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.

Salman Khan Is Looking For A New KICK In This Trailer

There once was a time when a new Salman Khan movie was a thing to get excited for. Unfortunately, Sallu has been out of the limelight for a little while and his last foray into the world of Bollywood blockbusters, Jai... More »
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London Indian Film Festival 2014 Unveils Full Lineup

One of my favorite film festivals has unveiled their 2014 lineup and it looks like a good one. We've been covering LIFF for the last couple of years and every year they come up with some great features, and this year... More »
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LA Film Fest 2014: Watch This First Clip From Dave Boyle's MAN FROM RENO

Dave Boyle's latest film, an unexpected thriller titled Man From Reno, is about to have its world premiere at this year's LA Film Festival. We put it on our list of 15 Twitch Picks for the festival, and we now... More »
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CANTINFLAS Trailer: The World's Greatest Clown Gets A Biopic

As the first American born child of a half Mexican family, Cantinflas was a presence that was both ubiquitous and mysterious to me as a child. While my own household with my parents was very culturally acclimated to life in... More »
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Now on DVD: VIDEO NASTIES, GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY, & DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION

This month super indie DVD distributor Severin Films are releasing director Jake West's (Evil Aliens, Doghouse) amazing even handed documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorshop, and Video Tape. To help celebrate that monumentally awesome release (more below), Severin sublabel Intervision... More »
  

The People's Poet Is No More: Rik Mayall Dies At 56

Rik Mayall, most famous for his portrayal of sniveling anarchist Rik in the early '80s BBC comedy series The Young Ones, has died at the startlingly young age of 56, according to Variety. Mayall made his bones as the co-creator and... More »
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From Richie Mehta's I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN

Opening tomorrow, June 6, in limited release is Richie Mehta's time travel drama/thriller, I'll Follow You Down. Mehta's brief CV is quite impressive, starting with Amal back in 2007, and moving on to last year's Siddharth (Todd Brown's top film... More »
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Watch: Exclusive Twins Battle Clip From Juno Mak's RIGOR MORTIS

Our friends at Well Go USA are preparing for their June 6th theatrical launch of actor Juno Mak's (Revenge: A Love Story, Let's Go!) directing debut, the critically acclaimed rebirth of Hong Kong horror, Rigor Mortis. In preparation, though there's... More »
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Review: KOCHADAIIYAAN Is An Undercooked Epic Whose Reach Exceeds Its Grasp

Rajnikanth is a transcendent figure. He's more than a mere movie star; he's an idol, an ideal, an icon. He is the Superstar. So, when the makers of Kochadaiiyaan took that man and appropriated his image and voice and funneled... More »
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Watch: Akshay Kumar Threatens To Murder A Dog And Claims IT'S ENTERTAINMENT

Bollywood action-comedy king Akshay Kumar has been a very busy man lately. The guy has no less than seven films in production and scheduled for release before the end of 2015, and those are only the ones we know about. Two... More »
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Massive COMPLETE HALLOWEEN Box Set On The Way From Anchor Bay And Scream Factory

This is something I honestly thought would never happen. Anchor Bay Entertainment and Shout! Factory horror imprint, Scream Factory, have announced a massive, "complete" Halloween box set to hit store shelves on September 23. In addition to including every Halloween... More »
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NYIFF 2014 Review: In SNIFFER A Man Finds Himself In The Dirty Laundry Of Others

Most people show a lot of who they are through their interactions with others. Sure, there's the person we think we are, or the person that we imagine ourselves to be on our best days, but it's really how we... More »
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Review: SX_TAPE? More Like SUX_Tape. Amirite? High Five!

Can I just say something? SX_Tape is an awful, awful film. In the interest of appeasing the editorial gods, I will elaborate, however, I feel as though I'm getting dumber just for having to spend precious moments of my life... More »
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TFW 2014 Review: ZOMBIE TV Is A Lo-Fi, Low Brow Rom-Com-ZOMnibus

The latest project from Japanese splatter master Nishimura Yoshihiro and friends is a bit of a departure from his usual oeuvre. For this 77 minute blast of madness, Nishimura is joined by a pair of relative newcomers in Makuno Maelie... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014 Is Bigger Than Ever, And Twitch Has A Pair Of Passes For A Lucky Reader!

When There's No More Room In Hell......The Dead Will Walk The Floors Of The Hyatt Regency DFW Convention CenterDallas's annual celebration of all thing ghoulish and gory has returned! Texas Frightmare Weekend has come a long way from its origin... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage

This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for... More »
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Is The BBFC About To Kill Independent Home Video In The UK By Accident?

A few months ago in a home video review round up, I called Arrow Video the finest cult home video label in the world. Part of that declaration was due to their incredibly impressive curation of titles, part of it... More »
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Dallas 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 12 Must See Films

The indomitable Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night with the gala premiere of Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures. Twitch will have (cowboy) boots on the ground with plenty of coverage from across the city. To jump start our... More »
  

NYIFF 2014 Will Open With Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, Plus More Films Unveiled

The 14th annual New York Indian Film Festival has announced its first few titles and they are, as expected, pretty damned fantastic. The festival will open with Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, a film that debuted at Cannes 2013 and has devastated audiences... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA: SIDDHARTH, SOLD, UGLY, And QISSA Topline

In a mere three weeks time, the 12th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) opens its doors to show off some of the fantastic things going on in the independent film scene of the world's largest democracy and... More »
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