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.
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Mandela And Movies
Slightly different take this week, as the passing of Madiba has (justifiably) captured the world's attention, while the coincidental release of a film starring Idris Elba is set to make its wide release. We were to chat about other releases,...
Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, A Hell Of A Ride
When last year's The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey hit, I addressed the central question being asked by most fans of the Lord of the Rings films: "How could something so relatively slight, an explicitly childish work that's little more...
Disney Buys Rights To INDIANA JONES Films
Whip it good, for Variety is reporting that Disney has taken control of another beloved franchise in the form of the Indiana Jones series.While this isn't a super surprise, given last year's Lucasfilm deal that saw the rights to the...
Exclusive Trailer Premiere: Take A Musical Trip To PATCH TOWN
Twitch is proud to host this world exclusive premiere of the latest trailer for Craig Goodwill's Patch Town. The film is based on the award winning short (that Twitch covered way back in 2011) which played TIFF, Cannes and a...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks FROZEN, ARMSTRONG LIE, PHILOMENA And More
Back again this week after about 12 hours of travel, only managed to make a few stumbles that I'll directly attribute to jetlag. Still, got to gush about the people of Tallinn, Estonia that hosted me for the Black...
Review: Spike Lee's OLDBOY, A Failed Attempt At Something New
The easiest thing to do with Spike Lee's latest work, a "don't call it a remake" of Park Chan-wook's 2003 film Oldboy, is to simply dismiss it. Know that this isn't a particularly good film, let alone a capable...
Review: FROZEN, An Instant Disney Classic
A true delight, Frozen is a visually spectacular retelling of a fairy tale done with the kind of gumption and bravado for which classic Disney animation gained its reputation. What Frozen is not, fortunately, is the type of film that...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY
With a certain Scorsese film being bumped to a few weeks from now, we had a bit of a lull in major new releases, giving us time to showcase a couple award winning films. The first is Blue Is The...
Review: 12-12-12, Enjoyable, Musically Interesting, and Cinematically Satisfying
The concert documentary 12/12/12 does a great job of situating the event within a larger context. A show intended to benefit those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy, this was modeled after the 9/11 concert that was in part organized by Hollywood...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, THE BOOK THIEF and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
This weekend saw the release of Thor: The Dark World, and, well, I kinda liked it! (Certainly more than this flick...)On the other hand, The Book Thief proved to be far more slight than I would have enjoyed, and while...
Review: THE BOOK THIEF, More A Pamphlet Than A Novel
With its rich photography, lush score, and feel-good script with a bite, it's easy to dismiss The Book Thief as an old-fashioned throwback film. So easy, in fact, that that's what I'm about to do.Based on a much-loved, much book-clubbed...
Trailer: "We're Tryin' To Build Something" - TREME Makes A Welcome Return
"It's about culture, family, and tradition." - Antoine Batiste.Treme is one of the most extraordinary works of reality-based fiction ever filmed, and also one of the most under appreciated. While it took many seasons for The Wire to reach its...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ENDER'S GAME, LAST VEGAS and MAN OF TAI CHI!
Not exactly a mighty weekend, save for a slew of Oscar contenders that opened weeks ago that are are slowly rolling out. Meanwhile, tonight's slate had us talking Ender's Game, the banal Last Vegas, and the forgettable Man Of Tai...
It's A Slow Build: First Full Trailer For THE LEGO MOVIE
The film's still months away, but it seems I'm already running out of decent Brick-themed puns. Still, this first full trailer show that the clear nod to many Warner properties (including the obvious ones like Batman and Superman, and even...
Review: ENDER'S GAME Is Not Worth Playing
I had some time during the generally tedious Ender's Game to let my mind drift, hearkening back to a time when I would have been genuinely excited to see this kind of film on screen. I'd have been a young teen,...
Review: MAN OF TAI CHI, Mildly Enjoyable, Completely Forgettable
It's not entirely a matter of being snarky to refer to Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, as a vanity project through and through. Constructed as a showcase for martial artist Tiger Hu Chen, this is hardly the...
Gallery: Cronenberg Tours CRONENBERG: EVOLUTION At TIFF Lightbox!
Decades in the making, the Toronto Film Festival's Lightbox is feting its favourite son with an impressive collection of artifacts from the last 40+ years of David Cronenberg's remarkable career.As the official press release describe the exhibition:Launching November 1 in...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ALL IS LOST, THE COUNSELOR and THE SUMMIT
As a certain Jackass takes the top spot, there are still a slew of Oscar contenders making their way to theatres this week. Robert Redford soaker All Is Lost has the makings of a great film, but falls apart towards...
Interview: Twitch Talks To Nicolas Winding Refn
Twitch is proud to be presenting a very special retrospective at Toronto's Bell Lightbox starting this week. Entitled With Blood on His Hands: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn and curated by our own Todd Brown, this is a showcase...
New To Netflix: Busting Genres Around the World
Welcome to another week of Netflix picks and pointed mentions from the various territories around the world: Korean films in The Netherlands, Icelandic films in Mexico, American Films in the UK, Indian films in Canada, and British films in Scandinavia....