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.

Billions Of Rupees Explode On Screen In The DHOOM 3 Theatrical Trailer

India's biggest action franchise is back with its third installment. Dhoom 3 marks the return of Jai (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra) as Mumbai cops who love drama and giant explosions. Joining them this go around as the "anti-hero",... More »
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Saswata Chatterjee Returns In Bengali Aladdin Story ASHCHORJYO PRODEEP

Not many Bengali films make it out of Calcutta and pierce the international film consciousness, however, one very recent film got close. Anik Dutta's Bhooter Bhabishyat was one of the best received Bengali mainstream films in recent memory, and thanks... More »
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We Have The First Trailer Of RUMMY, Featuring Tamil Breakout Star Vijay Sethupathi!

I haven't been covering a whole lot of Tamil films here lately, mostly because nothing really interesting has crossed my path. However, when a performer gets such unanimous praise as Vijay Sethupathi over a series of surprise box office hits,... More »
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Arrow Video & Arrow Academy Will Own Your Soul In 2014

Arrow Video has come a long way in the last four years. They've evolved from a giallo-centric label focusing on the classic works from Argento and '80s American slashers into the premier cult label in the world. The slashers and... More »
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New To Netflix: Busting Genres Around the World

Welcome to another week of Netflix picks and pointed mentions from the various territories around the world:  Korean films in The Netherlands, Icelandic films in Mexico, American Films in the UK, Indian films in Canada, and British films in Scandinavia.... More »

A First Look Behind The Scenes Of SS Rajamouli's EEGA Follow-Up, BAHUBAALI

Last year's top Telugu film, Eega, has been tearing up the festival circuit over the last few months, and its creator, director SS Rajamouli, has finally released the first tiny bit of footage from his follow up feature, Bahubali. The... More »
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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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