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.

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 2

It's that time of year again, when I share a few of my favourite Asian offerings from the back half of 2015. On the whole it has not been the best year for Asian Cinema, with Hong Kong in particular... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Gets A Silly 40th Anniversary Edition

(And now for something completely different...) This year marked the 40th anniversary of Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones' Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of the most famous British comedies ever made and (together with Life of Brian) arguably... More »
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Have Your Say: What Was Your Money Best Spent On This Year, Film-wise?

(My precioussss...) I'm a hoarder, and parts of my house are becoming borderline unliveable because of it. Some of the special editions you see in these here pages will have been sent to me by industry for review purposes, but... More »
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The Many Faces Of The Real Santa!

Yesterday we featured a quiz full of fake Santas, but today we move on to the real deal: cinematic depictions of Santa himself! Yep, Santa is a popular guy in films, and not just as a costume or a disguise.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
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TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Pretty Packaging: FULL METAL PANIC! Hits The UK With A Big Box

Scottish distributor Anime Limited has built a reputation for itself of releasing anime series old and new, often aiming straight at collectors with high-priced fancy editions. Keeping true to this, last week they released one big box with all three... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Team TwitchFilm On: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM: GRADUATION Gets A Teaser

One of the nicer surprises of this year was Assassination Classroom, Hasumi Eiichirô's live-action adaptation of the hugely popular manga and anime about an indestructable alien schoolteacher who will destroy the Earth unless his students manage to off him within... More »
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The Many Faces Of Carrie Fisher

This may come as news to some of you, but there is a new Star Wars film out in theaters, right now. And believe it or not, some of the old (literally) cast members of the original trilogy are in... More »
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Upcoming Blu-ray Releases: Three Kitano Classics By Third Window Films

Earlier this year, we posted news about UK distributor Third Window Films' line-up of titles for 2015. Included in that list were three classic films by the legendary writer/actor/director Kitano Takeshi, and there was much rejoicing. Well, while those titles... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Alien From The STAR WARS Universe?

(What? Of course this is an alien, she's from another planet, ain't she?) So, yeah, Star Wars is happening again, and the hype is stronger than even I imagined, and I'm old enough to have seen this happen quite a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: NEKROMANTIK 2 Need Not Be Called A Sloppy Second

(But... but... who said I wanted more of this?!) Last year, Arrow UK shocked everyone by announcing a pimped edition of Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit's grungy art-horror film about a necrophiliac, his hobbies and his dreams. In fact, that edition was... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: BODY DOUBLE Gets A French Edition To Double-Dip For

Earlier this year, French distributor Carlotta Films announced that they would be releasing a new series of "Ultra Collector" boxsets. Aiming at four releases a year, each of these would feature a remastered edition of a beloved (yet underrated) film,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of David Thewlis

This week, Brian Helgeland's film Legend goes wide in North America, and the film stars Tom Hardy as the identical Cray twins. But there are more stellar actors in that cast, one of them being David Thewlis. And he is... More »
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Pretty Packaging: BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY Packs A Whallop

(This set may actually be worth it losing a pinky finger for...) Years ago, I attended a lecture by Tom Mes on certain cultural aspects of Japanese society as shown in cinema, and clips from Fukasaku Kinji's Battles Without Honour... More »
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Have Your Say: Will You Go See THE HATEFUL EIGHT On 70MM, Or 4K, Or 42 Inch?

In a few weeks we can all go watch Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight. And the director has a famously strong opinion on HOW you should go watch it: on the biggest possible screen, and specifically projected using... More »
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The Many Faces Of Angela Bassett

This week, Spike Lee's new film Chi-Raq premieres wide, and according to our Jim Tudor it's a "wailing, wrenching, and downright bizarre screed on the crisis of gun violence", but also "an unforgettable experience" which has Spike Lee "re-emerging as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Our Facebook Quiz Will Shortly Have Its 450th Film Guessed!

UPDATE: Frank Dupont won the 450th film with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night! Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-trafficked topic used to be the screenshot quiz. The rules were simple: someone would post... More »
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Pretty Packaging: KIJU YOSHIDA, LOVE AND ANARCHISM Boxset

Ever since UK distributor Arrow surprised friends and foes alike by thinking "Gosh, wouldn't it be fun to release an ultra-pimped edition of Battle Royale?", five years ago, it has been worth the effort to keep an eye on them.... More »
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