Stuart Muller
Contributing Writer (South Africa); Pullman, Washington

South African cinephile; Guinness World Record (eyelash); PhD (engineering); Wedding Celebrant (rev); Tolkienista (elen sila lumenn omentielvo); featherphile (Zeiss 10x40).

The Many Faces Of Paul Walker

Astute people may have noticed that there is a new Fast and the Furious film in cinemas. It's the seventh in its franchise, it's called Furious 7, and it has either arrived in your hometown or will soon (even if... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Michael Keaton

This weekend, Michael Keaton could be receiving an Academy Award for Best actor, for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. Indeed, many people over here at TwitchFilm central think he's going to get the gold, and Birdman itself was... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Spokane 2015 Review: THE WOUND AND THE GIFT Exquisitely Explores The Bridge Between Human And Animal Consciousness

The phrase "animal rescue" suggests that humans are the rescuers, but The Wound And The Gift sets out to demonstrate, through gorgeous animation and exquisite cinematography, how this anthropocentric bias fails to capture the uniqueness, complexity, and reciprocity of relationships... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Neill Blomkamp Takes On ALIEN

Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium, and the imminent Chappie, appears to not only have landed an Alien movie, but to have enticed Sigourney Weaver to return to the franchise.Next to nothing is known about the project other than it... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Spokane 2015 Review: The QUEENS OF ROLEO And Their Pond Monkey King

From 1958 to 1972, the small rural town of Lewiston, Idaho produced four Queens Of Roleo; women who reigned supreme in the sport of logrolling, and who together accounted for 11 World Championships in just 14 years. This would be... More »
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Spokane 2015 Review: DRYLAND Combines Demolition Derbies And The Waning Of Wheat Farmers In Washington

O beautiful for spacious skies. For amber waves of grain. The Palouse region of the inland northwest is one of the wheat breadbaskets of the world. I recently relocated to this area and frequently commute from my small town of... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

The Many Faces Of Jason Voorhees

It's Friday the 13th folks, so here at TwitchFilm central we've decided to do something different with this, our weekly mugshot quiz. Instead of an actor or an actress, today we take someone who is not only fictional, but also... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: POSTPARTUM. So, Speaking Of Six-Minute Emotional Roller Coasters

What a delightful 6 minutes. If by delightful I mean creepy as fuck. Which I do.When we're met at the door by a disheveled and demented blonde beauty with bloodstained hands and a batshiteatingcrazy grin, and a baby in the... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Crowdfund This: Bring THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD Back To South Africa

The Boers At The End Of The World continues to be a fascinating documentary project high on my list of South African must-see films in 2015. I previously reviewed a short version of the film, which premiered at last year's... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

CHAPPIE: New UK Trailer And Other Tidbits Offer A Deeper Look

As director Neill Blomkamp is wont to do, details about Chappie have been scarce up until now. However, with the film fast approaching we are starting to see a flurry of trailers and articles with fresh insights.In addition to the... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

New Trailer: "If You Want To Survive CHAPPIE, You Must Fight!"

The new Chappie trailer up!More robots. More explosions. Less Die Antwoord. A lot more Jackman (sporting his full Aussie accent), Patel, and Weaver.  And a whole lotta Sharlto Copley's Chappie bringing the fight!This one drops March 6th, and as is... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

The Best Of 2014: South Africa

The South African cinema scene continues to grow from strength to strength. Exciting new directing and acting talent seems to appear each year, and a burgeoning generation of riveting young film-makers is now established and gaining global momentum. This year... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Watch The Crazy Trailer For Award-winning South African Short HYENA BOYS

South African documentary film-maker Tarryn Crossman appears to be fearless. Her first feature documentary, Fatherland, embedded her in a commando-style bush camp for boys with a group of brainwashing Afrikaner extremists. Hyena Boys was a three-year side project to track down... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

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   
  

Hobbitty Twitches: Our Favorite Film Dragons

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Sir Ian McKellen (+Prize!)

I'll be stepping in for my colleague Ard Vijn this week, in an effort to get a fix for my Hobbit habit. Brace for bombastics!Smaug was believed to be the last great fire-drake of the North. If others remain they... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Review: DEATH METAL ANGOLA Rocks Our World

Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy,... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Things Get Heavy In The Trailer For DEATH METAL ANGOLA

Christopher Bourne first brought Death Metal Angola to our attention in his coverage of DOC NYC 2013. Following its successful festival run, the film is currently in consideration for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination, and will be unleashed in the... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

South Africa's LEADING LADY Will Perform For US Audiences

South African culture-clash romantic comedy Leading Lady enjoyed a successful reception at the Seattle International Film Festival recently, and has now secured a cinematic distribution deal for the US. Check out the trailer embedded below.Leading Lady leading lady, Katie McGrath,... More »
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