NYAFF 2012 Review: HONEY PUPU, Too Sweet For Its Own Good

While Niels Matthijs called Chen Hung-I's film about the wired youth in contemporary Taipei the "best film of 2011" and in our NYAFF preview I cited it as a "must-see" of the fest, it is a film that will most... More »

NYAFF 2012 Screening: The Full SEEDIQ BALE is an Epic Time at the Movies

This July 4th New Yorkers are offered a truly momentous way to spend the day, as the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival will be screening the uncut, two-part Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale from Taiwanese upstart Wei Te-Sheng.... More »

NYAFF 2012 Review: YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE, A Crisp Coming-of-age Comedy

With its North American premiere at the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, we now revisit James Marsh's review from last November. For his directorial debut, prolific youth author Giddens Ko has adapted one of his own autobiographical novels,... More »

NYAFF 2012 Opening Night Screening: VULGARIA

The 2012 New York Asian Film Festival opened with a bang on Friday night with Pang Ho-Cheung's "astonishingly filthy" film industry send-up, VULGARIA. And when we say "bang," we're not talking explosions, here. There wasn't enough money for pyrotechnics in... More »

NYAFF 2012 Review: STARRY STARRY NIGHT, A Beautiful Portrait of Youth

With its New York premiere happening Tuesday, July 3rd as part of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, we now revisit Niels Matthijs review from earlier in the year.Tom Lin's latest endeavor may be his definite ticket to international... More »

NYAFF 2012 Screening: THE SWORD IDENTITY Weaves a New Tale

The 2012 New York Asian Film Festival is now in full swing, and in addition to full reviews we'll also be posting capsule reviews for some of the titles that we've covered before. Case in point: the New York premiere... More »

NYAFF 2012 Review: NAMELESS GANGSTER is a Refreshing & Rewarding Crime Epic

Boys and girls... Here. We. Go. Alexander Thebez delivers our first review from NYAFF 2012. Thanks much, Alex.Starring one of Korea's iconic actors, Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, I Saw the Devil), Nameless Gangster is a movie about family and survival in... More »

NYAFF 2012 Preview: The Usual Unusual

The summer months roll around and much of the world is cooling off in the dark of the theater with the likes of brooding vigilantes, rebooted wall-crawlers and vampire hunting presidents. This is all well and good, or at the... More »

A Brief Chat with the One and Only Roger Corman

Chances are that if you love movies you know who Roger Corman is. If you're not sure, however, about all the things that he's accomplished in his nearly sixty-year career, you may want to check out his page at IMDb--but... More »

Exploring CORMAN'S WORLD with Documentarian Alex Stapleton

In an awards season awash with nostalgia for the movie culture of yore, it's nice to see a bit of living history up on the screen in the form of Alex Stapleton's Corman's World. No question that Hugo and The... More »

Hey NYC! Wanna Win Tix To See CORMAN'S WORLD?

I'd imagine that if you're a regular reader of Twitch, then the answer is yes.In our NYFF 2011 wrap-up , Peter Gutierrez said of Corman's World: The Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton's doc on moviemaking maniac Roger Corman:... More »

NYFF 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up: Part 2

Aannd we're back with part 2 of Peter Gutierrez and Aaron Krasnov's wrap up of the 49th annual New York Film Festival. Part 1 can be found here. And now... a veritable NYFF blow-out with the dynamic duo dropping some... More »

NYFF 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up: Part 1

And as quick as you can say "Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater" the 49th annual New York Film Festival came to a close last evening with a whopping 4 screenings of Alexander Payne's The Descendants which took... More »

Michael Fassbender Appears To Be In Quite The Pickle In The Trailer For Steve McQueen's SHAME

Shame -- a short, compact word, one that we seem to forget the full force of quite often. Well, perhaps Steve McQueen's follow-up to his equally simple-titled-but-loaded Hunger can remind us just how hard hitting a word it can be.... More »


During yesterday's press conference at Lincoln Center, director David Cronenberg insisted he doesn't think about his past pictures while engaged in the making of a new one. That doesn't mean that audiences, and more specifically his legions of fans--and I'm... More »

NYFF 2011: Patience (After Sebald) Review

Upon the outset, a coincidental bout of serendipity had struck; the smile inducing collision of events that feels slyly preternatural.  The book atop my to-be-read pile was W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, The New York Film Festival was announcing... More »

NYFF 2011: MISS BALA Review

You've got to hand it to Gerardo Naranjo. Other filmmakers, particularly those of the Hollywood school, would have taken the easy way out when starting from such a winning, inspired-by-a-true-story premise:  a poor, would-be beauty queen becomes, against her will,... More »

NYFF 2011: The Loneliest Planet Review

Displacing Tom Bissell's short story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" to the verdant hills of Georgia, Julia Loktev re-imagines the somber, transient tale of love, fissured by a momentary, yet infinitely projecting incident. Set against the lush, ex-soviet highland The Loneliest Planet... More »

NYFF 2011: CARNAGE Review

I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say that Roman Polanski's Carnage, which opens in the U.S. on December 16, is in many ways a quintessential New York Film Festival title. Like The Social Network last year,... More »

NYFF 2011: The Nikkatsu Centennial Celebration

A studio's logo can sometimes be just as iconic as the beloved films produced and distributed under such an emblem. Think of the glitz and glamor of the MGM logo as the lion roars; The mighty peak of Paramount; the... More »
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