Peter van der Lugt
The Netherlands

Review: Tonko House Returns With Super Cute MOOM

Today Tonko House's latest creation, called Moom, is having its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival. In 2014, after leaving the safety of the Pixar nest to start their own studio Tonko House, directors Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo... More »

Watch The Trailer For Ando Masahiro's UNDER THE DOG

Remember the epic chanbara anime Sword of the Stranger from 2007? For some time now, its director Ando Masahiro has been involved in a Kickstarter funded project you might or might not yet have heard of. While the latter would... More »

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   

Twitch X-Mas Gift Guide: Let Madman Help You Fill A Stocking Or Two

Xmas is just around the corner, and for the discerning receiver of gifts it can be quite a burden to find your loved one that something special.Thankfully Madman's November and December release slates are filled with a diverse selection... More »

Review: LOCKE, An Ingenious Thriller

British second time director Steven Knight brings an ingenious thriller of 84 minutes in length solely shot in one location; the inside of a car. Its name: Locke. Welsh construction manager Ivan Locke, played by Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight,... More »

Interview: Yuasa Masaaki Talks About Anime! Part 2 of 2: Film, Music and Eroticism...

In part one of our interview with renowned animator Yuasa Masaaki, we covered the release of his new short Kick-Heart, the way it was produced and funded. In this second -- and much longer -- part, we cover pretty much... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Interview: Yuasa Masaaki Talks About Anime! Part 1 of 2: KICK-HEART

Last month, Peter van der Lugt and I were given the chance to interview anime artist and director Yuasa Masaaki, following several festival screenings of his crowd-funded short film Kick-Heart. Saying that we are fans of his work is an... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Venice 2013 Dispatch: Why Aramaki's HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE Brings CGI To The Next Level

Animation. Gotta love it! But only if done in the right way. The rest may be avoided. And please, on the question if I have been disappointed, the short answer is a simple yes and no. But if you insist,... More »

Venice 2013 Review: LOCKE Luckily Delivers

Bravissimo! The entries at the 70th edition of the Venice International Film Festival have honestly been disappointing in general so far, but, luckily, some rather decent exceptions have emerged. This is one of them. Screened "Fuori Concorso" (out of competition),... More »

Venice 2013: Miyazaki Hayao Officially To Retire!

Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji just officially announced the retirement of master animation director Miyazaki Hayao, whose latest feature Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) is screening in competition at the Lido. The announcement was made today at the Venice Film... More »

A Short But Sweet Talk With Johnnie To About DRUG WAR

Last week, the famous Hong Kong director Johnnie To visited Toronto at the invitation of TIFF, to participate in the A Century of Chinese Cinema programme running at TIFF Bell Lightbox. One of the films shown there was his new... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Takahata's New KAGUYA-HIME NO MONOGATARI Gets A Teaser!

Okaerinasai! That's Japanese for something like "Welcome back!" It took Studio Ghibli's other master animation director Takahata Isao (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) a bloody damn while, but after years of absence he is finally returning to the scene.... More »

Updated: Fresh Images From Miyazaki's THE WIND RISES (KAZE TACHINU)

Updated the gallery with new large, clean images of two of the film's posters, and we should be getting two more within the next 24 hours!Great news everyone! This summer the latest work from genius animation director Miyazaki Hayao, The... More »

IFFR 2013 Review: ODAYAKA Dives Beneath the Surface of Polite Japanese Society

This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam brought its visitors two Japanese features that, like the countless others that have already been made about it, just seemed to explore the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from March 11,... More »

"Arrietty" at Studio Ghibli Retrospective

Good news for those who appreciate the legendary works of the famed Japanese Studio Ghibli. At least for those living in the Netherlands or willing to make trip over that is. Coming March "Melkweg", the popular Amsterdam based music and... More »

IFFR 2010: an interview with Tsai Ming-liang!

This year, Malaysian / Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his latest film "Visage" ("Face"), a curious movie to say the least. For starters that film doesn't need to bring in any money as... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Rome 2010: Studio Ghibli's KARIGURASHI NO ARRIETTY Review

[Our thanks to film critic, music expert and contributor Marco Bellano for this review of Studio Ghibli's latest: Karigurashi no Arrietty.] The artists at Studio Ghibli are today accustomed to international acknowledgements. Since the Golden Bear awarded to Hayao... More »

Venice 2010: COLD FISH review

After his last feature "Love Exposure" being screened in Berlin, yesterday night Sion Sono's newest work called "Tsumetai Nettaigyo" ("Cold Fish") had its world premiere at Venice's Pala Darsena as part of the fest's Orrizonti section. This time Sono brings... More »

Bella Venezia

Let's just cut to the chase, this Twitch-o-Meter is going to be a short one. And for a reason somewhat obvious, at least when you took the time to check out the title of this edition that is.  Tomorrow the... More »

Ghibli Museum Visitors Only?

Next month Studio Ghibli will be opening a new exhibition called Ghibli no Mori no Eiga - Yokoso Dosei-Za he at Ghibli Museum. Roughly translated as The Movies of Ghibli Forest - Welcome to the Saturn Theater, their special will... More »
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