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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
Having now - I hope! - been convinced that Neill Blomkamp's comments last week (re: removing Alien3 and Alien Resurrection from the Alien franchise's continuity for his forthcoming Alien 5 sequel) were taken out of context or otherwise misconstrued, a few mechanical questions remain. The first is the one that...
Netflix is constantly growing in Latin America, and while in Mexico the catalog is still nowhere as big as the North American one, several hotly anticipated TV series, such as Better Call Saul and House of Cards, are greatly helping in order to have more Mexican users. Now Netflix has...
Socrates said, "Know thyself." A more contemporary philosopher from Oklahoma offered, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Reading many business stories about Hollywood lately, it quickly becomes apparent that few have embraced either the Athenian master or the fine, folksy wisdom of Will Rogers. How else to...
Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood, but is an off-model enough Best Picture that I can't...
Film Comment Selects, Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual film series that showcases the best films from all corners of the world selected by folks at Film Comment magazine, marks the arrival of spring for New York cinephiles in an otherwise dreadful February/March movie season. This year's selections are as...