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.

Have Your Say: Who Would You Cast In A Live-action KILL LA KILL Film?

Plenty of words have been written and said about the ongoing disgruntlement with Scarlett Johansson being in the live-action Ghost in the Shell film. So when a Facebook friend of mine posed the fun question of who we'd cast in... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is The Best Fight Scene Ever?

This weekend I was visiting the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and one of the films I saw was Oshii Mamoru's Nowhere Girl. I chose that one not only because I'm a big Oshii fan, but also because James Marsh... More »
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The Many Faces Of Patrick Stewart

This week, Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room premieres wide, and is getting rave reviews (like the one by our Ryland Aldrich). And it stars the great, GREAT Patrick Stewart as the evil leader of a right-wing organization. Which settles who we... More »
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Prepare Yourself For ROB GOOSSENS: LOW-BUDGET STUNTMAN

Earlier today, Dutch directors Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil announced they are currently working on two new films, one of which they will start shooting this May already: Rob Goossens: Low-budget Stuntman. Steffen and Flip became international stars... More »
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The Live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL Reveals Its First Glimpse

And if you curious about how Scarlett Johansson was going to look like as Major Kusanagi, wonder no more: Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures released a first picture of their upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film, and she's in... More »
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Have Your Say: No More Super-heroes Anymore!

Just over a decade ago, superhero films were a tiny sub-category in the general science fiction and fantasy branches. They occasionally happened, and occasionally they were good, and occasionally they were bad. Then Marvel/Disney started with their cinematic universe, released... More »
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The Many Faces Of Chris Cooper

Among the fine films opening wide this week in North America is Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, which knocked out Jason Gorber (his words). It sure has a stellar cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. We could have picked... More »
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Have Your Say: May BLADE RUNNER 2 Turn Out Right?

Say of director Ridley Scott what you want, but decades ago the man made two science fiction films which turned out to be so great, so influential, that even today we can still everywhere see the waves they created. These... More »
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Pretty Packaging: BEYOND THE BOUNDARY Collector's Edition Crosses The Line

When people alerted me about the two Beyond the Boundary anime feature films, telling me they were pretty good, I got interested, and wanted to check out the anime series first. Well, lo and behold: Sentai Filmworks recently released one... More »
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The Many Faces Of Kurt Russell

While I was looking through this week's premieres to find a likely candidate for the quiz, my eye fell on the Blu-ray releases, and spotted The Hateful Eight (see J. Hurtado's review). Which means that cinema releases this week be... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

(The gloves come off as our team becomes a league, FOR JUSTICE!) Sweeping the world faster than Superman, but tanking harder than the Batmobile on the review front, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently the topic of... More »
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Have Your Say: Falling In Love With An Imaginary Person

Last week, Luc Besson shared some news about his movie adaptation of Valerian, and that took me back to the time I discovered the original French graphic novels from the early seventies. I stumbled upon those a few years after... More »
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Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch... More »
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Luc Besson Shows Glimpses At VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

French director Luc Besson can be a right royal champion of secrecy at times, with for example his The Fifth Element appearing almost out of nowhere in 1997, despite it being a huge project. However, yesterday Entertainment Weekly published an... More »
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The Many Faces Of Holly Hunter

This week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice barges into cinemas worldwide, and say of the film what you want, it's got a fine collection of actors and actresses in it indeed. Still, once we spotted Holly Hunter in there,... More »
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Have Your Say: GAME OF THRONES, The Books Or The Series?

(If bloody murder doesn't erupt about this I will be surprised...) Last week, the fifth season of HBO's fantasy juggernaut series Game of Thrones was released on Blu-ray and DVD, for those few souls who hadn't seen it yet or... More »
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Review: AN Advises Everyone A Hearty Carpe Diem

(When life hands you lemons, make sweet red bean paste!) Japanese director Kawase Naomi's film An (also known in some territories as Sweet Red Bean Paste) played at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this February, where it turned out to... More »
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The Many Faces Of Mathieu Amalric

This week sees the North American release of Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, a film which, as Ben Croll states in his review, is rife with French film clichés, but still "a wonderful, thoughtfully crafted work". And bookending the story... More »
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Review: BELGICA Surprises, Except When It Doesn't

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen managed to make major waves internationally in the art-house circuit with his films The Misfortunates and especially The Broken Circle Breakdown, so I was quite happy when one of the surprise films of the International... More »
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Have Your Say: What Would Be Your CLOVERFIELD Story?

Last week saw the arrival of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was rumored to be a sort-of sequel to Matt Reeves' 2008 found footage 'kaiju' film Cloverfield (said kaiju is looking right at you in the pic above). In... More »
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