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.

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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Third Window Films Goes Back To Korea With BOOMERANG FAMILY And HOW TO USE GUYS WITH SECRET TIPS In 2014

In our original profile of the UK's Third Window Films, I addressed the lack of Korean releases and asked founder Adam Torel why this happened. He responded:I moved away from the Korean film scene as I felt it was moving... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: THE LAST STAND Falls Flat On Its Back

While most of the movie loving world was waiting with bated breath for the return of the king of '80s action - that'd be Arnold Schwarzenegger - in The Last Stand, there were a few of us diehards eagerly awaiting... More »
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The Asian Film Festival of Dallas Unveils First Titles: IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT, TOKYO STORY, CHITTAGONG, & More

Just a few days ago the 12th annual edition of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas announced its first titles to the world. I'm a little bit behind in getting the announcement, but hopefully my enthusiasm will be infectious enough... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: WARM BODIES Is A Clever Teenage Romance For The Horror Crowd

A teenage romance with monsters? Hasn't Twilight already done this and proven, unequivocally, that it's a terrible, terrible idea? Well, yes and no. Warm Bodies swaps the vampires and werewolves for zombies, and the ridiculous melodrama for genuine warmth and... More »
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Bollywood Star Salman Khan Faces Homicide Charges From 2002 Incident

Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan's rowdy past looks like it just may catch up with him with a new ruling from Mumbai courts that he is now to face homicide charges stemming from a 2002 incident in which one person... More »
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Oak Cliff 2013 Review: ZERO CHARISMA Declares War On False Nerds

I had four friends when I was in high school. Brendon, Jagjeet, Ryan, Nick, and I met in junior high. We had nothing in common culturally, our families were all from different ends of the Earth, but we were all... More »
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Review: GUT Is A Micro-Budget Button Pusher

Independent horror films are a dime a dozen, always have been. It's quite rare that something appears that is actually worth talking about. While most no-budget horror features spend their time ogling tits, and bits and pieces of viscera, Gut... More »
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Rocking Star Manchu Manoj Returns In POTUGADU Teaser!

I fucking love this guy!"Rocking Star" Manchu Manoj returns to the big screen after over a year off with Potugadu and I could not be more excited. You may not have any idea who Manchu Manoj is, and I wouldn't... More »
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