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.

Review: SS Rajamouli's BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING Is A World Class Epic

The word epic gets thrown around a lot these days. Thanks to meme culture, the word has been misused and overused so often that it has lost much of its meaning. However, for a film experience like S.S. Rajamouli's Baahubali... More »
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Melbourne 2015: Program Guide Reveals An Electric Array Of Cinematic Gold

The Melbourne International Film Festival media and MIFF members program guide launch happened last night, and it happened big with easily the best launch event of its kind since the current artistic director took curator-ship. The wait for the printed... More »
  

Hey Australia! Win The Surprisingly Serious Wastelander Panda: Exile Pack On DVD!

Wastelander Panda: Exile had a great run at Fantastic Fest (here is J. Hurtado's review) and despite its silly premise, is in fact a deeply serious and well-commanded feature film about the struggles of a society of anthropomorphic travellers destined... More »
  

Mondo Macabro Returns With New Greek Exploitation Collection And A Deal For You!

Our friends and the world's most whacked-out home video label, Mondo Macabro, are back to expose all of you adventurous viewers to more of the further corners of the exploitation world. They've showed you great Bollywood Horror, Nikkatsu erotic thrillers,... More »
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Now On Home Video: Artsploitation Films Returns With HORSEHEAD, DER SAMURAI, And THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

American independent film distributor Artsploitation Films awakens from a 15 month hibernation with three very interesting releases that prove their mettle in terms of championing films that would easily fall by the wayside otherwise. All three are horror films of a... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
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Exclusive! Third Window Films Brings Tsukamoto, Sono, Asano Tadanobu, And UZUMASA LIMELIGHT To The UK

Our friends at Third Window Films in the UK have been very busy working on their latest acquisitions, and TwitchFilm has the scoop! There are updates on the latest in their definitive series of Tsukamoto Shinya classics, A Snake of... More »
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Win An Awesome Arrow Video USA Prize Pack! ISLAND OF DEATH, DR JEKYLL & MISS OSBOURNE, RETALIATION, & SOCIETY!

Our good friends and MVD and Arrow Video USA have graciously provided TwitchFilm with yet another amazing prize pack for our readers. If you've been reading our reviews, you know how amazing these releases are, and here's your chance to... More »
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Review: ABCD 2 Reshuffles The Dance Movie Deck

Disney UTV's ABCD 2 is a follow-up to their surprise 2013 hit film, Any Body Can Dance, this time with the title officially shortened to the hashtag friendly version for today's short attention span audience. That urge to abbreviate has... More »
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Oak Cliff Film Fest 2015 Review: DANNY SAYS Uncovers One Of Pop Culture's Biggest Secrets

Danny says we gotta goGotta go to IdahoBut we can't go surfin''Cause it's 20 belowThose words open The Ramones' song Danny Says, from their woefully under appreciated Phil Spector produced 1980 album, End of the Century. That was what I... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Mario Bava's EVIL EYE And Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES

Kino International and their Redemption Films imprint continue to release quality Eurohorror films in the USA with these new additions to the line. We have one fairly well-known film among genre cinema fans in Mario Bava's Evil Eye (The Girl... More »
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Listen Up Screwheads! Scream Factory Announces ARMY OF DARKNESS Among Their Fall Releases

Shout! Factory's horror imprint Scream Factory just surprised American horror fans with the announcement that they'd be handling a Fall collector's edition release of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness. This comes immediately after their announcements of Blu-ray releases of the... More »
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Trailer: Beware The Bumbling Bombers Of BANGISTAN!

There is a real cinematic upheaval going on in India under the world's noses. In the late '50s, the world was shocked and awed by the French New Wave, a bunch of film critics who decided that they could do... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Third Window Films Does HAN GONG-JU Right

Lee Su-jin's Han Gong-ju was a surprise critical hit when it premiered at the Busan International Film Festival back in 2013. In the intervening time, the film has managed to make the festival circuit and gather an impressive load of... More »
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Blu-ray Review: SAN BABILA ORE 20: UN DELITTO INUTILE, A Time Capsule Of Italian Youth Gone Wild

German cult home video specialists Camera Obscura have created another can't-miss disc with their recent release of Carlo Lizzani's San Babila Ore 20: Un Delitto Inutile (San Babila 8 PM). The film is wonderfully emblematic of a time in Italy... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Arrow Video's SOCIETY Is A Showstopper

Before Society, Brian Yuzna was known mostly, if at all, as the producer of Stuart Gordon's iconic Re-Animator. Yuzna initially had no interest in directing, his initial interest was in being the big shot, and to him that meant producing.... More »
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Exclusive Clip From DER SAMURAI, Coming Soon To America From Artsploitation Films

Artsploitation Films is one of the most adventurous film distributors in the world, and one with whom we at TwitchFilm share very similar tastes. After a 15 month Hiatus following the release of Jason Banker's Toad Road, Artsploitation is roaring... More »
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Win THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN From Well Go USA And TwitchFilm

Well Go USA and TwitchFilm are partnering up to offer our lucky readers one of three Blu-ray copies of Tsui Hark's latest film, The Taking of Tiger Mountain! Our man in Hong Kong, James Marsh, really enjoyed the film and... More »
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Win The Entire Artsploitation Films DVD Back Catalogue, Only At TwitchFilm

Philedelphia based film distributor Artsploitation Films has been hibernating for the past 15 months, however, this June they come roaring back with brand new DVD and Blu-ray releases of festival favorites Horsehead, Der Samurai, and The House of 1,000 Eyes.In... More »
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BAAHUBALI: THE BEGINNING Trailer Hints At An Epic World Of Love And Violence

Today is the day! After nearly two years of waiting the first theatrical trailer for SS Rajamouli's Baahubali: The Beginning is live! I've seen Rajamouli's last five films, so I had some idea of his capabilities going in, however, this looks... More »
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