Born in New England, bred around the Capital Beltway, and schooled in the heart of Hollywood, Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. He can once again be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.
Why there are many, many features to get all excited or overwhelmed about at a festival as big as Sundance, it's also big enough to both fit a robust shorts program, something that I think many folks forget. I am... More »
Big Bad Wolves, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's follow up to their break-out Rabies, has been a festival darling since its Tribeca premiere last spring, equally delighting and grossing out audiences in its transgressive take on the serial killer subgenre,... More »
Welcome back, Winger. Or should that be... welcome back, Harmon.When season 5 of Community was announced without Chevy Chase and with a mid-season departure for Donald Glover, plus the fact that Joel McHale's Jeff Winger had graduated last year, creator... More »
When it comes to comedies (funny or otherwise) Jason Bateman just won't quit. And now he's getting into the director's chair for his feature debut, Bad Words. He's also starring in it as a 40-year old man who, having never... More »
Last week, the Slamdance Film Festival, now entering their 20th year, laid bare their competition slate of films for 2014. Today brings us the rest of their program. Rounding it out we have the always eclectic and well worth catching... More »
Bryan Singer, the reappointed mastermind behind the big screen X-Men franchise, took to Twitter this evening to announce X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, which will, of course, feature Apocalypse, the millennial old mutant who is the X-Men's most powerful foe. ... More »
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or... More »
Warcraft, the ever popular fantasy game franchise from Blizzard Entertainment (also makers of Starcraft), has been set to come to the big screen for nigh on half a decade now thanks to the folks at Legendary Pictures. Once set to... More »
Pardon me, that'd be The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. A nationwide revival of Andrew Dominik's beautiful meditative western kicks off December 7th at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY and Twitch has... More »
As the calendar sheds the final days of 2013, the holiday blockbusters wind up as do the prestige movies, which makes it pretty darn quiet out there in the worlds of the independents and foreign language releases. Still, there are... More »
Sunday evening saw Mórbido Fest 2013 in Pátzcuaro, Mexico come to a close, and here I am reporting it on Wednesday evening. Yes, that's how bat shit amazing and triple A crazy things were (also I had to travel back... More »
A small boy clutches a yellow balloon as if it's a security blanket. A young woman cuts open an apple only to find a golf ball inside. Her teenage brother watches in fright as a photo of a loving couple... More »
Despite having one of the richest and most influential cinematic histories of any nation, current German cinema's star rarely shines beyond its borders. The films that make the rounds and get the spotlight or any awards attention are the ones... More »
This weekend saw two of Mórbido Fest's biggest draws: Eugenio Mira's English language thriller Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood as a pianist with a particularly strong case of stage fright, and actor Kuno Becker's Ambulance-set horror Panic 5 Bravo.... More »
It's 1 AM in the lakeside town of Pátzcuaro, Mexico and I am witnessing for the first time a particularly spirited sight that has become something of a legend on the genre festival circuit: Nacho Vigalondo is dancing. It's the... More »
I met Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs (collectively/creatively known as Lauren Edward -- their middle names) the night their documentary I Send You This Place screened at WestFest, an experiment in micro-festing put on here in Los Angelese by the... More »
With the 50th anniversary special of everyone's favorite time lord broadcasting worldwide November 23rd, it's damn well about time we actually got a look at the actual extended episode. And while showrunner Steven Moffat and his gang, along with the... More »
Money is the name of the game. And a product that the American people can believe in is the path to said money... at least that's according to the big wig business types played by Samuel L. Jackson and Michael... More »
Daredevil is headed to the small screen. With Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones to follow close behind.After weeks of speculation on the who and where, Marvel announced today that the recently reacquired Daredevil will be getting a fresh... More »
It just dawned on me that Spike Lee's version of Oldboy is set for release in the United States on November 27th, a day before Thanksgiving. Which I find to be kind of hilarious. And so I will say this... More »
Even as it was earning the Best Animated feature accolade from the Boston Film Critics Society over the weekend, The Wind Rises continued to be dogged by the same controversy which has trailed it since its release back in Japan. Specifically, what animator Miyazaki Hayao is calling his final film...
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to...
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...
It was already a good show, one of the best new broadcast TV series of the year. And then Joe Carnahan blew up The Blacklist, directing and co-writing an episode that was bloodier, more urgent, and more painful than anything that had come before. James Spader, who emerged in the...