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.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser Has Everyone

You. Me. Sly. Dolph. Dr. Fraiser Crane. While we ain't yet to see a smidge of actual footage from the third outing of action movie veterans and young upstarts alike, this teaser does a tease right enough.  Patrick Hughes (Red... 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 »
  

Paul Rudd Is ANT-MAN

Edgar Wright. Joe Cornish. Paul Rudd. Dream Team? No matter your stance on the Marvel movies, ya gotta hand it to Kevin Feige and his team for collecting all kinds of talented people to join them on their super hero escapades.... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Festival

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 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 »
  

INTERSTELLAR: The Teaser For Nolan's Latest Reaches For The Stars

With another banner year behind him, Matthew McConaughey's next big project is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. A year out from release, what we see today is indeed a teaser. But with its somber and inspiring tone, featuring McConaughey voice over and... More »
  

Out Now On Vinyl/CD: Simon Boswell's Remastered Score For Cult Classic HARDWARE

For that cross section of readers that call themselves cinephiles and vinyl collectors, a real treat this holiday season, or any for that matter, is no doubt Simon Boswell's remastered score to Richard Stanley's seminal cult classic Hardware. Boswell's eclectic... More »
  

Sundance Announces Their 2014 Shorts Programs

Why there are many, many features to get all excited or overwhelmed about at a festival as big as Sundance, it's also big enough to both fit a robust shorts program, something that I think many folks forget. I am... More »
  

BIG BAD WOLVES U.S. Trailer Proves Maniacs Are Afraid Of Maniacs

Big Bad Wolves, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's follow up to their break-out Rabies, has been a festival darling since its Tribeca premiere last spring, equally delighting and grossing out audiences in its transgressive take on the serial killer subgenre,... More »
  

COMMUNITY: Season 5 Sees Jeff Winger Return To Greendale... As A Teacher

Welcome back, Winger. Or should that be... welcome back, Harmon.When season 5 of Community was announced without Chevy Chase and with a mid-season departure for Donald Glover, plus the fact that Joel McHale's Jeff Winger had graduated last year, creator... More »
  

BAD WORDS: Jason Bateman Uses A Few In The Red Band Trailer For His Directorial Debut

When it comes to comedies (funny or otherwise) Jason Bateman just won't quit. And now he's getting into the director's chair for his feature debut, Bad Words. He's also starring in it as a 40-year old man who, having never... More »
  

Slamdance Announces Special Screenings, Beyond And Shorts

Last week, the Slamdance Film Festival, now entering their 20th year, laid bare their competition slate of films for 2014. Today brings us the rest of their program. Rounding it out we have the always eclectic and well worth catching... More »
  

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Ending The World In 2016

Bryan Singer, the reappointed mastermind behind the big screen X-Men franchise, took to Twitter this evening to announce X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, which will, of course, feature Apocalypse, the millennial old mutant who is the X-Men's most powerful foe.   ... More »
  

Review: DIAMOND ON VINYL Strikes A Provocative Groove

Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or... More »
  

Ben Foster Leads The Cast Of Duncan Jones' WARCRAFT

Warcraft, the ever popular fantasy game franchise from Blizzard Entertainment (also makers of Starcraft), has been set to come to the big screen for nigh on half a decade now thanks to the folks at Legendary Pictures. Once set to... More »
  

Contest: Win Passes To The Revival Kickoff Of THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES

Pardon me, that'd be The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. A nationwide revival of Andrew Dominik's beautiful meditative western kicks off December 7th at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY and Twitch has... More »
  

Indie Beat: Top 5 Most Intriguing Indies In December

As the calendar sheds the final days of 2013, the holiday blockbusters wind up as do the prestige movies, which makes it pretty darn quiet out there in the worlds of the independents and foreign language releases. Still, there are... More »
  

Mórbido Fest 2013: Award Winners And Closing Night Festivities

Sunday evening saw Mórbido Fest 2013 in Pátzcuaro, Mexico come to a close, and here I am reporting it on Wednesday evening. Yes, that's how bat shit amazing and triple A crazy things were (also I had to travel back... More »
  

Mórbido Fest 2013 Review: HOUSE OF LAST THINGS, A Different Kind Of Ghost Story

A small boy clutches a yellow balloon as if it's a security blanket. A young woman cuts open an apple only to find a golf ball inside. Her teenage brother watches in fright as a photo of a loving couple... More »
  
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