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.
Review: 12-12-12, Enjoyable, Musically Interesting, and Cinematically Satisfying
The concert documentary 12/12/12 does a great job of situating the event within a larger context. A show intended to benefit those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy, this was modeled after the 9/11 concert that was in part organized by Hollywood...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, THE BOOK THIEF and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
This weekend saw the release of Thor: The Dark World, and, well, I kinda liked it! (Certainly more than this flick...)On the other hand, The Book Thief proved to be far more slight than I would have enjoyed, and while...
Review: THE BOOK THIEF, More A Pamphlet Than A Novel
With its rich photography, lush score, and feel-good script with a bite, it's easy to dismiss The Book Thief as an old-fashioned throwback film. So easy, in fact, that that's what I'm about to do.Based on a much-loved, much book-clubbed...
Trailer: "We're Tryin' To Build Something" - TREME Makes A Welcome Return
"It's about culture, family, and tradition." - Antoine Batiste.Treme is one of the most extraordinary works of reality-based fiction ever filmed, and also one of the most under appreciated. While it took many seasons for The Wire to reach its...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ENDER'S GAME, LAST VEGAS and MAN OF TAI CHI!
Not exactly a mighty weekend, save for a slew of Oscar contenders that opened weeks ago that are are slowly rolling out. Meanwhile, tonight's slate had us talking Ender's Game, the banal Last Vegas, and the forgettable Man Of Tai...
It's A Slow Build: First Full Trailer For THE LEGO MOVIE
The film's still months away, but it seems I'm already running out of decent Brick-themed puns. Still, this first full trailer show that the clear nod to many Warner properties (including the obvious ones like Batman and Superman, and even...
Review: ENDER'S GAME Is Not Worth Playing
I had some time during the generally tedious Ender's Game to let my mind drift, hearkening back to a time when I would have been genuinely excited to see this kind of film on screen. I'd have been a young teen,...
Review: MAN OF TAI CHI, Mildly Enjoyable, Completely Forgettable
It's not entirely a matter of being snarky to refer to Keanu Reeves' 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 the...
Gallery: Cronenberg Tours CRONENBERG: EVOLUTION At TIFF Lightbox!
Decades in the making, the Toronto Film Festival's Lightbox is feting its favourite son with an impressive collection of artifacts from the last 40+ years of David Cronenberg's remarkable career.As the official press release describe the exhibition:Launching November 1 in...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks ALL IS LOST, THE COUNSELOR and THE SUMMIT
As a certain Jackass takes the top spot, there are still a slew of Oscar contenders making their way to theatres this week. Robert Redford soaker All Is Lost has the makings of a great film, but falls apart towards...
Interview: Twitch Talks To Nicolas Winding Refn
Twitch is proud to be presenting a very special retrospective at Toronto's Bell Lightbox starting this week. Entitled With Blood on His Hands: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn and curated by our own Todd Brown, this is a showcase...
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....
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ESCAPE PLAN, and FIFTH ESTATE
Well, here's one you can make fun of even more than usual. I had a bit of a "brain fart" regarding a certain Assange-themed film, making Freudian slips with its title and that of a certain Bruce Willis sci-fi film...
Review: ESCAPE PLAN Is Escapist Fun
Let's be super clear right from the top: Escape Plan is a film that you will enjoy in direct proportion to your expectations. If you're expecting some transcendent breakdown of action tropes, pitting two aging action stars against their own...
Review: THE FIFTH ESTATE Showcases Benedict Cumberbatch And Little Else
The real draw for The Fifth Estate isn't the drama surrounding it but the enticing and almost albino-like visage of Benedict Cumberbatch railing in an Aussie accent about truth, justice, and the "mainstream media". If casting accomplishes much of the...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Denis' BASTARDS, and More!
Scott's back this week, and we've got a slew of films to talk about. While GRAVITY continues to rule the box office, Hanks makes a fine turn in Captain Phillips. Also chatted about Claire Denis' Bastards (playing Toronto's TIFF Lightbox...
Trailer: ARCHER Feels "The Need...The Need For Speed"
Behold - characters from what is perhaps the finest comedy in the history of artistic expression riffing on the best F16 F-14 Tomcat training school Tony Scott movie ever made. For those too young to remember when MTV played music...
Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, A Remarkably Rich And Thrilling Tale Of Piracy On The High Seas
In April 2009, Captain Richard Phillips was aboard the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship bringing supplies and donations to Kenya. Passing through international waters off the coast of Somalia, the ship was commandeered by a small band of pirates,...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks GRAVITY, MUSCLE SHOALS and more!
Another opportunity post-TIFF to extol the virtues of Cuarón's Gravity, along with Parkland, the fabulous documentary Muscle Shoals, and Jonathan Levine's long shelved All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.Video embedded below...
Review: RUNNER RUNNER, Flush With Hollywood Contrivances
Oh, Hollywood. Just as festival season wraps up for us here in Toronto, you give us this false sense that things are all good in the cinematic world. Last week gave us Rush, this week Gravity, two extraordinary films, among...