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.

SXSW 2014: HONEYMOON Teaser Creeps With The Terror Of Being Newlywed

Leigh Janiak's romantic horror Honeymoon is set to have its world premiere this Friday, March 7th, down in dear ol' Austin, TX. So with that we have today a nice little tease of the film.Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and... More »
  

Review: COMMUNITY S5EP07, "Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality" Brings The Substance

Before we get to the review proper... yes, to the two people who read these, I missed reviewing the last two episodes on account of some serious Sundance fatigue (In such a state I became selfish and also just wanted... More »
  

Trailer: GODZILLA Is Pure Gravitas

Woah. And... woah...The new trailer for Gareth Edwards' take on Godzilla arrived today and it sure knows how to instill a bit of fear in the hearts of us measly mammals. Over some starkly terrifying shots of destroyed cities we've... More »
  

Harold Ramis Dead At 69

Harold Ramis, a writer, actor and director who participated in the creation of some of Hollywood's most funny, vital and downright raucous works of the past 40 years, passed away last evening from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare... More »
  

ND/NF 2014 Includes Aussie Horror THE BABADOOK And Farsi Vampire Western A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

The good folks at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center and the Museum Of Modern Art have just announced the lineup for the 43rd edition of New Directors/New Films, their eclectic series featuring works from first and second time feature... More »
  

UNDER THE SKIN Red Band Trailer Will Do Just That

Like the previous clips and teasers, the latest bit of image for Jonathan Glazer's film adap of the Michel Faber book is short and strange, only this time its got a barrage of pull quotes from critics. And according to... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews and Top Picks

Perhaps one of the less headline-grabbing festivals of recent years, this year's Sundance Film Fest certainly had some stand out premieres from The Raid 2 to Boyhood. This year's festival will likely be remembered as the year of first and... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Award Winners

Comedy power couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman hosted the Sundance awards ceremony Saturday night in Park City. For those in the audience, and watching at home via streaming, it was a crash course in how to keep these types... More »
  

Slamdance 2014: This Clip From ROVER Will Tell You How To "Tone It Down" In Space

Slamdance is known for being totally DIY. And this clip from Tony Blahd's Rover (or Beyond Human: The Venusian Future and the Return of the Next Level) backs that up wholeheartedly. A clueless film crew (who also happen to be... More »
  

Sundance 2014: IFC Midnight Nabs Aussie Horror THE BABADOOK

No doubt a high point for many of us Twitchers at Sundance, Jennifer Kent's storybook monster turned real monster tale The Babadook also caught on with much of the Park City audience. Which means it was only going to be... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: Farsi Vampire Western A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT Barely Gets By On Novelty

Yes. You read that right. A vampire western with a Farsi speaking cast. It's moody, and steely, and chock full of Lynchian atmosphere broadened by a Leone-esque scope. It's also in black and white and widescreen. If this doesn't sound... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: THE DISOBEDIENT Is A Marvelously Absurdist Abstraction Of Young Adulthood

About half way into Serbian director Mina Djukic's feature debut, our heroes, Leni and Lazar (childhood loves reunited) get caught in a rather curious rain shower. As if by magic conjured by the cinematic gods themselves, the sunny summer fields... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 Award Winners

And so it goes... Thursday evening saw the 20th Slamdance Film Festival come to a close with a festive awards ceremony, which included many original and long time Slamdance contributors sharing advice and support, as well as plenty of Sparky... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: MEMPHIS Is A Truly Mesmerizing Meditation On The American South

Dusk. A blue summer day ending on a worn and warm boulevard. The pin prick glow of street lamps dazzle in the distance. A figure lumbers down the block. A hat tipped to one side, he is lost in thought.... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: In THE SKELETON TWINS Bill Hader Elevates An Otherwise Pedestrian American Dramedy

I've been here before. This all looks quite familiar. It's not quite deja vu though. The window dressing is different. They've swapped a cute dog for goldfish. I think that's a new couch. But that's the same ottoman.Craig Johnson's The... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: LISTEN UP PHILIP Asks For Sympathy For The Asshole

A few years back Alex Ross Perry caught the eye of many in the American independent scene with his second feature, the delightfully awful (or is that awfully delightful?) The Color Wheel. A sibling road tripper with the penchant for... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: BOYHOOD Is An Extraordinary Chronicle Of Growing Up In America

12 years off and on in production, and clearly in the works for a lot longer, Richard Linklater's latest is a rare cinematic feat for reasons that go quite beyond its already unorthodox shooting schedule. Call it "This American Boy's... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: WAR STORY, A Devastating Study Of Conflict, From Within

Mark Jackson did not so much as burst forth onto the independent film scene in 2011 with his brilliant first feature Without. Rather he made a careful set of imprints and impressions, distinct and measured, over the entire year on... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: SOMETIMES I DREAM I'M FLYING Considers The Form Of Ballet With Grace

I recently told a friend that one of my dreams was to see The Rite Of Spring performed as full-on a ballet. I said that really just thinking of Stravinsky's music -- as most of us probably do -- and... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 News: Christopher Nolan Recieves The Founder's Award

Park City, Utah -- Saturday night. There was something in the air. The crowd of filmmakers, programmers and press that had gathered in the main screening room of the Treasure Mountain Inn knew it. The air just... crackled. And then...... More »
  
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