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.

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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BAAHUBALI's Second Poster Reveals Prabhas As Shivudu

The marketing team behind S.S. Rajamouli's (Eega) Baahubali have really begun to turn up the heat, and after nearly 2 years in production we're starting to get solid looks at some of the amazing imagery the film has to offer.... More »
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Shout! Factory Snatches Up THE EDITOR For North America, Plans Wide Attack

Canada's finest filmmaking collective, Astron 6, have finally found a North American home for their pitch perfect giallo send-up The Editor with Shout! Factory and its horror sub-label Scream Factory. The film, which premiered in TIFF's Midnight Madness section last... More »
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Texas Frightmare 2015: Opening Night PHANTASM Screening Brought A RAVAGER Surprise!

What better way to kick off the 10th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention in Dallas than a screening of Don Coscarelli's personal 35mm print of his classic, Phantasm? This screening was announced about a month ago and TwitchFilm was... More »
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New York Indian Film Festival 2015: TwitchFilm Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a... More »
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KUNG FU KILLER Opens On US Cinema Screens Tomorrow; Enjoy This Exclusive Sizzle Reel Today

Hong Kong action superstar, Donnie Yen, is back in a big way with his upcoming martial arts film, Kung Fu Killer. The film, which opened in Hong Kong under the title Kung Fu Jungle, is a great return to form... More »
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Win An Arrow Video USA Prize Pack! DAY OF ANGER, MARK OF THE DEVIL, And MASSACRE GUN

Over the last five years, the UK's Arrow Video has grown to be the envy of cult home video specialist around the world. From their modest beginnings as the genre wing of the venerable Arrow Films specializing in Italian horror... More »
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Win ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND On Blu-ray From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

Time for another giveaway! This time around we've got another new release from Texas based Well Go USA. The film is Enter the Dangerous Mind, a psychological thriller based in the world of underground EDM DJs. The film stars Jake... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Duke Mitchell's MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE And GONE WITH THE POPE From Grindhouse Releasing

Grindhouse Releasing completes a journey of nearly 20 years with the recent Blu-ray releases of Duke Mitchell's Massacre Mafia Style and Gone With the Pope. Co-founders Bob Murawski and Sage Stallone began this saga back in the mid-'90s with the help... More »
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Balakrishna Is A Bloody Badass In The LION Trailer

Hot on the heels of his epic performance in Sreenu Boyapati's Legend, Nanadamuri Balakrishna returns to the cinema with the upcoming release of his latest film, Lion. Anyone who has seen a Balakrishna movie knows that every one of them... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA 2015 Review: HARAAMKHOR, The Dangerous Distance Between Loving And Being Loved

Does love make monsters of men? Or, as Shlok Sharma's debut feature Haraamkhor suggests, does the idea of love merely magnify the monstrous tendencies latent within men? This is one of many complex ideas that weave through Sharma's film, but it... More »
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Win KILLERS On Blu-ray From TwitchFilm And Well Go USA

Time to give away some Blu-rays!To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Killers by Indonesian madmen The Mo Brothers, Well Go USA and TwitchFilm have teamed up to give away a pair of discs to some lucky readers. Killers... More »
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Review: DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY, A Reimagining Of The Bengali Sherlock Holmes

Sometimes I loathe the expectations with which I burden myself.Dibakar Banerjee's latest film, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, is a period piece that focuses on the origin of India's greatest literary sleuth. The Byomkesh Bakshy character comes from the many works of... More »
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Now On Blu-Ray: Peter Cushing In CORRUPTION From Grindhouse Releasing

Christopher Lee. Vincent Price. Peter Cushing.These were the titans of horror films for a good thirty year stretch beginning in the late '50s with Hammer Horror's rise following the release of The Curse of Frankenstein. Price focused more on the... More »
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Trailer Alert! BOMBAY VELVET From Anurag Kashyap First Look Here

The first trailer for Anurag Kashyap's upcoming Bombay Velvet is finally here.The film, Kashyap's follow up to his critically acclaimed dark thriller Ugly, is a period gangster piece set in '60s Bombay. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, who appears to... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: UN BIANCO VESTITO PER MARIALE And COME CANI ARRABBIATI From Camera Obscura

As the physical media hording masses of the world look to Blu-ray as their next best option, it's only a matter of time before our favorite distributors do the same. This time around it's the underappreciated German label, Camera Obscura.... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS And THE SLAVE From Mondo Macabro

As time marches on, more and more of our favorite cult home video distributors are making the expensive and risky jump to Blu-ray. One of the latest is the inimitable purveyors of "Holy Shit I've Never Even Heard Of That" awesomeness,... More »
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2015 Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles Reveals Full Lineup

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has become one of the top destinations for independent South Asian cinema over the past decade, and their recent line-up announcement promises to continue that tradition this year. From Bollywood glitz to... More »
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7 Shades Of Censorship: India Gets Ban Happy

It's been a crazy month in India, where the newly ordained Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), among other organizations, has been banning "offensive" material and acts left and right.You may recall the CBFC kerfuffle surrounding Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL Is One Far Out Trip

Shot in 1971, released in 1972, and almost immediately forgotten, Amos Sefer's An American Hippie in Israel was a cult classic just waiting for a rebirth when the film was found by Grindhouse Releasing co-founder, Bob Murawski. Murawski is best... More »
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