J Hurtado
Contributing Writer; Dallas, Texas

J Hurtado is Twitch's connection to the world of Indian cinema. Located in the South Asian diasporan capital of Dallas, Texas, J is able to keep tabs on Bolly, Kolly, Tolly, Molly, Sandal, and Lollywood for your reading pleasure. In addition to being among the only mainstream writers focusing on South Asian cinema, he is an avid supporter of independent and cult home video.

Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch... More »
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Review: ROCKY HANDSOME, The Reason The West Hates Bollywood

I am not a religious man, but I am an evangelist for the things I love. First and foremost among those few things that I feel are worthy of my enthusiasm is the cinema of India. I am an evangelist... More »
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Trailer: Tiger Shroff Kicks In Many Faces In BAAGHI Trailer

Hot on the heels of the very stabby trailer for John Abraham's The Man From Nowhere remake, Rocky Handsome, we get yet another martial arts action trailer for Sabbir Khan's upcoming Baaghi, starring Tiger Shroff. Shroff is the son of... More »
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Trailer: John Abraham Is India's Man From Nowhere In ROCKY HANDSOME

India is well known as a spawning ground for remakes and ripoffs or popular films. However, what is less well known is their increasing tendency to officially license films for remake and the increasingly wide net they cast when hunting... More »
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CinemAsia 2016: Ten TwitchFilm Recommendations

When the International Film Festival Rotterdam has ended in February, and the Imagine Festival Amsterdam doesn't start until April, what is a Dutch film festival fan to do? Well, he or she could do a lot worse than to check... More »
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Trailer: Can Evrenol's BASKIN Looks Into The Eye Of Madness

Back in September of 2015, Turkish director Can Evrenol took the festival circuit by storm when his debut feature Baskin slayed audiences at both TIFF and Fantastic Fest, followed closely in October by scaring the shit out of Catalunyan fright... More »
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Trailer: In FAN Shah Rukh Khan Obsesses Over Himself

Bollywood's biggest international movie star, Shah Rukh Khan, return on April 15th with his latest film and this one looks pretty interesting. Maneesh Sharma's Fan follows the story of a young man named Gaurav (Khan) who is obsessed with Bollywood's... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: PRAY FOR DEATH, THE MUTILATOR And SHEBA, BABY From Arrow Video

Arrow Video continues its assault on pocketbooks on both sides of the Atlantic with its latest releases. We've taken a look at three of their recent Blu-ray discs for you. First up is Gordon Hessler's early '80s ninja classic, Pray... More »
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Exclusive Clip: Wong Fei Hung Returns In RISE OF THE LEGEND

Asian film distribution heroes Well Go USA are at it again! This coming weekend they've got yet another martial arts film hitting theaters acros the USA, and this time it brings the return of Chinese hero Wong Fei Hung. Rise... More »
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TFW 2016: Texas Frightmare Weekend Announces First Wave Of Screenings

Texas Frightmare Weekend, the largest horror convention in the Southwest United States, has announced the first wave of their film screenings for the 2016 event. In addition to the multitude of fantastic guests and vendors TFW attracts every single year,... More »
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Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles Announces Its 2016 Lineup

The 14th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announced its lineup for this year's edition and it is an incredibly solid set of films that makes me wish I was able to attend! Among the highlights are the Opening... More »
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CULT CINEMA: THE ARROW VIDEO COMPANION Hits Bookshelves This Spring

If there is anything that I love almost as much as I love watching movies, it is reading about movies. One of our favorite home video distributors, the unbeatable Arrow Video, is making its entry into the coffee table book... More »
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Review: THE MERMAID (MEI REN YU) Proves Stephen Chow's Still Got It, Even Behind The Camera

There are very few Hong Kong movie stars bigger than Stephen Chow. Even though Chow's last starring role was in 2008, he remains one of east Asia's biggest cultural exports, second only to Jackie Chan. While Chan continues to take... More »
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Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT Rides Onto Home Video (3/29) & Digital HD (3/15)

Quentin Tarantino's controversial western, The Hateful Eight, lands on Blu-ray& DVD March 29th and VOD on March 15th. According to The Weinstein Company, we'll be getting the shorter release version at about 168 minutes, rather than the longer road show... More »
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Greek Horror MEDOUSA & Jose Larraz's SYMPTOMS Coming Soon From Mondo Macabro

Cult film specialists Mondo Macabro have announced their next two home video releases and we're very excited, The first film coming out is Medousa (DVD), an adaptation of the story of Medusa set in '90s Greece which looks exceptionally bizarre... More »
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Review: MIRUTHAN, Kollywood's First Zombie Film Is A Perfect Indian Horror Concoction

In India, horror films have typically been the red-headed stepchild that no one really talks about. Yes, there are some great b-movies from the '70s and '80s, but the mainstream has largely ignored the genre as inconsistent with the studios'... More »
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Review: NEERJA Is The Story Of A Heroic Woman Told With Grace And Humanity

On September 5th, 1986 during a stopover In Karachi, New York bound Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. This airliner, packed to the gills with 379 passengers and crew, was then held hostage for 17 hours by... More »
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Blu-ray Review: THE KID Is Born Again On Criterion Blu-ray

In 1921, The Kid marked a huge milestone in the career of the cinema's greatest clown, Charlie Chaplin. It was his coming out party, his graduation from two reel short films to full length features, and its success would decide the... More »
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Review: JIL JUNG JUK Puts A Whimsical Twist On Indian Gangster Films

Deeraj Vaidy's freshmen directorial effort Jil Jung Juk is a balls to the wall, whacked out gangster comedy that has very little equal in the world of Indian cinema. Taking influences from all over the globe to craft his twisty,... More »
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Review: In FITOOR, Bollywood Places Beauty Above Substance, Again

Abhishek Kapoor's Fitoor, a Kashmir set adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, marks yet another step on the downward spiral that is the modern Bollywood blockbuster. I hate to write lines like that, I've invested quite a bit of time and... More »
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