Ard Vijn
Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ard joined Twitch in November 2006, promising Todd to share information about the Dutch film industry. Instead, he focuses on Asian cinema and Japanese animation in particular. Once every year he nearly becomes the writer he so desperately wants to be and that is during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He juggles his time between his wife and two sons, films, and a career-on-the-side as a financial analyst.

Pretty Packaging: The SOCIETY Limited Edition Looks Icky, And That's Great!

(Arrow Video have not been mucking about with this one...) That Arrow Video has become one of the finest labels in Europe will be no longer a surprise: its ascent to that position actually happened about two years ago already.... More »
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Have Your Say: What Gag Made You Gag?

Earlier today, J. Hurtado reviewed the much anticipated Arrow Blu-ray release of Brian Yuzna's Society (check out that article here). I'm looking forward to finally seeing the film, about which I've heard people talk for literally decades. Some hail it... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jason Statham

Paul Feig's comedy Spy is out in cinemas, and getting lots of acclaim, also, perhaps surprisingly, from critics. Our Pierce Conran even said it may stake an early claim to being the summer's best comedy. And while it is of... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Non-original (Remake, Reboot) Film?

Looking at the top-10 of Hollywood's output this week, it's easy to spot how we the industry is mired knee-deep in the usual traditions of remaking classics, rebooting old favorites, and sequel-ing the hell out of franchises. Pitch Perfect 2... More »
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The Many Faces Of Bill Murray

This week Cameron Crow's Aloha premieres, with - if nothing else - a stellar cast. Our Jim Tudor wasn't kind to the film, but note that in his review, he spent no vitriol on any of the actors. And in... More »
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An Interview With All Directors Of GERMAN ANGST! Marschall! Kosakowski! Buttgereit! Part 1!

The Berlin-based horror anthology German Angst was among the many world premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all three of its directors were attending in person. The day after, I was lucky enough to get to... More »
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Have Your Say: Imagine Your Own Best Mash-Up, With Title

Many of the famous film festivals have a movie market attached, and whenever people return from them, they bring posters, proofs-of-concepts, or just pitches, which are absolutely hilarious. Cannes was no exception, And Todd Brown brought us one pitch in... More »
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Pretty Packaging: GERMAN ANGST Has A German Uncut Blu-ray/DVD Release

(Not as offending as you might think...) Horror anthologies are doing fine these days, and sometimes allow filmmakers to keep flexing their muscles even when it's hard to get a full feature off the ground. A good example of this... More »
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The Many Faces Of Vincent Price

This coming week in May, horror legend Vincent Price would have become 104 years old, had he not died 21 years ago. A great actor in his own right, he was also blessed with one of the most beautifully menacing... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is The Best Movie Car Ever?

Vehicular mayhem is very popular in the cinema again, with a new Mad Max film churning up clouds of dust. And that dust hardly had time to settle after Furious 7 passed by at great speed. Both films offer a... More »
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The Many Faces Of Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road is putting the pedal to the metal in cinemas worldwide, and two things have become apparent. One: reviews so far are almost ridiculously positive. Two: everyone agrees Charlize Theron is awesome. Thing number two shouldn't come... More »
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Team TwitchFilm On AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

(Who is this?! Team TwitchFilm, assemble!) Unless you've been living under a rock, a Wifi-less one no less, you will have been made aware of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the last ten days, Avengers:... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is The Most Under-rated Superhero Film Ever?

All around the globe, Avengers: Age of Ultron is barging through cineplexes, the latest entry in the vast assault that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while these films are undeniably popular, there seems to be a growing sentiment that... More »
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Here's A New DEADPOOL Pic

Last night, actor Ryan Reynolds turned up on Instagram and posted this picture below from the upcoming Deadpool film, accompanied by the text: Stuck the landing. With my mouth.You can check his actual post here to follow him. Deadpool is... More »
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The Many Faces Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

This week sees the wide release of Henry Hobson's debut film Maggie, a zombie drama. The big eye-catcher here is that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, cast against type as a father trying to cope with the impending death of his... More »
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SPL2 Gets A Poster, And A Whopping Big Set Of Stills

A few weeks ago we got the teaser trailer to SPL 2, and... well, damn... that looked very promising indeed! Tony Jaa and Wu Jing kicking ass, a brutally melodramatic plot that would get even the most pacifist fighter's blood... More »
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Have Your Say: What Does Your Ideal STAR WARS Movie Look Like?

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens much in the news, and speculation about other Star Wars films abound, let's have a bit of a thought experiment. With the universe apparently wide-open, instead of working up our (new) hopes we can... More »
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The Many Faces Of Viggo Mortensen

This week, David Oelhoffen's African western Far From Men has been released West of the Atlantic. In my review, I called it a great film, and this has in no small measure to do with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen.... More »
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Review: FAR FROM MEN, A Western In Algeria

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) An Algeria-based western might seem like an odd idea on paper, but David Oelhoffen's Far From Men (Loin des Hommes), starring Viggo Mortensen, turns out to be a pretty... More »
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In This LEGEND Teaser, Check Tom Hardy... And Tom Hardy!

Several films have already been made about the Kray brothers, two notorious career criminals who ran a veritable gangster empire in London. This September we'll get another adaptation of their story: Legend, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, and starring... More »
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