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.

MSG 2 Theatrical Trailer Will Make You Question Your Sanity

While watching Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan's autobiographical first film, MSG: The Messenger, my 10-year-old son made what is the most concise and cogent statement about this work of complete nonsense that I have seen thus far. He... More »
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Giveaway: Win Blu-rays And DVDs Of THE DEAD LANDS And WHITE GOD From Magnet, Magnolia And TwitchFilm

TwitchFilm has partnered with Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Pictures to bring you a couple of wonderful films on Blu-ray and DVD. First up we have two copies of Toa Fraser's brutal New Zealand Maori action film The Dead Lands. A... More »
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Toronto 2015: Meghna Gulzar's TALVAR Trailer Opens Old Wounds

Among the films listed in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is Meghna Gulzar's third directorial effort, Talvar (Guilty is the English title, though not a translation). This film explores one of India's most notorious... More »
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Check Out The Super Stylish Trailer For DOUBLE BARREL

Here at Twitch we try to cover films from as many regions as possible, but I will admit that the bulk of our Indian film coverage goes toward the three biggest Industries: Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu language films. Once in... More »
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Akshay Kumar Returns In SINGH IS BLIING Trailer; Nonsense Ensues

Back in 2008, Akshay Kumar set the Indian box office on fire with Singh Is Kinng. That film introduced filmgoers to Akshay's Harpreet Singh, a guileless Sikh do-gooder who gets caught up in mafia shenanigans. It also featured Akshay rapping... More »
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MSG 2 Trailer Is The Most Astonishing Thing You'll See Today

Meet Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, one of India's most notorious "god men", a distinction reserved largely for religious charlatans. You may remember SGRRSJI as the man whose first film, MSG: Messenger of God, took down the entire Central... More »
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Exclusive Clip: In MEMORIES OF THE SWORD, A Master Fights Back

Our friends at Well Go USA are preparing their next assault on US cinema screens with this exclusive clip from Korean period action film, Memories of the Sword. The film, starring Lee Byung-Hun (A Bittersweet Life, G.I. Joe, I Saw... More »
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Review: BROTHERS, A Brawler Submits To Bollywood Bloat

Gavin O'Connor's Warrior was a surprise critical and box office hit back in 2011, as well as being one of the first studio films set within the increasingly popular world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. That film pitted brothers Tom... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Cult Filmmakers Strike Back In BURYING THE EX And LOST SOUL

Today we've got a brief look at a pair of home video releases that spotlight cult filmmakers who deserve a little moment to shine. While these films are very different in tone and subject, and the filmmakers themselves are also... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Vincent Price Evolves In WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP, HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS, & MADHOUSE From Kino

Kino Lorber's relatively new Kino Classics line of Blu-ray releases has become a goldmine for home video collectors. This includes brand new HD releases of many lesser known and cult films from one of my favorite performers, Vincent Price. A... More »
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Watch New Trailer For Tsukamoto Shinya's A SNAKE OF JUNE

In their continuing quest to deliver the finest offbeat East Asian cinema to the English speaking world, the UK's Third Window Films presents Tsukamoto Shinya's A Snake of June on Blu-ray, this September 28th. To celebrate the new release, they've... More »
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Win KUNG FU KILLER On Blu-ray From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

TwitchFilm and Well Go USA come to you with a contest to win one of three Blu-ray copies of Teddy Chen's Kung Fu Killer (aka Kung Fu Jungle)!Kung Fu Killer features martial arts legend Donnie Yen in one of his... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend 2016: First Guests Announced

The Southwest's biggest horror convention, Texas Frightmare Weekend, has announced their first three major guests for the Spring 2016 edition. This year will mark their 11th anniversary, and with every passing year the convention gets bigger and more exciting. I've... More »
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Exclusive Clip From CUB, Coming Very Soon To The US And UK

Coming very soon to US and UK home video is Belgian scouting thriller Cub, from director Jonas Govaerts. The film fared very well at festivals last fall, including Fantastic Fest 2014, which is where I was fortunate to see it. Cub... More »
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Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR, An Indonesian Wu Xia Drama

Over the last few years there have been a small handful of high profile Indonesian films hitting the festival and art house cinema circuits. The most recent resurgence in Indonesian films has come, strangely, via the intervention of a couple... More »
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Fantasia 2015 Review: LUDO Challenges You To A Deadly Game Of Dice

Ludo co-director Q has been a filmmaker that I've had my eye on since his brash explosion onto the international art house scene with 2010's Gandu. That film is loud, aggressive, and challenging to the viewer, in the way that... More »
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London Indian 2015 Review: UMRIKA Looks At The Big City Dreams & Nightmares Of Small Town Boys

Set mostly in early '80s rural northern India, Prashant Nair's Umrika pulses with universally relatable warmth and emotion. The film is the story of a young man whose older brother leaves his modest hamlet on the way to better things in... More »
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Trailer For Tamil Chiller MAYA Promises Sanitarium Scares

While Shankar's massive romantic fantasy I got most of the press for the Tamil film industry outside of India, this year's big surprise has been a proliferation of horror films doing extremely well at the Kollywood box office. Well received... More »
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BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING Breaks Just About Every Box Office Record For Indian Films

I'm typically not one to dote on box office numbers, in fact, I find the whole practice rather off-putting. While I recognize that any film industry is a combination of art and commerce, uniformly leaning far more toward the sign... More »
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Check Out This Exclusive Clip From NORTHERN LIMIT LINE, In Theaters July 17th

Our friends at Well Go USA have given us a first look at this scene from brand new historical action film, Northern Limit Line. The film was directed by KIM Hak-Soon, whose last feature was in 2003. As of this... More »
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