Matthew Lee
Derby, England

Matthew was press-ganged into service for Twitch around 2009, just so he'd stop posting long, rambling reviews on the forums for obscure Chinese arthouse movies and cult anime none of the other writers had ever seen. Over the years he's branched out to multiple genres of film from almost every corner of the world, whether in festivals around the North of England and across Europe or on DVD and BluRay. He also contributes feature articles and reviews to the gaming website BeefJack, and writes fiction in his spare time.

DVD Review: The Flamenco Trilogy, BLOOD WEDDING (1981)

If you had to pick one reason why Carlos Saura is such a great director it would probably be how much the man can convey in a single scene while doing what seems like virtually nothing at all. He shows... More »

DVD Review: IL BOOM (1962)

Call it the Joe Pesci effect. No matter how talented the actor, if they're playing someone who's generally an unlikeable prick you're still making a film that stars, well, an unlikeable prick. Worse still are those movies that make this... More »

UK film festivals: Win tickets to LIVID at Bradford 2012!

UK Twitch readers! Fancy dropping in on the 18th Bradford International Film Festival later this month? Got a taste for strange, experimental French horror? The nice people at the National Media Museum, where the festival takes place, have let it... More »

UK film festivals: Bradford 2012 screens THE RAID, DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, SAMSARA and more

UK Twitch readers - time for another chance for you to get in on the film festival atmosphere without spending a fortune on jetting off to warmer climes. The Bradford International Film Festival returns for its 18th year from the... More »

BluRay Review: LA GRANDE ILLUSION (1937)

Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion is the kind of classic film that leaves you thinking 'Wow, that must have been a really big deal in its day'. While it still possesses a great deal of power, for all its craft... More »


Are people ever going to get tired of movies where some unlucky soul finds out what happens when a brand new technological innovation or social craze goes horribly wrong? To be fair to Frédéric Schoendoerffer's serviceable little thriller Switch, it's... More »


Mélanie Laurent's The Adopted runs to ninety minutes and change without ever really letting the viewer inside its characters' heads, with the actress famous for Inglourious Basterds both starring and making her debut behind the camera. Sadly, The Adopted is... More »

Review: QUICK

Jo Beom-Gu's Quick is the kind of action film that needs a fairly steady hand on the throttle to stop it lurching into self-parody, and it's a continual source of frustration that the director never really manages this for as... More »

Review: ALWAYS

Apparently someone told Song Il-Gon (Flower Island, A Feather, Magicians) that exquisite lo-fi indie character studies are all very well, but they don't pay the bills. Try a melodrama, they must have said. Try something so syrupy it'll have Koreans... More »


There's a terrific story lost somewhere inside Lee Hyun-Seung's Hindsight. That's part of the problem, really - there's enough different ideas for an epic, even a miniseries. An amiable jopok enforcer trying to go straight. A hotly contested last will... More »


Daniel Edelstyn's ramshackle but absolutely captivating documentary How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire is a pretty good argument for the idea that, if you're not sure how to tell your story, you should just throw all of it at the... More »

BluRay Review: WEEKEND

When Weekend director Andrew Haigh talks about his film carrying a message for everyone, gay or straight, it's a welcome mission statement. Queer cinema tends to divide opinion like few other genres, not least because at one extreme when it's... More »


If you're going to make a movie that relies heavily on symbolism, you need either a particularly light touch, or to be bold enough about it people get swept away by your vision, no matter how daft it might come... More »

Call Them Off: Never Mind THE HUNGER GAMES, Try These Instead

Let's be honest, okay? Ultimately, no-one who controls the money at Lionsgate approved The Hunger Games being made into a film (or films) because the original novels are great works of literature. They're doing it because they're a safe bet.... More »


The blueprint for gothic horror that iconic British production house Hammer Films established in its golden age has been mocked, spoofed and satirised many, many times over the decades since. It can be bizarre, watching these movies in retrospect, and... More »


Going by the feverish buzz around city planning documentary Urbanized (the third of Gary Hustwit's recent series of films on modern design, after Helvetica and Objectified), you could be forgiven for expecting some kind of rapturous epiphany on how the... More »


Nopporn Watin's period martial arts flick Yamada: Samurai of Ayothaya (a.k.a. Yamada: Way of the Samurai) talks big, claiming to be based on historical events, casting Olympic athletes to pound the tar out of the bad guys and touting itself... More »

Blu-ray Review: TYRANNOSAUR

The opening sequence in Paddy Considine's brilliant Tyrannosaur is a model of cinematic efficiency so concise they ought to teach it in film school. Revisiting the events of Considine's original short Dog Altogether and turning them into a full-blown feature,... More »

Matthew Lee's 2011 In Film: Fashionably Late

What's that? It's been 2012 for weeks already? Christ, I'd better get this list finished, hmmm?It was a strange year for film, to be honest, at least from my point of view. I don't think I saw a single mainstream... More »


Just before Christmas 2011 I got the opportunity to fly to Estonia to see a truly special piece of cinema; a one-off project to be screened once and once only anywhere in the world; a compilation of short films featuring... More »
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