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.

Bollywood Starlet, Jiah Khan (NISHABD, GHAJINI), Dead Of Apparent Suicide

The sudden death of Bollywood starlet Jiah Khan has taken the Indian film community by surprise. Khan wasn't a big name in the industry, but she had worked with some of the biggest and was still young enough to have... More »
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Review: IDDARAMMAYILATHO Delivers Ample Quantities of Ninjas, Action, Dancing & Romance

I'd like to say that Puri Jagannadh, one of Telugu Cinema's most successful directors, is an innovator. I'd like to say he pushes the boundaries of mainstream Telugu films and creates new pathways for established artists. I can't. The fact... More »
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Let's Make This Indie Go! Astron-6 Needs Your Help To Make THE EDITOR A Reality.

Our favorite Canadian film collective, the mighty Astron-6, is on the move!Today Astron-6 announced the IndieGoGo crowd-sourcing campaign for their upcoming film, The Editor. Back in February it was announced that Astro-6 had won a Telefilm Canada grant to assist... More »
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A Vibrant Voice Has Gone Silent. Rituparno Ghosh Is No More 1963-2013

Today we lost one of India's most vibrant and promising cinematic voices in the form of Bengali filmmaker/actor, Rituparno Ghosh. Even in the relatively brief period in which he was active, Ghosh was integral in expanding the cinematic language and... More »
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From Regions Beyond: French Gore on DVD, OGROFF - MAD MUTILATOR & DEVIL STORY

Welcome to a newish, somewhat irregular, but totally awesome feature, From Region Beyond! We commonly review home video releases from all over the English speaking world, but it's about time we started letting you guys know that there's a whole... More »
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Sanjay Dutt Takes A Bite Out Of Crime In First POLICEGIRI Trailer

The South's gonna rise again! This time, it's the south of India, whose over the top masala action style is all the rage in Bollywood these days. The latest product of this trend is Policegiri, a film starring '80s-'90s superstar romantic... More »
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Andrzej Zulawski's POSSESSION Slithers Onto Blu-ray July 29th From Second Sight UK

There are few films quite as harrowing and pulsatingly unpleasant as Andrzej Zulawski's nightmarish Possession. A marriage on the rocks is never a pretty thing to witness, but when you add madness, monsters, and mania into the mix, it becomes... More »
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Electrifying First Trailer For Dark Bengali Film MEGHE DHAKA TARA

In 1960, Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak rocked the international film scene with his stark melodrama, Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud-Capped Star). That film, along with the works of Satyajit Ray, put Calcutta on the art-film map, and continues to resonate... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: We All Shout For Scream Factory! THE BURNING, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, VAMPIRE LOVERS

We should all just surrender our credit card info to Scream Factory right now and acquiesce to the fact that we'll just be working to support our habits into the foreseeable future. This week saw a pair of fantastic releases... More »
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Calvin Lee Reeder's THE RAMBLER Has A New Trailer & Theatrical Dates!

Fresh from destroying the minds of festival goers in the US and abroad, Calvin Lee Reeder's latest mind-melter, The Rambler, is now preparing for a limited theatrical run. Who would've thunk? The film is not only non-linear, it is anti-linear,... More »
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The Lion Roars Again In The First Look For Suriya's SINGAM 2

The last time we saw Kollywood's leading action star, Suriya, he was playing kung fu fighting conjoined twins in K.V. Anand's medical action thriller, Maattrraan. That film, while okay, never really delivered on the promise that is inherent in a... More »
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India's Craziest Young Talent Joins Forces For X THE FILM

Today it was unveiled that 11 of India's hottest young filmmakers are teaming up for an omnibus project titled X - The Film, and based on the names involved, I am very excited. The 11 directors on X - The Film... More »
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Review: GO GOA GONE Goes Great Guns, Gets Gasps And Giggles

Color me genuinely shocked. I went to to Bollywood's first zombie comedy with very low expectations and came out completely enthused about the finished product. Directorial team Raj & DK took a lot of very broad references and influences and... More »
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Buster Keaton on Blu-ray: COLLEGE Review

This is kind of a sad piece to write. For the last two years, I've been following Kino as they released their collection of Buster Keaton classics on Blu-ray, and College marks the end of these wonderful discs. In December 2012,... More »
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Exclusive Clip From Creeptastic Horror Flick GUT, Out On DVD May 28

Elias Ganster's super tense and creepy indie horror film, Gut, comes to DVD on May 28. To help you prepare for the intense unease you're destined to feel, we've been given an exclusive clip of the film. Here's a synopsis:Something... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: Rock N Roll With REPO MAN (MoC UK) and HARD CORE LOGO 1 & 2

Another delayed review makes for a great triple feature here at Twitch! Two of my favorite punk rock movies made the jump to high definition in late 2012: Alex Cox's masterpiece, Repo Man, and Bruce McDonald's breakthrough road movie, Hard Core... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND Scream Factory US & Second Sight UK

Stuart Gordon's From Beyond has always been the stepchild when it came to his Lovecraft adaptations. The iconic gore fest Re-Animator is the elephant in the room, there's no two ways about that. While Re-Animator has gained an immense cult... More »
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NYIFF 2013 Review: FILMISTAAN Illustrates South Asia's Filmi Fanaticism Beautifully

I've made allusions to the absolute mania that follows Bollywood stars around the globe, but it's hard to truly express what that is like to someone who is completely unfamiliar with this singular phenomenon. In India and South Asia in... More »
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The World Is Less Fantastic Today. RAY HARRYHAUSEN 1920-2013

When I was a child my parents fought a lot. Screaming and yelling was pretty normal. The only place I found solace, even in those young years, was in movies on TV. I may have only been two years old... More »
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NYIFF 2013 Review: OONGA Is A Little Boy's Dream Made Real

No matter where you come from, children are all the same. Mischief is their main motivator, and it is everything for them to feel a part of something. When a young boy, Oonga, in a remote rural village discovers that... More »
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