Chase Whale
Film Critic; Dallas, Texas

Chase Whale co-founded the popular independent film website, GordonandtheWhale.com where he remained Editor-in-Chief until August, 2011. On behalf of GATW, he covered Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, the Toronto International Film Festival and Comic-Con, along with junkets in London, Toronto and other parts of the world. In 2009, NBC named him one of the 25 most interesting people in Dallas, along with Erykah Badu and Nolan Ryan. Later that year, The Wrap listed him as one of 30 Movie Insiders to Follow Right Now On Twitter, with Peter Travers and the late, great Roger Ebert. Since GATW’s departure, he’s programmed for the Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest, Rooftop Film and the Sundance Film Festival, worked in film distribution for Cinedigm in New York, and his reviews, interviews, and editorials have been featured on websites including Twitch, Film.com, MTV’s Next Movie, Film Threat, Indiewire’s The Playlist, We Got This Covered, Latino Review, Dallas Observer, Culture Map and Central Track. Whale is a member of Rotten Tomatoes, Criticwire and the Dallas-Forth Worth Film Critics Association.

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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Review: IRIS, Albert Maysles' Last Solo Film

Meet Iris. The most precious 91-year-old on Earth. Now meet Iris, the most charming documentary about the most darling 91-year-old on Earth. (Note: Iris is now 93, which means this cover girl is still en vogue.)  Iris is directed by... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On EX MACHINA

(What is on display here: intelligence, artificial intelligence, or just artifice?) Last week Ex Machina got a wide release in the United States. The previous two weeks it had been in a hugely successful limited release already, scoring the... More »
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Review: ADULT BEGINNERS, An Excellent Cast In A Movie That's Not

One thing I know for sure: Adult Beginners is not a good movie. Here's the cast: Nick Kroll (Kroll Show), Rose Byrne (Neighbors) and Bobby Cannavale (Chef), with supporting roles from gifted comedians Joel McHale (Community), Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with... More »
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Unreeled: John Landis Retrospective Interview

It's really difficult to not brag when you've had the same kind of conversation I recently did with John Landis, the same human who directed Animal House, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London,... More »
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Interview: Mary Elizabeth Winstead On ALEX OF VENICE, Her Admiration For Indie Film, And More

I really admire Mary Elizabeth Winstead's career choices. She started out as a Scream Queen and then dabbled with big, bad studio movies. Lately her focus has been on roles in smaller films that really make an impact. Winstead still... 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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Interview: Co-Director Juliano Salgado Talks Trials And Tribulations Of Making THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Making The Salt of the Earth was a labor of love for co-director Juliano Salgado. If you've seen the film, then you know the subject, Sebastião Salgado, is his father. Interviewing Juliano was one of the most surreal experiences I've had as a... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: Karyn Kusama Invites You To Accept THE INVITATION

Karyn Kusama is a director I want to see more of. I saw her first film Girlfight when I was 17. I kept renting it at Blockbuster -- this was right when DVD started to phase out VHS -- because I... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: Craig Roberts Talks Writing, Directing, And Starring In JUST JIM

You need to remember this for the rest of your life: Craig Roberts is a real badass. Far away from home, Roberts was recently at SXSW promoting his directorial feature, Just Jim. He is interviewed by the writer of this article... More »
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SXSW 2015: All Our Coverage + Top Picks

The 2015 edition of South By Southwest has concluded, and though we may have a few last gasps that will appear in the next day or two, we are happy to celebrate by recounting the reviews and interviews we've published,... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: Director Andrew Palermo Talks His Ambitious And Amazing First Narrative Feature, ONE & TWO

Andrew Droz Palermo's One & Two is my favorite film to come out of SXSW 2015. I watched it cold, was floored by the end, and urged other colleagues to see it, and to see it blind. Our very... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: WILD HORSES, Robert Duvall Talks His Hatred For BONNIE AND CLYDE And THE SEARCHERS, With Co-Star Josh Hartnett

Robert Duvall wants you to know that he hates Bonnie and Clyde and The Searchers. But hang tight, we'll get to that.He was in town for the world premiere of Wild Horses, a movie he wrote, directed, and stars in.... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: David Gordon Green Talks MANGLEHORN And Casting Polar Opposites Al Pacino And Harmony Korine

If you are reading TwitchFilm, hopefully King David Gordon Green's career isn't unfamiliar territory. If it's your first stop here, I'll catch you up to speed: He first burst on the film scene in 2000 with George Washington, which is... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: THE FINAL GIRLS, Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Talks About His Killer New Film

SXSW really kicked ass this year. We're still rolling out a lot more coverage and lucky for us (and you, I think), most of the films we are writing about we loved and believe you will too.This brings me to Todd... More »
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SXSW 2015 Interview: Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Teach Us How To GET HARD

Getting hard is not an easy process. There are many painstaking steps one must go through to achieve this deity-like way of life. Luckily for me and whoever reads this article, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart tell us the... More »
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SXSW 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 12 Must-See Picks

Austin, Texas will become the center of the U.S. independent film world tomorrow, as the 2015 edition of South By Southwest will kick off with multiple screenings at a variety of venues in the hilly college town. This year, our TwitchFilm... More »
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Interview: William H. Macy Talks Directing RUDDERLESS, MPAA, And Co-Starring In Paul Thomas Anderson Films

Deadbeat father. Quiz Kid Donnie Smith. 70's porn assistant director. Down-on-his luck car salesman who hires the wrong goons to kidnap his wife to collect some ransom money.  These are some of the many prominent characters actor William H.... More »
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Interview: THE BATTERY's Jeremy Gardner And Adam Cronheim Talk Zombies, Indie Filmmaking Challenges, And Brawling With WALKING DEAD's Rick Grimes

Have you seen The Battery yet? Surely you've heard of it. It's that one anti-zombie zombie movie everyone's talking about on the Information Superhighway (fancy way of saying "Internet."). No hyperbole here -- it's the coolest and most unconventional... More »
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Tribeca 2014 Review: The Jury Has Reached a Verdict: ALEX OF VENICE is Guilty of Being Great

Life is hard, struggle is real. There should be a class in college that teaches about how life really works -- lots of disappointment, heartbreak and starting over when you thought your life was set. This is perhaps the most... More »
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