Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. There he established an east coast conglomerate of writers for the site. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a producer and script consultant.
It was just a little over a year ago that many of us were catching our breath after the close of HBO's first season of True Detective.And it wasn't too long after that when series creator Nic Pizzolatto dropped the... More »
Entering only its second year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art Of The Real series is, nonetheless, one of the must-see film events of the spring, and perhaps the year.This is in large measure due to the boundless, eclectic... More »
Like a prison inmate controlling an iPad mounted remote control robot that loses balance and tips over, this episode of Community just falls flat.After letting a once disgruntled ex-lawyer turned-professor sit back and soak in the group dynamic of this... More »
In a comedy show, the cold open can be a glorious thing.It can set the tone for the rest of an episode, prepping us for the stories to unfold, or be its own little mini-tale, absurd, irreverent, and charming. Community's... More »
Dave Boyle's fifth feature, Man From Reno, is in many ways both refreshing and frustrating in its pulp leanings. It is far less a typical pulse-pounding thriller, and more a good ol' fashioned mystery with its roots firmly planted in... More »
If the latest talk from the trades goes through then the Gareth Edwards directed Star Wars: Rogue One is shaping up quite nicely.Deadline broke the news that Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is being sought for a lead role alongside the... More »
Everything Is Awesome because Everything is LEGO. Including Jason Segel. While I'm sure there are detractors of the Brick out there, I'm not one of them, and can proudly say I've been a LEGO builder for life. I was tickled... More »
Filling in for our resident Jedi Master Jason Gorber, the once vibrant pre-teen Star Wars fan in me is just giddy over animator Paul Johnson's stellar, 80s Anime-inspired short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Fans of the classic Star Wars... More »
"Basic Crisis Room Decorum" doesn't in any way shape or form attempt to wow us with a hairband scheme, wacky hijinks, blockbuster homages, or even, despite that title, sensational End-Of-Greendale crises.It starts with what sounds like some rather pressing news... More »
Television commercials for movies are generally noisy and speedy mashups of their longer trailers. Let's call it blitzkrieg advertising. Rarely are they charming, fun and precise. This new spot for Joss Whedon's Give Me All Your Money 2, is all... More »
"And Jesus wept. For there were no more worlds to conquer..."You'll excuse me for paraphrasing Dean Pelton's own paraphrasing of Hans Gruber and Alexandre The Great, but not only was his line one of the funniest bits on the second... More »
Winner of the top prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014, Josh and Benny Safdie's latest film, Heaven Knows What, is based on Arielle Holmes' unpublished memoirs about her days as a heroin addict on the streets of... More »
Samuel Aaron Bennett's narrative short debut Baby, starring Renée Felice Smith (NCIS:Los Angeles), has its world premiere this weekend at SXSW. Today we've got a trailer and that nifty poster art for the acerbic and existential comedy. As trailers for... More »
World-renowned filmmaker Kurosawa Akira was born March 23, 1910. To celebrate what would have been his 105th birthday (he passed away in 1998), The Crest Westwood movie palace are hosting Sunday screenings of some bonafide classics. Coming up this Sunday,... More »
Sigthseers' Steve Oram will unleash his Ape-ified Romeo & Juliet epic upon us sometime in 2015, and today we've got this splendid poster to ogle over.Shot last spring, Aaaaaaaah! sees The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt and Green Wing's Julian Rhind-Tutt... More »
For the life of me I can't recall a recent American independent film that featured a lead character who was Muslim or a Middle Eastern immigrant, and was not focused primarily on a plot involving terrorism or deportation.Filmmaker Christopher Bell's... More »
In production for 11 years, real life couple Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall, along with Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith, shot an animal epic for the ages right in their own backyard. Packed wall to wall with Marshall's wild tigers, lions... More »
Hot on the heels of Tuesday's announcement of World Narrative & Documentaries, plus Viewpoints, comes the remainder of Tribeca's 2015 festival slate.A few highlights: Midnight is ample with world premiere's including Scherzo Diabolico, the new film from Here Comes The... More »
In that it apes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe quite ably. Premiering March 17 on Yahoo Screen (the search engine's now legit streaming content side thanks to this once cancelled NBC show) season 6 is promising everything you've come to... More »
If the city of New York can defrost themselves enough by April 15, the spring film festival season will kick into high gear on the isle of Manhattan with the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. We've got the first plethora of... More »
On the 27th of November 1940, Bruce Lee was born. Which means that today, he would have become 75 years old, had he not died from cerebral edema at the young age of 32. His extremely untimely death at the peak of his fame will no doubt have helped making...
If the Marvel Netflix properties this year have demonstrated anything, it's that the movie series' perceived lack of bench-strength in the villain department might not be a matter of character, but rather of format. People like to pick on Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser in situations like this, but I'll...
(No points for mentioning the piece of shit I'm using for an example...) Ah, villains! What would heroes be without them? More boring, for starters? Oftentimes, the villains have better character arcs, and are far more interesting than the good people who fight them. They intrigue, or are even sympathetic....
This week, the grand finale of The Hunger Games trilo-whoops-quadrilogy arrives in cinemas, with the adventures of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen coming to a close. Pierce Conran saw the ending and quite liked it, as he stated in his review. Katniss' target is the evil President Snow, as played by...
As we approach the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I've been noodling the idea of writing some sort of defense of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. If stirring up the comments section is an objective of any "think piece" on the internet in 2015, standing up and saying...