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: 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...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TIFF2013, ONE DIRECTION and OUR NIXON
Gearing up for TIFF this week, had a chat with Scott Laurie about the upcoming festival, gushing about the fabulous Rush, Teller's steller doc Tim's Vermeer, and the stunning action heist film iNumber Number. Also chatted about Morgan Spurlock's One...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks YOU'RE NEXT and THE WORLD'S END
Twitchvision's back after a week's hiatus, and we've got a couple of films to chat about that didn't quite make the top of the box office charts. Almost two years since I first saw Adam Wingard's You're Next with a...
Exclusive Interview: Edgar Wright Talks THE WORLD'S END, Politics, Fitness Instructors, And More
The World's End is the final part of the so-called "Cornetto trilogy", named after the paper wrapped snack ice cream that serves as the kind of processed food glue sticking three of Edgar Wright's films together. From the Zombie...
Review: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Knows Its Audience
There's something to be said for a film that knows its audience. We see it in the form of adolescent boy movies all the time, movies targeted to some presumably gendered notion of what speaks to young adults of a...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ELYSIUM, WE'RE THE MILLERS and LOVELACE
This week's big release is Elysium, which I had frankly mixed feelings about. As I said on Twitter, it seems that even Oblivion, with its abandonment of originality yet maintaining a pleasing aesthetic and engaging narrative, proved the better attempt...
Review: ELYSIUM Falters By Taking The Middle Road
After storming onto the scene with District 9, made on the fly after a much-publicized aborted attempt to film Halo, Neill Blomkamp immediately established himself as a sci-fi director contending with the big guys. While not everyone loved his overtly...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks 2 GUNS, BLUE JASMINE and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
Twitchvision is back after a week's hiatus, and Scott Laurie is back in the anchor chair. We chat about 2 Guns, directed by 101 Reykjavik's Baltasar Kormákur, a decent "Mexican Standoff" film with a refreshingly convoluted plot and fine performance...
TIFF Announces 2013 Midnight Madness Slate
It seems kind of fitting that I'm stumbling back to a keyboard well after midnight with thoughts about this year's Midnight Madness slate. In what has to be the most unique release done at the storied festival, programmer Colin Geddes...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Previews TIFF 2013
A rare mid-week Twitchvision, but today's one of those exciting days, when we hear about the films that are coming to TIFF come September. This will be my 17th year covering the festival with accreditation, and it promises to be...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ACT OF KILLING, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, RED 2, And More
Busy week, with lots of decent (and a few not-so-decent!) releases. One of the most important docs of the last decade, The Act Of Killing finally opens wide this week, after screening last September at the Toronto International Film Festival.Ryan Reynolds...
Review: R.I.P.D. Is C.R.A.P.
Alas, it comes the time in every summer when a high-concept, sci-fi themed comedy erupts on our screens in order to try to take our ticket money away from our stingy pockets. Some, like Back To The Future or Men...
Review: THE ACT OF KILLING Induces Nightmares From Real Life
Easily one of this decade's most important and most harrowing documentaries, The Act of Killing is a shattering take on the nature of evil. The conceit of the documentary is unique to the form. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer traveled to Indonesia...
Review: RED 2 Remains Colourful Fun
There's almost something admirable in the brisk, breezy way that RED 2 plays out. The shtick about a series of retired cold warriors being drawn once again into another fracas should feel stale, yet in the capable hands of a...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks PACIFIC RIM, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and THE LONE RANGER
After skipping last week, Twitchvision is back with a look at Guillermo Del Toro's big budget Robots-on-Monsters romp, Pacific Rim, as well as a look at the fabulous doc 20 Feet From Stardom and the quite exceptional (if needlessly scorned...
Review: PACIFIC RIM, Monsters And Robots In A Near Perfect Spectacle
In stark, white text against a black background, the film spells out the core elements contained within. Kaiju, 怪獣, Japanese word for "strange beast", the trans-dimensional monsters that emerge from a "throat" in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Jaeger,...
Watch The Trailer For UNLEASHED, the Dog Dancin', Kite Flyin' Documentary
After watching this trailer, I figured the filmmakers would be one of two groups - those that get what makes Christopher Guest such a genius, and those that don't. In emailing the first time directors about the project, I laid...
Review: THE LONE RANGER Rides Hard Against History
There's a cliché that they don't make movies like they used to, with the implication that they're just not as good as they used to be. Sure, with the advent of CGI, epic films have gone by the wayside, but...