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: 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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Trailer Alert: Navdeep Singh's NH10 Looks Like A Proper Road Thriller

One of the many highlights of my Badlapur screening last night was the opportunity to see the new trailer for Navdeep Singh's upcoming thriller NH10. The film, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramarditya Motwane's (Lootera) Phantom FIlms and actress Anushka Sharma's... More »
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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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