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.

Want To See KICK-HEART? In The US Or Canada, Now You Can

Last year saw the release of Yuasa Masaaki's Kick-Heart, the first anime short to be funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Made at the famous Production IG studio and with Oshii Mamoru attached as an executive producer, the end result was... More »
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The Many Faces Of Brendan Gleeson

This week sees the North American release of John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, starring the fantastic Brendan Gleeson. While never the handsomest man on screen, Brendan's rough exterior lends him a great authenticity, and believable physical strength. Whether he plays a... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Ingmar Bergman

As most of the world suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, we head to the bleak and wintry climes of Sweden for this month's Full Disclosure. Each month, we focus on a different filmmaking force of world cinema and... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Choi Min-sik

This week, Luc Besson's new science-fiction-slash-action thriller Lucy premieres, starring Scarlett Johansson as a human who becomes a divine being. Ouch, go easy on the typecasting there, people! Speaking of which, there is an intense evil Asian dude in the... More »
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Crowdfund This: A Blu-ray/DVD Boxset Of NEW DIRECTORS OF JAPAN

UK-based distributor Third Window Films is a popular company in these parts, lauded for its dedication to making Asian cinema available to the general public. And not just the famous ones either: the company has often focused on obscure films... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ed Harris

This week, Planes: Fire & Rescue is released by I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Pixar, and Ed Harris is attached as voice-actor. Therefore, this week's installment of our quiz is all about Ed. It's ironic to see, whoops, hear him as a voice actor, even... More »
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RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO Releases Major Extended Preview Before International Premiere At Fantasia

An enormously popular manga comic and anime, Rurouni Kenshin is such a successful franchise, that it was hardly a surprise when someone made it into a live action film. What WAS a pleasant surprise though, was how good the film... More »
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The Many Faces Of Andy Serkis

This week, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes premieres, starring Andy Serkis in, if the accounts are to be believed, yet another brilliant example of performance capture. By now, he can rightfully be called the world champion of this... More »
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Blu-ray Review: The POSSESSION Release By Mondo Vision Owns All Others

(It's a psychological art-house drama, but with rather more gore, explosions and tentacle-sex than is usual in this genre...) Ever since Criterion coined the term "Special Edition" for some of their laserdiscs, over two decades ago, the concept has... More »
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The Many Faces Of Tom Cruise

The subject of this week's quiz is Tom Cruise. Born on the third of July, Oscar-nominated for Born on the Fourth of July, he turned 52 this week. That doesn't stop him from appearing in action movies, though: he is... More »
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Blu-ray Review: THE COMPLETE PHIBES Boxset Provides Plenty Of Priceless Price

(Love means: following your wife in death, after first killing off everyone you hold responsible for her demise...) In the late fifties, sixties and early seventies, horror fans young and old flocked to cinemas to see three iconic actors:... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Tony Scott

Every month on Full Disclosure, we select a filmmaker who is or would be celebrating their birthday, and use that as an excellent excuse to throw the spotlight on them and their career. Members of Team Twitch seek out a... More »
  

The Many Faces Of John Hurt

With Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer finally, FINALLY, in theaters on US soil, let's pick one of its many fine actors for this week's quiz. And as Song Kang-ho and Tilda Swinton were already covered in the past, we quickly turn to... More »
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Take A Look At An Amazing Live-Action Tribute To GHOST IN THE SHELL

Before you ask: no, this is not a trailer, teaser or even proof-of-concept for any upcoming live-action version of Shirow Masamune's famous manga Ghost in the Shell, or the many anime it spawned. Like the live-action Akira trailer last... More »
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The Many Faces Of Christopher Walken

This week, Clint Eastwood's movie adaptation of Jersey Boys arrived in theaters, and Christopher Walken is in the cast as an old gangster. And that is all the encouragement we need to make him the object of this week's mugshot... More »
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The Many Faces Of Peter Stormare

This week 22 Jump Street premieres (you can read Jason's review here), starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Stars are nothing without a good villain, though, and here we have Swedish actor Peter Stormare as a drug dealer called "The... More »
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DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 61-74 (End...)

(Does it take two headshots to finish off someone with a split personality?) To say I've been eagerly awaiting the fifth boxset of the Monster anime is an understatement. The fourth set ended with enough cliffhangers to break off an... More »
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Imagine 2014 Review: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON 3D

(You WILL believe a man can fly, provided he jumps hard and adds enough corkscrews in mid-air...) One of the great things of film festivals is that they sometimes allow you a rare chance to experience foreign films as they... More »
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The Many Faces Of Willem Dafoe

This week sees the premiere of The Fault In Our Stars, (for a review click here), co-starring Willem Dafoe in a supporting but important role. And that's all the encouragement we need here at Twitch to have him featured in... More »
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Our Facebook Quiz Will Shortly Have Its 300th Film Guessed!

UPDATE: The 300th film has been guessed! Competitor James Waters recognized Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai. Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-trafficked topic used to be the screenshot quiz. The rules were simple:... More »
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