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.

You Must Watch The Trailer For Marathi Horror/Romance/Killer Doll Flick ZAPATLELA 2 3D Now. NOW!

Back in 1993, director Mahesh Kothare unleashed a killer doll on Marathi audiences and the result was a massive box office hit. Zapatlela was the story of a doll which had become the vessel for the soul of Tatya Vinchu... More »
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Kickstart This! Horror Anthology GERMAN ANGST Featuring Jorg Buttegereit Needs A Push

While horror anthologies seem to be a dime a dozen these days, it isn't that often that one is able to wrangle a cult legend like Jorg Buttegereit into returning to the genre after a 20 year absence. German Angst... More »
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Review: ZERO CHARISMA Declares War On False Nerds

Zero Charisma is probably the most realistic portrayal of the alienation of the adult nerd that I've ever seen on screen. I had four friends when I was in high school. Brendon, Jagjeet, Ryan, Nick, and I met in junior... More »
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First Look At Prabhu Deva's R... RAJKUMAR Looks Like Every Other Bollywood Action Film

Prabhu Deva is one of India's most prolific and uneven talents both in front of and behind the camera, and the trailer for his latest film, R... Rajkumar, doesn't do much to tilt the balance to the positive side.I've gushed... More »
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Saif Ali Khan & Vidyut Jamwal Clash In BULLETT RAJA Trailer

First of all, that is a terrible poster. What the hell were they thinking?Anyway, Tigmanshu Dhulia returns to the director's chair after the critically acclaimed Paan Tomar Singh and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster with a more standard looking masala film,... More »
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Stream Fantastic Fest 2013 Fave EEGA Online Now!

SS Rajamouli's Eega recently stormed Fantastic Fest 2013, becoming one of the festival's surprise hits. If you couldn't make it to Austin for this week-long orgiastic celebration of all things film, don't worry, you still have a chance to check... More »
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First Look At Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, A Masterpiece Of Misanthropy

India's Anurag Kashyap is back in the saddle with a devastating new film, Ugly.Hot on the heels of 2012's five and a half hour crime epic, Gangs of Wasseypur, Kashyap delivers his next look into India's seedy underbelly with this... More »
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First Teaser For Superstar Rajnikanth's KOCHADAIYAAN Is Here!

It's been a long road for Superstar Rajnikanth after the international record-breaking success of Enthiran (Robot). That film, directed by Tamil visionary director Shankar, not only broke box office records in India, but also captured the popular imagination of film... More »
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First Teaser For DHOOM 3 Is Kind Of Underwhelming

The world has been impatiently awaiting a first look at Dhoom 3, the third installment of Bollywood's biggest action franchise, and it's finally here, for better or for worse. The Dhoom series has reigned over the box office for the... More »
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Tollywood's Action Comedy King Manchu Manoj Mugs Like Mad In POTUGADU Trailer

I love Manchu Manoj. I've made no secret of the fact that Tollywood's Jackie Chan is an extremely guilty pleasure of mine. He's not a particularly great actor, but he is most definitely a Class-A ham and hands-down the most... More »
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Now On VOD: Fantasia Audience Award Winner REWIND THIS! Hits iTunes

SXSW official selection and Fantasia audience award winning documentary Rewind This! is now available to watch via Apple's iTunes store. This marks the film's first commercial availability after a healthy and successful festival run that has included not only the two... More »
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Shark Attack Movies Sell Everywhere: Trailer For Bollywood's WARNING 3D

Today Eros Entertainment set free the trailer for Warning 3D, the first shark attack movie in India in quite a long time. Classic trash fans may recall the epically hilarious Jaws ripoff Aatank starring Dharmendra, but that's been nearly 20... More »
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Pakistan Readies For WAAR, Their Biggest Cinematic Event Ever

It has been about 18 months since we first posted the teaser for upcoming Pakistani action blockbuster Waar. In that time there has been precious little news regarding the film's ultimate fate. It hasn't released yet in Pakistan, and the... More »
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First BESHARAM Trailer Shows Ranbir Kapoor With Charm To Spare

I'm going to be honest here. Besharam is probably not terribly Twitchy material. However, I have really grown to like Ranbir Kapoor as a performer, and his goofball act here looks right up my alley. After his amazing silent performance... More »
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Review: CHENNAI EXPRESS Is Rompy, Forgettable Fun

I've seen a lot of Shah Rukh Khan's films. In a career going back to the early '90s, this biggest of all Bollywood superstars has created at least a dozen iconic performances that have shaped the way that Bollywood films approach... More »
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First Trailer For Selvaraghavan's IRANDAM ULAGAM Blows Minds

A few days before the ridiculously loud trailer for Krrish 3 exploded online, a trailer for another highly anticipated fantasy film made its bow, and this one feels much better to me. Irandam Ulagam is the latest film from acclaimed Tamil... More »
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Check Out The Trailer For KRRISH 3, Bollywood's First Superhero Franchise

The first official trailer for hotly anticipated Bollywood superhero flick, Krrish 3 has arrived and it looks, um, explode-y. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, who also anchored the first two films (more on that later), as well as newly minted international... More »
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Review: BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG Takes A Run At Glory, Stumbles, Still Wins

Every country has its sports heroes. For India, one of the greatest is Milkha Singh, The Flying Sikh. Singh was, for a time in the late '50s and early '60s, one of the fastest men in the world in the... More »
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Review: Hari's SINGAM 2 Stoops To Ridiculous Lows To Entertain The Masses

There is a concept in South Indian cinema, specifically Tamil cinema, known as "class vs. mass." The idea being that some films are made for urban, presumably more upwardly mobile cinema-goers in great population centers like Chennai and Madurai, and... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Arrow Video Dominates 2013, Mario Bava, FOXY BROWN, BLOW OUT, MOTEL HELL, SPIDER BABY

I'm calling it now: Arrow Video is the best cult home video label in the world. Sure, there was a little while in there when the going got a little bit rough. There were some problematic transfers of some classic... More »
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