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.

Team TwitchFilm: On EX MACHINA

(What is on display here: intelligence, artificial intelligence, or just artifice?) Last week Ex Machina got a wide release in the United States. The previous two weeks it had been in a hugely successful limited release already, scoring the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Harrison Ford

One of the films going into wide release, over in the US, is The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama about an immortal woman who may start aging again for the man she loves (which sounds a bit like Spring,... More »
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Imagine 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

All good things must come to an end. And even though, at eleven days long, the 31st Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam was longer than ever, this weekend it still ended. Last Friday saw the awards ceremony, where Liza, the... More »
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Have Your Say: Do We Really Want Trailers This Far Ahead?

Every week sees the release of plenty of trailers and teasers, but the past seven days or so have been really extraordinary. With the second Avengers film about to be released, everyone was talking of Star Wars, and Batman vs.... More »
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Imagine 2015 Review: LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY Magnificently Kills With Kindness

This weekend, Liza, the Fox-Fairy won the Silver Méliès Award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam. It was hardly the first award it won either: a few weeks earlier at Fantasporto, it won awards for Best Film and Best Special... More »
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The Many Faces Of Domhnall Gleeson

Alex Garland's Ex Machina is currently doing great business: still in a successful theatrical run in its home country of the United Kingdom, the limited release in the US so far has seen a staggeringly high box office (60,000 dollars... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Anime Limited's Second KILL LA KILL Boxset

It's been a few months since the release of Anime Limited's first Kill La Kill boxset (reviewed here and seen in detail here), so the wait has been long, but finally the second one out of three has arrived. These... More »
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Have Your Say: What Was Your Best Film Festival Ever?

The past six days I've been visiting the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam a lot, and have been enjoying myself immensely: meeting old film buddies, meeting new film buddies, a great line-up, Amsterdam in spring weather... it has been sheer bliss... More »
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Imagine 2015 Review: TURBO KID Splatters Everyone With Fun

(Gory equals glory with lots of guts!) Saying Turbo Kid is Mad Max on BMX-bikes may be a quick description, and not exactly misleading, but it's also selling the film a bit short. For starters it fails to show Turbo... More »
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The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
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Have Your Say: Does TWIN PEAKS Without David Lynch Sound Feasible?

Remakes, sequels, prequels, reboots... these always provide plenty of topics for discussion. When there was news about a follow-up series to the legendary Twin Peaks, it sure got tongues wagging, and for good reason: most of the vital parts of... More »
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Imagine 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

This Wednesday (the 8th of April) sees the start of the 2015 Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, the largest Dutch genre film festival. What started as an annual horror marathon has now, in its 31st iteration, grown into an... More »
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MONSTER HUNT Posters Look Suitably Epic

Something big this way comes, courtesy of Hong Kong-based production company Edko Films. Last year they announced the film Monster Hunt, their most expensive production ever, and this week they released two huge teaser posters, which you can see below.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Paul Walker

Astute people may have noticed that there is a new Fast and the Furious film in cinemas. It's the seventh in its franchise, it's called Furious 7, and it has either arrived in your hometown or will soon (even if... More »
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Ari Folman Reveals His ANNE FRANK Animation Project

Earlier today, the Thompson On Hollywood site showed concept art and behind-the-scenes pictures from Ari Folman's as yet untitled animated "Anne Frank" project. And it definitely warrants a close look indeed. To say we're big fans of Ari Folman here... More »
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Have Your Say: Which Blockbuster Are You Anticipating Most?

(Using a Jaws picture, because according to Wikipedia it was the first film to be widely called a 'blockbuster' in mainstream press, back in 1975...) Tomorrow sees the start of April, meaning that in just over a month, the Hollywood... More »
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CinemAsia 2015: Line-up and Recommendations

The annual Amsterdam-based CinemAsia festival aims to provide Dutch audiences with a chance to see notable films from Asia, be it of the art-house or the blockbuster variety. This year sees its eighth iteration, but recently the festival lost... More »
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Review: ERBARME DICH - MATTHÄUS PASSION STORIES Targets The Purpose Of Sadness

(Don't feel bad, feel worse! Then, listen to exquisite music...) A documentary about classical music does, on paper, not seem to be a crowd-pleaser. Yet Ramón Gieling's Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories was one of the big surprises at... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ray Stevenson

Currently number one in US cinemas, Divergent: Insurgent shows there can still be some financial life in young-adult franchises. A look at its cast list reveals an impressive list of supporting actors, including Ray Stevenson, so let's make him the... More »
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Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
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