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.

Cannes 2016: First Teaser Posters For RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 By Anurag Kashyap

Four years ago Anurag Kashyap took the Cannes Film Festival by storm with his Director's Fortnight entry, Gangs of Wasseypur. That five and a half hour epic went on to cement Kashyap's position as the preeminent Indian filmmaking talent of... More »
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Giveaway: Win IP MAN 3 And THE GREAT HYPNOTIST From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

Attention Asian film fans! To celebrate the release of the third film in Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen's Ip Man trilogy we've partnered up with Well Go USA to offer you guys the chance to win one of three Blu-rays... More »
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Review: In FAN, Shah Rukh Khan Desperately Seeks Himself

The Bollywood film industry is a notoriously incestual beast. Film culture is so much a part of the Indian psyche that films are referenced and cross-referenced across all forms of communication from the visual and performing arts to political discourse... More »
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Trailer: Karthik Subbaraj's IRAIVI Promises A World Of Misdirection

In 2012 Karthik Subbaraj blasted onto the Tamil film scene with his masterful horror thriller Pizza starring then-new kid Vijay Sethupathi. In 2014 he came back with yet another brilliant piece of cinema in Jigarthanda, a meta-meditation on the influence... More »
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Toho's GODZILLA RESURGENCE Unveils First Monster Footage

Toho has unveiled the first teaser for the upcoming resurrection of their flagship kaiju series, Godzilla. The latest film, titled Godzilla Resurgence, and slated for a July 29th release in Japan, is a mix between Toho's traditional man-in-suit kaiju style... More »
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Trailer: Boyapati Sreenu's SARRAINODU Makes Slo-Mo Violence Look Fun

No one in India makes crazier, more violent movies than Tollywood director Boyapati Sreenu. He burst onto the scene in 2010 with the ultraviolent multigenerational masala film Simha starring Balakrishna that features what is inarguably the greatest onscreen decapitation of... More »
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WTF Is This? Turkey Goes Bollywood In BIR BABA HINDU

In my years following the cinema of India, from big budget blockbusters to no-budget crapfests, I've seen some weird shit. However, nothing from India has come close to preparing me for the mind-bending collision that is Turkey's Bollywood-style musical comedy... More »
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Indian Actioner BAAGHI In Trouble Over Similarities To THE RAID: REDEMPTION

A few weeks ago, we posted the trailer for a Bollywood action film called Baaghi, directed by Sabbir Khan and starring Tiger Shroff. The trailer is pretty exciting and showcases some solid looking martial arts from its star, but there... More »
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The Return Of THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD From Scream Factory Looks Amazing

I have professed my love for Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead many times on these pages. It is, without a doubt, my favorite film of all time. So, when Shout! Factory horror sub-label Scream Factory announced that... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy

In April of 2010, Professor S.R. Siras died alone in a rented room. He'd been sacked from his job as the head of the department of regional languages in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. He'd been a professor of Marathi at... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: KIRUMI, When Ambition Bites Back

Director Anucharan's debut feature, Kirumi, is the kind of calling card that every filmmaker dreams of. This thrilling drama boasts well drawn characters, enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, a visual style that is confident without feeling... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN Profiles Fans Of India's Greatest Superstar

There are movie stars and then there are MOVIE STARS, and on some level beyond the latter, there exists Superstar Rajinikanth. For nearly forty years, this former bus conducter has inspired almost religious devotion from his fans both inside and... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, India's Women Are Docile No More

India, like every other film industry in the world, suffers from a significant shortage of films featuring women in leading roles. I'm not talking about women's films, chick flicks, or other films that celebrate women by exaggerating feminity to conform... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: OTTAAL, A Boy Trapped In The Cage Of Destiny

  Jayaraj's Malayalam language feature Ottaal (The Trap) begins with a boy writing a Christmas letter to his grandfather. Kuttappayi, the boy in question, writes this letter in the dark, obviously past his own bedtime and in secret. His miserable... More »
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Contest! Win A KILL YOUR FRIENDS Prize Pack From Well Go USA & TwitchFilm!

It's contest time again, and this one is quite impressive. We've partnered up with our friends at Well Go USA to present a chance to celebrate the theatrical release of Owen Harris's Kill Your Friends, starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max:... More »
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Jose Larraz's SYMPTOMS Limited Edition Blu-ray Is Up For Pre-Order Now

Cult film specialists, Mondo Macabro, have opened up pre-orders for their upcoming release of Jose Ramon Larraz's Symptoms. The film is a rare project from Larraz that has been unseen for decades, and Mondo Macabro has teamed up with the... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Tarantino's Latest Hits Home Video

After a fairly successful theatrical experiment over the holidays, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight lands on Blu-ray this week, but does the film hold up at home? Well, yes and no. As is the case with any new film from... More »
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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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