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: Frederick Friedel's AXE And KIDNAPPED COED Given New Life By Severin Films

Let me give it to you straight. Before Severin Films announced their Blu-ray double feature of Frederick Friedel's Axe (Lisa, Lisa) and Kidnapped Coed (The Kidnap Lovers), I had never heard of the films or the filmmaker. I don't think I'm... More »
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Giveaway: Win Lucio Fulci's A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN On Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro And TwitchFilm

Today marks the release of Mondo Macabro's wonderful Blu-ray for Lucio Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. Earlier today we posted a review, but the crux of it is that you want this disc if you're a horror or... More »
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Manoj Bajpayee Gets Spiritual In The New Short Film TAANDAV

I'm a huge fan of both director Devashish Makhija and actor Manoj Bajpayee, so when I heard that they'd made a film together I rushed to find it. The resulting product, a short titled Taandav, is absolutely fantastic. While shorts... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN From Mondo Macabro

This week home video specialists Mondo Macabro release one of their highest profile Blu-ray titles yet, Lucio Fulci's 1971 giallo A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. The film has long been on collectors' most wanted lists for an HD upgrade,... More »
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Review: In VISARANAI, The Truth Will Never Set You Free

In 2012, two mob movies came out of India that really made me stand up and take notice. One was Anurag Kashyap's five hour, seventy year epic Gangs of Wasseypur, a Cannes favorite that went on to worldwide critical success.... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: The Goetz Brothers' MARTYRS Is A Pale Shadow Of Its Inspiration

I know we just posted a review of the Goetz brothers' American remake of Martyrs a few days ago, so I will attempt to restrict my comments to the disc as much as possible. However, suffice it to say that... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE Is A Movie That Got Made

Amir Shervan's Samurai Cop (1991) was a miracle of modern megalomania.Shervan's film, the tale of a samurai trained renegade LA cop taking down the yakuza in the USA, is the rarest of beasts. A cult film that earned its cult... More »
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Trailer: Pawan Kumar Follows Up LUCIA By Making A U TURN

Indian filmmaker Pawan Kumar made a name for himself back in 2013 when he made the nation's first crowdfunded feature. That film, the Kannada language Lucia, was a trippy thriller about an insomniac who turns to a mysterious street drug... More »
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Giveaway: Win Hou Hsiao-hsien's THE ASSASSIN On Blu-ray From Well Go USA And TwitchFilm

Giveaway time again here at TwitchFilm!This time we have Hou Hsiao-hsien's critically acclaimed film The Assassin on Blu-ray from Well Go USA. The Assassin was named the best film of 2015 by the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Magazine... More »
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Sundance 2016: BRAHMAN NAMAN Trailer Goes Full On 80s Sex Comedy

Don't say we didn't warn you!Quickly becoming one of Sundance 2016's hottest acquisition titles, Q's Brahman Naman continues to raise eyebrows with each passing moment. This time, the public gets their first look at the film in motion with a... More »
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Bin Laden Is Back! TERE BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE, The Terrorism Comedy You Didn't Know You Needed!

You probably don't remember 2010 Bollywood box office hit, Tere Bin Laden, but I do. That film starred Pakistani heartthrob Ali Zafar as a young TV news man looking to make his mark. He finds his meal ticket when he... More »
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Sundance 2016: BRAHMAN NAMAN Introduces Its Quizzard Quartet

With the Sundance Film Festival less than a week away, it's time to start digging into the line up and the films that we think are going to be worth talking about when it's all done and dusted. For me,... More »
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Bizarro Slashterpiece PIECES Coming To Blu-ray And Theaters From Grindhouse Releasing

There are few films quite as crazy violent as Juan Piquer Simon's Pieces.This delirious Spanish slasher from the '80s is among the best of the subgenre and stands out for its willingness to go completely bonkers at the drop of... More »
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J. Hurtado's 10 (ish) Favorite Blu-ray/DVD Releases Of 2015

Okay.Just to be straight with all of you, I'm going to cheat.There is no way I could get this list down to only ten discs, but I think I've managed to whittle it down pretty darned well. So, for those... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: RUINED HEART And Kitano Takeshi's HANA-BI From Third Window FIlms UK

Third Window Films continues its hot streak with a pair of recent releases that any fan of East Asian cinema should have on their radar. First up is Khavn's Phillippine pantomime noir musical Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal... More »
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Review: MOOR, A Story Of Broken Tracks, Broken Lives, And Building Hope

It seems as though no matter where you look in Pakistan these days, the spectre of British imperial rule looms over the nation in ways that are perhaps so deeply ingrained in the fabric of the nation that's it... More »
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IRAIVI Teaser: Tamil Up And Comer Karthik Subbaraj Is Back With His Latest

Karthik Subbaraj is ready to jump back into the limelight with the first teaser for his upcoming film Iraivi (Goddess). Subbaraj is one of Tamil cinema's most exciting new talents and among the leaders of the current Tamil Cinema new... More »
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You'll Jump For JOY At The Dude Designs' Take On Jennifer Lawrence's New Film

One of our favorite artists is at it again!Tom "The Dude Designs" Hodge last surprised us with a fantastic Young Frankenstein / Victor Frankenstein mash up. This time around Fox has commissioned his considerable talents for a campaign on their new... More »
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TALES FROM THE CRYPT To Rise From The Dead, Shyamalan To Exec. Produce

One of the horror world's favorite anthology TV series is set to be remade by one of mainstream cinema's most beleaguered directors, and I'm not sure how to react.According to Deadline, M. Night Shyamalan, the director of The Sixth Sense... More »
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Trailer: Ram Gopal Varma Returns To Form In KILLING VEERAPPAN

Ram Gopal Varma is one of India's most prominent independent filmmakers over the last two decades. From his start with films like the Telugu crime classic Shiva through his Hindi gangster epic Company in the early part of the 21st... More »
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