Tribeca 2012 Review: WAR WITCH

I am of two minds when it comes to cinematic depictions of the African continent, in both fiction and documentary films. On the one hand, the sad reality is that civil war, corruption, political instability, and famine are inescapable features... More »

Tribeca 2012 Review: JACK & DIANE, A Dark Romance With Little Bite

The practice of transposing horror elements for the use of visual metaphors and nightmares in a film which is more or less a drama isn't a new thing. We at Twitch come across films that aren't quite full on horror... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2012 Review: RESOLUTION

"I think they were searching for monsters... and found each other."This bit of dialogue isn't the tagline for Resolution, and in fact isn't even spoken about the protagonists (the reverse would be closer to the truth), but it does offer... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Tribeca 2012 Review: UNIT 7

As anyone reading, or writing for, Twitch will probably tell you, there's a fine line between genre conventions and outright clichés. To an outsider, someone who's not a fan of a particular genre, anything that looks somewhat familiar can be... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Tribeca 2012 Review: POLISSE Makes for an Atypical & Harrowing Procedural

It's been over eight hours since I left the theater; eight hours after taking in the third film from filmmaker/actress Maïwenn, largely my first experience with her work. Polisse (a clever, simple, kid-inspired misspelling) is an in-depth and very intense... More »
By Ben Umstead   


With a title that screams "campy fun ahead," Eddie -The Sleepwalking Cannibal both telegraphs its pleasures and sells them short. Yes, this Danish-Canadian co-production is pure fun from its first moment to its last (and beyond: stay for the credits),... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

Tribeca 2012 Review: YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

There are many pleasures to be had in watching Your Sister's Sister, the fourth feature by writer/director Lynn Shelton (We Go Way Back, My Effortless Brilliance, Humpday), one of the great highlights of Tribeca 2012.  For example, there is the... More »

Ben's 2011 In Film: Reflections And A Top 10

One early November afternoon, as I took my seat for a screening of Take Shelter (a film I had been greatly looking forward to since its Sundance premiere), the realization that I had not stepped foot into a movie theater... More »
By Ben Umstead   


[With the film extending its run in Los Angeles and opening tomorrow in New York, we now revisit Peter's review from Tribeca.] Overall, I must say that I was struck by the similarity of The Swell Season to Hobo with... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   


[With "The Trip" opening in most major U.S. markets tomorrow, now seems a good time to revisit my review from last April's Tribeca.]I hereby subtitle this review of Michael Winterbottom's The Trip, "The Misadventures of the Dueling Caines" or "A... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up

This evening sees the 10th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival come to a close. My gallant colleague, Peter Gutierrez and I would like to thank the staff and volunteers, publicists and assistants for making TFF 2011 quite a cool... More »
By Ben Umstead   


Ethereal and Transgressive (Capitals E & T being very important), Beyond The Black Rainbow and its director, Panos Cosmatos, largely live up to their strange namesakes. It would be far too easy to label Cosmatos' first feature effort as overly... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2011: EVERYTHING MUST GO Review

[The following review originally appeared as part of my TIFF coverage at Showcase and we thank the powers that be there for allowing us to reprint it now on Twitch.]With Dan Rush's Everything Must Go, star Will Ferrell delivers... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tribeca 2011: Short Film Round-Up 2

Back again with a selection of six films from Tribeca's short film selection. We've got possible space ships in Iceland, mustaches, avant-garde experiments that dazzle the eye and turn the mind on end... the sun, the moon, and a kiss.... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2011: THE TROLL HUNTER Review

Trolls. They're big. They're dumb. They eat rocks. And - as it turns out - they are not just a fairy tale creation.Thomas, Kalle and Johanna are a trio of student film makers striking out to the remote parts... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tribeca 2011: TURN ME ON, GODDAMMIT! Review

Small towns are everywhere. There are plenty of small towns in Norway. Hell, most of the country is made up of small towns. There is even a small town called Hell. 15-year old Alma, lives in Skaddeheimen (which as far... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2011: THE MINERS' HYMNS Review

Bill Morrison is a preeminent figure in the found footage filmmaking scene. Working from raw materials found in the British National Archives, Morrison constructs a loose narrative and history on the miners and mines of Durham, England past, that, with... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2011: LET THE BULLETS FLY Review

Over the past few years, the majority of big-budget mainstream Chinese movies have insisted on beating their audiences over the head with overtly nationalistic sentiment. It has gotten to the point where you can't spend two hours in a... More »
By James Marsh   

Tribeca 2011: HIDEAWAYS Review

There are those times when you hear about a film, just get a brief sense of the mood it is trying to convey, you start to read the plot synopsis, don't want to spoil something for yourself any further so... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Tribeca 2011: THE SWELL SEASON Review

Overall, I must say that I was struck by the similarity of The Swell Season to Hobo with a Shotgun.  Well, wait, hold on a sec and I'll explain:  both films know what their target audiences expect as they... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   
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