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.

Is The BBFC About To Kill Independent Home Video In The UK By Accident?

A few months ago in a home video review round up, I called Arrow Video the finest cult home video label in the world. Part of that declaration was due to their incredibly impressive curation of titles, part of it... More »
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Dallas 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 12 Must See Films

The indomitable Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night with the gala premiere of Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures. Twitch will have (cowboy) boots on the ground with plenty of coverage from across the city. To jump start our... More »

NYIFF 2014 Will Open With Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, Plus More Films Unveiled

The 14th annual New York Indian Film Festival has announced its first few titles and they are, as expected, pretty damned fantastic. The festival will open with Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, a film that debuted at Cannes 2013 and has devastated audiences... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA: SIDDHARTH, SOLD, UGLY, And QISSA Topline

In a mere three weeks time, the 12th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) opens its doors to show off some of the fantastic things going on in the independent film scene of the world's largest democracy and... More »
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The Full Lineup For Dallas IFF 2014 Is Pretty Incredible

I've been attending the Dallas International Film Festival since the first installment, when it was still AFI Dallas. I can honestly say that 2014's full lineup is probably the strongest, most Twitch-friendly line up that the Dallas IFF has had... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: THAT GUY DICK MILLER Shines A Light In The Shadows Of American Cinema

Most film fans know the face, but very few know the name. Dick Miller is one of those guys we see in film after film, completely inhabiting the characters he's given for whatever brief amount of screen time he has.... More »
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Guns, Mustaches, And Doggies Rule The Trailer For Balakrishna's LEGEND

I've been waiting for this moment for three years.Back in 2010, when Twitch was in the middle of series of especially violent and creative movie kills, I threw down the gauntlet with an amazing flying-upside-down beheading from Tollywood box office... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: WETLANDS Paints An Excitingly Vulgar Picture

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 Nazi... More »
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Review: THE WRATH OF VAJRA Is Pure Martial Arts Madness

Martial arts films are a dime a dozen in Southeast Asia, however, finding a really good one is pretty difficult these days. Either the film's action is overly dependent on goofy wire work, or the filmmakers let ridiculous things like... More »
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SXSW 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 22 Can't Miss Films

SXSW 2014 starts Friday and the Twitch team will be there in force. We've picked 22 (well, 23) titles to whet your appetite. Let us know what you're excited to hear about and don't forget to follow the team on... More »

Now on Blu-ray: PERFECT BLUE Gets Some Much Needed Attention From Anime Ltd. (UK)

I'm not going to pretend that I have anything new to say about Kon Satoshi's gut-punch of a directorial debut, Perfect Blue. The 1997 film is one of modern anime's most acclaimed and well known masterpieces around the world that... More »
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We Have The Exclusive US Trailer & Poster For WRATH OF VAJRA Right Here!

Hotly anticipated Chinese martial arts/horror hybrid The Wrath of Vajra is scheduled to open theatrically in Hong Kong on March 6th, however, only 12 days later on March 18th it'll hit store shelves in the US, thanks to Asian film... More »
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Review: Tamil Terror PIZZA Deserves A Slice Of The Action

It's not the easiest thing in the world for general film audiences to adjust to the tropes and accepted suspension of disbelief that many Indian popular films demand. As a result, I find myself handing out more caveats than accolades.... More »
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Review: HOLY GHOST PEOPLE Sadly Slips From Scary To Silly

For the first hour or so, Mitchell Altieri's Holy Ghost People is a tense backwoods thriller centered around a small charismatic Christian community somewhere in the Appalachian mountains. Once that hour is up, though, things turn a bit wacky and... More »
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Arrow Video Wants All Of Your Money! Borowczyk, THE 'BURBS, Eurocrime, Vincent Price, & More Coming To Blu

Arrow Video, the world's leading cult video label, has announced their Q2 line-up for 2014 and it is amazing as usual. In addition to titles that geeks already knew were coming, like Joe Dante's The 'Burbs, Brian De Palma's, Sisters,... More »
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Sundance 2014 Review: LIAR'S DICE Gives A Rising Star Another Chance To Shine

Indian independent cinema has been on the rise for the last couple of years. A rapid increase in visibility and growing interest in the biggest film industry in the world have fed this sudden surge in homespun tales of life... More »
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Trailer For Ali Abbas Zafar's GUNDAY Shows How Crime Paid In '70s Calcutta

Valentine's Day is a special day for all of those happily involved in loving relationships. For everyone else, there's GUNDAY!Ali Abbas Zafar's '70s set coal mafia film debuted its trailer with Hindi blockbuster Dhoom 3 and it was, honestly, probably... More »
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New Trailer For KAMASUTRA 3D Promises A Cure For Cancer And A Larger Penis

Okay, maybe it doesn't promise those things, but those are about the only two things it doesn't promise. The trailer spews lie after lie about Oscar consideration, and then boasts that it will open on 6,000 screens. Director Rupesh Paul... More »
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[Update: Now With English Subs!] Soumik Sen's GULAAB GANG Trailer Comes Out Swinging!

The first trailer for Soumik Sen's Gulaab Gang has hit the Internet and it's pretty damned solid.Gulaab Gang is the real(ish) story of India's version of the Guardian Angels, the Gulaabi Gang (or Pink Sari gang). The Gulaabi Gang are... More »
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Check Out This Exclusive Clip From THE SUSPECT, In Cinemas Friday Jan 10th

Our friends at Well Go USA have been beating a path for Asian cinema on US screens for several years now, and their latest theatrical release is Korean spy/action/thriller, The Suspect. The film opens in selected cinemas this Friday, January... More »
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