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.

These New Posters For Shankar And Vikram's AI Are Out Of This World

I've been waiting for Tamil blockbuster machine Shankar to impress me for several years, following the (critical) disappointment of Nanban. While Shankar's international star saw a little bit of light following the West's discovery of 2010 insane-athon Enthiran (Robot), he... More »
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Watch This Pair Of Teasers For Miike Takashi's AS THE GODS WILL!

Twitch is nothing if not a fan site for Japanese enfant terrible Miike Takashi.Miike has broken open the world of international genre cinema more than anyone else in the last twenty years. From his origins as a director for hire... More »
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Check Out The Teaser For ENAKKUL ORUVAN Featuring Siddharth

Last year Kannada filmmaker Pawan Kumar made a huge splash in the Indian independent feature world by successfully crowdfunding his second feature film, Lucia. The film made a big impression on the international festival circuit, and is commonly recognized as... More »
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Review: WETLANDS, Not For The Faint Of Heart Nor Weak Of Stomach

When a film begins with a teenage girl deliberately smearing her genitals all over an especially disgusting public toilet seat, you pretty much have an idea what you're in for. Wetlands, director David Wnendt's sophomore feature after the award winning... More »
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Rocking Star Manchu Manoj Returns In CURRENT THEEGA Teaser

I have a lot of favorite actors, but my favorite performer is probably Tollywood's Manchu Manoj. Manoj is the son of a famous actor in Andhra Pradesh in India, but he's happily blazing his own path in the world of... More »
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Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend 2015 Grabs SCREAM's Neve Campbell For Her First Con Appearance Ever!

From their meager beginnings in a community center in Grapevine, Texas ten years ago to selling out a major convention center in Dallas every year, Texas Frightmare Weekend has become the top horror convention in the Southwest over the last... More »
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Forget BATMAN V SUPERMAN, This Is DEAR V/S BEAR! Bollywood Gone Bonkers!

Holy shit.Uttar Kumar's Dear V/s Bear looks like some next-level nonsense, scheduled to hit Indian cinema screens this September.I know almost nothing about the film, but here's what I can share.(a) The poster features what appears to be grizzly bear... More »
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Farah Khan's HAPPY NEW YEAR Sports The Gaudiest Trailer You'll See This Year

This day has been years in the making.Director Farah Khan reunites with her muse, Shah Rukh Khan, for Happy New Year, a film with nearly a decade of production delays under its belt. Development for Happy New Year began in... More »
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Review: JIGARTHANDA, A Mini-Meta-Masterpiece Of Madurai Mob Movie Mimicry

Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda is long, juggles multiple storylines, tells complex stories in tiny chunks, is loaded for bear with insider references for Tamil film aficionados that will frequently leave newbs scratching their heads, and is nearly impossible to write about... More »
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BANG BANG Teaser Gives You Abs, Explosions, And Footjets(?) Aplenty!

Fox Star Studios in India gave us what could turn out to be the most ridiculous teaser of 2014 today with the first footage from Siddarth Anand's Bang Bang! The film is an official remake of the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz... More »
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London Indian 2014 Review: HANK & ASHA, A Romance Interrupted

I didn't join the Twitch team to write about romantic comedies. I'm more of a genre film guy with a particular slant toward Indian flavored cinema. However, I've seen James Duff's Hank & Asha appear on the rosters of enough Indian... More »
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London Indian 2014: ANIMA STATE Is A Transient Trip Through Modern/Medieval Pakistan

Every country, every civilization, and every culture deals with its own set of crises of faith, crises of identity, and the clash between reactionaries and radicals. Pakistan's struggles are no different, although what exactly those struggles are will change depending... More »
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London Indian 2014 Review: AS SEEN BY THE REST Presents An Intricate Puzzle Box For Movie Buffs

A thrilling mystery in several parts, As Seen By the Rest (Ulidavaru Kandante) is a bold leap forward for the cinema of Karnataka, India. The film is both completely comfortable in its own skin and with its identity as popular... More »
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Melbourne 2014: The Full Program Reveals A Full-Bodied Selection of Cinema

The Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing having revealed its program mid-week. Tickets have opened for members and media alike. The program itself is one of the more exciting and well-rounded ones in MIFF history. It consists... More »
  

Anurag Kashyap's Epic GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Finally Gets North American Distribution By Cinelicious

Hell has apparently frozen over because Anurag Kashyap's epic crime story, Gangs of Wasseypur, finally has North American distribution. Gangs of Wasseypur, a five and a half hour cinematic experience that is gripping like few films I've ever seen, debuted in... More »
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Watch COMMANDO's Vidyut Jamwal In The First Teaser For Suriya's ANJAAN

Tamil film superstar Suriya is back for the first time since the disastrous Singam 2 with a new film directed by N. Lingusamy titled Anjaan. Normally, this information on its own would be enough to get my excited. Suriya is... More »
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Asian Film Festival Of Dallas Delivers Its Lucky 13th Full Lineup

Many years ago, in the ancient year of 2006, I was fortunate enough to have the kindly overlords of Twitch publish a few of my words regarding the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. It was the first time anyone ever... More »
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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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