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.

Trailer: Salman Khan Wrestles With Fate In SULTAN

Salman Khan is back on the big screen this Eid with his new film Sultan. Sultan tells the story of a washed up wrestler fighting for redemption. It's the kind of comeback story that Hollywood has filmed a million times,... More »
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Review: Pawan Kumar's U TURN Will Keep You Guessing Until The Last Minute

Indian director Pawan Kumar is one of the most interesting and uncomprimising talents in South Asia today. His last film, Lucia, was the first crowd funded feature to appear from India and its trippy story about the effects of a... More »
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MOTTA SIVA KETTA SIVA Has The Explodiest Motion Poster You've Ever Seen

I don't have a lot to say about this. Motta Siva Ketta Siva is a Tamil language remake of Telugu film Pataas, which I've never seen. The new film stars Raghava Lawrence, one of my favorite underdog performers in Tamil... More »
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Is This PRAY FOR DEATH/RAGE OF HONOR Giveaway The Baddest? Sho 'Nuff!

TwitchFilm and Arrow Video USA are teaming up for a few very awesome Blu-ray giveaways over the next week and we're happy to start this off with a pair of Sho Kosugi classics, Pray for Death and Rage of Honor.... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: KRAMPUS And THE WITCH, Two Very Different Takes On Folk Horror

Over the last few weeks a pair of very different films that both center around folk stories have arrived on Blu-ray in the US. Michael Dougherty's long awaited follow-up to his suprise cult hit Trick 'R Treat is another holiday... More »
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NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: KHOYA, A Drama About Displacement, Loss, And The Dangerous Nature Of Truth

Being a film writer has its ups and downs. We are constantly inundated by wannabe filmmakers looking to make their mark on the world. Like any other aspirational pursuit, the vast majority of the output from these cold calls is... More »
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Cannes 2016: Anurag Kashyap's Upcoming Horror GIDDY Part Of New Blumhouse Partnership

It was reported several months ago that US horror specialist Blumhouse Productions was branching out into local language productions. The first of these partnerships to be announced is with Phantom Films in India, the director's production house founded by Anurag... More »
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NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: CRIME IS PUNISHMENT, The Tamil New Wave Rolls On

M. Manikandan is one of a small group of filmmakers from Tamil Nadu who are a hair's breath away from making a huge international splash. Two years ago his film Kaaka Muttai (The Crow's Egg) wowed Toronto IFF audiences with... More »
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NY Indian Film Fest 2016: SAHEB BIBI GOLAAM, A Bengali Triptych Thriller

A hitman, a hooker, and a hustler all with hearts of gold: these are the three main characters in Pratim D. Gupta's latest thriller, Saheb Bibi Golaam (The Drifters). Except, these three aren't exactly virtuous, they have their pecadillos and... More »
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PHOBIA Trailer: Radhika Apte Is Terrorized In Her Home

Indian actress Radhika Apte has been all over the place as of late. From her head-turning performances in films like Parched to her critically acclaimed and award winning role in international omnibus Madly (directed in part by Anurag Kashyap), she... More »
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NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: PARCHED Pleads For Peace And Equality In The Face Of Violence

It is dangerous to be a woman in India these days. While I sincerely hate to paint an entire country with such broad strokes, this is the story I'm told over and over again by the news of deadly gang... More »
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NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: KOTHANODI, A Quartet Of Dark Fables From The Rivers Of Assam

Far from the hustle and bustle of India's big film industries in Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad is the western state of Assam. This state borders China to the north, and stretches almost all the way to Myanmar in the west.... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Nicholas Ray's IN A LONELY PLACE, A Requiem For Love

I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me. I've only seen a few Nicholas Ray films, but after those I cannot help but be convinced that... More »
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Cannes 2016: Anurag Kashyap's RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 Gets A Dark Domestic Trailer

The first domestic trailer for Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 has appeared online ahead of its June 24th Indian cinema release. The film is Kashyap's third to appear in the Cannes Director's Fortnight and the first since 2013's Ugly. Raman... More »
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Exclusive: Poster Debut For Kurando Mitsutake's KARATE KILL From The Dude Designs

Back in 2009, I caught a little movie called Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf at a beer-soaked midnight screening at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. I was tipsy, but I was also blown away by this super fun slice... More »
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Imagine 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

Two weeks ago the Imagine Film Festival ended, and as usual it had provided me with a ridiculously high batting average: every film I saw there was either very good or excellent. It's a testament to the festival's rigorous programming,... More »
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Review: 24, Top-Tier Time Traveling Thrills With Suriya

An admission up front: I am a huge fan of Tamil film superstar Suriya. If I were to compare him to a similar performer in Hollywood, I’d say he’s kind of like the Gerard Butler of Kollywood. He’s a buff... More »
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Rajinikanth's KABALI Teaser Is Here, Make Way For The Superstar!

It's that time again. Tamil cinema legend "Superstar" Rajinikanth is starring in an upcoming film titled Kabali and the first trailer dropped on Sunday morning to an incredible response. Within one hour, the 67-second trailer had registered a million views... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: DEATH WALKS TWICE, RAGE OF HONOR, BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA From Arrow Video

Let's take a look at some of the latest April 2016 releases from Arrow Video USA!... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Kitano's KIKUJIRO And DOLLS From Third Window Films UK

Our favorite UK based Asian film distributors are at it again, this time with a pair of Kitano Takeshi classics on Blu-ray. Earlier this month, Third Window FIlms released KItano's Kikujiro and Dolls on Blu-ray for the first time in... More »
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