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.
Hot Docs 2014 Lineup Announced: From Pulp to Alice Cooper To Weddings to Zombies And Much More
Toronto's Hot Docs Festival is Canada's largest festival dedicated solely to documentaries. It is perhaps the world's largest too, for that matter. The festival organizers have announced the full film line-up for the upcoming 21st edition, which runs from April 24...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NEED FOR SPEED, GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and ENEMY
Aaron Paul makes his big budget big screen debut with Need For Speed, Wes Anderson's got another of his beautiful confections with Grand Budapest Hotel, and Denis Villeneuve takes a dark take on being endoubled in Toronto with Enemy.Video embedded...
Review: Do We Need NEED FOR SPEED?
I like Aaron Paul. I've met the guy a couple times over the last few months, and he seems like a mensch. He was at Sundance for Hellion, and came across as a genuine, down-to-Earth guy who was more...
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...
Review: BAD WORDS Is Jason Bateman's Dark And Funny Directorial 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). He showed...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE and STALINGRAD
After last week's Oscar festivities, we're back with talk of the sequel to 300, Rise of an Empire. Silly, half naked fun, but worth seeing on the big screen if you're ever going to want to.Also a brief look at...
Review: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Is A Servicable Sequel
It seems apt for a film of this nature to provide a bit of historical context. Back in 2006 a young man who had previously helmed the surprisingly not shitty redux of Dawn of the Dead was tasked with bringing...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks OSCARS 2014!
Lots of Oscar talk for 2014, with several live hits recording during the ceremony, including my predictions about eventual winners (not too shabby) and a summation of the night's entertainment.2013 was a hell of a year, and as I say...
Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars
Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks POMPEII, 3 DAYS TO KILL, TIM'S VERMEER And THE WIND RISES
Kind of a dreary week, with the Pompeii failing to erupt and 3 Days To Kill a different kind of disaster. The Wind Rises hits theatres more widely, and while some adore this (last?) film by Myazaki I found it...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ROBOCOP
With the latest installment of RoboCop we once again find the world of this famed cyborg character providing a rich palate for contemporary political discourse. We talk about the 1987 original, the newest film in the series, as well as...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE LEGO MOVIE and THE MONUMENTS MEN
Sure, it's a film about building blocks, but The LEGO Movie proves to have all the right pieces. It's a tonne of fun, and easily one of the best films of 2014.Also chatted about the disappointing The Monuments Men, a...
Review: ROBOCOP, A Decent-Enough Reboot
Way back in 1987, a non-American director came to these shores to make a film that worked as both an explosive and violent action film, but also a cautionary tale about militarism of our police forces and the growing fascism...
Review: THE LEGO MOVIE Is Brickin' Fantastic
Let's not bury the lede: The LEGO Movie, even this early into the season, is the best animated film of the year. I mean, sure, it's only February, but this is one of the funniest, most clever animated films in years. Not...
Report: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, Has Died
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment this afternoon. The report states: "The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical...
Sundance 2014 Dispatch: GREEN PRINCE and A MOST WANTED MAN
Festivals are funny things. You're seeing loads of films all at once, a kind of gorging that only happens sporadically throughout the year. Often you get inadvertent connections between films, thematic consistency that otherwise might go unnoticed. Sometimes these connections...
Sundance 2014 Review: WHITEY Presents Criminal Ethics As A Spectrum Of Grey
It is no small irony that a film titled Whitey is actually so morally grey. Once again, one of the great documentary auteurs Joe Berlinger has provided a wonderfully nuanced take on an extraordinarily complex case, providing the viewers with...
Sundance 2014 Review: CAMP X-RAY, A Work Of Moral Ambivalence
I was busy processing the ending of Camp X-Ray, a film about a soldier relating to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, when I saw the credit - Executive Produced by David Gordon Green. It's hard to say just what effect this great...
Sundance 2014 Review: FRANK, A Fun Musical Mashup That Doesn't Quite Mesh
All the ingredients are her for me to adore Frank. You've got a quirky premise surrounding a bunch of musical fun, a standout performance by one of the world's best actors, a mix of the somber and the slapstick all...
Sundance 2014 Review: IMPERIAL DREAMS Is A Taut, Effective Social Drama
About two-thirds the way through Malik Vitthal's remarkable film, the lead character makes it plain - he's just trying "to do the right thing."Back in 1989, another African American filmmaker showed how doing the right thing wasn't always easy. Spike's...