothing else - a stellar cast. Our Jim Tudor wasn't kind to the film, but note that in his review, he spent no vitriol on any of the actors. And in... More »
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An Interview With All Directors Of GERMAN ANGST! Marschall! Kosakowski! Buttgereit! Part 1!

The Berlin-based horror anthology German Angst was among the many world premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all three of its directors were attending in person. The day after, I was lucky enough to get to... More »
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Have Your Say: Imagine Your Own Best Mash-Up, With Title

Many of the famous film festivals have a movie market attached, and whenever people return from them, they bring posters, proofs-of-concepts, or just pitches, which are absolutely hilarious. Cannes was no exception, And Todd Brown brought us one pitch in... More »
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Pretty Packaging: GERMAN ANGST Has A German Uncut Blu-ray/DVD Release

(Not as offending as you might think...) Horror anthologies are doing fine these days, and sometimes allow filmmakers to keep flexing their muscles even when it's hard to get a full feature off the ground. A good example of this... More »
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The Many Faces Of Vincent Price

This coming week in May, horror legend Vincent Price would have become 104 years old, had he not died 21 years ago. A great actor in his own right, he was also blessed with one of the most beautifully menacing... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is The Best Movie Car Ever?

Vehicular mayhem is very popular in the cinema again, with a new Mad Max film churning up clouds of dust. And that dust hardly had time to settle after Furious 7 passed by at great speed. Both films offer a... More »
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The Many Faces Of Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road is putting the pedal to the metal in cinemas worldwide, and two things have become apparent. One: reviews so far are almost ridiculously positive. Two: everyone agrees Charlize Theron is awesome. Thing number two shouldn't come... More »
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