Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Best Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Releases Of 2014

We are huge fans of the Masters of Cinema series here at TwitchFilm, and their commitment to bringing masterpieces of world cinema to modern audiences in sparkling new editions. At one time viewed as simply "Criterion for the UK", MoC... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2014

When we discussed the "Best of 2014" lists here at Twitchfilm, the first thing I asked was: "Can I do mine in February or March, please?". I'm so hopelessly behind on 2014's theatrical releases that it isn't even funny. Yes,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Best of 2014: A Top 10 Of Japanese Films

As we say sayonara to 2014 it's time to take a look back on the films that lit up the Japanese cinematic landscape over the past year. Dominating the box-office top ten was the usual mix of animation (including two... More »
  

Best of 2014: Top 15 Filipino Films

2013 was the year when Erik Matti released On the Job, showing the world that there was more to the Philippines than the suffering and dolor most of its films so valiantly depict. It was also the year when filmmakers Siege... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2014 Part 2

While the first half of 2014 produced a number of genuinely impressive Asian films, including The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, The Raid 2 and Black Coal, Thin Ice, the second half of the year felt a little lacklustre to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

J Hurtado's 13 Favorite Indian & Pakistani Films Of 2013-2014

I know, I know. It's cheating to have two years represented in my year end list. However, I didn't get a chance to make my lists last year, and these films deserve your notice.2012 was a banner year for Indian... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Pretty Packaging: PATEMA INVERTED Gets A Release Worth Flipping Over

For the last months, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. has been churning out classy Limited Edition after classy Limited Edition, and the end is not yet in sight if their announcements are to be believed. But even among their great current... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

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   
  

Pretty Packaging: THE RAID And THE RAID 2, German Ultimate Editions

(Wowzers, them Germans sure do like these films!) This week, German distributor Koch Media has released The Raid 2: Berandal on Blu-ray. That in itself may not be a world-shattering fact, as the film is available pretty much everywhere by... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Zhou Xun

This week, Pang Ho Cheung's Chinese film Women Who Flirt will be released in the US. James saw the film and liked it a lot, as you can read in his review (this is a link). It is a modern... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

DOC NYC 2014 Boasts An Expanded, Impressively Diverse Slate

DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., which runs this year from November 13-20, gets even bigger with its fifth edition, with well over 150 films, panels, masterclasses, and tributes, spanning across three venues: the IFC Center, the... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Kunimura Jun

This week, Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? will be released in cinemas in the US, a film which has plenty of fans here at Twitch. It's insane and funny, not in the least because of several fantastic... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: GURREN LAGANN ULTIMATE EDITION Blu-ray Drills A Hole In The Heavens

(Such a crazy-good edition for such an insane series can only be fitting...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. has managed quite some scoops upon start-up: their first Blu-ray release last year was Cowboy Bebop, and in February they were the first... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014 Offers Provocative, Moving Global Documentaries

The 2014 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, a great annual documentary fest which screens at the American Museum of Natural History and runs this year from October 23-26, has as this year's theme "Past Forward." According to the festival,... More »
  

Pink Eiga Brings Back DVD Releases With PRISON GIRL And MILK THE MAID

After three years of distributing Pinku titles solely on VOD, Pink Eiga is bringing back the DVD! What may seem to be a silly venture to take up again is, in reality, a response to their fans and the numerous requests... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

The Many Faces Of Asami

This week, Mitsutake Kurando's Gun Woman was shown at the Sitges festival, part of its worldwide tour since its world premier in Yubari (where our own James Marsh saw and reviewed it). The undisputed centerpiece, title character and star of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.0, And My Seven-Fold Double-Dip...

("I can resist anything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde) See the image above? It is from Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell. To be more specific, it's from the original 1995 version. It is not in the revamped cut... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Nicholas Tse

This week, the Chinese drama But Always (aka. Yi Sheng Yi Shi) premieres in several countries worldwide, including the USA. A lengthy description of a doomed romance, it stars Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse as the star-crossed lovers. James reviewed... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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