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.

Win SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF On Blu-ray From Synapse Films And TwitchFilm

In celebration of the long awaited Blu-ray release of Kurando Mitsutake's Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, Synapse Films and TwitchFilm are happy to announce that we have 5 copies of the Blu-ray disc to give away to lucky readers like... More »
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BAAHUBALI: The Complete Poster Gallery

We've been tracking SS Rajamouli's period epic Baahubali for nearly two years, and with its release getting closer and closer the team at Arka MediaWorks have been working double-time to create a major buzz. Part of that buzz is the... More »
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Interview: SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF's Kurando Mitsutake On His Journey From Japan To The USA And Back Again

This coming Tuesday, May 26th, is a big day for Japanese filmmaker, Mitsutake Kurando. This week, two of his feature films arrive in the US on Blu-ray for the first time. His second feature, Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, a... More »
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Cannes 2015 Market Report: THE MONK WHO FUCKED A LIMOUSINE AKA INDIA'S DAUGHTER, The Hideous Nature Of Bad Taste

The Cannes Film Market, or Marche du film, can be among the most vibrant and exciting part of the iconic festival's ancillary events. This is where filmmakers go to sell their wares, films are bought and sold for different territories,... More »
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Q To Star As Satyajit Ray In Film Of PATHER PANCHALI Backstory

The Times of India today reported that Bengali filmmaker Q (Gandu, Tasher Desh) is preparing to play Satyajit Ray in a movie about the making of Ray's seminal work in Indian cinema, Pather Panchali. The film will center around Ray's struggle... More »
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Review: BOMBAY VELVET Takes A Gorgeous Look At Jazz Age Hoodlums

If there's anything that Bombay Velvet director Anurag Kashyap has taught us over his last couple of films, it's that he knows how to stage a rousing action sequence. Not only did he create the greatest gangster film of the... More »
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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Finally Coming To North American Blu-ray/DVD

On the literal eve of Anurag Kashyap's latest film, Bombay Velvet, comes news that the epic Gangs of Wasseypur will finally arrive on North American home video from Cinelicious Pics this summer. I've been waiting for this day for three... More »
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Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2015 Review: DHANAK Will Open Your Eyes To The Power Of Hope

In Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak, a young boy and his slightly older sister trek hundreds of miles across the desert of Rajasthan in India in search of a cure to the boy's blindness. The trek is long, and not without its... More »
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Teaser For Suriya's MASSS Hints At Something Scary

I've often lamented the fact that Suriya, who is one of Tamil cinema's most popular leading men, has had a hard time finding roles in films that fit his talents. Suriya is a handsome, charismatic fellow with a body built... More »
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Bollywood Macho Icon Salman Khan Found Guilty Of Homicide, Faces 5 Years In Jail.

Thirteen years after a hit and run accident that left a homeless man dead, Bollywood megastar Salman Khan has been found guilty on several accounts including "culpable homicide". The case has been lingering in Indian courts for over a decade... More »
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BAAHUBALI's Third Poster Showcases Anushka Shetty As Devasena

The hits just keep on coming for Baahubali.This latest character poster reveals the character of Devasena, described by Rajamouli as "tortured and held captive for years," played by Anushka Shetty. While Anushka hasn't done a any work in Hindi... More »
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BAAHUBALI's Second Poster Reveals Prabhas As Shivudu

The marketing team behind S.S. Rajamouli's (Eega) Baahubali have really begun to turn up the heat, and after nearly 2 years in production we're starting to get solid looks at some of the amazing imagery the film has to offer.... More »
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Shout! Factory Snatches Up THE EDITOR For North America, Plans Wide Attack

Canada's finest filmmaking collective, Astron 6, have finally found a North American home for their pitch perfect giallo send-up The Editor with Shout! Factory and its horror sub-label Scream Factory. The film, which premiered in TIFF's Midnight Madness section last... More »
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Texas Frightmare 2015: Opening Night PHANTASM Screening Brought A RAVAGER Surprise!

What better way to kick off the 10th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention in Dallas than a screening of Don Coscarelli's personal 35mm print of his classic, Phantasm? This screening was announced about a month ago and TwitchFilm was... More »
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New York Indian Film Festival 2015: TwitchFilm Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a... More »
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KUNG FU KILLER Opens On US Cinema Screens Tomorrow; Enjoy This Exclusive Sizzle Reel Today

Hong Kong action superstar, Donnie Yen, is back in a big way with his upcoming martial arts film, Kung Fu Killer. The film, which opened in Hong Kong under the title Kung Fu Jungle, is a great return to form... More »
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Win An Arrow Video USA Prize Pack! DAY OF ANGER, MARK OF THE DEVIL, And MASSACRE GUN

Over the last five years, the UK's Arrow Video has grown to be the envy of cult home video specialist around the world. From their modest beginnings as the genre wing of the venerable Arrow Films specializing in Italian horror... More »
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Win ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND On Blu-ray From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

Time for another giveaway! This time around we've got another new release from Texas based Well Go USA. The film is Enter the Dangerous Mind, a psychological thriller based in the world of underground EDM DJs. The film stars Jake... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Duke Mitchell's MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE And GONE WITH THE POPE From Grindhouse Releasing

Grindhouse Releasing completes a journey of nearly 20 years with the recent Blu-ray releases of Duke Mitchell's Massacre Mafia Style and Gone With the Pope. Co-founders Bob Murawski and Sage Stallone began this saga back in the mid-'90s with the help... More »
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Balakrishna Is A Bloody Badass In The LION Trailer

Hot on the heels of his epic performance in Sreenu Boyapati's Legend, Nanadamuri Balakrishna returns to the cinema with the upcoming release of his latest film, Lion. Anyone who has seen a Balakrishna movie knows that every one of them... More »
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