PiFan 2014 Review: Horror Comedy MOURNING GRAVE Aims Low But Hits Its Mark

Korean horror has been in the midst of a rough streak for the past half decade. Relying on worn out themes, new works been have trotted out regularly every summer but even with lowered expectations, each year has put forth... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE HARVEST, A Coming Of Age Fable Of Wicked Proportions

After a very lengthy hiatus into directing for TV, ranging from single episodes of John From Cincinnati to Masters of Horror, John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer) is back with his first feature film since the turn of the... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Review: CATCH ME DADDY Imbues Stunning Tension And Displays Confident Direction

Director Daniel Wolfe came into recognition with his awesome music video Time To Dance for the band The Shoes. The clip featured a disturbed psychopath, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who, essentially, murdered hipsters who could not dance. This tongue-in-cheek idea... More »
  

Sundance Film Festival Comes To Hong Kong

The Sundance Institute announced today that it will be partnering with The Metroplex to present Sundance Film Festival - Hong Kong Selects in the Asian city later this year. A selection of 8 new American independent films, all of which... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE ONE I LOVE Offers Smart Couples Therapy, With Big Laughs

I doubt I will laugh out loud more at a film this year. Charlie McDowell's couples therapy session par excellence, featuring a very game cast of two, namely Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, made me smile so hard at times my... More »
  

Werner Herzog To Chat Up The Zellners At LA's Sundance Next Fest

Sundance has been up to some very cool things lately - even outside of their marquee January festival. Not the least of which is their Sundance Next Fest taking place August 7-10 in Los Angeles. The fest features six of... More »
  

Calling All Music Lovers! Sound + Vision 2014 Brings Various Sonic Delights to NYC

Sound + Vision Film Festival, a showcase of music documentaries from world over, celebrates its second outing at FSLC, here in NYC. This year's festival consists of eclectic mix of new films, retrospectives and musical performances and more. The lineup... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: MY ORDINARY LOVE STORY Is Not Your Ordinary Rom-Com

Expectations play a large role in how we consume and react to cinema, particularly in the commercial realm. Genre formulas are so clearcut than any deviation is immediately noticeable. Some variation is required to prevent things from getting stale but... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Interview: Talking THE MIDNIGHT SWIM And Emotional POV With Sarah Adina Smith

After directing a number of short films, The Midnight Swim is the first feature of young director Sarah Adina Smith. I detected a note of exhaustion and overwhelmed frazzle still lingering from the generous reception of the film the previous... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: CYBERNATURAL

Man, I hate Facebook.Sure, it's what the cool kids have been using these days, at least until Snapchat started taking over as the dominant way of communicating without your mom seeing. While for us old people it's a great way... More »
  

LA Film Fans! Win Tix to THE GUEST at Sundance Next Fest

If you've been biding your time, waiting for a chance to see Adam Wingard's raucous You're Next follow-up The Guest ahead of its September 17 theatrical release from Picturehouse, then we've got some good news for you. Twitch is giving... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Docu Lineup Announced

Finishing off a big day for the Toronto International Film Fest that included announcements of the fest's Midnight, Vanguard, and Masters slates, the good folks at TIFF also let us know what will be coming up in the Documentaries program... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: Indonesian Action Flick GUARDIAN Frustrates

Marysa is getting pretty sick and tired of her mom, Sarah, haranguing her about her martial arts studies. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl and hang out with her best friend. But Sarah is insistent on these lessons,... More »
  

Winterbottom, Godard, Hong Sang-soo Anchor Toronto 2014 Masters Lineup

Along with today's Vanguard, Midnight, and Docs announcements, the Toronto International Film Festival also dropped word on their Masters program for the 2014 fest that kicks off September 4. There are some Twitch faves on the nine-film list. We'll get... More »
  

Dave McKean, Moorhead / Benson, Strickland, Miike And Du Welz Head Toronto's Vanguard

Like a bit of art with your weird? Then get yourself to the Vanguard program at the Toronto International Film Festival, home to the edgy stuff with emotional heft. And what will you find there? Resolution duo Aaron Moorhead and... More »
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NY's Totally Free Wassaic Project Film Fest Kicks Off This Friday

The hamlet of Wassaic, New York has long been a hub for the artist communities in the Hudson Valley. And for another year, the arts org known as the Wassaic Project is putting on its own film festival. This mini-fest... More »
  

Sono, Smith And Balaguero Anchor Toronto's Midnight Madness Lineup

Looking for the latest doses of cinematic insanity from Sono Sion, Kevin Smith and Jaume Balaguero? Anxious for the return of Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander? Lusting after Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley's return to documentary? Well, get yourself... More »
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PiFan 2014: Three Awards For DEAD SNOW 2 As THE DARK VALLEY Takes Top Prize

Team Twitch is very sad that PiFan is over for this year as it was another terrific edition featuring a great lineup. However, not everyone could win come closing night and in the end it was the Austrian western The... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB Loves Shooting Ass Way More Than Kicking It

Joe Chien's follow-up to the bafflingly tasteless and salacious Zombie 108 delivers a generous second helping of the same Z-grade trash and splatter. Andy On and Jessica C are the attractive, if helpless, leads who - eventually - find themselves... More »
  

PiFan 2014 Review: Silat Drama YASMINE Fights From The Heart

An earnest and heartfelt coming-of-age story hailing from the tiny South-East Asian sovereign state of Brunei, Siti Kamaluddin's debut feature has attracted widespread attention thanks to its spirited use of en vogue martial art silat. While Yasmine trades the visceral... More »
  
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