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.

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 »
  

OFFSCREEN Film Festival Brussels Welcomes Radley Metzger, And A Whole Lot More

This week, the seventh edition of the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels will start, undoubtedly one of the best 'genre' festivals in Europe. And their line-up this year is very much yummie. Radley Metzger is one of the guests of... More »
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The Many Faces Of Liam Neeson

At 61 years of age, you'd expect Liam Neeson to earn his money in serious acting dramas, picking up some extra cash with an action-y cameo or two in the next Expendables film. However, his output of the last few... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN Is Absurd, Rude And Very Funny

(Just imagine: what if Charlotte Gainsbourg had played a nymphomaniac in THIS film..!) One of the prizes to be won at the international Film Festival Rotterdam is the MovieZone Award, aimed at films which impressed the younger part of the... More »
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Rotterdam 2014 Review: THE CREATOR OF THE JUNGLE Stuns With Its Subject

(If Tarzan had had a handyman, his name should have been Garrell...) Documentaries are an interesting sub-category within films, because their "watchability" can be entirely caused by coincidence, if the director is lucky enough. Jordi Morató didn't need either luck... More »
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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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