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.

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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Mini Teaser Alert! First BAAHUBALI Teaser Is Here!

The world is watching as SS Rajamouli's medieval epic Baahubali creeps closer to worldwide release this July. We've been waiting patiently for a real trailer for almost two years no, and while it seems we'll have to wait a couple... More »
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New Anthology CHAAR CUTTING Shows Growing Respect For Shorts In India

This weekend a new film is opening in India. Chaar Cutting is an anthology of four short films getting a regular theatrical release, showing an increasing interest in the work of short filmmakers in India. In North America, anthologies, apart from the... More »
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Win SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF On Blu-ray From Synapse Films And TwitchFilm

In celebration of the long awaited Blu-ray release of Kurando Mitsutake's Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, Synapse Films and TwitchFilm are happy to announce that we have 5 copies of the Blu-ray disc to give away to lucky readers like... More »
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BAAHUBALI: The Complete Poster Gallery

We've been tracking SS Rajamouli's period epic Baahubali for nearly two years, and with its release getting closer and closer the team at Arka MediaWorks have been working double-time to create a major buzz. Part of that buzz is the... More »
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Interview: SAMURAI AVENGER: THE BLIND WOLF's Kurando Mitsutake On His Journey From Japan To The USA And Back Again

This coming Tuesday, May 26th, is a big day for Japanese filmmaker, Mitsutake Kurando. This week, two of his feature films arrive in the US on Blu-ray for the first time. His second feature, Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, a... More »
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Cannes 2015 Market Report: THE MONK WHO FUCKED A LIMOUSINE AKA INDIA'S DAUGHTER, The Hideous Nature Of Bad Taste

The Cannes Film Market, or Marche du film, can be among the most vibrant and exciting part of the iconic festival's ancillary events. This is where filmmakers go to sell their wares, films are bought and sold for different territories,... More »
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Q To Star As Satyajit Ray In Film Of PATHER PANCHALI Backstory

The Times of India today reported that Bengali filmmaker Q (Gandu, Tasher Desh) is preparing to play Satyajit Ray in a movie about the making of Ray's seminal work in Indian cinema, Pather Panchali. The film will center around Ray's struggle... More »
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Review: BOMBAY VELVET Takes A Gorgeous Look At Jazz Age Hoodlums

If there's anything that Bombay Velvet director Anurag Kashyap has taught us over his last couple of films, it's that he knows how to stage a rousing action sequence. Not only did he create the greatest gangster film of the... More »
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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Finally Coming To North American Blu-ray/DVD

On the literal eve of Anurag Kashyap's latest film, Bombay Velvet, comes news that the epic Gangs of Wasseypur will finally arrive on North American home video from Cinelicious Pics this summer. I've been waiting for this day for three... More »
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Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2015 Review: DHANAK Will Open Your Eyes To The Power Of Hope

In Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak, a young boy and his slightly older sister trek hundreds of miles across the desert of Rajasthan in India in search of a cure to the boy's blindness. The trek is long, and not without its... More »
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Teaser For Suriya's MASSS Hints At Something Scary

I've often lamented the fact that Suriya, who is one of Tamil cinema's most popular leading men, has had a hard time finding roles in films that fit his talents. Suriya is a handsome, charismatic fellow with a body built... More »
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Bollywood Macho Icon Salman Khan Found Guilty Of Homicide, Faces 5 Years In Jail.

Thirteen years after a hit and run accident that left a homeless man dead, Bollywood megastar Salman Khan has been found guilty on several accounts including "culpable homicide". The case has been lingering in Indian courts for over a decade... More »
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BAAHUBALI's Third Poster Showcases Anushka Shetty As Devasena

The hits just keep on coming for Baahubali.This latest character poster reveals the character of Devasena, described by Rajamouli as "tortured and held captive for years," played by Anushka Shetty. While Anushka hasn't done a any work in Hindi... More »
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