Jason Gorber is a veteran film critic, commentator and interviewer. A pioneer in online film criticism, his first professional reviews date back to the mid-90s. Jason has been formally accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival since 1997, and founded Filmfest.ca as a repository of coverage from that event.
Jason joined the TWITCH family in 2011 where he is now a featured critic covering a wide range of mainstream and independent documentaries and features, as well as conducting many interviews, disc reviews and reporting on news items.
Jason appears on CTV News Channel every Sunday evening, and also guests frequently during weekly broadcasts. In addition, he has also contributed freelance work for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post/Moviefone. Jason has appeared on radio for both the CBC and Rogers, as well as on CBC's The National.
You can follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca, see his reviews linked from Rotten Tomatoes and Indiewire's Criticwire.
TIFF 2013 Review: BAD WORDS, Jason Bateman's Dark And Funny Debut
The career of Jason Batemen is rather fascinating. Rising from a sidekick on Silver Spoons early in his career, he stumbled through a number of films that his sister's sit-com sibling would pass on (including the truly egregious Teen Wolf Too)....
TIFF 2013 Review: ENEMY Explores Villeneuve's More Unique Side
With film, things often come in pairs. Sometimes the doubles are explicit; some studio vying with another for a given plot, be it a tale of animated insects or impending asteroid impacts. Sometimes, the twinning takes the form of accidental...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Wraps Up TIFF 2013
Despite barely being able to string two sentences together with any kind of coherence, yet wearing a R100 shirt for good measure, I managed to not sound like a complete idiot last night chatting with Scott Laurie about TIFF 2013....
TIFF 2013 Review: A TOUCH OF SIN Is A Touch Too Slight
Almost a week after I screened A Touch Of Sin, I'm still trying to come to grips with my reaction to it. There's plenty to admire about Jia Zhangke's film, from its stark violence through its sweeping scope, but I...
TIFF 2013 Review: MAN OF TAI CHI Plays It Down The Middle
It's not entirely simply a matter of being snarky to refer to Keanu Reeve's directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, as a vanity project through and through. Constructed as a showcase for martial artist Tiger Hu Chen, this is hardly...
TIFF 2013 Review: OCULUS Isn't Just A Great Midnight Film, It's A Great Film, Period
The Midnight Madness slate usually has a few rules - keep things snappy, keep them gory, and you'll do well to keep the denizens of the dark with you for a running time that stretches well into the very early...
TIFF 2013 Review: MCCANICK Brings Old-School Grit To Screen
Once upon a time, our screens were littered with one-name cops - Serpico, Canon, Columbo, Kojak, all with hard C-sounding consonant names that bespoke of a grittiness or hard hardheadedness. It's no surprise that McCanick borrows both the power of...
TIFF 2013: Our Complete Coverage (So Far)
Well folks, it's the half way mark for Twitch's Christmas, also known as the Toronto International Film Festival, which means it's the perfect time to catch up on all the films that have been reviewed thus far by our intrepid...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TIFF13, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, And THE SQUARE
Already quite a year, and we're only four days into this 11-day fest! Something kind of unique for me, my first "stand up" in front of a boisterous crowd, talking TIFF off the top of my head. Chatted about Cuarón's...
TIFF 2013 Review: RUSH Burns Rubber, Makes Hearts Race
There's a dilemma about any "based on a true story" film. First, the movie has to work for those unfamiliar with actual events, those neophytes completely unaware of actual historical facts. Most movies often coddle these people, spending far too...
TIFF 2013 Review: DEVIL'S KNOT Adds Little To Tragic Story
For each of the last three years, the story of what transpired in West Memphis, Arkansas on May 5, 1993 has been the subject of a film that has played the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, we saw the...
TIFF 2013 Review: GRAVITY, An Experience Like No Other
You're going to hear a lot about this film, gushing hyperbole about how Alfonso Cuarón has created a new masterpiece of such wonderful elegance that it's a sight to behold. You'll hear that it's the best set-in-space film of all...
TIFF 2013 Review: BREAK LOOSE Doesn't Quite Hold Together
All the ingredients are here for a fine thriller - political discord, corrupt cops, ruthless proto-oligarchs, and car chases, all set against the backdrop of the waning years of Yeltsin, and the massive social and political change that would take...
TIFF 2013 Review: THE DOG, An Engrossing Look At The Real Guy Behind DOG DAY AFTERNOON
The Dog is a highly entertaining if slightly indulgent look at the life of John Wojtowicz, the man who was portrayed by Al Pacino in Lumet's classic Dog Day Afternoon. Wojtowicz is a pretty fascinating guy who crammed more than...
TIFF 2013 Review: PARKLAND, A Refreshingly Original Take On The Death Of JFK
It's not really a surprise that the Kennedy Assassination continues to hold so much sway some half century after its occurrence. A young, charismatic President cut off in his prime, a picture-perfect doting wife, and all the mystery and machinations...
TIFF 2013 Review: Tahrir Doc THE SQUARE Is A Modern Masterpiece
Let's cut right to the chase - Jehane Noujaim's epic, astonishing documentary The Square is easily one of the most complex, most nuanced, and frankly most important documentaries made about the ongoing political developments in Egypt. Heck, I'll go further,...
TIFF 2013 Review: TRIPTYCH Is Intoxicating, Accessible Art Cinema
Québecois filmmaker and theatre director Robert Lepage is one of Canada's truly great artists, a man of astonishing visual style. Since then he has achieved great acclaim, often playing larger on the international stage than he does in most of...
TIFF 2013 Review: TIM'S VERMEER Is Magical Art
For decades now, Penn & Teller have made a living pricking the balloon of illusion, showing the skill and sheer tenacity behind magical performances that's as compelling as any level of deceipt or subterfuge. What makes their shtick so engaging...
TIFF 2013 Review: THE FIFTH ESTATE Showcases Benedict Cumberbatch
Over the weeks leading up to the Toronto International Film Festival, I've been asked repeatedly about the choice of this film as an opening Gala. Many have questions whether the opening film somehow speaks to a great theme at the...
TIFF 2013 Preview: Twitch Picks Our Top 15 Festival Flicks
This is it! The Toronto International Film Fest kicks off TODAY!! We've been bringing you previews every day for the last week. Here's a quick rundown if you missed one: 10 Big Launches 14 Far East Faves 13 Slices...