Ben Croll
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Berlinale 2014 Review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, An Ode To Joy

Regrettably, Beethoven got there first. In another world, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a celebration of wit and style and class, an example of a technical master working at the top of his craft, a work as warm and genuinely funny... More »
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Berlinale 2014 Review: THE MIDNIGHT AFTER, Fruit Chan's Maddening Pop-Art Apocalypse

It should have been clear as soon as the title, "Based on the novel by PIZZA", rolled onscreen. Fruit Chan's The Midnight After was sure to be loopy, irreverent and a rare kind of crazy. And it was! But... More »
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Strasbourg 2013 Interview: David Perrault On His Film OUR HEROES DIED TONIGHT

One of my biggest discoveries at last year's Strasbourg Fantastic Film Festival, and subsequent favorite films of 2013, was David Perrault's Our Heroes Died Tonight (aka Our Heroes Are Dead Tonight). The film, as one French critic called it, is... More »
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Strasbourg 2013 Interview: Xan Cassavetes On Shooting Sex, Sibling Rivalry, And The Vampire's Kiss

Xan Cassavetes has had one hell of a showbiz story. Daughter of John and Gena, she made her screen debut in her father's films Husbands and Minnie and Moskowitz. Trawling the Lower East Side art-punk scene during early 80's, she found herself... More »
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Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Film

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Actor

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Score/Soundtrack

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Actress

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best TV Show/Event

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Biggest Surprise

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Biggest Disappointment

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Supporting Performance

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Screenplay

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Etrange 2013 Interview: Stephen Sayadian Is 'The Most Interesting Man In The World'

Stephen Sayadian is just one of those 'Guys'. A born provocateur. A gregarious storyteller. A genre unto himself. He's been everywhere and met everyone. He may not be a household name, but name one in front of him and chances are... More »
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Etrange 2013 Interview: Jeremy Saulnier on BLUE RUIN

Jeremy Saulnier is just amazed as anyone else. In September 2012, he was still editing his second feature, unclear when or where it would play, paying the bills shooting corporate videos. He spent this September hopping between film festivals, riding... More »
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Etrange 2013 Review: WORM Is A One-Take Wonder

Worm is having a really bad day. The town baddies are after him. He can't look to his friends for help because they're turning against one by one. He can't even go to the police. They want him for... More »
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Etrange 2013 Review: CONTRACTED Gives Sick Thrills

You've heard the story... happened to a friend of a friend, I swear. Girl had a one-night stand with a mortician and the next day she found maggots down there. Disgusting right? Oh she's a friend of a friend of... More »
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Etrange 2013: Bykov, Sono And Jodorowsky Awarded In Paris

Paris' much-loved Etrange Festival ended with a bang the other night. Before the closing night screening of Vincenzo Natali's Haunter, awards were given to three films and directors.First among equals was director Yuri Bykov, who took the Canal + Nouveau... More »
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Strasbourg 2013: What's Fantastic In Europe?

The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival kicked off its 6th edition today with a screening of Jim Mickle's Appalachian creep-out We Are What We Are. With director Lucky Mckee serving as Jury President (and presenting his latest, All Cheerleaders Die),... More »
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