Fabulously Creepy Trailer For Pat Holden's WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

While the International Film Festival Rotterdam is widely known for its bold selection of arthouse films there's another side to the festival as well. Rotterdam is arguably the most genre friendly of the major European festivals, the programmers there have... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: HISTÓRIAS QUE SÓ EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS

(In English that means "Stories Which Only Exist When Remembered") A few years back there was an article here on Twitch about movies which were slow enough to put you to sleep yet were meditative rather than boring (a link... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: ACE ATTORNEY leads the witnesses!

("Strictly speaking, did this film need to be so extremely over-the-to..." "OBJECTION!!") One of the happy surprises of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam was a visit by the prolific and beloved Japanese director Miike Takashi. The IFFR and Miike... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012: full programme revealed

(Gentlemen and ladies, start your ordering...) Hi everyone, as of last evening (here in Europe) the International Film Festival Rotterdam has presented the entire programme on their website, and online ticket sales commenced already for subscribing "Tiger friends". But today... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012: 38 WITNESSES and THE HUNTER, with lots of good stuff between them.

Tomorrow, the International Film Festival Rotterdam website will show the entire program and schedule for this year's iteration, which starts next week already. Ticket ordering will be more easy than ever before as long as you do it online. But... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Vincent Gallo Dances With UFOs In First Teaser For THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER

While some may find Vincent Gallo's movies boring you can never, ever say that about the man himself. One of cinema's reigning enfants terribles for long enough now that the enfant tag doesn't really fit any more, Gallo seems to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Miike Takashi's ACE ATTORNEY gets its World Premiere at IFFR Rotterdam!

WHOA!! My anticipation for the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (which starts in about three weeks time) just skyrocketed. The IFFR just released a press statement listing several world premieres for this year's festival, and while I will write an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

LIFF 2011: FINISTERRAE review

Sometimes, with films, 'individual' means 'too bloody weird for its own good'; less distinguished or distinctive, and more so wrapped up in its own cleverness only the person who dreamt it up can properly appreciate the thing. Finisterrae is a... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

LIFF 2011: AITA review

There've been any number of films where you hear a building is one of the main characters - usually horror - The Shining, the Amityville films - but it's typically a selling point more than anything else. José María de... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

ETRANGE 2011: MEAT (aka VLEES) review

Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth's bizarre, chilling little character drama Meat certainly covers all the bases. Nearly every major synonym, metaphor or other interpretation of that one word is in there somewhere. Mostly it seems to be about people who've... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

ETRANGE 2011: THE MILL AND THE CROSS review

Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross is odd. More two hours of art appreciation than an conventional film, it tells the story (or possibly a story) of the artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder and what it was that led... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

IFFR 2011: Lee Chang-dong's POETRY review

(Alzheimer's, suicide and gangrape are not worthy of poetry, but their impact on life is.) One of the big treats of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam was having South-Korean director Lee Chang-dong himself introducing his newest movie "Poetry". He... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2011: An interview with LEE CHANG-DONG

This year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam there sure was no shortage of great and famous Asian directors present, Shinya Tsukamoto and Kore-eda Hirokazu amongst them. But one of the biggest treats was undeniably that Korean director Lee Chang-dong... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

BIFF 2011: 13 ASSASSINS review

Miike Takashi's chanbara flick 13 Assassins will probably strike a lot of people as much more impressive than it really is, if they've never seen a Kurosawa movie, read Lone Wolf & Cub or even missed out on Yôji... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

BIFF 2011: TWO IN THE WAVE review

Beautifully structured and produced, stuffed with satisfying little nuggets of information on the partnership between legendary directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Emmanuel Laurent's Two In The Wave is a great example of how to put together a populist... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

IFFR 2011: COLD FISH review

(Get ready to be sucker-punched with some REAL mysoginy, Grand Guignol-style!) While we have lots of love for Sono Shion here at Twitch, especially after his epic "Love-Exposure" stunned us, his latest film "Cold Fish" has been met with mixed... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2011: AARDVARK Review

(Noir is noir, documentary is documentary and never the twain shall meet?) When I started writing for Twitch, I did so under my forum monicker of "Ardvark". Years of being chided for misspelling the word did not stop me using... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

BIFF 2011: MEEK'S CUTOFF review

Woe betide anyone who turns up for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff expecting anything like a typical Western. Languid, spare and dreamlike, other than the setting and the motif of a journey across vast, inhospitable stretches of America there's little else... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

IFFR 2011: ALL YOUR DEAD ONES review

(All Your Dead Are Not Belong To Us...) It hardly seems like a premise that can be mined for entertainment: a Colombian farmer discovers a huge pile of corpses in his field and tries to warn the police. Yet that... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

VIVA 2011: EN ASALTANTE (THE MUGGER) review

Pablo Fendrik's En Asaltante (The Mugger) follows in a long-established cinematic tradition - a director kicking his heels while a big-budget production grinds to a halt who ends up shooting something down and dirty on the cheap in the interim.... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  
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