J Hurtado
Contributing Writer; Dallas, Texas

J Hurtado is Twitch's connection to the world of Indian cinema. Located in the South Asian diasporan capital of Dallas, Texas, J is able to keep tabs on Bolly, Kolly, Tolly, Molly, Sandal, and Lollywood for your reading pleasure. In addition to being among the only mainstream writers focusing on South Asian cinema, he is an avid supporter of independent and cult home video.

Arrow Video To Expand Stateside, Launches IndieGoGo Campaign To Help

In what was a surprising move to pretty much everyone, the UK's finest boutique cult home video distributor, Arrow Video (an arm of longstanding distributor, Arrow Films), has announced their intentions to expand to North America in 2015. This could... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: DWARVES KINGDOM, A Surprisingly Balanced Exploration Of The World's Strangest Theme Park

I had never heard of the Kingdom of the Little People in Kunming, China before seeing Matthew Salton's documentary, Dwarves Kingdom. I'm hardly surprised that it exists, however. In this world of fake triple-breasted women, Crispin Hellion Glover films with casts... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: I AM HERE Explores What Happens When A Biological Clock Pops A Spring

The concept of the early middle aged woman's biological clock is well established. It's expected that as childless women reach a certain age their body will begin to tell them that it is time. Now, obviously this is a gross... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE Takes Its Anthropomorphic Oddity Very Seriously

Victoria Cocks' post-apocalyptic saga of an anthropomorphic panda trekking across a great barren wasteland in search of redemption is remarkably restrained in its treatment of this absurd concept. Wastelander Panda: Exile's greatest asset is, without a doubt, its commitment to world... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Twitch's 12 Most Anticipated Films From Our 12 On-Hand Contributors

Hallelujah! It is Fantastic Fest time once again! The fest kicks off tomorrow, and what's more, Austin's ridiculously fun genre festival is back at its spiritual home of the Drafthouse South Lamar. You might say we are a little excited.... More »
  

The First Teaser For Shankar's I Will Be The Most Spectacular 64 Seconds Of Your Day

This is even more amazing than I could have imagined.On Friday we brought you the first few glimpses of Shankar's I through a couple of posters and a motion poster, today we get the real thing. At an event in... More »
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These New Posters For Shankar And Vikram's AI Are Out Of This World

I've been waiting for Tamil blockbuster machine Shankar to impress me for several years, following the (critical) disappointment of Nanban. While Shankar's international star saw a little bit of light following the West's discovery of 2010 insane-athon Enthiran (Robot), he... More »
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Watch This Pair Of Teasers For Miike Takashi's AS THE GODS WILL!

Twitch is nothing if not a fan site for Japanese enfant terrible Miike Takashi.Miike has broken open the world of international genre cinema more than anyone else in the last twenty years. From his origins as a director for hire... More »
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Check Out The Teaser For ENAKKUL ORUVAN Featuring Siddharth

Last year Kannada filmmaker Pawan Kumar made a huge splash in the Indian independent feature world by successfully crowdfunding his second feature film, Lucia. The film made a big impression on the international festival circuit, and is commonly recognized as... More »
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Review: WETLANDS, Not For The Faint Of Heart Nor Weak Of Stomach

When a film begins with a teenage girl deliberately smearing her genitals all over an especially disgusting public toilet seat, you pretty much have an idea what you're in for. Wetlands, director David Wnendt's sophomore feature after the award winning... More »
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Rocking Star Manchu Manoj Returns In CURRENT THEEGA Teaser

I have a lot of favorite actors, but my favorite performer is probably Tollywood's Manchu Manoj. Manoj is the son of a famous actor in Andhra Pradesh in India, but he's happily blazing his own path in the world of... More »
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Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend 2015 Grabs SCREAM's Neve Campbell For Her First Con Appearance Ever!

From their meager beginnings in a community center in Grapevine, Texas ten years ago to selling out a major convention center in Dallas every year, Texas Frightmare Weekend has become the top horror convention in the Southwest over the last... More »
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Forget BATMAN V SUPERMAN, This Is DEAR V/S BEAR! Bollywood Gone Bonkers!

Holy shit.Uttar Kumar's Dear V/s Bear looks like some next-level nonsense, scheduled to hit Indian cinema screens this September.I know almost nothing about the film, but here's what I can share.(a) The poster features what appears to be grizzly bear... More »
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Farah Khan's HAPPY NEW YEAR Sports The Gaudiest Trailer You'll See This Year

This day has been years in the making.Director Farah Khan reunites with her muse, Shah Rukh Khan, for Happy New Year, a film with nearly a decade of production delays under its belt. Development for Happy New Year began in... More »
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Review: JIGARTHANDA, A Mini-Meta-Masterpiece Of Madurai Mob Movie Mimicry

Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda is long, juggles multiple storylines, tells complex stories in tiny chunks, is loaded for bear with insider references for Tamil film aficionados that will frequently leave newbs scratching their heads, and is nearly impossible to write about... More »
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BANG BANG Teaser Gives You Abs, Explosions, And Footjets(?) Aplenty!

Fox Star Studios in India gave us what could turn out to be the most ridiculous teaser of 2014 today with the first footage from Siddarth Anand's Bang Bang! The film is an official remake of the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz... More »
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London Indian 2014 Review: HANK & ASHA, A Romance Interrupted

I didn't join the Twitch team to write about romantic comedies. I'm more of a genre film guy with a particular slant toward Indian flavored cinema. However, I've seen James Duff's Hank & Asha appear on the rosters of enough Indian... More »
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London Indian 2014: ANIMA STATE Is A Transient Trip Through Modern/Medieval Pakistan

Every country, every civilization, and every culture deals with its own set of crises of faith, crises of identity, and the clash between reactionaries and radicals. Pakistan's struggles are no different, although what exactly those struggles are will change depending... More »
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