Kwenton Bellette
Melbourne, Australia

Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment To Release STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST Late 2014

Excellent news! The highly stylized and well produced web series will be getting a slick home and digital release in Australia and New Zealand as Madman takes keen interest. From the official statement:Madman Entertainment are pleased to announce the acquisition of... More »
  

Twitch's Favorite Football Films

After the long four-year wait, today is the day for a new World Cup to kick off. It's a very particular edition for football's major event, as the world's top champion, Brazil, is the host country for the first time since... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Announces The Most Ambitious Screening Yet

I am quite conflicted about this one. The Melbourne International Film Festival has announced it will be screening obscure French production Out 1 Noli Me Tangere in its twelve-and-a-half hour entirety. This dystopic serial directed by Jacques Rivette was commissioned then... More »
  

Hey Australia! Win More Ghibli on Blu-ray!

Madman Entertainment continues its impressive drip-releases of Ghibli Blu-ray greatness with one of the greatest titles in the history of the company, accompanied by a lovely fantasy drama. To celebrate the release of Princess Mononoke and The Cat Returns in... More »
  

Sydney 2014 Review: Taut Thriller TOM AT THE FARM Reinvents Director Xavier Dolan

As of this writing, wunderkind French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan at the age of 25 is premiering his fifth feature film, Mummy, on the Croisette. Making its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, however, is Dolan's fourth work, Tom at the Farm, which... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Orson Welles

For the month of May, Twitch commemorates what would have been the great Orson Welles' 99th birthday by putting his career under the spotlight. In Full Disclosure, we take the filmography of a revered filmmaker each month and then select... More »
  

Seasonal Ruminations: Melbourne Cinematheque And The Powerful Complexity Of Liv Ullmann

One of the most complex and powerful women in cinema, Liv Ullmann is a force of nature channeled both on and off-screen as Ingmar Bergman's muse, actress and at a later date independent director. Melbourne Cinematheque is a sublime curated mix... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Announces First Glance, Here Are The Highlights

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced a First Glance reveal of just some of the films that will be screening this year. Their website and key art along with it have been updated also (see link and image... More »
  

Australian Distributor Sharmill Films Acquires Cannes Palme d'Or winner WINTER SLEEP

Just announced today is the official acquisition of Cannes prestigious Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep (check Ben Croll's excellent review here) in the Australian territory. This is an excellent, exciting and timely purchase for distributor Sharmill Films, fingers crossed it... More »
  

Review: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Strikes Comedy Gold

From the opening credits of director Seth MacFarlane's latest offensive and broad comedy, it is clear that he is wearing his Family Guy hat, although one can argue it is permanently affixed to his head.The ode to the woeful Wild... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Reveals Educational & Enlightening Next Gen Program

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the line-up for their very youth-centric all-ages program dubbed Next-Gen. Running since 2007, this terrific and diverse range of films seek to capture the imagination of young minds and inspire a new... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Opens Strong With Aussie Sci-fi Noir PREDESTINATION

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) brings the cinematic delights to the winter-chilled city of Melbourne Australia year after year, and after a fantastic array of festivals across the globe it is refreshing to see that the opening night film... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Claire Denis

In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
  

Seasonal Ruminations: Melbourne Cinematheque And The Significant Magnificent Luis Bunuel

The original enfant terrible, Luis Buñuel, together with Salvador Dalí and poet Federico García Lorca formed the nucleus of the Spanish-Surrealist avant-garde, hoping to shock and insult the intellectual bourgeoisie.Melbourne Cinematheque is a sublime curated mix of auteur and period... More »
  

Review: THE RAILWAY MAN, Confused And Emotionless

Japan's involvement and subsequent denial in its atrocities of World War II has always been a difficult point to convey. The Railway Man, which is based on the incredible true account of soldier Eric Lomax, attempts to tell this story... More »
  

Seasonal Ruminations: Melbourne Cinematheque And Tarkovsky's Prose

Regarded as amongst the few true poets of the cinema and, in the West, one of the greatest Russian director of the post-World War II era. A truly unique and influential body of work that is visually breathtaking, elemental, lyrical... More »
  

Review: JOURNEY TO THE WEST Dazzles, Frightens, And Still Tickles The Funny Bone

Frequently adapted for the big screen, the latest version of Journey to the West quickly became one of the highest grossing films in China's box office history. That's not surprising, really, given the recent penchant for black comedy in cinema,... More »
  

The Weekly Win: Rock Doc A BAND CALLED DEATH + T-shirt pack! [Competition: AUSTRALIA Only, DVD]

The first African American punk band? You better believe it, and their story is as intriguing and engaging as you would expect.Here is our review of the film.Here's the synopsis:Before the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a... More »
  

Australian Trailer For THESE FINAL HOURS Hits Hard

Oh boy I have goosebumps after watching this trailer, and I have already seen (and reviewed) the movie!The epic crescendo of post-Zimmer music, the flashy editing, the emotions! Luckily none of this detracts from the actual content of the film... More »
  

The Weekly Win: Anime Artistry With THE GARDEN OF WORDS Pack [Competition: Australia Only, DVD Or Blu-ray]

Makoto Shinkai has been pushing the boundaries of anime as a pure artform through his humble yet emotionally rich features ever since he began his career. This week is the chance to win not only his new film The Garden Of... More »
  
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