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.

Imagine 2014: First Trailer For Dutch Horror THE POOL

[Updated with subtitled trailer] A small pool in a forest may contain a bad secret or two, in the Dutch horror thriller The Pool (De Poel), directed by Chris W. Mitchell. He also co-wrote the script with starring actor Gijs... More »
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DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 16-30

(Secret societies are all fun and games, until someone starts planning a genocide...) Last weekend, the whole world seemed to be watching marathon sessions of House of Cards when its second season arrived on Netflix. Not me though: I had... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: THE PINKIE Is Fun, But Comes Up A Bit Short

(Talk about a film trying hard to wrap you around its little finger...) Lisa Takeba's feature film debut The Pinkie was one of the many World Premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. A flashy little comedy drama... More »
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IMAGINE 2014 Promises THE RAID 2, THE WIND RISES And More

Come April 8th, the 2014 edition of Imagine begins, Amsterdam's annual genre film festival. This week the festival's website revealed the first few titles, and an impressive shortlist it is! First up: The Raid 2, which is much anticipated in... More »
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Upcoming APPLESEED ALPHA Film Will Be A Reboot-Slash-Prequel

Masamune Shirow's manga "Appleseed" has been adapted for the cinema several times already, and according to IGN.com, this summer we can add a new one: Appleseed Alpha. Details are sketchy, but apparently this is a "reboot" taking place before the... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: IN DARKNESS WE FALL Does Not Stumble

(In a cave, everyone can hear you scream...) While there is generally a dearth of genre films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, on occasion we do get the odd treat or two. This year the festival had a bona-fide... More »
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Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
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Twitch's Favorite Robotic Cops (Resurrection Optional)

The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014 Review: AFTER THE TONE Leaves A Message

(Hi, this is Twitch, if you want to read the review, please start after the bracket...) Some films catch attention because of a single, clear, brilliant idea. Something you immediately know could be great, or fail badly, based on execution.... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: HARD TO BE A GOD, Russian Science Fiction Unlike Anything Before

(Persevere, even though it's sometimes hard to be an audience...) Every year it's a delicate game of pick-and-choose when the International Film Festival Rotterdam reveals its roster. With almost 400 titles to choose from, all you can see is bound... More »
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Rotterdam 2014: It's Awards Time!

This weekend saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and we can make a tally of all the awards. First and foremost among these are the Hivos Tiger Awards, given to directors only for... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: Miike Takashi's THE MOLE SONG - UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI

(Rest assured that people of the fashion police will leave the cinema in tears...) An International Film Festival Rotterdam without a Miike Takashi film is almost unthinkable. Ever since Audition screened, back in 1999, the eclectic director has sent a... More »
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Rotterdam 2014: Twitch Recommendations And Heads-Ups

Today is the first full day of the annual International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The festival started last night with screenings of Spike Jonze's Her, and in the following 10 days it will be providing a huge selection of new... More »
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DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 1-15

(To all the people who thought Hitler wasn't quite blond enough: wait until you see Johan...) A surgeon is on the run from the law for crimes he didn't commit, while hunting for the real murderer. Is this The Fugitive?... More »
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Twitch's Favorite Frankensteins -- And The Monsters They Created

The imminent theatrical release in North America of I, Frankenstein on Friday, January 24, gives us an excuse to express our collective love for the mad scientist known as Frankenstein -- and the monsters he created. As the title of... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014 Reveals Full Schedule

Next week, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will start again, for ten days of movie madness. When measured in visitors and ticket-sales, it is the largest cultural event in The Netherlands. Films and filmmakers from all over the world... More »
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Check This DEVIL'S DUE Marketing Prank For A Chuckle

This Friday, the horror film The Devil's Due premieres in the US. To call attention to this, the marketing department came up with a candid camera prank. And successfully so, as the video they made has gone viral, and has... More »
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Blu-ray Review: GIRLS UND PANZER Delivers Fun On Caterpillars

(Where angels fear to tread, these girls rush in on treads!) In the last quarter of 2012, when anime-fans were eagerly anticipating the (then) upcoming Attack on Titan, there was one series on television which turned into a surprise hit:... More »
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Review: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 2 Brings The Pain...

It was only yesterday that I reviewed Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac Part 1, as spoiler-free as possible. After that, I ran back to the cinema for the premiere of Nymphomaniac Part 2, and this leaves me in a rather uncomfortable... More »
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Review: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 1 Teases, Entices...

When discussing Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac within team Twitch, I suddenly realized a couple of things which 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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