Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent trajectory. Everyone is starting to assume the muttered drawl and... More »
Film4 FrightFest has finally achieved the greatest accolade that can ever be conferred on a genre festival: it was picketed by politely determined Christian fundamentalists, concerned for the souls of all who entered the VUE, Leicester Square.. Here are some... More »
So here we go again. FrightFest 2015 will present 76 features (and sundry shorts and special events) spread over six screens in four and a half days. It's the very best - and some of the worst - that (mostly... More »
In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival successfully wrapped last week in the Czech spa town, celebrating its 50th anniversary: a true milestone amongst film festivals.In total the 50th edition of the festival screened 226 films for 135,105 viewers.The grand... More »
Later this week, Jalmari Helander's Big Game will open in select U.S. theaters, representing the first notable Finnish genre production (or co-production) to hit the States since the director's Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale a few years ago. But Helander... More »
Director Koldo Serra greets me with a plate of cookies. This is the first indication that the set of Gernika is not perhaps typical of the usual Spanish Civil War dramas. But this isn't surprising; Serra's first feature film The Backwoods... More »
Fans of classic cinema may be familiar with L'Immagine Ritrovata, one of the world's leading film restoration and preservation laboratories, based in Bologna, Italy. Well, yesterday saw the organisation spread its wings further afield, as L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia opened for business right... More »
For two weeks Doc Alliance,an European online streaming platform for documentaries has been presenting many digital copies of Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky's films for free. Tscherkassky, whose latest The Exquisite Corpus premiered a few days ago in Cannes,... More »
Panorama Europe 2015, the seventh edition of the festival (formerly known as Disappearing Act) which brings some to the best recent examples of contemporary European filmmaking to New York, screens from May 29 through June 14 at the Museum of... More »
(Not as offending as you might think...) Horror anthologies are doing fine these days, and sometimes allow filmmakers to keep flexing their muscles even when it's hard to get a full feature off the ground. A good example of this... More »
It's that time of year again, boys and girls. The 2015 Cannes Film Festival begins next week and you can rest easy knowing TwitchFilm has got you covered from beginning to end. Our coverage (and you can expect a lot... More »
We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to... More »
All good things must come to an end. And even though, at eleven days long, the 31st Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam was longer than ever, this weekend it still ended. Last Friday saw the awards ceremony, where Liza, the... More »
Held in conjunction with the Night Visions film festival in Helsinki, Finland, the inaugural edition of Nordic Genre Industry Days presented panel discussions and pitch sessions for projects that are currently in development. As might be imagined from the title,... More »
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The... More »
Peter Franzen is not the star of The Gunman -- that would be the clench-jawed Sean Penn, unbelievably bulked up, muscle groups well defined, as though he were auditioning for an art house version of The Expendables -- yet the... More »
The biggest and oldest genre festival in Finland, Night Visions, will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, and run through Sunday, April 19. Because I drew the lucky straw, I will be attending the fest for the first time, and... More »
TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFF Kids Film Festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema from April 7-19. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) kick off these video micro-reviews with the German/Australian animated 3D... More »
As you have undoubtedly heard by now, the famous director Wes Craven died this weekend. Originally I had planned a funnier "Have Your Say" for today, as last week's was basically an in-memoriam-edition as well, but this news is just too big to try and do anything else. For Wes...
With his gruff voice and bald pate, Michael Ironside has been a stalwart character actor over many decades. With roles ranging from blockbusters to indies, he's managed to instill his brand of gravitas into many a project. From Cronenberg's Scanners to Top Gun and Total Recall, he inhabits his characters...
Earlier this month Universal took the record for the fastest studio to the $2 billion mark (domestically) in any given year. This isn't particularly surprising - Universal has ruled the roost since Furious 7 came out in April, with an unparalleled string of box office champs culminating in last week's...
Yesterday, it was five years ago that the great Japanese artist and director Satoshi Kon died of cancer, at the brutally young age of 46. As a big fan of the man and his works, I was devastated when his death became known. I wrote a eulogy here on this...