Chase Whale
Contributing Writer; Dallas, Texas

Chase Whale co-founded the popular independent film website, 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,, 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.

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: GRIDLOCKED Kicks Ass And Takes No Prisoners

If you're looking for a movie with hyper-violence, well-choreographed ass kickings, and a lot of bloodshed, Gridlocked is your Huckleberry. Not to be confused with the great 1997 crime film Gridlock'd starring Tim Roth and the late Tupac Shakur, Gridlocked... More »
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Bang! Bang! BLACK Takes Toronto 2015's Discovery Award

Today is the last day of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and the awards have been announced. One in particular has put a giant grin on this writer's face. Black -- the Belgium shoot-'em-up that sandwiches right in between... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: BLACK Paints A Vivid Picture Of The Violent, Seedy Side Of Brussels

When you're hanging with a posse who murder, steal, rape and share the bed with the same women and commit every crime imaginable, it's time to reassess your life.  Black is a movie you will not forget once you see... More »
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Interview: James Ponsoldt On THE END OF THE TOUR And Why He Needed To Make It

In the cinematic universe, James Ponsoldt is the Johnny Storm of emerging directors -- he's on fire. (That is a nerdy -- and perhaps, awful -- comic book reference. If you don't read comic books, just ignore me and... More »
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Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait Talks CALL ME LUCKY And His Animated Friendships With Robin Williams And Barry Crimmins

"I wouldn't have made the movie if it wasn't for Robin's encouragement."-- Director Bobcat Goldthwait on Call Me Lucky.The first time I interviewed actor-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, it was for the weird and wonderful World's Greatest Dad, starring the late, irreplaceable Robin... More »
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Interview: Joel Edgerton Talks His Directorial Debut THE GIFT, And His Love For Odd And Challenging Roles

Joel Edgerton is a real delight and just an all around good guy. He was in Dallas, near where I live, about a month ago to promote his directorial debut The Gift (now in theaters). I was supposed to moderate... 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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Interview: Writer-Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez On THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

When I saw writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's first feature Easier with Practice, based on a short story, I knew to keep this guy on my radar. For a first film on a shoestring budget, the film looks something born out... 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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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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