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.

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Biggest Disappointment

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Festival

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Supporting Performance

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At Criterion's Whopping 27-Disc ZATOICHI Boxset

(Mirror, mirror on the wall, THIS is the prettiest of them all!) When Criterion announced they were going to release all 25 Zatoichi films in one big boxset, we rejoiced in no small way. Criterion is of course one... More »
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Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Blu-ray Release

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Andy Lau

Throughout Asia, Andy Lau pretty much epitomises the term superstar. His popularity as an actor and a singer is immense, and indeed few people can match his on-screen charisma. A commanding presence in all his films, good and bad, Lau... More »
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Review: BRO'S BEFORE HO'S Is Roaring Rude Fun With A Heart

(Because deep inside even the biggest asshole, there is a romantic trying to get out ... ehm ... no wait, let me rephrase that...) The New Kids may have been disbanded after the huge successes of New Kids Turbo and... More »
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The Many Masterworks Of Takahata Isao

This year, fans of Japanese animation were treated to not one, but two films from Studio Ghibli, as both of its founding fathers released a film of their own. In the Summer we had The Wind Rises by Miyazaki Hayao,... More »
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Tom Hardy Is Ready For His Extreme Close-up, Mr. DeMille!

Tom Hardy is one of those actors who popped up once in a while in a supporting role, but had an anonymous-enough face to not really stick around in my memory. Well, that changed a couple of years ago, with... More »
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Blu-ray Review: BLACK LAGOON: ROBERTA'S BLOOD TRAIL, A Welcome Revisit

(Putting the "Maid" back in "Warrior Maiden", this is Roberta: she has a big gun, she took it from her Lord...) Let's start this review with saying that I am a huge fan of the first two seasons of Black... More »
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Final Trailer For BRO'S BEFORE HO'S Is Rude. Rude I Say!

Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil are probably best known as the directors of New Kids Turbo and New Kids Nitro, as well as being two of the actual New Kids themselves. But that was then: the New Kids... More »
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New To Netflix: THE MASTER, Australian Stop-Motion, Latin Science Fiction, And More

Another grab-bag of Netflix picks from the various territories around the world showcases the eclectic nature of the acquisitions of the service. stop-motion animation from Australia, science fiction found footage from Ecuador, P.T. Anderson's "Master" case study on the culture... More »
  

JANE GOT A GUN, Lynne Ramsay Gets A Lawsuit

Back in March, the news got out that the production of the western Jane Got A Gun had hit a rather severe snag on its first day of shooting: director Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) never showed... More »
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Camera Japan 2013 Review: BURNING BUDDHA MAN Puts Paper On Fire

(Just when you thought Japanese films couldn't get any crazier...) This year, the Camera Japan Festival in Rotterdam had a particularly nice anime section, and the film Burning Buddha Man was part of it. However, a case can be made... More »
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Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - October

As we enter the final quarter of 2013's Full Disclosure, I was hoping to have all our contributors check out something at least vaguely horror-related knowning that this feature would publish close to Hallowe'en. Well, the trials and tribulations behind... More »
  

Rest In Peace, Hal Needham

Yesterday, Hollywood Reporter posted that legendary stunt man and stuntfilm-director Hal Needham has died from cancer, aged 82. Quite possibly the most famous all-round stunt man ever in the history of Hollywood, Hal Needham had a decades long career as... More »
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The Many Dutch Angles At This Year's Golden Calves

Earlier this month, the Dutch Film Festival took place in the city of Utrecht. As film festivals go in The Netherlands, this is the most glamorous one we've got, with a high attendance of national celebrities, cameracrews, the works. Where... More »
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Watch The Red-band Trailer for HERE COMES THE DEVIL

It came, it saw, and it left with all the major horror awards, along with lots of major accolades. We're talking about Mexican horror film Here Comes the Devil, written and directed by Adrián García Bogliano of Cold Sweat fame.... More »
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STALINGRAD Smashes Records In Opening Weekend

When the trailers for Fedor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad arrived earlier this year, we sat up and took notice. While Fedor had shown in the past to be a very accomplished director, the massive scale and visual richness of what was shown... More »
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Behold: A Few Peeks At The Production Of Mutant Wasp Feature STUNG

In a few weeks, the mutant wasp creature feature Stung will start its principal photography. Through a series of production video-blogs, producer Benjamin Munz and director Benni Diez plan to document the entire process for those who are interested. The... More »
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