Ard Vijn
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.

Camera Japan Festival Rotterdam 2014 Reveals Its Great Line-up

UPDATE: The festival has now released its full schedule, and has opened its ticket sales. Click this link for more details. This October, the Camera Japan Festival returns, starting as always in Rotterdam with its full selection, before travelling to... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At This Shameless Edition Of THE WASHING MACHINE

(It's... The Case of the Yellow Case!) UK-based distributor Shameless is known for releasing films which tend to be known as "guilty pleasures", films with an above-decent amount of nudity and/or violence. And instead of hiding the sleaze-factor, Shameless often... More »
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The Many Faces of Toni Collette

This week, Hector and the Search for Happiness gets its wide release, and that is as good a reason as any to turn the spotlight on one of its stars: Toni Collette. While she has played plenty of pretty (or... More »
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Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass BOURNE Again?

Although Universal is still developing a possible sequel to the Jeremy Renner spin-off The Bourne Legacy, with Justin Lin attached to direct, the studio has also taken serious positive steps towards resurrecting the original Bourne franchise, according to movie news website... More »
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Blu-ray Review: THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER Delivers Funny Anime-Fast-Food

(If you thought curly fries were the most twisted thing in fast food, think again...) This week, the hit anime The Devil is a Part-Timer will be released in Australia and New Zealand, courtesy of local distributor Siren Visual. Known... More »
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ECHOES OF A RONIN: Watch The Impressive Danish Martial Arts Short

Late last year, we got a taste of the Danish martial arts short Echoes of a Ronin, in the form of a gallery of images. Now, the film is finished, and you can watch it in its entirety here, with... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The Walerian Borowczyk Collection

Earlier this year, UK distributor Arrow Films announced they were planning to release newly remastered editions of Walerian Borowczyk's films, both on Blu-ray and DVD, as part of their Arrow Academy label. These releases would include several of his longer... More »
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The Many Faces Of James Gandolfini

This week sees the release of Michaël Roskam's The Drop, known once upon a time as Animal Rescue. However, it will in all probability also be known as "The Last Movie With James Gandolfini In It", as the late beloved... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicholas Tse

This week, the Chinese drama But Always (aka. Yi Sheng Yi Shi) premieres in several countries worldwide, including the USA. A lengthy description of a doomed romance, it stars Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse as the star-crossed lovers. James reviewed... More »
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Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Alfred Hitchcock

This month, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock would have been celebrating his 115th birthday. But while he shuffled off his mortal coil back in 1980, his legacy remains as healthy as ever thanks to a hugely innovative, influential,... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Mads Mikkelsen

Released this week on Blu-ray in the US, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (known as just Michael Kohlhaas in the rest of the world) tells a story of rebellion and revenge, starring Mads Mikkelsen. And he is... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At HERZOG - THE COLLECTION Blu-ray Boxset

For Werner Herzog fans with a Blu-ray player, 2014 has turned into a remarkable year, as boxsets of his work are being released on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, the BFI released an 18-film boxset, while distributor... More »
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Review: CAM2CAM Brings Hatchets And Hotties To Bangkok, But Little Else

(Or should that be Cleavers and Cleavages? Or Axes and Asses? I can never choose...) In Joel Saisson's thriller Cam2Cam, a sicko bastard in Bangkok is decapitating young foreign women, after first making them undress in front of their own... More »
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The Many Faces Of Stacy Keach

Looking at this week's releases, one actor pops up in the two biggest films: Stacy Keach! He plays Chloë Grace Moretz' avuncular grandfather in If I Stay, and the pinnacle of human corruption in Sin City: A Dame To Kill... More »
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Toronto 2014: THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA Gets A New North American Trailer

This upcoming first half of September, the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 will happen again. And one of the many treats there will be The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, the Studio Ghibli film by founder Takahata Isao. As Cameron... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jeff Bridges

This week, the film adaptation of young-adult novel The Giver appears in cinemas, and the two elder people in it are played by Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. They've both had plenty of awesome moments in their careers and could... More »
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Blu-ray Review: MARDOCK SCRAMBLE (THIRD EXHAUST), Sleazy Yet Satisfying

(Teenage Hooker Concludes Trilogy... but is she a Killing Machine?) This month, the third and final film in the Mardock Scramble trilogy was released in the United Kingdom. As I have seen and reviewed the first two films (here and... More »
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The Many Faces Of Helen Mirren

This week, Lasse Hallström's The Hundred-Foot Journey premieres in the US, a story about two restaurants making each other's existence miserable, until mutual respect and romance get the upper hand. But what caught my eye here was the actress playing... More »
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UPDATED: Studio Ghibli Stops Making Films...Temporarily

UPDATE: Since news first broke earlier today, more accurate translations of Suzuki Toshio's comments have now surfaced. The veteran Studio Ghibli producer talked about "big changes in all aspects of our operations" which could include a "short break" by the... More »
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