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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »


(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 »
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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 »

IFFR 2011: WASTED YOUTH review

("MALAKA" sounds like an awesome word until you know what it means in Greek...) This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam started with the world première of the Tiger-nominated Greek film "Wasted Youth" by co-directors Jan Vogel and Argyris Papadimitropoulos.... More »
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IFFR 2011: SENSATION review

(spoiler warning: this film does not contain any sex with sheep, and neither does this review) We have mentioned Tom Hall's "Sensation" before here at Twitch. A film about a lonely guy stuck on a sheep farm, who shacks up... More »
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IFFR 2011: Jan Svankmajer's SURVIVING LIFE review!

Present in person at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan Svankmajer was honored with a whole exposition dedicated just to him. Not only that: he also showed his full-length feature film "Surviving Life", his first new one after an absence... More »
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In August of 2010, the Japanese commercial broadcasting station NHK aired a television series of 4 episodes called "Ayashiki Bungô Kaidan". Kaidan are traditional folk stories, most often dealing with ghosts, which can be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales... More »
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IFFR 2011: MASKA review

It is no secret that over here at Twitch we are big fans of Stephen and Timothy Quay, also known as the Quay Brothers. They make films which consist either wholly or partly of inventive, artful stop-motion animation, and which... More »
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IFFR 2011: ATTENBERG review

Last year the International Film Festival Rotterdam showed the currently Oscar-nominated "Dogtooth" by Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, with Athina Rachel Tsangari listed as associate producer. This year the IFFR shows another collaboration of these two although this time the roles... More »
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This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam had a weird treat in store: the World Premiere of Noboro Iguchi's "Karate-Robo Zaborgar". Known primarily for making films which contain buckets of blood and some naughtiness (or sometimes the other way round... More »
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Room for one more? It's Eight Rooks' TOP TEN FOR 2010

And to think I thought it would be a dull year. I might not have been able to join in the fun on the other side of the Atlantic, but the IFFR in Rotterdam (thanks to fellow Twitcher Ard... More »

LIFF 2010: ALL THAT I LOVE review

Jacek Borcuch's All That I Love is definitely a fantastic little film: just bear in mind you've almost certainly seen a great deal of it before. The story of a teenager growing up in 1980s Poland, set against the... More »

IFFR 2010: VISAGE Review

A Taiwanese director visits The Louvre to make a film. Uniquely, for "Visage" that sentence doubles as both a plot summary AND as a description of what happened for real behind the scenes, without the film being a documentary... This... More »
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Grimm Up North 2010: AMER review

Amer definitely wears its heart on its sleeve. Directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are in love with the giallo, the pulpy Italian thrillers which had their heyday in the 70s and 80s and subsequently influenced a generation of... More »
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