Collin Armstrong

File under "Oh Hell Yes!" - PHASE IV, ZPG, more on DVD!

The folks over at DVD Drive-In have broken the news that Legend Films has acquired the rights to a number of back-catalog titles from Paramount, including Saul Bass' mind-blowing man vs. ant saga Phase IV! Other titles skedded for issue... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - 'Round Midnight shorts reviews

UPDATE on 3/18/08! Clips are now included for most shorts. Also, NSFW! Wrapping up my SXSW experience, I caught the ‘Round Midnight shorts block. Focused on shock value above all else it seemed, the shorts were a mixed bag (as... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - interview with HUMBOLDT COUNTY writers/directors Danny Jacobs & Darren Grodsky

I was able to meet briefly with the writer / director team behind Humboldt County, Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky, and discuss their vision for the film. Humboldt managed to pack in audiences for its subsequent showings at SXSW and... More »
  

The Apocalypse on a Budget

If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, George Miller must really be feeling the love right now. Neil Marshall’s anticipated follow-up to The Descent, Doomsday hits multiplexes tomorrow and looks to pay more than a little lip service... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - interview with SHUTTLE writer/director Edward Anderson & star Cameron Goodman

I had a chance to sit down and speak with Edward Anderson, writer / director of Shuttle and one of its stars, the lovely Cameron Goodman on Sunday morning following the film’s premier. Collin: Congratulations on the film. I really... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - interview with OTIS director Tony Krantz

The day after seeing Raw Feed’s latest offering Otis at SXSW, I had the opportunity to sit down with director Tony Krantz and writer Erik Jendresen at the Four Seasons in Austin. I spoke with Erik here. Tony: A real... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - interview with OTIS writer Erik Jendresen

The day after seeing Raw Feed’s latest offering Otis at SXSW, I had the opportunity to sit down with director Tony Krantz and writer Erik Jendresen at the Four Seasons in Austin. I spoke first with Erik. Collin: First, congratulations.... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - BAGHEAD review

Acknowledged as the birthplace of “mumblecore” (a talky, visually loose form of American indie primarily focused on meandering 20-somethings), it’s only fitting that SXSW should bear witness to the creative evolution of two of the format’s pioneers, writer / director... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - SHUTTLE review

A difficult film to discuss at length without careening into spoiler territory, it can at least be said that writer / director Edward Anderson’s suspense / horror hybrid Shuttle packs in more reversals and twists than you can shake a... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - THE MARCONI BROS. review

There’s a kernel of comedic brilliance at the core of The Marconi Bros. which never pops the way it should. The massive industry that has sprung up around weddings is ripe for parody and arguably under-exploited in film, and the... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - A NECESSARY DEATH review

More than a few audiences members were so drawn into A Necessary Death’s (faux) documentary trappings that they up and walked out during its premier at the Alamo Drafthouse during this year’s South by Southwest. While the film maintains a... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - OTIS review

If the sight of a 300 pound-plus sociopathic pizza delivery man squeezed into a powder blue tuxedo attempting to round second base with his captive-cum-girlfriend in a hollowed-out Trans Am in the basement of his run-down suburban home isn’t your... More »
  

SXSW 2008 - HUMBOLDT COUNTY review

Rebirth – both figurative and in one emotionally overwhelming scene cosmically literal – sits at the core of Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs’ ode to ‘70s American filmmaking, Humboldt County. Built around the familiar cinematic chestnut that getting lost is... More »
  

HD-DVD is dead - Blu-Ray wins the format war

A little late on this, but seeing as how we've followed the format war on the fringes here at Twitch, it's fitting to see what - if anything - the end means to our readers and contributors. One supposes it... More »
  

Reel Vs. Real

Despite a hefty amount of publicity heaped upon Cloverfield’s “found footage” approach to the kaiju genre, audience members at the screening attended by yours truly were still audibly alarmed when the film began in bars and tone. J.J. Abrams and... More »
  

Mamoru Oshii's AVALON out in a Blu-Ray boxset

Japanese auteur Oshii's beautifully realized sci-fi spin on Arthurian legend has been released in Japan in a boxset containing a Blu-Ray HD version of the film, an SD version, and a Japanese-language booklet. The sort of picture which seems to... More »
  

Keep Watching the Shelves! A Quick Look Back at 2007...

One of the major cultural debits of Midwestern America is the relative lack of platform and fest-only releases that ever see the business side of a local projection surface. More often than not, while my fellow contributing authors are reveling... More »
  

Collin's MEGA-ToM! (Twitch-O-Meter turns 50, part four)

Ardvark here again. Behold the fourth part of the MEGA-ToM, a Twitch-O-Meter so huge, one posting would not be able to contain it! Well, technically it could, but... ...it would be a heck of a long read! Anyway, I digress.... More »
  

Dark Sky Films releasing HD titles via Xbox Live Marketplace

This one flew in waaay under the radar, but high-quality genre homevid purveyor Dark Sky Films has partnered with Microsoft to release several titles from their impressive catalog as HD downloads via the Xbox Live Marketplace, a function of the... More »
  

Sequel-ize It!

Many a storied film has seen its legacy tarnished by inferior follow-ups. More often than not these subsequent entries are little more than desperate cash-ins designed to milk the baser elements of what made the original such a success, with... More »
  
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