Iñárritu's BIRDMAN To Open Venice

Italy, it would appear, will be ground zero in the resurrection of Michael Keaton's career. After a long period out of the spotlight the hyper-talented Keaton has been gradually re-entering the conversation over the past few years but it is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Guanajuato 2014: Roger Corman In Mexico, Plus Full Festival Lineup

The Guanajuato International Film Festival revealed yesterday all the details for its upcoming seventeenth edition, which is going to be celebrated from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, August 3. This is one of Mexico's top festivals and this year's lineup... More »
  

Art Film Fest 2014 Dispatch: Enticing European Offerings Shine In Slovakia

Slovakia´s biggest film festival, Art Film Fest, recently wrapped up its 22nd edition.The principal objective of the festival is to promote young cinema and, of course, the national one. The main competition is thus dedicated to feature debuts whereas other... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 2 - World Fantastic Cinema

With just over a week until PiFan, the biggest celebration of genre cinema anywhere in Asia, Team Twitch is barely able to contain our excitement. So instead of sweating and fidgeting uncomfortably, we're putting our anticipation to practical use and... More »
  

Fantasia 2014: The First Promo Image For Todd E. Freeman's LOVE SICK

Filmmaker Todd E. Freeman has been working like a madman on his pitch for his next project Love Sick. His film is one of the twelve projects selected to participate in this year's Frontières International Co-Production Market at Fantasia. Freeman is... More »
  

Check The First Poster Art And Still From Matt O'Mahoney's BLOODY KNUCKLES

Soon to have its world premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Festival, the first poster art and still have arrived from Matt O'Mahoney's edgy comedy Bloody Knuckles and we've got your first look below.VANCOUVER, BC ­ July 8 2014 ­ BLOODY KNUCKLES,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: HOPE, Devastatingly Sad Yet Beautifully Uplifting

One of the drawbacks of being a working critic is that the volume of film viewing this necessitates, trying to keep up with new releases, festival and retrospective screenings and such, can tend to flatten out your emotional responses to... More »
  

Hey, NYC! Wanna Win Tix To Japan Cuts?

Good afternoon, residents and readers from the five boroughs and adjacent areas, we're teaming up with our good friends at Japan Society to giveaway passes to select screenings of films playing during their generally excellent Japan Cuts, the New York... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 1 - Opening/Closing + Puchon Choice

It's only ten days until PiFan kicks off this year and three of us at Twitch are getting very excited for another feast of genre gems, hidden surprises and general fun and mayhem. As with previous years we like to... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: THE WALTZ OF THE USELESS Is An Accurate Chronicle That Lacks Focus

Personally, I think that the sign of a good documentary is when it sets out to "document" something and lays out the facts in the ground in a clear and proper fashion, either it be through interviews, narrations, or whatever... More »
  

Toronto Japanese Film Festival: Award Winners, And Win Double Passes For An Encore Screening

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival wrapped up at the end of June. 18 films from Japanese contemporary cinema had their North American and/or Canadian premieres during the festival. Awards were handed out during the fest. The winners are noted in... More »
  

Asian Film Festival Of Dallas Delivers Its Lucky 13th Full Lineup

Many years ago, in the ancient year of 2006, I was fortunate enough to have the kindly overlords of Twitch publish a few of my words regarding the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. It was the first time anyone ever... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: BLIND MASSAGE, An Artful And Affecting Ensemble Drama

Often controversial Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye delivers one of his finest films with Blind Massage, a delicately observed and artfully directed ensemble drama, based on the novel of the same name by Bi Feiyu. Putting aside, at least for the... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: TIMOTEO'S FABULOUS RAGGED CIRCUS, A True Crowd Pleaser

FIDOCS (Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile) has always been a showcase of the best documentary output that the world has to offer. At the same time it has managed to always choose the best documentaries that will have Chile talk for... More »
  

ALLELUIA, COLD IN JULY, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE at Sitges 2014

The countdown is on to my favourite festival! Sitges 2014 is on this October 3 - 12 on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean, and the first wave of amazing programing was announced this morning. Among a plethora of titles,... More »
  

CLOSER TO GOD: Watch The New Trailer For Indie SciFi Thriller Before The Fantasia Premiere

About to have its international premiere at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, director Billy Senese has just released the first trailer for his indie scifi thriller Closer To God. Here's how the festival describes it:The first successful cloning of a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

JUON - BEGINNING OF THE END: Check These Exclusive Images!

About to have its international premiere as part of the sprawling Fantasia Festival in Montreal we've got an extensive gallery of images from Ochiai Masayuki's Ju-on: Beginning Of The End. As the festival puts it the great strength of Ochiai's... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: GOLDEN CHICKENSSS, In Which the Third Time Isn't Entirely the Charm

The 2002 comedy Golden Chicken and its 2003 sequel Golden Chicken 2, starring Hong Kong's queen of comedy Sandra Ng, were love letters both to Ng herself, who was given perhaps the greatest showcase committed to film of her formidable... More »
  

Watch This: Slamdance Winning Short Film THE GREGGS

Winner of the Spirit of Slamdance award at, you guessed it, this year's Slamdance Film Festival, The Greggs asks a simple question: Where do standardized tests come from?The answer is far sillier, far wackier, and far more frightening than one... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: PROPAGANDA Is Ultimately Universal

FIDOCS is one of the most important film festivals in Chile, as it's maybe one of the finest venues for documentaries from Chile and the world to be featured and seen in one week. Propaganda is a difficult film, due... More »
  
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