Berlinale 2014: Laying Bare The NYMPHOMANIAC Director's Cut

Lars von Trier swore a vow of silence after his controversial remarks at 2011's Cannes Film Festival. You may recall him comparing himself, tongue firmly in cheek, to a Nazi during the Melancholia press conference and the whole thing... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Ambulante 2014 Dispatch: DEATH IN ARIZONA (MUERTE EN ARIZONA), Love Hurts In This Fragmented Docu-fiction

Ambulante 2014 is screening Tin Dirdamal's feature length docu-fiction Death in Arizona (Muerte en Arizona) together with Gilberto González's short film Love In Time of Fires (El Amor en Tiempos de Incendios). I think there's a thematic reason behind the... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Dispatch: GREEN PRINCE and A MOST WANTED MAN

Festivals are funny things. You're seeing loads of films all at once, a kind of gorging that only happens sporadically throughout the year. Often you get inadvertent connections between films, thematic consistency that otherwise might go unnoticed. Sometimes these connections... More »
  

Ambulante 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must-See Documentaries

While Ambulante 2014 kicked off yesterday in downtown Mexico City with a public screening of The Square, today (1/31) is the first real day of activities. More than thirty Mexico City venues are ready to offer documentaries from this Friday... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Jason Gorber's Cineplex Diaries

In addition to regular reviews here at Twitch, along with the weekly Twitchvision sements, I had the privilege this year to provide coverage for 2014 Sundance Film Festival for Cineplex.com Over the 11 days of the fest (along with two... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews and Top Picks

Perhaps one of the less headline-grabbing festivals of recent years, this year's Sundance Film Fest certainly had some stand out premieres from The Raid 2 to Boyhood. This year's festival will likely be remembered as the year of first and... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Sundance 2014

Here's a special Sundance edition of Twitchvision, where I broadcast from the lobby of the Yarrow Hotel in Park City, Utah. The first segment has talk of the opening films, including The Overnighters, Adam Wingard's The Guest, and Michael Fassbender... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: Twitch Recommendations And Heads-Ups

Today is the first full day of the annual International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The festival started last night with screenings of Spike Jonze's Her, and in the following 10 days it will be providing a huge selection of new... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rebels With A Cause: Looking Back On Slamdance's First 20 Years

Salt Lake City, Utah -- 1995. A group of young filmmakers don't get their features into Sundance. That's the line we've heard countless times before. Rejection, dejection, deflation... where's a guiding light? Where to go? So much hard work after... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 13 Must-Sees

Oh boy! It's Sundance time with the big winter fest kicking off today! The Twitch staff is primed and ready with our own head honcho Todd Brown making it out to Park City for the first time in too many... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Preview - Midnight, Premieres, & Spotlight

The Sundance Film Fest is kicking off in Park City tomorrow and we've got another edition of our preview series to round things out. We've already covered the US Dramatic, World Dramatic, and NEXT competitions, and the Documentary sections. On... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 Preview

20 years in and Slamdance is still considered the upstart in Park City. A veteran with the spunk of youth then, the fest has become one of the premiere places to scope out first time directors and truly low-budget independents.... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Preview - Documentary Sections

It's Sundance Film Fest preview week around here and we kicked things off yesterday with a look at the US Dramatic, World Dramatic, and NEXT programs. Today we turn our attention to the documentary programs with a peek at a... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Preview: US Dramatic, World Dramatic, & NEXT Competitions

It's that most wonderful time of the year when the independent film world bundles up and heads to snowy Park City to find out what treasures of indie cinema await over the rest of 2014. Yes it's Sundance time and... More »
  

Ben Umstead's 2013 In Cinema: Reflections And Favorites

2013 was a banner year for cinema. Though really, if one looks hard enough, every year has the sweet, sweet possibility of being a banner year. What I've learned this year is that it is okay to call myself a... More »
  

Top 10 Festival Premieres of 2013

Is this shorthand for my top films of the year? Well probably, but since I already recounted my Top 50 films of 2013 (+ 3 Most Overrated), allow me to put a Festivals Editor spin on things by counting down... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Festival

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Los Angeles EigaFest: Twitch Picks The Highlights

This weekend, the Japan Film Society is presenting its third L.A. EigaFest with a collection of live-action and animated features, kicking off with the U.S. premiere of Unforgiven, with the film's director Lee Sang-il in attendance. Plus, you've got another... More »
  

African Diaspora International Film Festival 2013 Brings An Eclectic Mix of Films to NYC

The 21th edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival screens in New York from November 29 through December 15 at Teachers College at Columbia University, Thalia Cinema and Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, Quad Cinema, and the Black Spectrum... More »
  
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