Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City

FICUNAM 2014 News: Sono Sion's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL To Premiere In Mexico

The International Film Festival of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (FICUNAM) will celebrate its fourth edition from February 27 to March 9 in Mexico City. The press conference is yet to happen but little by little the organizers are... More »
  

Ambulante 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must-See Documentaries

While Ambulante 2014 kicked off yesterday in downtown Mexico City with a public screening of The Square, today (1/31) is the first real day of activities. More than thirty Mexico City venues are ready to offer documentaries from this Friday... More »
  

Ambulante 2014 Review: COFFEE (CAFÉ), Another Look At Mexican Rural Life That Is Slightly Above Average

One of my favorite Mexican films of 2013 was Adrián Ortiz's documentary Elevator (Elevador), a really interesting look at the current decadent state of a Mexico City multi-family complex that once was a promised land. Now at Ambulante 2014, Elevator's... More »
  

Ambulante 2014 Review: DARKNESS (PENUMBRA) Follows A Deer Hunter Who Will Bore You To Death

After its world premiere at the IFFR 2013, Eduardo Villanueva's Darkness (original title: Penumbra) has had really good presence on the Mexican film festival circuit, as it was part of FICUNAM, Riviera Maya and most recently Morelia. And now it... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: The U.S. vs THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT Examines A "Merchant Of Death"

The Pussy Riot documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, had its world premiere last year at Sundance. The doc was co-directed by Russian filmmaker Maxin Pozdorovkin, who now is teamed with a different director (Tony Gerber), but returned to the... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY With Soul Power

"I pitched every game in the Major Leagues under the influence of drugs," reveals Dock Ellis, the late baseball player who in 1970 threw a "no-no" (no-hitter) for the Pittsburgh Pirates while he was high on LSD. This is the... More »
  

Final Trailer For Emilio Portes' EL CRIMEN DEL CÁCARO GUMARO: TV Azteca And Televisa Invade Mexican Cinema

Holy cow. Pastorela's Emilio Portes goes against Cannes winner Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, specifically) and "artsy" slow cinema in the final trailer for El Crimen del Cácaro Gumaro, the upcoming Mexican comedy that will most likely be a commercial success.... More »
  

Quentin Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT Is Now Shelved

Just a week and a half ago, we reported the first details of Quentin Tarantino's possible next Western, including its title (The Hateful Eight) and the name of two actors the writer/director wanted on board (Christoph Waltz and Bruce Dern). Today, Deadline... More »
  

Oscars 2014: The Complete List Of Nominees, With AMERICAN HUSTLE And GRAVITY Leading

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced this morning the nominees for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards. David O. Russell's American Hustle and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity top the nominations, with ten each, while Steve McQueen's 12 Years A... More »
  

Review: DETRÁS DEL PODER, A Poorly Made Mexican Political Thriller

I have to begin this review by saying just two weeks ago I finished the first season of the extremely engaging political series House of Cards. So after watching Detrás del Poder (there's no official English title yet but the... More »
  

Golden Globes 2014: The Complete List Of Winners, Including 12 YEARS A SLAVE, AMERICAN HUSTLE, And BREAKING BAD

Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave is the year's best drama picture and Alfonso Cuarón the best director (for Gravity), according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. David O. Russell's American Hustle won big this year at the Golden Globes... More »
  

Tarantino's New Western Is THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Quentin Tarantino's new script is finished and it is called The Hateful Eight, as Deadline is reporting. Back in November 2013, Tarantino visited The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and revealed he was working on a new western but definitely... More »
  

THE SIMPSONS Offer A Tribute To Miyazaki-San And Studio Ghibli

Earlier this television season, it was Guillermo del Toro doing a loving Where's Waldo of his images in an introduction for The Simpsons. Now, in light of Miyazaki Hayao retiring after The Wind Rises, the fine folks at Fox have crafted a... More »
  

Feratum Brings 8 Movies To Mexico City's Cine Tonalá

Back in October 2013, the second edition of the Feratum Film Festival took place in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán, with a really juicy genre cinema selection. While the town of Tlalpujahua is not extremely far from Mexico City, now Feratum will have... More »
  

Anticipated In 2014: The Films We Most Want To See

With 2014 now fully upon us the Twitch team gathers to take a look at the films we most want to take a look at in the coming year. Is this some sort of scientific poll? Heck no, more just... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's List Of Shame - December

And here we are, at the end of our year-long exploration into the shadowy reaches of classic cinema where we have dared not venture before now. Each of us now experienced up to a dozen highly praised works for the... More »
  

Eric Ortiz Garcia Picks The Best Mexican Cinema Of 2013

In Mexico, 2013 will be remembered for the release of the now top grossing Mexican films ever: Instructions Not Included and Nosotros los Nobles. Some people celebrate the money injection and the fact that Mexicans went to the cinemas not... More »
  
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