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.
Well folks, it's the half way mark for Twitch's Christmas, also known as the Toronto International Film Festival, which means it's the perfect time to catch up on all the films that have been reviewed thus far by our intrepid... More »
I am not a child of the 80s. Per se. I was born in the 80s, but was far too young to see and to appreciate Paul Verhoeven's satirical actioner Robocop in its heyday. By the time my adolescence rolled... More »
Ten years on from the cult smash Save The Green Planet, and Jang Joon-hwan is back with his sophomore effort, Hwayi, a more conventional looking if still decidedly left field take on the crime thriller. Todd shared the teaser last... More »
While I am not feeling as hot on the independent releases this month as I have in the past couple, (the word "ho-hum" comes to mind) there is no doubt some good stuff coming the U.S.A.'s way this summer's end.... More »
As someone who has spent much of his adult life working extensively with children and teenagers (from being a kindergarten aide to high school substitute, to a 1:1 aide at home and in school) I am always very wary going... More »
I can't speak for the rest of my Twitch family, but I for one am a big fan of Destin Daniel Cretton's second feature Short Term 12. Over the year it has raked up a plethora of awards, both audience... More »
Yesterday, Todd shared with you an interesting bit about the Venice Film Fest allowing a limited number of spots in online screenings of some of their films. Earlier this year -- like the last few years -- both Tribeca and... More »
Even from indoors I can sense the sprawl. It is an onslaught. It is an adventure. Its sun-charged heart of concrete beats ceaselessly. The seeming endlessness of a loud city song, a vortex cradled by hills, valleys, and mountains. Even... More »
The 51st New York Film Festival, running from September 27 - October 13, announced their main slate of films today. And true to their form, it is full of hot shot titles and festival favorites from the year thus far.... More »
Long time readers may recall that we're big fans of Israeli filmmaker Dan Sachar here at Twitch. Way back in 2009 Todd got wind of Sachar's poignant, Tarkovsky-esque short When It Will Be Silent: six minutes that showed a lot... More »
Hannah Fidell's debut feature A Teacher charts the middle stretch of a student/teacher love affair. It begins well after the relationship has begun and ends in a low moment for high school AP English teacher Diana (Lindsay Burdge), but still... More »
As someone who spends a good portion of his days talking and writing about cinema, there comes an interesting moment when certain difficulties as to how to communicate rear their ugly head in either form of discourse. Sometimes it is... More »
The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles is anything but your typical movie theater. The name alone should be your first clue of that. The next may become apparent when you arrive at the theatre, which is... More »
What's been gaining momentum as both a fan campaign and a mighty, meaty industry rumor -- to the point of being indistinguishable from each other -- the notion of casting Scott Adkins, martial artist and star of Undisputed III and... More »
It's been a good two decades since we saw this much Harrison Ford on the big screen, so whatever the quality of the overall film at hand, it is somewhat nice to see whom many of us would cite as... More »
The Deep South can be a very strange place for outsiders. Mired in traditions and rituals that may now seem foolish or outdated, it is still a ripe place to cull old legends anew, projecting them up on the silver... More »
In 1947, Humphrey Bogart, one of Old Hollywood's biggest talents, started an independent production company named after his yacht. The story behind Santana may sound quaint by today's standards, as just about every actor with some clout has their own... More »
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...
It was already a good show, one of the best new broadcast TV series of the year. And then Joe Carnahan blew up The Blacklist, directing and co-writing an episode that was bloodier, more urgent, and more painful than anything that had come before. James Spader, who emerged in the...
While the United States is wrapped up warm celebrating Thanksgiving with its nearest and dearest - that one holiday that no one outside of America really understands or cares about - Team Twitch again casts fresh eyes over some overlooked gems of world cinema. This month, by sheer coincidence, proves a...
This year, fans of Japanese animation were treated to not one, but two films from Studio Ghibli, as both of its founding fathers released a film of their own. In the Summer we had The Wind Rises by Miyazaki Hayao, and last week saw the premiere of The Tale of...