How do you know when it's true love (even if such a thing exists?) If you knew everything, and I mean everything, about your partner, would you stay? Would you punish them for their misdeeds? Would you leave? Would you... More »
In the current climate of parody, pastiche, re-hashing, re-booting and recycling of films, it is so refreshing to see a film as unique, original and enjoyable as Strange Frame: Love and Sax. Billed as a animated sci-fi lesbian rock musical,... More »
You don't need to set something in space, or have aliens invading the planet, or lots of grand special effects, to make a science fiction story. The final frontier is perhaps not space, but the human mind, about which we... More »
Elijah Wood is one busy and diverse acting bee these days. Besides doing voice work in Disney XD's animated series Tron: Uprising, the premiere of his star turn in Maniac at Cannes later this month, and continuing with a second season of the... More »
Simon Pegg is afraid. Of Hedgehogs, launderettes, and his own underwear, among other things. First time co-directors Chris Hopewell and Crispian Mills (who wrote the screenplay) put poor Pegg through the ringer in this dark comedy. Simon Pegg plays Jack,... More »
While the atmosphere of film festivals make them wonderful events to attend, not everyone has the money or time to do so. Online film festivals are becoming more common, and in this era of wider internet availability and quality of... More »
It's not easy to be a hero. Just ask Katniss, the main character in the new film The Hunger Games, based on the book of the same name (the first in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins.) Living a life of... More »
There are some tremendous short genre films coming out of Spain right now. With the availability of online platforms such as Vimeo and YouTube, it's easier to broadcast your work, and easier for audiences around the world to view it.... More »
I don't know when Nacho Vigalondo or Mark Millar ever find time to sleep. Both are two of the most active artists in their field. Vigalondo's latest feature, Extraterrestrial, is opening in Spain on Friday, and he's already got other... More »
With BEAST making its U.S. Premiere tonight SXSW, we take this opportunity to look back at Shelagh's review from Sitges 2011.Love can make anyone behave strangely. The chemicals that flood the brain when love arrives turn all our emotions into... More »
I am unabashed in my love for Wes Anderson. Even his weaker films are miles ahead of many of his contemporaries, narratively and aesthetically. His canon of work, Bottle Rocket to Fantastic Mr. Fox, displays the bizarre, the earnest, the... More »
In 2010, the Sitges Film Festival and its director Ángel Sala were charged with exihibiting child pornography in connection with the screening of A Serbian Film. Today, newspaper El País is reporting that the charges have been dropped. The charges... More »
Antonio Banderas is on an interesting and somewhat fantastical path in his mid-career. 2011 saw him voice a swashbuckling cat in Puss-in-Boots, play a mad-yet-broken scientist in the wonderfully weird new Pedro Almodóvar film The Skin I Live In, and... More »
Russian director Timur Bekmambetov impressed a lot of people with his fantastic vampire films, Night Watch and Day Watch, and again with his first english-language film Wanted, based on the Mark Millar/JG. Jones graphic novel. Now, backed by producer Tim Burton and writer Seth... More »
When Rodrigo Cortés looks back on the early days of 2012, he will no doubt do so with a smile. His second feature film, Red Lights, impressed audiences at Sundance and was picked up by Millennium Entertainment. And now Emergo,... More »
We here at Twitch are big fans of director & screenwriter Nacho Vigalondo. And there's a lot to be a fan of, from his plethora of short films (including the deliciously surreal 7:35 in the Morning, which was nominated for... More »
This is not going to be your typical wedding video. Paco Plaza's [REC] GENESIS, set to be unleashed in Spain on March 30, looks like it might be taking a slight detour from the previous two films. However, it doesn't... More »
While Rodrigo Cortés' new film Red Lights has been receiving mixed reviews during its run at the Sundance Festival this week, that hasn't stopped Millennium Entertainment from acquiring the film for US distribution for just under the tidy sum of... More »
As a former employee of several festivals in Toronto, a current programmer for Toronto After Dark, and an attendee of festivals around the world, I know full well that running a film festival is a juggling act. Festival directors want... More »
One of my favourite films of 2011, Blackthorn has recently been nominated for 11 Premios Goya (Spanish Oscars.) Now available on DVD and Blu Ray, Mateo Gil's haunting, elegiac western is both an homage to the second wave films of... More »
Much has already been written, both on these pages and many others, about the landmark Hollywood-China co-production that is Marvel and DMG Entertainment's Iron Man 3. The film, directed by Shane Black, is the third solo outing for Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark, and has proved a phenomenal success around...
CHAPTER 4: THE PHILOSOPHY OF ANNA KARINA AND BUTT PLUGSI'm sitting outside at a small Café that my editor told me to meet him at. I'm a 10 minute walk from the Marche Du Film convention hall and I'm still waiting for my editor to arrive so he take guide...
MIKE'S JOURNAL. MAY 13. MORNINGI wake up sometime around five AM. My flight to France doesn't leave until five PM. I should be there for security check in sometime around 3PM. There is no reason for me to be up this early but I'm feeling anxious. I have an itch...
CHAPTER ONE: THE BIGGER THE SIDEBURNS, THE BIGGER THE ASSHOLE. I've hit the big time now. I've finally made it. I'm in like Flint from here on out. I'm boarding a plane to France where I'll be attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.No more unpaid blogging from...
I have a running argument about whether or not movie box office is a zero-sum game. I tend to attack film earning potential from the "mother of two" perspective - which is that while yes, it's nice to believe that if a film is good it has a theoretically unlimited...