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: 22 JUMP STREET, Charmingly Aware That It's A Sequel
Sequels are often rough things. Save for franchises where the expectation of similarity is baked in, the second of a kind is rarely as successful as the first. Success, of course, need not mean in terms of dollars and cents,...
STAR WARS EPISODE VII Update: Ford Falls, Foiled by Falcon?
Cue whatever "old guy" jokes you want, but according to THR Harrison Ford has injured his ankle on the set of Episode VII and has been forced to leave in order for his injuries to be mended. They have not...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks EDGE OF TOMORROW And CHEF
While it's under-performing at the box office, the latest whiz-bang sci-fi action romp starring Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow, is a hell of a lot of fun.Also checked out the very tasty Chef by writer/producer/director/star Jon Favreau, the pinnacle of...
STAR WARS VII Update: Josh Trank To Direct Stand-Alone. Also: What's An Aluminum Falcon?
Not surprisingly, news about all things Star Wars continues to escalate in frequency.First of all, there were yet more photos leaked (allegedly) from the set of Episode VII, including what appeared to be such iconic ships as the X-Wing Fighter...
Creepy Cannes Thriller IT FOLLOWS Picked Up For US Distribution
Amongst the dour period pieces and kitchen sink dramas about the injustices of capitalism that seem to litter the Cannes slate, there was this little gem of a horror/thriller from David Robert Mitchell that involved people following other people very,...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST and GODZILLA
Finally back from Cannes, and delving into what Hollywood can offer.MacFarlane's Western is clunky as hell, but there are some performers giving it their all, even if it does fall short compared to a film from 40 years earlier.Building on...
STAR WARS VII Update: Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie Join The Fray
The official Star Wars site has just announced that two particularly interesting actors have been cast in the upcoming filmLupita Nyong'o is perhaps the highest profile signing to date, having taken Hollywood by storm with her stunning, Oscar-winning performance in...
Cannes 2014 Review: THE SALT OF THE EARTH Celebrates Photographic Art
There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still...
Cannes 2014 Review: WHITE GOD Unleashes The Hounds Of Allegory
Doggedly heavy on allegory, the film by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's White God (Fehér Isten) has a relatively simple premise - beware the comeuppance for those that treat badly those they believe to be inferior.At its heart, the film plays...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks MOMMY And CANNES 2014
Taking a moment to gush about Xavier Dolan's remarkable film Mommy taking home the Jury prize at the 2014 Cannes film festival.Video embedded below...
Cannes 2014 Review: THE ROVER Drives A Steady Course
The Rover is a slow burn Western, a film with brief explosions of violence that are interspersed along a dry, dusty narrative landscape.Directed by Animal Kingdom's David Michôd, there's a cold, calculating air to the film that may put off...
Cannes 2014 Review: Soviet Hockey Movie RED ARMY Scores Big
The film opens with Viacheslav Fetisov in a crisp suit, taking a phone call. An exasperated director asks questions, while "Slava" stares at his phone, ignoring the interruption. It's as if a czar has been interrupted mid-bite at his feast....
Cannes 2014 Review: FOXCATCHER Is Captivating, Rewarding
John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the heirs to the vast Du Pont fortune, had it all it seemed. Wealth almost beyond measure, he studied and wrote on ornithology and was an avid philatelist, having paid at the time a...
Interview: Jessica Lowe Talks About BLENDED
Blended is the latest Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore pairing, a reunion of sorts with their "Wedding Singer" director Frank Coraci. It's a Brady Bunch-style tale that includes the regular family shenanigans, exotic trips, and some pretty straightforward plotting. While most...
Cannes 2014 Review: WILD TALES Is Wicked Fun
I've seen some of the best (and worst) films out of twenty years of doing festivals by seeing that random film that fits between two scheduled other screenings. Sometimes it works (it's how I discovered a love for Kim Ki-Duk,...
Cannes 2014 Review: Xavier Dolan's MOMMY Delights
With Mommy, Xavier Dolan, at the age of 25, solidifies himself in the pantheon of great directors. It may sound hyperbolic, but the film features an explosive freshness, a delicate balance between humour and tragedy that's simply intoxicating. Mommy is a beautifully realized...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Cannes 2014
Greetings from the Croisette! My first report from Cannes 2014 includes talk of the Canadian invasion that includes Xavier Dolan, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan.I also chatted about Red Army and The Salvation, two great finds from this year's fest!...
Cannes 2014 Review: THE SALVATION Is Salivatingly Good
It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing...
Cannes 2014 Review: Cronenberg's MAPS TO THE STARS Gets Lost Along The Way
This doesn't bode well.For the second film in a row, David Cronenberg has made a stinker. Yes, there were some bits in Cosmopolis that didn't suck, but it was hardly vintage DC. As I mentioned in my review for that...
Cannes 2014 Review: IT FOLLOWS, A Somber, Effective And Assured Thriller
With a terrific cold opening, a somber and effective mood, strong performances and assured direction, there's lots to love about It Follows. It's a kind of pure thriller, with a few shocks mixed into what's a remarkably consistent vision that...