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: Whose Fictional Death Have You Rooted For The Most?

(No points for mentioning the piece of shit I'm using for an example...) Ah, villains! What would heroes be without them? More boring, for starters? Oftentimes, the villains have better character arcs, and are far more interesting than the good... More »
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The Many Faces Of Donald Sutherland

This week, the grand finale of The Hunger Games trilo-whoops-quadrilogy arrives in cinemas, with the adventures of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen coming to a close. Pierce Conran saw the ending and quite liked it, as he stated in his review.... More »
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Team TwitchFilm On: SPECTRE

(Bond may be back, but so is the nefarious organization known as Team TwitchFilm!) Last week, Sam Mendes' second Bond film Spectre got its wide release in the United States, and loads of other places as well. By sheer... More »
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Pretty Packaging: LOVE, CHUNIBYO AND OTHER DELUSIONS Is Adorably Adorned

(Someone, really, really, REALLY liked this series!) When US distributor Sentai Filmworks gets the urge to go to town on their releases, they go full throttle apparently. When I posted pictures earlier this year of their lavish Knights of Sidonia... More »
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The Many Faces Of Juliette Binoche

This week sees the premiere of The 33, Patricia Riggen's film about the true-life tale of 33 miners who became trapped for nearly 70 days. The film is a veritable who-is-who of Spanish and Latin American actors who are somewhat... More »
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CANNON BUSTERS: Check Out This Great Concept Art (And A Teaser!)

It is already a year ago that a Kickstarter campaign was started for funding a pilot for a Cannon Busters television series. That one brought in well over its limit of $120,000, and an ongoing funding campaign added to... More »
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Have Your Say: In Science Fiction, Do You Prefer Science Or Fiction?

Now that James Bond has had his big premiere this year, the single biggest remaining event is, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hopefully it will mean a glorious return of the franchise which made science fiction films a... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ralph Fiennes

This week, Spectre arrived in North American cinemas, and is expected to break all sorts of records. Whether the film deserves that is up for grabs: my personal opinion is that this is one of the weaker Bonds for reasons... More »
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The Many Bios Of Our Halloween Quiz Solution

Last week on Friday, instead of doing a celebrity screenshot quiz as usual, we made a big quiz about horror directors. And at the end of the article, I promised to write mini-bios for each and every director in it.... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Arrow's New HELLRAISER Boxset Is Bloody Stylish

(Maybe I should have put a comma between "bloody" and "stylish", because DAY-AMN...) Clive Barker's 1987 horror film Hellraiser does not lack for home releases. In fact, some of the past DVD-editions have had gobsmackingly awesome packaging, with the franchise's... More »
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Have Your Say: To Boldly Go... Where?

Yesterday the news hit the Internet that the Star Trek franchise keeps Trekking, and not just in cinemas but also as a new streaming television series. My first reaction was "Cool!", but afterwards it got me thinking: exactly WHY do... More »
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The Many Faces Of Halloween

Today, instead of our regular thespian-of-the-week screenshots quiz, we are going to do something different. Today it is Halloween! First we thought about doing a Michael Myers gallery, like we did with Jason on a Friday the 13th, but... let's... More »
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Review: SPECTRE Does Not Rid The Bond Series Of Its Demons

Any review of a James Bond film should probably start with a short overview of the reviewer's opinions with regards to the whole franchise. What kind of Bond does he or she prefer? Which tropes are considered delightful, harmful, funny... More »
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Have Your Say: What's Your Incredible Imploding Film?

We've all known this pain: you're in a cinema, and the film you're in the middle of watching is absolutely fantastic, delivering far beyond your expectations. And then... it suddenly doesn't. Something sours it, sending the whole construct crashing down... More »
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THE VOID Starts Shooting In A Few Weeks

Fellow film site ScreenDaily.com had some news from the American Film Market regarding The Void, a Lovecraftian horror thriller by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie of Manborg fame. The film will commence shooting on November 17th, in Canada, and several... More »
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The Many Faces Of Helena Bonham Carter

This week Sarah Gavron's Suffragette premieres, a drama about some of the heroines of the early women's rights movements. With a subject like that it is no surprise it has a veritable crème de la crème of actresses starring in... More »
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THE WORLD OF KANAKO Gets A New Trailer From Drafthouse

Japanese director Nakashima Tetsuya surprised friend and foe last year with his ultra-bleak thriller The World of Kanako. In previous films like Kamikaze Girls, Memories of Matsuko and Confessions, he had proven to have both a wicked sense of visual... More »
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Have Your Say: Gorgeous, Gorgeouser, Gorgeousest...

(Gorgeous: ˈɡɔːdʒəs/ adjective, meaning: beautiful; very attractive.) Guillermo Del Toro's gothic romance fairy-tale Crimson Peak is currently flailing at box-offices worldwide, despite many people liking it a great deal. In his review, Jason Gorber calls it "...a grand vision...", and... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Arrow's VIDEODROME Release Does Not Look Like A Beta

In recent years, UK distributor Arrow has comfortably caught up with special edition superstars Criterion and Eureka Masters of Cinema, with Arrow's releases having grown from "neat" to "nice" to "cool" to "awesome". At the moment I'd be hard-pressed to... More »
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The Many Faces Of Tom Hanks

There is a new cold war thriller in cinemas called Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg (one of his finest works even, according to Christopher Bourne), written by a team including the Coen brothers, and starring Tom Hanks. And... More »
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