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: BRICK MANSIONS Is Kind Of Fun, And Maybe That's Enough
Obviously, there's a bit of metatextual, non-diagetic solemnity to Brick Mansions, the final feature film starring one Paul William Walker the Fourth. Sure, we're going to get whatever scenes from Fast and Furious 7 they'll cobble together, but, really, this is...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TRANSCENDENCE
We hit a bit of a nadir with new releases this week, as Transcendence proves something of a flop, a throwback film that misfires on pretty much every level. As I described in my review, it's "more than a Lawnmower Man redux, mowing...
Review: TRANSCENDENCE Tries Too Hard, Fails Utterly
Most of the ingredients are here for something special - a decent enough cast, the man behind the visuals of most of Christopher Nolan's works, and a high-concept sci-fi thriller that delves into such heady topics as "neo-ludites" and the...
Opening: THE FINAL MEMBER, Size Matters In This Penis Documentary
A documentary about Siggi, the founder and curator of the world's only penis museum, The Final Member tracks his quest for one last endowment, requiring a very personal donation. Two of our writers, Jason Gorber and Dave Canfield, have seen the...
Toronto! Experience The Magic Of SORCERER At TIFF's Bell Lightbox
Remakes are funny things - one can hope that at the least they can pave their own path, taking a different tack on an established storyline. Most are just redundant, simply bland substitutes for another work. Finally, there are those...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE RAID 2, OCULUS and DRAFT DAY
A couple genre gems this week - the first, Gareth Evan's epic sequel to The Raid: Redemption (the film that made me write for Twitch in the first place!), The Raid 2 is as ambitious as it is impactful.Oculus from TIFF...
The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage
This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for...
Review: OCULUS, Mirror, Mirror, Dark And Twisted
Of all the things remarkable about Oculus, and there are many, it's that this is a slow burn film with a deliciously creepy mood, yet at the same time it remains exhilarating throughout. The fact that a "creepy mirror" film...
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Update: I Bent My Wookie
When we last chatted, there were few new rumours flying around, save for a sure shooting date. Hints have been dropped in the past about other "holy trilogy" characters making an appearance, and R2-D2 already seems all but confirmed.THR is...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, UNKNOWN KNOWN, JODO'S DUNE & MORE
A slew of indie releases this week, some solid TIFF 2013 titles finally making their way to regular screens. Errol Morris' The Unknown Known puts Rumsfeld in the spotlight, while Jodorowski's Dune takes us on a journey into a great...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NOAH and BAD WORDS
Darren Aronofsky's Noah storms our screens this weekend, and while not a total success it's still a hell of a lot better than trailers made it out to be.Also another look at Bad Words, opening this week after its appearance...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks MUPPETS, DIVERGENT And Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC
Strange mix this week of YA heroines, puppeteered sequels, and the long awaited work from Lars Von Trier.Video embedded below...
Interview: Twitch Talks To Miss Piggy About MUPPETS MOST WANTED
It's not every day that one gets to talk to a genuine legend. With her tousled blonde hair, un-rhinoplasticized nose and proclivity for wearing jewels atop her white gloved hands, Miss Piggy cuts quite the swath.In town to promote her...
Review: MUPPETS MOST WANTED, A Sequel That Delivers What Fans Want
It was halfway through a press conference this week that someone asked the talent propped up at the front of the assembled media about the inconsistencies that one can find between the various tales that have served as the eight...
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Update - Shooting Dates, Timelines, and More
It's been some time since there's been solid information about the latest film in the Star Wars series, but we've now received information directly from the studio itself. It's been more than a year since the big announcement that J.J. Abrams...
Hot Docs 2014 Lineup Announced: From Pulp to Alice Cooper To Weddings to Zombies And Much More
Toronto's Hot Docs Festival is Canada's largest festival dedicated solely to documentaries. It is perhaps the world's largest too, for that matter. The festival organizers have announced the full film line-up for the upcoming 21st edition, which runs from April 24...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NEED FOR SPEED, GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and ENEMY
Aaron Paul makes his big budget big screen debut with Need For Speed, Wes Anderson's got another of his beautiful confections with Grand Budapest Hotel, and Denis Villeneuve takes a dark take on being endoubled in Toronto with Enemy.Video embedded...
Review: Do We Need NEED FOR SPEED?
I like Aaron Paul. I've met the guy a couple times over the last few months, and he seems like a mensch. He was at Sundance for Hellion, and came across as a genuine, down-to-Earth guy who was more...
Review: ENEMY Explores Villeneuve's More Unique Side
With film, things often come in pairs. Sometimes the doubles are explicit; some studio vying with another for a given plot, be it a tale of animated insects or impending asteroid impacts. Sometimes, the twinning takes the form of accidental...
Review: BAD WORDS Is Jason Bateman's Dark And Funny Directorial Debut
The career of Jason Batemen is rather fascinating. Rising from a sidekick on Silver Spoons early in his career, he stumbled through a number of films that his sister's sit-com sibling would pass on (including the truly egregious Teen Wolf Too). He showed...