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.

Review: COMMUNITY S5EP04, "Cooperative Polygraphy", A Fitting Farewell To Pierce Sans Pierce

At the end of last week's episode the ol' study group found out former member Pierce Hawthorne had passed away. It came after a moody, Zodiac style procedural, and I thus wrote: " While the reveal of Pierce's death at... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 13 Must-Sees

Oh boy! It's Sundance time with the big winter fest kicking off today! The Twitch staff is primed and ready with our own head honcho Todd Brown making it out to Park City for the first time in too many... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 Preview

20 years in and Slamdance is still considered the upstart in Park City. A veteran with the spunk of youth then, the fest has become one of the premiere places to scope out first time directors and truly low-budget independents.... More »
  

Review: COMMUNITY S5EP03, "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" Gets Cheeky With A Fincher-esque Procedural

Back in the day, say late 2007 or early 2008, movie audiences, critics and those people that give out awards were talking about two particular American films that had struck accord at the cinema: There Will Be Blood and No... More »
  

Ben Umstead's 2013 In Cinema: Reflections And Favorites

2013 was a banner year for cinema. Though really, if one looks hard enough, every year has the sweet, sweet possibility of being a banner year. What I've learned this year is that it is okay to call myself a... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Film

The year that was 2013 has 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 to... More »
  

Review: COMMUNITY S5 EP01 & 02, REPILOT Proves You Can Go Home Again

There's probably a good three to five paragraphs I could spend clumsily wading through the history of Community, with it's ups and downs, successes and pitfalls. But if you're reading this review that means you're most likely a fan; a... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

The year that was 2013 has 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 to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Actor

The year that was 2013 has 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 to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Moment In The World Of Film

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 - Best Score/Soundtrack

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 - Best Actress

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 »
  

Berlin Announces First Batch Of Films

Because February really isn't that far away, the 2014 edition of the Berlin International Film Festival announced 28 films, 19 of which will be playing in their Panorama section, 5 in competition, and 4 in the Berlinale Special section which... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Animated FIlm

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 - Best TV Show/Event

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 »
  

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 »
  
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