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.

The Many Faces Of Cillian Murphy

This week, Wally Pfister's Transcendence is out in cinemas, and rather than focusing on its famous lead, I thought this to be a splendid opportunity to highlight Cillian Murphy, who plays Agent Buchanan in the film. Cillian Murphy is an... More »
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Imagine 2014 Review: DEADLY VIRTUES: LOVE. HONOUR. OBEY Is Lean, Mean, And Surprising

(An alternative title could be "Home Invasion: Rope. Torture. Show.") One of the titles world premiering at the Imagine film Festival Amsterdam this year is Ate de Jong's Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey., his first film since the costly flop... More »
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Imagine 2014 Review: THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA Is A Cute And Clever Hybrid

(When Charles Manson met the Carpet-Bag-Monster...) Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a documentary? It's... The Creep Behind the Camera! One of the World Premieres at this year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, The Creep Behind the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage

This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for... More »
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Imagine 2014: Twitch Recommendations And Heads-Ups

Europe has many fine genre film festivals, and Amsterdam's Imagine Film Festival, which starts this week, can proudly call itself a member of that group. The line-up for this year's edition is particularly impressive. There is anime and other animation,... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The French SNOWPIERCER ULTIMATE EDITION Blu-ray

(Apparently the French were really, really happy they had the international premiere for this one...) International releases sometimes happen on weird, illogic timetables. This Thursday, April the 3rd, Bong Yoon-ho's new film Snowpiercer had its theatrical premiere in The Netherlands.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is currently red-hot, and I'm not talking about her physical appearance, no matter how many magazines vote her as "sexiest woman of the year". After all, she is the actress who got whole theaters swooning just by her... More »
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Review: NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME II Brings The Pain...

The day after I reviewed Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac Volume 1, as spoiler-free as possible, I ran back to the cinema for the premiere of Nymphomaniac Volume 2, and this leaves me in a rather uncomfortable spot for reviewing it.... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: TAMAKO IN MORATORIUM Pleasantly Idles Along

(Now I feel tempted to not write a review for a year...) Director Yamashita Nobuhiro is probably best known for his 2007 film Linda Linda Linda, which managed to wring a lot of enjoyment out of a pretty mundane subject.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Russell Crowe

This week sees the premiere of Darren Aranofsky's Noah, and while the plot of that film is the subject of heated discussion between theologists, atheists and comic-book fans (who often tend to be both), nobody disagrees with the choice of... More »
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The Many Faces Of Stellan Skarsgård

This week, Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac will be released (or unleashed, perhaps a better word here) in the United States. In that film, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) tells a stranger the story of her life. The patient listener is Seligman, played... More »
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Review: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I Teases And Entices

When discussing Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac within team Twitch, I suddenly realized a couple of things that surprised me. One, that I've never been disappointed yet by a Lars Von Trier film. Two, how few Lars Von Trier films I've... More »
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Dare To Spot THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA In This Trailer

Once upon a time in 1964, there was an excruciatingly bad alien invasion film, one made with legendary ineptitude. And it wasn't the famous Plan 9 From Outer Space. This one was worse. It was called The Creeping Terror. Pete... More »
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Imagine Film Festival 2014 Reveals Whopping Line-up

On the 9th of April this year, the Amsterdam-based Imagine Film Festival will start, opening with Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast. And now that the festival's site reveals its entire program, it turns out that its opener is not... More »
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The Many Faces Of Michael Fassbender

This week, 12 Years a Slave has been released on the home-viewing platforms, hot on the heels of it winning the Best Picture Oscar. So in this week's installment of "Many Faces", I'd like to focus on the actor playing... More »
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Our Facebook Quiz Is About To Turn 250!

(UPDATED: Frank Dupont guessed Movie #250 as Miike Takashi's God's Puzzle, which was correct. Round of applause for Frank, and to everyone guessing the other 249 of course!) Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-watched topic... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: SORROW AND JOY Could Not Be More Aptly Named

(Ever loved something you expected to hate? THIS FILM!) This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam dedicated a whole section of its "Signals" program to Danish director Nils Malmros. As I was not really aware of his work, this event... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The French JACQUES TATI BOXSET

(So ok, maybe I don't hate ALL mimes...) There have been many famous French directors in the history of cinema, but few have been as universally loved as Jacques Tati. A former mime, his films are sight-based observational comedies, featuring... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Take A Closer Look At The UK Release Of PERFECT BLUE

(Never judge someone with "multiple personality disorder" by her cover, or her other cover!) Josh just reviewed the new Blu-ray release of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue, and did a wonderful job describing its contents. But you might wonder what the... More »
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Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars

Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
  
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