Ryland Aldrich
Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ryland is a filmmaker and freelance writer based in sunny Los Angeles. He has been contributing to Twitch since 2009 and covering the festival beat as Festivals Editor since 2011. He writes on topics from sports to politics to tech at enderzero.net and spends the rest of his time on twitter at @RylandAldrich.

Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well... More »
  

Opening: Jason Reitman's MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

Jason Reitman is having an identity crisis. As one of the most prolific voices in his generation of filmmakers, Reitman has been a model of consistency, pumping out smart and snarky dramedies every two years from Thank You For Smoking... More »
  

Review: JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, A Momentously Audacious Musical Biopic

Making a movie about a musician is bound to be extremely difficult when you don't have the permission of the family's estate. Why has there never been a definitive Elvis biopic -- or Kurt Cobain either, for that matter?... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FORCE MAJEURE Is The Funniest Of Black Comedies

There is a certain kind of Scandinavian black humor that when done well, is just about the funniest comedy around. This was on prime display in Morten Tyldum's Headhunters from a few years back. That film took a crime thriller... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: REDEEMER Delivers Awesome MMA-Inspired Action

Ernesto Diaz Esponiza has long been a favorite director in the Twitch world. His impressive ability to keep the action flowing while dabbling in different subgenres has always been commendable. In Mirageman, Diaz Espinsoza married lo-fi action with the tropes... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Photos From The Fantastic Debates

Last night's Fantastic Debates were the talk of twitter (see our live tweet stream at @TwitchFilm) and all four fights were some of the best the event has seen yet. We're hoping to have some video for you in the... More »
  

Toronto 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With All Our Reviews And Top Films

The Toronto Film Fest is all said and done for 2014 and again the Twitch team pumped out the reviews. You can find all our reviews here for your perusal and check out our top picks and misses in the... More »
  

Exclusive Stills For Drafthouse Docu THE OVERNIGHTERS

One of the most talked about documentaries at Sundance last January was Jesse Moss's powerful film The Overnighters. The film, which looks at the influx of workers in North Dakota through the lens of a pastor who runs a work... More »
  

Win Some Cool Swag With Twitch's 'Toke And TUSK' Giveaway

You may have heard the hilarious news about The Tusk-branded pot strain, well the good folks at A24 are now giving away some cool swag to celebrate the release of Kevin Smith's new film this Friday (sorry kids, no weed).... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Twitch's 12 Most Anticipated Films From Our 12 On-Hand Contributors

Hallelujah! It is Fantastic Fest time once again! The fest kicks off tomorrow, and what's more, Austin's ridiculously fun genre festival is back at its spiritual home of the Drafthouse South Lamar. You might say we are a little excited.... More »
  

Review: THE GUEST, More Magnificent Midnight Madness

With last year's release of You're Next and contributions to the V/H/S and ABCs of Death horror anthologies, director-writer duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are quickly becoming two of the most exciting filmmakers working in the genre space right... More »
  

Review: HONEYMOON, All Parts Scare

From Honeymoon's opening montage of our newlywed couple reminiscing about falling in love, you might think you are settling in for romantic drama about the challenges of starting a life together. You'd be wrong. While plenty of challenges await our... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Jennifer Aniston Bares Her Soul In CAKE

"I hope you're ready to be depressed," whispered the person sitting next to me to no one in particular as the opening frames of Cake started to roll. Indeed, director Daniel Barnz's film about a woman confronting debilitating pain, drug... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Winterbottom's THE FACE OF AN ANGEL Is A Meta-Narrative Thriller That Works

It's a dangerous thing to make a movie about making a movie. It's even more dangerous when the movie is about the writing process for the very movie the audience is watching. Not only is the meta-narrative difficult to pull... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Jason Reitman Weaves An Ambitious, Enjoyable Tapestry In MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

Jason Reitman is having an identity crisis. As one of the most prolific voices in his generation of filmmakers, Reitman has been a model of consistency, pumping out smart and snarky dramedies every two years from Thank You For Smoking... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Roskam's THE DROP Is A Top Notch Crimer And Fitting Goodbye For Gandolfini

Michael Roskam burst onto the scene three years ago with his Belgian bovine crime drama Bullhead. The film thrilled audiences from Berlin to Fantastic Fest and went on to score a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. We've been... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: Discovery, Masters, & More

The Toronto International Film Fest 2014 kicks off today! We've got one final preview for you taking a tour through the programs we have yet to cover. If you've been paying attention, we've already discussed Galas & Special Presentations, Midnight... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema

Yesterday we chatted about Midnight & Vanguard and the day previous it was Galas & Special Presentations. Today our preview of the Toronto International Film Fest 2014 marches on with some picks in the Contemporary World Cinema and TIFF Docs... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: Midnight Madness & Vanguard

We're back with part two of our Toronto International Film Fest preview series. Yesterday we walked you through a few of the Galas and Special Presentations. Today we'll take a look at two of the marquee programs: Midnight Madness and... More »
  

Toronto 2014: Exclusive Trailer For Norwegian Comedy OUT OF NATURE

You may think if you've seen one introspective Norwegian inner-monologue nature dramedy, you've seen them all. But Ole Giæver's Out of Nature looks to turn that genre on its head. In all seriousness, this second feature from Giæver (who also... More »
  
 
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