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.
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...
Cannes 2014 Review: MR. TURNER Paints A Blurry Picture
Mike Leigh's latest offering lustfully tackles the life, work and loves of Joseph Mallord William Turner, the legendary 19th Century British artist whose landscape paintings are revered around the world. It's a carefully constructed film, part performance piece and part...
Cannes 2014 Review: TIMBUKTU Is Raw, Challenging, Darkly Funny
It's to the credit of Malian (by-way-of Mauritania) director Abderrahmane Sissako that he manages at time to make even the most horrifying of human behaviour still, in some ways, darkly funny. Timbuktu is a story as dessicated as the landscape...
Cannes 2014 Review: GRACE OF MONACO Is A Risible Mess
It gives me no pleasure to say that the opening film of this year's Cannes International Film Festival had members of the press mocking it during its running time. At the second screening, when the credits rolled and the lights were...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NEIGHBORS
Chatting this week about the latest film from Nick Stoller, the stoner/frat-comedy Neighbors has a hell of a lot more going for it than the trailers might reveal.Video embedded below...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, BLUE RUIN & BRICK MANSIONS
Another Spidey episode, with Mr. Webb directing Mr. Web. It's a decent enough flight if you turn off your spider senses.Brick Mansions is a terrible remake of the very fun District 13, and yet for some reason I enjoyed its...
The Many Faces Of Paul Giamatti
This weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in the US, after having done a bit of a world tour in other territories. And the most interesting piece of casting in it must surely be Paul Giamatti as the villain known...
Hot Docs 2014 Interview: Twitch Talks To The Legendary Alice Cooper
The filmmakers behind Super Duper Alice Cooper dub their work the first "doc opera", and it comes pretty close to living up to that hype. Tracing the remarkable career of the band Alice Cooper (a moniker derived from a...
STAR WARS VII Cast Confirmed!
Well, it's official, finally. The fine folks at StarWars.com have made the announcement many have been waiting for, days before the presumed May-the-fourth onslaught of info some were expecting.The official release:The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star...
Review: BRICK MANSIONS Is Kind Of Fun, And Maybe That's Enough
Obviously, there's a bit of metatextual, non-diagetic solemnity to Brick Mansions, the final feature film starring one Paul William Walker the Fourth. Sure, we're going to get whatever scenes from Fast and Furious 7 they'll cobble together, but, really, this is...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TRANSCENDENCE
We hit a bit of a nadir with new releases this week, as Transcendence proves something of a flop, a throwback film that misfires on pretty much every level. As I described in my review, it's "more than a Lawnmower Man redux, mowing...
Review: TRANSCENDENCE Tries Too Hard, Fails Utterly
Most of the ingredients are here for something special - a decent enough cast, the man behind the visuals of most of Christopher Nolan's works, and a high-concept sci-fi thriller that delves into such heady topics as "neo-ludites" and the...
Opening: THE FINAL MEMBER, Size Matters In This Penis Documentary
A documentary about Siggi, the founder and curator of the world's only penis museum, The Final Member tracks his quest for one last endowment, requiring a very personal donation. Two of our writers, Jason Gorber and Dave Canfield, have seen the...
Toronto! Experience The Magic Of SORCERER At TIFF's Bell Lightbox
Remakes are funny things - one can hope that at the least they can pave their own path, taking a different tack on an established storyline. Most are just redundant, simply bland substitutes for another work. Finally, there are those...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks THE RAID 2, OCULUS and DRAFT DAY
A couple genre gems this week - the first, Gareth Evan's epic sequel to The Raid: Redemption (the film that made me write for Twitch in the first place!), The Raid 2 is as ambitious as it is impactful.Oculus from TIFF...
The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage
This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for...
Review: OCULUS, Mirror, Mirror, Dark And Twisted
Of all the things remarkable about Oculus, and there are many, it's that this is a slow burn film with a deliciously creepy mood, yet at the same time it remains exhilarating throughout. The fact that a "creepy mirror" film...
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Update: I Bent My Wookie
When we last chatted, there were few new rumours flying around, save for a sure shooting date. Hints have been dropped in the past about other "holy trilogy" characters making an appearance, and R2-D2 already seems all but confirmed.THR is...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, UNKNOWN KNOWN, JODO'S DUNE & MORE
A slew of indie releases this week, some solid TIFF 2013 titles finally making their way to regular screens. Errol Morris' The Unknown Known puts Rumsfeld in the spotlight, while Jodorowski's Dune takes us on a journey into a great...