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.
Opening: PARKLAND, A Refreshingly Original Take On The Death Of JFK
As a resident of Dallas, Texas, for more than seven years, the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy has taken on deeper meaning than it did before I moved here. Dealey Plaza, where the president was shot on November...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks RUSH, ENOUGH SAID, DON JON and More!
Another fine week with Scott Laurie, talking (again!) about Rush, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, and Joseph Gordon Levitt's Don Jon. Plus, a shout-out to the Vancouver International Film Festival, including the (fabbo) Rhymes For Young Ghouls.Video embedded below...
Ah, Geez - Freeman For FARGO Redux?
Warm up the prowler and prepare for some pancakes - The Hollywood Reporter is, um, reporting that Martin Freeman is "tapped" to star in the FX Television reboot of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 film Fargo.Previously, THR had let us...
TIFF 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks - UPDATED
* Now Updated with more reviews and features! See the links below in bold. * Another crazy and wonderful year of the Toronto International Film Fest has come to a close and again Twitch's coverage has been second to...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks PRISONERS, ART OF THE STEAL and WIZARD OF OZ 3D
Still recovering from the long hours of TIFF (and writing all these Twitch reviews!) but managed to take in a screening during the fest of Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners and Jonathan Sobol's Art of the Steal. Also was thoroughly impressed with...
TIFF 2013 Review: WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY, A Serious (And Funny) Testament To A Lost Age
Once upon a time, Jews were funny. You'd turn on Ed Sullivan, and some Ashkenaz from the Lower East Side would be kvetching about his wife (please), or slyly kibitzing about slurping soup in a deli. Alan Zweig's documentary makes...
TIFF 2013 Review: UNFORGIVEN, A Remake That Acts As Love Letter Rather Than Redux
The cross-pollination between Japanese chambara films and the traditional Hollywood-style Western has resulted in some of the most important films in cinema history. As Kurosawa looked to John Ford for inspiration, the cycle would continue in the 60s and 70s...
TIFF 2013 Interview: Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi
Thursday, September 12, 2013 proved to be one of those extraordinary festival days for me. I found myself closing the day with a trio of highly interesting films from Asia, the last two forming one of the most perfect...
TIFF 2013 Review: RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS Is A Must See Debut
"The day I found my mother dead I aged by one thousand years." So begins this harrowing, explosive debut from Jeff Barnaby. The backstory may be unfamiliar to international audiences - the post-genocide period of my country's treatment of its...
Review: AFTER TILLER, An Important, Vital Look at Late Term Abortion
On May 31, 2009, Doctor George Tiller was murdered while attending his regular Sunday church service. The doctor was one of a handful trained and willing to perform what are almost antiseptically referred to as "late term" abortions, the termination...
TIFF 2013 Review: ENOUGH SAID Simply Falls Flat
I saw Enough Said at a festival screening surrounded by several of my colleagues. They laughed at the jokes (there are many), they fell for the characters, and they left the film happy and content with this presumably insightful and...
TIFF 2013 Review: STARRED UP, A Gritty And Intense Morality Play
Starred Up is a gritty, intense, and shockingly unique take on the prison drama genre. Yes, there are echoes of the likes of HBO's OZ, but David MacKenzie's take on the family dynamics in jail is executed in a fresh...
TIFF 2013 Music Doc Dispatch: 12.12.12 And MADE IN AMERICA
There are loads of ways to do a concert documentary. One is to simply shoot the goings on that take place on stage - set up a bunch of cameras and be done with it. Given that the majority of...
TIFF 2013 Review: SUNSHINE ON LEITH Supplies Musical Warmth
What would happen if Ken Loach or Mike Leigh made a musical? You know, cast a bunch of hardscrabble Brits in a family drama, add a bit of grit and friction, and set it all within the context of a...
TIFF 2013 Review: In THE F WORD, F Is For Fresh
Ah, the 20-something romantic comedy. A genre usually filled with twee Emo-soundtrack tunes, magical or manic pixie dreamgirls, and the shuffling boys who win their love through good heartedness. Some are decent, some utterly wretched, but most follow a pretty...
TIFF 2013 Review: BAD WORDS, Jason Bateman's Dark And Funny 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)....
TIFF 2013 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...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Wraps Up TIFF 2013
Despite barely being able to string two sentences together with any kind of coherence, yet wearing a R100 shirt for good measure, I managed to not sound like a complete idiot last night chatting with Scott Laurie about TIFF 2013....
TIFF 2013 Review: A TOUCH OF SIN Is A Touch Too Slight
Almost a week after I screened A Touch Of Sin, I'm still trying to come to grips with my reaction to it. There's plenty to admire about Jia Zhangke's film, from its stark violence through its sweeping scope, but I...
TIFF 2013 Review: MAN OF TAI CHI Plays It Down The Middle
It's not entirely simply a matter of being snarky to refer to Keanu Reeve's 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...