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.

Review: BADLAPUR, Who Wins When Sweet Revenge Goes Sour?

Badlapur opens with a single take of a bank robbery gone wrong. In any other film, this sequence would be a garish mish-mash of flashing lights, loud yelling, and confusion, however, in this world the major faux pas turns out... More »
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Arrow Video USA Announces Its First 4 Months Of Releases. Jaws Drop.

Following up their incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign a few months ago, Arrow Video USA is poised to bring some hotly anticipated titles to North American Blu-ray over the next few months. Among the titles are not only films previously released... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: GREATFUL DEAD Is AMELIE For The Revenge Crowd

Uchida Eiji's Greatful Dead is another in the ridiculously long line of solid releases from the UK's Third Window Films. The film, which focuses on a woman named Nami who obsesses over the lives of solitary figures that she finds in... More »
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Exclusive US Trailer: BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES Brings The Action

Brotherhood of Blades, director Lu Yang's second feature, is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday, February 10th in North America and we've got your first look at the trailer. I haven't yet seen the film, but the action... More »
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Poster Alert! Say Hello To BOMBAY VELVET's Johnny Balraj

It's been a busy few years for Anurag Kashyap. Over the last two months we've seen the North American release of his five and a half hour crime epic Gangs of Wasseypur and the Indian domestic release of his kidnapping... More »
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Third Window Films UK Announces Stellar 2015 Slate: Tsukamoto, Nakashima, Kitano, And More

Our good friends, and friends of all fans of east Asian films, Third Window Films have given TwitchFilm an exclusive early look at their 2015 slate and it is marvelous!Third Window Films has a history of bringing not only the... More »
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Hey Dallas! Win Tickets To See GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Courtesy Of The Texas Theatre And TwitchFilm!

Hey Dallas!The Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff and TwitchFilm are teaming up to co-present a pair of very special screenings of Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur and we want to give you one of four pairs of passes for... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: CAMERA OBSCURA: THE WALERIAN BOROWCZYK COLLECTION Is A Stunner

Polish filmmaker/animator/artisan Walerian Borowczyk is one of cinema's great, under appreciated geniuses. While his work has been largely relegated to obscurity, its influence upon filmmakers like Terry Gilliam is undeniable. For many years, it has been a challenge to see much... More »
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MSG: MESSENGER OF GOD Cleared For Release, Indian Censor Board Head Resigns In Protest

In what has become one of the strangest power struggles in recent cinema history, Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's (SGRRSJI) dramatized autobiographical film, MSG: Messenger of God has been cleared for cinema release on appeal to the Film Certification Appellate... More »
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Review: Shankar's I: A Tale Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying... Something?

I have a problem.I am a great admirer of Shankar, the director of I. Even when his films aren't great, as in the case of something like his take down of India's insidious corruption problem, Sivaji, they are engaging and... More »
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LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM: Trailer For New Film From Director Of LINDA LINDA LINDA

What's this? A trailer for the new movie from Linda Linda Linda director Yamashita Nobuhiro? You bet. Yamashita's new film La La La At Rock Bottom opens in Japan on Valentine's Day, February 14th. We have the trailer to share... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Indian Censor Board Refuses To Certify MSG: MESSENGER OF GOD. Calls It An Advert For A Cult

It looks like Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan's big screen debut will have to wait.The flashy guru's feature length (and then some at 3+ hours) film, MSG: Messenger of God has been refused certification by the CBFC, India's... More »
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MSG: MESSENGER OF GOD: Indian Film Reaches A New Level Of Weirdness

Hot on the heels of Rajukumar Hirani and Aamir Khan's clever, if not altogether original, takedown of the guru industry in India, PK, comes what is perhaps the most insanely ballsy Guru vanity project in history, MSG: Messenger of God.MSG... More »
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J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
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J Hurtado's 13 Favorite Indian & Pakistani Films Of 2013-2014

I know, I know. It's cheating to have two years represented in my year end list. However, I didn't get a chance to make my lists last year, and these films deserve your notice.2012 was a banner year for Indian... More »
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Twitch Presents The Only Year End List That Matters

Yes, yes, 'quality', blahblahblah. Let's be honest: 'Good' movies are all well and good and help us all to name drop things that will make us appear smart in casual conversation but, really, if we're honest, it's not 'quality' that... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: Rajkumar Hirani's PK Ticks All The Right Bollywood Boxes

It's been five years since Bollywood blockbuster specialist Rajkumar Hirani destroyed box office records and made international waves with 3 Idiots. That film, with the help of an endearing lead performance from 40 something Aamir Khan as a college student,... More »
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Trailer Alert! Tsui Hark's THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN Opening In US On January 2

The Taking of Tiger Mountain, the latest film from the iconic Tsui Hark, has found distribution in the USA through Well Go USA. The deal, brokered within the last few days, puts the film on US screens in record time... More »
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The I (ஐ) Trailer: Prepare For The Most Incredible Two Minutes Of Your Week

You've never seen anything like this.From the director of Robot comes I (ஐ), a love story wrapped in some of the most amazingly off the chart visuals I've ever seen.I don't speak Tamil, and I feel as though I've said... More »
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