Peter Gutierrez
New Jersey

Writer of fiction and nonfiction, with too little of the former and too much of the latter published over the past couple of decades. For more info, please just Google me, adding words such as comics, film, literacy, media, and horror. And thanks for reading my work...

Tribeca 2016: TAXI DRIVER At 40 - The Final Noir

Don't look now, but 2016 marks 40 years since the release of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver ... and the end of film noir as audiences had come to know it. "There's No Escape" If you know Taxi Driver, you probably... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYC Happenings: Two Must-See Films At Japan Society

If you're even just a little familiar with the music of John Zorn, the films he's curated for his monthly series, The Dark Side Of The Sun, at Japan Society, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Alternately bold... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Preview: Japan Cuts 2014 Gets Cute, Crude And Contemplative

Opening tonight with the US premiere of Miike Takashi's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, Japan Cuts, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, is a grand smorgasbord for cinephiles of all tastes. Well, at least for those residing... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
By Ben Umstead   

NYC Happenings: The Rare And Dazzling HIMATSURI At Japan Society's Donald Richie Tribute

As the extensive Donald Richie tribute series continues at Japan Society, this might be a good time to mention that while the late critic helped popularize the canon daddies of Japanese film in the West--Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi--he was hardly in... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

ZERO CHARISMA, THE GUILD, And The Odd Sensation Of Nerd Envy

If I wanted to be really fancy and insufferable, I might start by remarking how interesting it was to catch Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham's Zero Charisma at New York Comic Con earlier this month: screening a film about gamers... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYC Happenings: The Golden Age Of Spanish Horror At Anthology

My dear NYC readers, that headline should be speaking volumes already. The Anthology Film Archives is featuring a cavalcade of films from Spain's horror heyday from October 30 - November 10. It's Must-watching no doubt, so our own Peter Gutierrez... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYC Happenings: Get To Know The Late, Great Park Chul-soo With 301, 302

Perhaps not as well known to this generation of cinema goers, Park Chul-soo was an important staple in modern Korean cinema. Why you ask? Inspired by his time in Manhattan and the independent film scene that was flourishing there in... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Surveying The Glandscape: Russ Meyer At The Anthology Film Archives

Just about anyone who stops by Twitch is bound to know the name Russ Meyer, and is at least aware of a film entitled Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, or perhaps Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Associated with the man... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYC Happenings: The Middle Ages Come To Anthology Film Archives!

Any New York reader will know that it's always a treat to visit the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. Starting this Thursday, April 11th and running through June 9th, AFA has a good dozen plus films playing that'll... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: UNIT 7

As anyone reading, or writing for, Twitch will probably tell you, there's a fine line between genre conventions and outright clichés. To an outsider, someone who's not a fan of a particular genre, anything that looks somewhat familiar can be... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Blu-ray Review: BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW Is Everything And Nothing Like You'd Expect

There has been no shortage of digital ink spilled at Twitch regarding Panos Cosmatos' psychedelic future-shock mind fuck, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and as such, I had some pre-conceived notions going in to this viewing. I was expecting an homage... More »
By J Hurtado   

Japan Cuts 2012 Preview: For July, A Cool Slice of Cinematic Pie

Though the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival is winding down, cinephiles in New York, or those visiting, have plenty more to look forward to in July. And Japan Society's Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema,... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Review: DOUBLE TROUBLE is as Familiar, Lightweight, and Amiable as Its Title Implies

I'll tell you the perfect way to see Double Trouble, one that you can perhaps duplicate in spirit if not actuality: make sure a nine-year-old and twelve-year-old are with you at the time. That's the way I screened it, and... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Review: ARJUN - THE WARRIOR PRINCE Artfully Straddles Grownup Themes and Disney Sugar

It's hard not to be impressed by Arjun - The Warrior Prince. And I'm not talking about the grand sweep of its story or its breathtaking visuals -- I mean its sheer ambition in terms of "audience and purpose." Yes,... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Book Review: TALK ABOUT CINEMA by Jean-Baptiste Thoret is Too Fun to be This Smart

In case you didn't notice, there's a big problem with most film books, especially those that purport to provide a handy yet comprehensive overview of the medium's high points and key elements: they're boring.That's not to say that some of... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

THE AVENGERS and the Restoration of Wonder

I took my eldest son to see The Avengers today....and who cares, right?Except that there are two possibly interesting things about this: I can't remember the last time I saw a movie in theaters twice during its opening run. Maybe... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Hot Docs 2012 Interview: Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart of SEXY BABY

The temptation in the headline above is to say "Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart... the star of Sexy Baby." But aside from the fact that docs don't really have stars, she's also just one of the three subjects of Ronna Gradus and Jill... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Tribeca 2012 Interview: Boris Rodriguez of EDDIE - THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL

Of all the films I've seen this year at Tribeca -- and the tally is starting to add up -- none brings a smile to my face faster than Eddie - The Sleepwalking Cannibal. And I'm guessing I'm not the... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   
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