Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
London, England

Shelagh is a Toronto-born, Europe-based writer. She also a programmer for Film4 FrightFest and Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and recently completed her PhD on contemporary Spanish fantastic film.

Watch SET FIRE TO THE STARS Trailer, Poetic Beauty And Trouble

Wales' most famous literary son, Dylan Thomas (A Child's Christmas in Wales, Under Milk Wood) led a relatively short life, but a successful one, one that has not, until now, appeared much on screen. Set Fire to the Stars premiered... More »
  

Opening: AUTOMATA, Intense And Gripping Science Fiction

Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez's long-awaited second feature Autómata is an intense and gripping dystopian story, bordering on European surrealism within a classical narrative. Certainly, many current films present a weary and negative view of humanity's future, be it death by... More »
  

Interview: AUTOMATA Director Gabe Ibáñez Talks Banderas, Robots, And The Future

Opening in the US tomorrow, Autómata is a dystopian science-fiction film starring Antonio Banderas, set in a future where the human population is decimated, the world practically a desert, and robots are evolving. I spoke with director Gabe Ibáñez at... More »
  

Sitges 2014 Review: MAGICAL GIRL, Dark, Twisted Magic

Carlos Vermut's second feature Magical Girl recently won the Golden Shell at the a Sebastian Film Festival, as well as best director award, and deservedly so. Fun and disturbing, strange and yet somehow entirely plausible, the film tells the story of... More »
  

Opening Clip from AUTOMATA

We at Twitch are big fans of Gabe Ibañéz's new sci fi film Autómata, currently no. 3 on iTunes and due for release in the US this Friday October 10th. A fantastic vision of a surreal dystopian future, it tells... More »
  

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 »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: AUTOMATA, Surreal Science Fiction At Its Best

Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez's long-awaited second feature Autómata is an intense and gripping dystopian story, bordering on European surrealism within a classical narrative. Certainly, many current films present a weary and negative view of humanity's future, be it death by... More »
  

The Many Faces of Toni Collette

This week, Hector and the Search for Happiness gets its wide release, and that is as good a reason as any to turn the spotlight on one of its stars: Toni Collette. While she has played plenty of pretty (or... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

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 »
  

Full Trailer For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Lights Up

While we've gotten an enticing series of 'propaganda' films related to the latest Hunger Games films over the past several weeks, it isn't until today that we have the first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I've... More »
  

Sitges 2014: Antonio Banderas, AUTOMATA, SPRING, WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, And More

It's mere weeks until the most beautiful corner of Catalunya plays host to hoards of genre film fans (myself included). The latest news from the Sitges Festival announces that Antonio Banderas will receive the Grand Honourary Award for his lifetime... More »
  

Toronto 2014: First Trailer for SPRING Is Monstrously Creepy

On the eve of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we have a trailer for Spring. The sophomore film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution) was shot last year, mainly on the southwest coast of Italy,... More »
  

Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Alfred Hitchcock

This month, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock would have been celebrating his 115th birthday. But while he shuffled off his mortal coil back in 1980, his legacy remains as healthy as ever thanks to a hugely innovative, influential,... More »
  

FrightFest 2014 Review: ALLELUIA, A Fire-Charged Thriller

The madness and obsession of love is a recurring theme in Fabrice de Welz's first two films Calvaire and Vinyan, and his latest, Alleluia, continues this trend. Taking on the infamous tale of the Honeymoon Killers (an American couple who conned... More »
  

New Trailer For AUTOMATA Is Intense And Epic

Just a week after the first posters emerged, we now have a trailer for Gabe Ibáñez's new sci-fi film Automata. And it looks pretty great, if I do say so myself. It looks a lot like it takes after Isaac... More »
  

New Trailer For Nacho Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS Thrills And Disturbs

Nacho Vigalondo's ingenious and manic third feature Open Windows has been making the festival rounds this season, and is due for release in the US (October 2 on VOD, November 7 theatrically) and the UK on October 17. The first... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Jeff Bridges

This week, the film adaptation of young-adult novel The Giver appears in cinemas, and the two elder people in it are played by Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. They've both had plenty of awesome moments in their careers and could... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hollywood Icon Lauren Bacall Passes Away

"You know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." That legendary line came from Lauren Bacall's first film To Have and Have Not. That's not the kind of line you forget, nor the... More »
  

AUTOMATA Posters Show A Battered And Weary Antonio Banderas

It's been five years since Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez crept onto the film scene with his subtlely disturbing thriller Hierro, and I for one have been waiting in anticipation for his next project. It looks like the waiting is almost... More »
  
 
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