Jason Gorber
Featured Critic; Toronto, Canada

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: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Doesn't Monkey Around

There will be plenty of hyperbole flung about in celebration of this film with the joy and abandon of an ape playfully lobbing his poop at an appreciative audience.Yet like the scatological simian show at your local zoo, there may... More »
  

Melbourne 2014: The Full Program Reveals A Full-Bodied Selection of Cinema

The Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing having revealed its program mid-week. Tickets have opened for members and media alike. The program itself is one of the more exciting and well-rounded ones in MIFF history. It consists... More »
  

Review: LIFE ITSELF, Thumbs Up For Roger Ebert Doc

If you do what I do -- cherish film and have the chutzpah to tell other people what you think about them -- then you're almost certainly indebted to Roger Ebert. I've documented at length the effect that he had... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TRANSFORMERS 4 and THEY CAME TOGETHER

Chatting about the most Michael Bay'est of Micheal Bay films, as well as Rudd and Poehler taking on the tropes of the romcom.Video embedded below... More »
  

Review: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Is The Film Michael Bay Was Born To Make

Like the film I'm talking about, this is going to take a bit to get through. My advice for both film and review: Sit back, and enjoy the ride.Transformers: Age of Extinction is, if one wants to rank such things, the... More »
  

Interview: David Michôd Talks THE ROVER, Robert Pattinson, BREAKFAST CLUB, And More

After the kinetic, Scorcese-like Animal Kingdom, David Michôd's sophomore effort takes a very different tack. Set in a desiccated Australia, post some sort of apocalypse that seems to inevitably befall the country/continent on screen. After screening the film at... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks JERSEY BOYS, OBVIOUS CHILD, THE ROVER And... Brangelina?

Talk this week of a couple festival flicks, as well as Clint Eastwood's latet. Jersey Boys is a bit of a mess, but Sundance dramedy Obvious Child and Cannes' bleak apoca-Western The Rover make up for it this week.Also for... More »
  

Review: JERSEY BOYS, Oh, What a Mess...

I probably went into Jersey Boys with expectations that were too high. That's not to say I expected some grand musical masterpiece, delicately crafted and impeccably told. No, I just wanted a decent popcorn flick about a couple of wise guys... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks 22 JUMP STREET, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 and THE DOUBLE

This weekend boasts a decent selection of new releases - here's a quick take on the clever 22 Jump Street sequel, and the terrific How To Train Your Dragon 2. Plus, talk of Richard Ayoade's The Double.Video embedded below... More »
  

Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, An Impeccably Crafted Fairy Tale

Ok, I'm a sucker for this film. There, I said it to get it out of the way. My affection for the How To Train Your Dragon series comes down to a particularly personal connection - their design for... More »
  

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,... More »
  

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... More »
  

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... More »
  

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... More »
  

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,... More »
  

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... More »
  

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... More »
  

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... More »
  

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... More »
  

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... More »
  
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