Jason Gorber is a veteran film critic, commentator and interviewer. A pioneer in online film criticism, his first professional reviews date back to the mid-90s. Jason has been formally accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival since 1997, and founded Filmfest.ca as a repository of coverage from that event.
Jason joined the TWITCH family in 2011 where he is now a featured critic covering a wide range of mainstream and independent documentaries and features, as well as conducting many interviews, disc reviews and reporting on news items.
Jason appears on CTV News Channel every Sunday evening, and also guests frequently during weekly broadcasts. In addition, he has also contributed freelance work for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post/Moviefone. Jason has appeared on radio for both the CBC and Rogers, as well as on CBC's The National.
You can follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca, see his reviews linked from Rotten Tomatoes and Indiewire's Criticwire.
Review: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Is A Servicable Sequel
It seems apt for a film of this nature to provide a bit of historical context. Back in 2006 a young man who had previously helmed the surprisingly not shitty redux of Dawn of the Dead was tasked with bringing...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks OSCARS 2014!
Lots of Oscar talk for 2014, with several live hits recording during the ceremony, including my predictions about eventual winners (not too shabby) and a summation of the night's entertainment.2013 was a hell of a year, and as I say...
Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars
Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks POMPEII, 3 DAYS TO KILL, TIM'S VERMEER And THE WIND RISES
Kind of a dreary week, with the Pompeii failing to erupt and 3 Days To Kill a different kind of disaster. The Wind Rises hits theatres more widely, and while some adore this (last?) film by Myazaki I found it...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ROBOCOP
With the latest installment of RoboCop we once again find the world of this famed cyborg character providing a rich palate for contemporary political discourse. We talk about the 1987 original, the newest film in the series, as well as...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE LEGO MOVIE and THE MONUMENTS MEN
Sure, it's a film about building blocks, but The LEGO Movie proves to have all the right pieces. It's a tonne of fun, and easily one of the best films of 2014.Also chatted about the disappointing The Monuments Men, a...
Review: ROBOCOP, A Decent-Enough Reboot
Way back in 1987, a non-American director came to these shores to make a film that worked as both an explosive and violent action film, but also a cautionary tale about militarism of our police forces and the growing fascism...
Review: THE LEGO MOVIE Is Brickin' Fantastic
Let's not bury the lede: The LEGO Movie, even this early into the season, is the best animated film of the year. I mean, sure, it's only February, but this is one of the funniest, most clever animated films in years. Not...
Report: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, Has Died
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment this afternoon. The report states: "The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical...
Sundance 2014 Dispatch: GREEN PRINCE and A MOST WANTED MAN
Festivals are funny things. You're seeing loads of films all at once, a kind of gorging that only happens sporadically throughout the year. Often you get inadvertent connections between films, thematic consistency that otherwise might go unnoticed. Sometimes these connections...
Sundance 2014 Review: WHITEY Presents Criminal Ethics As A Spectrum Of Grey
It is no small irony that a film titled Whitey is actually so morally grey. Once again, one of the great documentary auteurs Joe Berlinger has provided a wonderfully nuanced take on an extraordinarily complex case, providing the viewers with...
Sundance 2014 Review: CAMP X-RAY, A Work Of Moral Ambivalence
I was busy processing the ending of Camp X-Ray, a film about a soldier relating to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, when I saw the credit - Executive Produced by David Gordon Green. It's hard to say just what effect this great...
Sundance 2014 Review: FRANK, A Fun Musical Mashup That Doesn't Quite Mesh
All the ingredients are her for me to adore Frank. You've got a quirky premise surrounding a bunch of musical fun, a standout performance by one of the world's best actors, a mix of the somber and the slapstick all...
Sundance 2014 Review: IMPERIAL DREAMS Is A Taut, Effective Social Drama
About two-thirds the way through Malik Vitthal's remarkable film, the lead character makes it plain - he's just trying "to do the right thing."Back in 1989, another African American filmmaker showed how doing the right thing wasn't always easy. Spike's...
Review: RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, A Must See Debut
"The day I found my mother dead I aged by one thousand years." So begins this harrowing, explosive debut from Jeff Barnaby. The backstory may be unfamiliar to international audiences -- the post-genocide period of Canada's treatment of its Native...
Review: 12 O'CLOCK BOYS Is A Hell Of A Bike Ride
It's no surprise to long-time readers of my reviews that I'm enamoured with David Simon's Baltimore. From Homicide: Life On The Streets, through The Corner and of course The Wire (still perhaps the best programme that has ever aired on...
Review: TIM'S VERMEER Conjures Up True Magic
For decades now, Penn & Teller have made a living pricking the balloon of illusion, showing the skill and sheer tenacity behind magical performances that's as compelling as any level of deceit or subterfuge. What makes their shtick so engaging...
Sundance 2014: Jason Gorber's Cineplex Diaries
In addition to regular reviews here at Twitch, along with the weekly Twitchvision sements, I had the privilege this year to provide coverage for 2014 Sundance Film Festival for Cineplex.com Over the 11 days of the fest (along with two...
Sundance 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews and Top Picks
Perhaps one of the less headline-grabbing festivals of recent years, this year's Sundance Film Fest certainly had some stand out premieres from The Raid 2 to Boyhood. This year's festival will likely be remembered as the year of first and...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Sundance 2014
Here's a special Sundance edition of Twitchvision, where I broadcast from the lobby of the Yarrow Hotel in Park City, Utah. The first segment has talk of the opening films, including The Overnighters, Adam Wingard's The Guest, and Michael Fassbender...