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.
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A flash in the pan. Hands on a middle aged body. Scented oils. Grease. Steaks sizzling. Hips. Thighs. Raw meat. Chakras. Auras. A slab of frozen lamb. The fizz-boom-fizz of industrial music kicking our ears in. The images keep pummeling... More »
Yes. You read that right. Canada's first action hero. China has Jackie Chan and Jet Li. America has Arnold and Sly. Europe has Jean-Claude Van Damme. And if Elliot Scott has his way, Canada will have... Elliot "White Lightning" Scott.... More »
William is a twenty-something American traveling in Europe. Except he's Canadian 'cause "that's still a thing right?" He's obnoxious, rude, a veritable asshole, putting anything he's got left (a potent mix of self-loathing, male ego and hormones) into drinking and... More »
I've never been one to articulate very well my stance on documentaries as a storytelling medium. Ironic perhaps given my standing here at Twitch, but I can count on own my two hands the number of docs I've reviewed (though... More »
Salt Lake City, Utah -- 1995. A group of young filmmakers don't get their features into Sundance. That's the line we've heard countless times before. Rejection, dejection, deflation... where's a guiding light? Where to go? So much hard work after... More »
A quiet room, muted colors, old wallpaper from a bygone era. A hushed winter light drapes itself across the space. An elderly mother looks at her adult son and asks, "What's wrong?" The son insists nothing is, and he'd like... More »
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 »
My time as an attendee of the Toronto International Film Festival has nicely overlapped the transition from Festival Then to Festival Now, which I'd argue has taken place over just about exactly the last fifteen years, the same period for which I've been a regular festival-goer. Oh sure, I got...
Another Toronto International Film Festival wraps up, and we look at some of the award winning films, such as The Imitation Game and Felix & Meira, and talk about the remarkable documentary The Look Of SilenceVideo embedded below...
Welcome to a new edition of our column on Latin American cinema! Why is Chile's Valdivia Film Festival considered to be "the best in South America"? What makes Secreto Matusita such an intriguing found-footage thriller, especially for those in Peru? What connection is there between Mexico and Nordic Cinema? And what thrills...
This week sees the release of Michaël Roskam's The Drop, known once upon a time as Animal Rescue. However, it will in all probability also be known as "The Last Movie With James Gandolfini In It", as the late beloved actor (who died more than a year ago already -...
This past Monday, L'Etrange Festival brought together Sono Sion and 500 hyped up fans for an absolutely electric screening of Tokyo Tribe. Though the French speaking audience learned at the last minute the print would only have English subtitles, it didn't dampen their enthusiasm or, from what I could tell,...