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.

The Many Faces Of Kate Winslet

There is another Steve Jobs film in theaters, this time with another team of famous people attached. The baffling popularity of its subject within three movie studios provoked the ire of Dustin Chang, as voiced in his review, but one... More »
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Pretty Packaging: TOKYO GHOUL Collector's Edition Goes For The Jugular

Scotland-based distributor Anime Limited has featured prominently in these Pretty Packaging articles, and there is a good reason for that: they often provide pretty packaging. Gambling on a market which other distributors have flat-out denied the existence of, Anime Limited... More »
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Have Your Say: Which Film Made Best Use Of Mars?

Last week we asked everyone what their favorite film featuring the Moon was (blood-moon hype going on and all...), but this week another astronomical location featured heavily in the news: Mars, and this was because of the stellar (haha) box... More »
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The Many Faces Of Matt Damon

This week Ridley Scott's The Martian lands in cinemas, and for a change in his resumeé it shows smart people surviving in space, instead of dumb people dying. Jason Gorber praised the film in his review for being both sophisticated... More »
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Camera Japan 2015: What The Rotterdam Audiences Liked Best

Last week saw the tenth iteration of Camera Japan, a Dutch yearly event which has grown into quite a Japanese culture festival, with the main focus on film. This year, its program had a whopping 51 films on it,... More »
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Camera Japan 2015 Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Shows The Cold Through Blissful Warmth

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films which have an uncommonly humanist core. Often emotional, sometimes openly feel-good even, his films somehow never become the saccharine dross they would undoubtedly be in lesser hands. One of... More »
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Have Your Say: Which Film Made Best Use Of The Moon?

Did any of you check out the lunar eclipse two nights ago? Because over here in Northern Europe, it was a beauty. I hadn't expected the weather to be that nice, and the night that clear. What I also didn't... More »
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Camera Japan 2015 Review: RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN Banks On Old Farts

Takeshi Kitano's latest film Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen merges the famous director's two favorite movie genres: comedy and gangster thriller. Gathering a slew of older actors from his earlier films, Kitano pitches his geriatric protagonists as a group against... More »
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The Many Faces Of Robert De Niro

This week, Nancy Meyers' The Intern premieres, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And tempting though it is to do an Anne Hathaway quiz, I went with Robert De Niro. For as James Marsh noted on Robert's birthday in... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Japanese Film Ever?

It is the season of festivals here at TwitchFilm, and we are right in-between two of our yearly highlights, with the Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up and Austin's Fantastic Fest about to start. Me, I'm also in festival... More »
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The Many Faces Of Josh Brolin

This week, Josh Brolin appears as an important supporting actor in not one but TWO new releases: the great-looking mountain drama Everest (reviewed here) and the by all accounts spectacular Sicario (reviewed here). Time for him to feature in our... More »
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Have Your Say: Who's The Best Doctor Who?

Browsing around the Internet, I saw all kind of screenshots from the upcoming Doctor Who series, with people running through a landscape with explosions left and right. "Hm... that doesn't actually look like what I think of, when I think... More »
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IRON SKY 2 Is Looking For A Fat Nerd

Don't you hate it when your crowdfunded epic runs into a snag? When there is a secret ingredient missing? It could be something simple, something that's just lying around, yet would make your masterpiece perfect. Timo Vuorensola, director of Iron... More »
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Camera Japan 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

Every autumn the Camera Japan festival descends on Rotterdam for a long weekend, after which it transforms into a traveling festival which visits several other cities as well. This year, on September the 24th, the festival celebrates its 10th... More »
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The Many Faces Of Idris Elba

For the last few weeks, one of the most discussed actors was Idris Elba, and not because of a new film coming out. Instead, we got a typical Internet lynchmob running after someone who made a James Bond-related comment which... More »
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Have Your Say: Tell Us Your Greatest Movie Anecdotes Ever!

This is a true story. Though I wasn't there when it happened, I fully trust the source. You may even know it already, as I've told it before on this site in abbreviated form. The reason I'm about to tell... More »
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Pretty Packaging: SPACE DANDY SEASON 2 Brings More Bling, Baby!

Earlier this year, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. released the first 13 episodes of Space Dandy, Watanabe Shinichirô's unbelievably irreverent yet unbelievably good-looking series. At the time I mentioned what a nice catch it was for the young company, and how... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nick Nolte

This week, Ken Kwapis' A Walk in the Woods gets released in cinemas, an adaptation of Bill Bryson's popular book. Peter Martin had a lot of fun with the film, and in his review here he praises the (un)easy camaraderie... More »
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Book Review: THE ART OF SATOSHI KON Makes You Crave More

(Did you know there were Perfect Blue Trading Cards? Neither did I...) Me being a fan of anime director and artist Satoshi Kon isn't exactly a secret. I was very much shocked by his death five years ago, first because... More »
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Exclusive: INNSMOUTH Teaser Teases Fishyness

Cutting a teaser for a short must surely be a frustratingly difficult exercise. For starters, anything over 30 seconds of footage is bound to plainly show a rather high percentage of the finished short already, and that is even without... More »
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