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.

Rotterdam 2015 Review: GERMAN ANGST Is Not For The Squeamish

(An Anthology with a capital A for Abuse, Antisocials and Addiction...) This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has dedicated a section of its programme to surrealism, and questioning reality in cinema. The horror anthology German Angst is part of... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Review: LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM Sings A Cute Tune

(How a thug's head sometimes contains both rock and a hard place...) If director Nobuhiro Yamashita is going to be remembered for something, it will be his ability to keep things real, to tone down craziness to an acceptable level,... More »
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The Many Faces Of Joaquin Phoenix

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is doing its rounds West of the Atlantic, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam has scheduled the international premiere of the film for today. Dustin reviewed the film and enjoyed it lots, so what an... More »
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Rotterdam 2015: 25 Recommendations And Anticipations

Today, the International Film Festival Rotterdam will start its annual ten-day run. During that time, there will be many shorts, live acts, expositions and art installations, but the main bulk of the festival will be dedicated to hundreds of... More »
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Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
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Rest In Peace, Origa

Earlier today, Anime News Network alerted its readers that Russian-born singer Olga Vitalevna Yakovleva, better known as Origa, has died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. Origa was very popular in Japan, and known worldwide for singing the opening... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicole Kidman

This week, UK-based children's icon Paddington gets his film released in the US. Our Jim Tudor saw it and was, to his own surprise, rather charmed by it. And the "comically unrelenting villain" (Jim's words) of the piece is played... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Has Revealed Its Line-up And Schedules

Next week, the International Film Festival Rotterdam will open its doors for ten days, and this Friday it already opens its box office. Today, it opened up its catalog for viewing, as the festival's website has its entire line-up available... More »
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Pretty Packaging: The SIN CITY ULTIMATE KILLER EDITION May Corrupt Your Soul

(Crime and grime get a nice package...) It's hard to think of titles which would fit the idea of disc pimping more than Sin City and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Frank Miller's fun and exaggerated graphic... More »
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The Many Faces Of Forest Whitaker

This week, Liam Neeson isn't taking it any more, again, in Taken 3. James saw the film and wasn't amused much, but that doesn't take away from the fine actors in it of course. Time for a quiz about Liam,... More »
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Review: AANMODDERFAKKER Never Gets Old

This year, one film was the surprise grand winner at the Dutch Film Festival where the Golden Calves are awarded, which basically are the Dutch Oscars. Director Michiel ten Horn's Aanmodderfakker won Best Film, its writer Anne Barnhoorn won Best... More »
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Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2014

When we discussed the "Best of 2014" lists here at Twitchfilm, the first thing I asked was: "Can I do mine in February or March, please?". I'm so hopelessly behind on 2014's theatrical releases that it isn't even funny. Yes,... More »
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Pretty Packaging: NEKROMANTIK (With A Major NSFW Warning...)

(Mind, this film employs an, ehm... VERY wide definition of "pretty".) Confession time: in the past, I never intended to even see this movie, considering it, as a friend eloquently noted, "too sick to be on my shelf". But then... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jessica Chastain

This week didn't exactly see many new films premiering in North America, but among those that did is A Most Violent Year. Jim reviewed it and called it "a legitimately terrific film". And it stars Jessica Chastain, which is never... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Those Crazy Dutch EXPENDABLES Releases

(Throw as much stuff against a wall as you can find, and then see what sticks... hey, it worked for the films!) We can discuss all we like about whether the Expendables films are good, bad or awful, and get... More »
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Pretty Packaging: PATEMA INVERTED Gets A Release Worth Flipping Over

For the last months, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. has been churning out classy Limited Edition after classy Limited Edition, and the end is not yet in sight if their announcements are to be believed. But even among their great current... More »
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Review: FAR FROM MEN, A Great Viggo Mortensen Western

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) As a preview for the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam next month, loyal visitors were allowed to see one of the films already: David Oelhoffen's Algeria-based western Far From... More »
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The Many Faces Of Terence Stamp

This week saw the release of the new Tim Burton film Big Eyes, and instead of his usual dark fairy-tale-ish fare, it is a retelling of a famous art scandal. Jim saw it and described a few issues he had... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
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Pretty Packaging: CINEMA PARADISO Gets Korean-Pimped!

(Always good when nostalgia pays off, and we get to see the return of a fine tradition...) Just over a decade ago, DVD-collection became a bit of a thing, and the "Special Edition" format which had been so special to... More »
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