Ben Umstead
East Coast Editor; Los Angeles, California

Born in New England, bred around the Capital Beltway, and schooled in the heart of Hollywood, Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. He can once again be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Trailer Revs Up

George Miller's return to action cinema was so triumphant at Comic-Con this weekend, that Warner Bros. just decided to share this first look trailer with those of us that sit beyond the walls of Hall H. The trailer is awesome.... More »
  

Venice Unveils Their 2014 Lineup

Okay, folks, it's now time to get into the ever so serious fall festival season. Toronto made their first announcements just the other day and now it is time for the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia to... More »
  

Edgar Wright's Next Looks To Be BABY DRIVER

In May, Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he had been developing with Marvel Studios for nigh on half a decade. If you were a fan of his Cornetto trilogy, or just of ants and/or men in general, but especially... More »
  

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Trailer Makes A Stand With Wit

Justin Simien's Sundance darling Dear White People is coming to US theaters October 17, so today we get the full trailer for the college set satire. And it's quite chatty. Then again, when things get this racial and political almost... More »
  

DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Trailer Gets Dark

No more 15 second teases. With that August 23 premiere date fast approaching, the ol' Beeb give us a more proper trailer, with things looking mighty grim for Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor. As those things go, Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A... More »
  

Preview: Japan Cuts 2014 Gets Cute, Crude And Contemplative

Opening tonight with the US premiere of Miike Takashi's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, Japan Cuts, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, is a grand smorgasbord for cinephiles of all tastes. Well, at least for those residing... More »
  

Review: BOYHOOD, An Extraordinary Chronicle Of Growing Up

Shot over the course of 12 years with the same core cast, Richard Linklater's latest film Boyhood is a rare cinematic feat for reasons that go beyond its already unorthodox production. Call it "This American Boy's Life", Linklater's chronicle of... More »
  

Now Streaming: DIPSO, Casually Miserable In Working America

As always here at Twitch, it's one of our goals to keep cinephiles, and casual viewers alike, abreast of where the river known as cinema flows, and more than ever, we are finding that its toward the world of streaming... More »
  

Hey, NYC! Wanna Win Tix To Japan Cuts?

Good afternoon, residents and readers from the five boroughs and adjacent areas, we're teaming up with our good friends at Japan Society to giveaway passes to select screenings of films playing during their generally excellent Japan Cuts, the New York... More »
  

COMMUNITY Returns This Fall on Yahoo

Though NBC had cancelled Community back in May after five seasons, the powers that be at production company Sony seemed to indicate that the show (or at least those that put money into it) still had some fight left. And... More »
  

Watch This: Slamdance Winning Short Film THE GREGGS

Winner of the Spirit of Slamdance award at, you guessed it, this year's Slamdance Film Festival, The Greggs asks a simple question: Where do standardized tests come from?The answer is far sillier, far wackier, and far more frightening than one... More »
  

DOCTOR WHO, With Peter Capaldi, Gets A New Teaser, And A Premiere Date

Often keeping their cards right smack dab to their chest when it comes to things Doctor Who, the folks at BBC and BBC America have revealed the premiere date for series/season 8, starring The Thick Of It's Peter Capaldi as... More »
  

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
  

The Full Trailer For TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Knows It Is Dumb

Most iterations of our heroes in a half shell have played into the often ridiculous nature of the property. In fact, there was a cute self-awareness to the 80s/90s cartoon well before meta fiction was a part of the pop... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: LAKE LOS ANGELES, Of Loneliness And Limbo In America

Director Mike Ott wraps up his trilogy of films set in the Antelope Valley of Southern California with this, his beguiling fourth feature, Lake Los Angeles. Getting a lot of mileage out of a simple, near fairy tale like story,... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: Cross-Cultural Mystery MAN FROM RENO Both Delivers And Disappoints

Touted as a thriller leading up to its world premiere last Sunday at the LA Film Fest, Dave Boyle's fifth feature is, in many ways both refreshing and frustrating, far less a typical pulse pounding number, and more a good... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: JOSSY'S Playfully Parodies Power Rangers

If you're a regular reader here at Twitch then you are probably aware of one of Japan's fastest rising directors: Fukuda Yuichi. Already a household name in his native country thanks to several TV shows, Fukuda broke out on the... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: UNCERTAIN TERMS, Between Romance And Delusion

We are walking down a serene wooded path. With our back to us is a redheaded girl, her hair in a long, tight braid, her shoulders slumped forward. She's walking through the woods as if she's pondering her very existence;... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014: Twitch Picks 15 Can't Miss Films

LA Film Fest kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Snowpiercer (yes, finally). And while that film is old news to much of the world, there are quite a few brand spanking new films from this year's crop... More »
  

Refn's Next Will Be I WALK WITH THE DEAD

Those most eager for a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn have no doubt been aware of the title I Walk With The Dead. It's been one of the Dane's long discussed projects, an all-female horror flick, that at one... More »
  
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