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.
Toronto 2014 Review: RUN Finds Thrilling Drama In Fractured Character Study
Ivorian Philippe Lacôte's film Run is a brash fiction debut for this documentarian. The film begins with an off-camera assassination, and through a series of concentric flashback's we're told the story of Run. Part gangster and part activist, Run...
Toronto 2014 Review: WILD, A Decent Film
Taking on another true story after his hugely successful Dallas Buyer's Club, Jean-Marc Vallée this time turns his lens onto the story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman with a past who takes it upon herself to hike hundreds of...
Toronto 2014 Review: Kevin Smith's TUSK Gleefully Plays By Its Own Rules
"Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay? Why don't you ask him if he's going away? Why don't you tell me what's going on?" - TUSK, Fleetwood Mac Kevin Smith is many things to many people...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Toronto 2014 - NIGHTCRAWLER, TUSK, THE LAST 5 YEARS
It's Toronto International Film Festival time, with a street level look at a few gems from this year's crop. Nightcrawler is dark and disturbing, Kevin Smith's Tusk is a strange and wild midnight tale, and The Last Five Years is a...
Toronto 2014 Review: MONSOON Paints A Brash, Beautiful Portrait Of India And Its Storms
There's something primal about our fascination with storms, something connected for even the most urban of city dwellers to the enormous forces that shape our planet. It's no surprise that earlier civilizations named gods after these elements, and that...
Toronto 2014 Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Is On-Screen Music Theater Done Right
It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level...
Toronto 2014 Review: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Celebrates The Messiness Of The Universe, Concisely
James Marsh's eye for documentary is a welcome aspect to this biopic about one of the most recognizable scientists to have ever lived. Stephen Hawking is perhaps known more widely for his physical struggles, synthesized voice and pop culture...
Toronto 2014 Review: CHARLIE'S COUNTRY, Wild Vistas, Remarkable Performances, And Assured Direction
When I saw Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby in an arthouse theatre back in the mid-90s, I was totally unprepared for such raw and nihilistic filmmaking. A violent and dark film, it was clear from that one film...
Toronto 2014 Review: THE DEAD LANDS, An Epic Yet Intimate Action Journey
As is often the case with a classical heroic journey, what you get out of the quest is often what you bring to it. With some humility and patience, you'll be rewarded; wanting rewards without putting in the work...
Toronto 2014 Review: THE CONNECTION Misses Its Mark
The Connection (titled La French in its native county) has the makings of a great film, which is what makes the final product such a disapointment. Drawing upon the same case that was the basis for the William Friedkin...
Toronto 2014 Review: BIG GAME, Big Fun That Feels Totally Fresh
It's such a delight to see a film that plays by its own rules, fulfilling the premise that it sets up, and delivering right through to the conclusion. This is especially true for Midnight movies, as often you get...
Toronto 2014 Review: NIGHTCRAWLER Out Networks NETWORK
Soon after seeing this film, I just kind of blurted out what this film meant to me when talking to fellow critics - it may be premature to declare it as such, but what the hell: Nightcrawler is my...
Toronto 2014 Review: THE PRICE WE PAY, One Of The Most Compelling Docs Of The Year
It's not often that something as dry as tax theory can result in an engrossing night at the movies, but credit Harold Crooks and his team for providing an exceptional articulation about the vagaries of "off shoring" in an...
Toronto 2014 Preview: TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema
Yesterday we chatted about Midnight & Vanguard and the day previous it was Galas & Special Presentations. Today our preview of the Toronto International Film Fest 2014 marches on with some picks in the Contemporary World Cinema and TIFF Docs...
Telluride 2014 Review: ROSEWATER, Jon Stewart's Debut Is Earnest, If Middling
It's safe to say that for the last several decades Jon Stewart has been one of the most powerful voices in comedy. Since taking over The Daily Show, his show has been the beacon for popular American political satire,...
Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years
A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Toronto 2014 And THE NOVEMBER MAN
The November Man tries to inject a bit of an older James Bond style into the contemporary spy game, and despite some good intentions it all falters.Also, talked about a couple of much anticipated films from the upcoming Toronto International...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Richard Attenborough, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, And THE CONGRESS
The latest edition of my video report is dedicated to memories of the late Lord Richard Attenborough, star of numerous classics and a world class director.Also, a look at Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as the...
Review: SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Where Broken Dreams Go To Die
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, like its sibling film 300: Rise of an Empire, is a sequel few were clamoring for. The first film from 2005 set the tone for these Frank Miller adaptations, strongly graphical with a...
Exclusive Interview: Twitch Talks THE F WORD/WHAT IF With Michael Dowse
When I called Michael Dowse for our interview, I tried hard not to sound like a crazy person. I admit that I've been a bit vocal about his films on Twitter, and believe (without any sarcasm or irony) that...