James Marsh
Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China

Originally from England, James has lived in Hong Kong since 2001, where he is becoming increasingly well-acquainted with the delights of Asian Cinema. James began contributing to Twitch in 2009, and became Asian Editor in 2011. His writing can also be found at Screendaily.com and in Vérité Film Magazine, he is an Acquisitions Executive for XYZ Films and a programmer for Fantastic Fest. James can also be heard podcasting about world cinema at thesocietyforfilm.com.

Review: ANNABELLE Is Worse Than Being Given An Antique Doll As A Gift

It is understandable that Warner Brothers and New Line would want to continue the success of last year's The Conjuring. The period haunted house flick proved a surprise summer smash last year, grossing over $300 million worldwide. Annabelle focuses on... More »
  

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 »
  

Review: MEETING DR. SUN, A Playfully Poignant Coming-Of-Age Heist Flick

Yee Chih-yen, Taiwanese director of the much-celebrated Blue Gate Crossing, delivers a heartfelt, humorous and poignant coming of age story in Meeting Dr. Sun. Part high school drama, part adventurous heist flick, the film follows impoverished high-schooler Lefty (Zhan Huai-yun),... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: TOMMY, A Gripping Nordic Noir About Dames

The latest in a string of stylish crime thrillers to emerge from Scandinavia, Tommy is the new film from Swedish director Tarik Saleh, and offers a blistering change of pace to 2009's animated sci-fi odyssey Metropia.A daring airport robbery and... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: I AM TRASH Lives Up To Its Title In Gloriously Reprehensible Fashion

South Korean indie provocateur Lee Sang-woo returns with the third and final instalment in his thematic "bad family" trilogy, which follows three grown up brothers, reunited when their pedophile father is released from prison. Inspired by a series of real-life... More »
  

KUNG FU JUNGLE: New Posters, Full Synopsis Emerge For Latest Donnie Yen Actioner

Teddy Chen's Kung Fu Jungle (previously known as Last of the Best) will open on Hong Kong screens on 30 October, and Emperor Motion Pictures has released a brace of new moody character posters to further amp up the anticipation... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU Proves Far More Successful

One of the more notorious production debacles in recent memories, the maelstrom behind the scenes of New Line's The island of Dr. Moreau (1996) is the subject of this candid and entertaining documentary from David Gregory.Following the relative success of... More »
  

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 »
  

Masters Of Cinema's New THE THIEF OF BAGDAD Blu-ray Looks Fit For A Sultan

We make no secret of our love for Eureka Entertainment's boutique label The Masters of Cinema Series here at Twitch, and when it comes to Blu-ray releases of some of the greatest works of silent cinema ever made, they leave... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Behold The Gorgeous Poster For Lee Sang-woo's Uncompromising I AM TRASH

The line-up for this year's Fantastic Fest is awash with festival faves and complete unknowns, including a bevy of World Premieres of films audiences will likely know next to nothing about. Chief among those is Lee Sang-woo's I Am Trash, a... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS Is Lovingly Reverent Of The Ridiculous

Mark Hartley's unofficial biography of Cannon Films impresarios Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus is equal parts reverent and dumbfounded in its depiction of these maverick Hollywood outsiders. Bottling the same level of ravenous reportage for Cannon's bountiful output as Hartley... More »
  

Watch The Gloriously Trippy Sci-Fi Short APHELION POINT

Anyone in attendance at last month's Film4 FrightFest in London would have been treated to a bevvy of brilliant short films (programmed by our very own Shelagh Rowan-Legg no less) in addition to a fantastic array of international horror flicks. Not... More »
  

WTF? Chapman To Is A Horny Time-Travelling Pilot In Wong Jing's FLIRTING IN THE AIR

Chapman To and Dada Chan are reunited onscreen in another raunchy comedy, this time set in the world of playboy airline pilots and sexy stewardesses - that is until Captain Cool (To) and his wingmen are transported back in time... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Nicholas Tse

This week, the Chinese drama But Always (aka. Yi Sheng Yi Shi) premieres in several countries worldwide, including the USA. A lengthy description of a doomed romance, it stars Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse as the star-crossed lovers. James reviewed... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Win Miike Takashi's LESSON OF EVIL On DVD Or Blu-ray!

Our good friends over at Third Window Films will be releasing Miike Takashi's wonderfully deranged Lesson Of Evil on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 29 September, and we have 3 copies of the film up for grabs -... More »
  

Lu Chuan Enlists Hollywood FX House For New Sci-Fi Project

One of China's more interesting young directors, Lu Chuan has revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he will be collaborating with Hollywood visual effects company Prime Focus on his latest directorial venture.Prime Focus is one of the biggest VFX houses... More »
  

Review: BUT ALWAYS Urges Chinese Emigrants To Come Home Or Die

Nicholas Tse proves he is better-suited to tough guy roles than romantic leads, but his inert performance here opposite Gao Yuanyuan is far from the only problem with Snow Zou's shockingly cliched and unaware tragi-romance.When a film opens in New... More »
  

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Alfred Hitchcock

This month, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock would have been celebrating his 115th birthday. But while he shuffled off his mortal coil back in 1980, his legacy remains as healthy as ever thanks to a hugely innovative, influential,... More »
  

Review: THE CONGRESS, Ambitious And Mostly Successful

Loosely based on the sci-fi musings of Stanislav Lem, Ari Folman follows up his Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir with this ambitious and mostly successful exploration of celebrity, cinema and the subconscious. One of the biggest criticisms of Cinema, and Hollywood... More »
  
 
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