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.

Seattle 2016 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 From A Mighty Program

Seattleites are blessed with one of the world's largest and best attended film festivals and it's time to turn our attention to the PacNW. Yes it's SIFF time again and although the festival officially kicked off last Thursday, don't you... More »
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Cannes 2016 Review: THE RED TURTLE Sublimely Tugs Our Strings

Human emotions can be fragile, unpredictable things. However, they can sometimes also be pretty damned predictable. Show someone a kitten and they'll feel an emotional pang. Show a human going through the stages of life from youth to life's logical... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: KRAMPUS And THE WITCH, Two Very Different Takes On Folk Horror

Over the last few weeks a pair of very different films that both center around folk stories have arrived on Blu-ray in the US. Michael Dougherty's long awaited follow-up to his suprise cult hit Trick 'R Treat is another holiday... More »
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Cannes 2016 Review: HELL OR HIGH WATER Does Outlaw Justice Darn Right

Bank robbers. Texas Rangers. A sun-drenched landscape. Oil derricks. Tumbleweeds. A loose cannon ex-con. A brother just trying to do the right thing. An aging lawman on the doorstep of retirement. Throw it all in a blender and you're bound... More »
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Cannes 2016 Review: AMERICAN HONEY Captures A Generation's Spirit With Aplomb

Only a few times in a generation does a film speak to youth in a lasting and powerful way. Films like Rebel Without A Cause, Easy Rider, and Kids all tapped into their respective contemporary consciousnesses with the effect of... More »
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Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Picks From The Sidebars

Cannes is already fully packed with travelers from around the film world and we wrap up our preview series today with a look at 5 films from the Directors Fortnight and Critics Week sections. Not an easy task but we... More »
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Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Picks Out Of Competition

We've already taken a quick glimpse at the Palme d'Or competition and the Un Certain Regard program. Today we pick just 5 films to highlight from the other Out of Competition programs including the high profile (and often big budget)... More »
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Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Un Certain Regard Picks

It's Cannes time again. Yesterday we attempted the difficult feat of naming only 5 Picks from the Palme d'Or Competition. Today we tackle the nearly impossible task of choosing just 5 from the Un Certain Regard program. They all sound... More »
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Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Picks From The Palme d'Or Competition

La Croisette will soon be alive with the tuxedos of the film industry's elite and the rumpled suits of foreign sales agents vying for that big money deal. But the handshakes and copious amounts of rosé are all a sideshow... More »
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Imagine 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

Two weeks ago the Imagine Film Festival ended, and as usual it had provided me with a ridiculously high batting average: every film I saw there was either very good or excellent. It's a testament to the festival's rigorous programming,... More »
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Seattle Int'l Film Fest Announces Massive 2016 Lineup

The Seattle International Film Fest is just about the biggest film festival around, with a whopping 421 films across the 25-day fest from May 19-June 21. The festival is so big they can't even list all of the movies in... More »
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Tribeca 2016: VR Round-Up

Pretty much every film festival these days has a Virtual Reality component and it's always interesting to see how festivals handle the emerging platform differently. Sundance's New Frontier is on the forefront of VR exhibition but even that stalwart has... More »
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Tribeca 2016 Review: HOLIDAYS Celebrates Fun Genre Filmmaking Any Day Of The Year

Any good horror anthology usually starts with a solid linking concept. It could be a wraparound or theme or even just the whole alphabet. In Holidays, the concept was pretty obvious. It's also pretty genius. Get a bunch of talented... More »
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Tribeca 2016 Preview: Midnight, Spotlight, Viewpoints, & More

Tribeca 2016 officially kicked off last night but screenings really get down to business today. We've already taken a look at the US and International Narrative Competitions and the Documentaries playing across a few sections. Today we wrap up our... More »
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Review: GREEN ROOM, Awesome, Smart, Assured And Clever

Some gigs really aren't worth taking. That's a maxim that the members of broke touring punk band Ain't Rights probably haven't heard of and certainly aren't going to adhere to when they get offered $350 to play a backwater skinhead... More »
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Tribeca 2016 Preview: Documentaries

The Tribeca Film Fest has really carved a place out in the US festival landscape as one of the main homes for documentaries. This year's selection looks to be another strong program. Here are a few of the many docus... More »
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Tribeca 2016 Preview: US & Int'l Narrative Comps

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its 2016 edition Wednesday and we've got a few previews for you throughout the week. We start things off with what is undoubtedly the most notable change to this year's festival. The good folks... More »
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Review: HARDCORE HENRY, A Nonstop Thrill Ride

In some number of years from now when Virtual Reality is finally really here and we're all immersed in first person narratives, we'll look back at Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore Henry and ask, "Were we all really so impressed by this... More »
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Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch... More »
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Review: BASKIN, Confidently Creepy, Weird, Bloody And Awesome

When many people think of contemporary Turkish cinema, the first thing that comes to mind is the Palme d'Or-bait that is the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Methodical (ahem, slow) dramas like Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Winter's... More »
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