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: 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...
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...