The Many Faces Of Helena Bonham Carter

This week Sarah Gavron's Suffragette premieres, a drama about some of the heroines of the early women's rights movements. With a subject like that it is no surprise it has a veritable crème de la crème of actresses starring in... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

St. Lawrence 2015 Preview: Twitch's Top Picks From The "Fourth Coast" Fest

The first ever St. Lawrence International Film Festival is about to kick off, October 22 - 25. But where one might that be? Well, St. Lawrence University is in the town of Canton, New York, and Canton is in the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Destroy All Monsters: With #BoycottStarWarsVII, Freedom Of Speech Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness

Look, I'm not saying that we need to create a two-tier system of rights in North America... but based on #BoycottStarWarsVII and its aftermath, I think we oughta at least think about it. It was a collar-loosening moment for any... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Tom Hanks

There is a new cold war thriller in cinemas called Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg (one of his finest works even, according to Christopher Bourne), written by a team including the Coen brothers, and starring Tom Hanks. And... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Do You Rate Films From The Bottom Up, Or The Top Down?

For a long time, I didn't believe in star ratings for movies. To an extent, I still don't - there's no calculation for how much I enjoyed a thing, let alone one that can capture that enjoyment in a permanent... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Aruba 2015 Wrap-Up: More Reviews, Awards Announced, And Final Impressions From One Happy Island

Sunday, October 11, 2015 -- Just beyond the surf and the sand, the lights dim inside a movie theater. Then comes the digital coo of a projector and one final round of images thrust upon the screen for the audience... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Have Your Say: Let's Talk About Gratuitous Nudity

Yesterday, the New York Times contained an unusual scoop, an historical announcement even: after more than sixty years of building an empire upon it, Playboy magazine will stop publishing pictures of nude women. The magazine gets a redesign in March... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Kate Winslet

There is another Steve Jobs film in theaters, this time with another team of famous people attached. The baffling popularity of its subject within three movie studios provoked the ire of Dustin Chang, as voiced in his review, but one... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Aruba 2015 Festival Diary: An Opening Night Filled With Metaphysics And R&B

If one thing is clear at 1:37AM in the morning it is that the notion "we're all in this together" really applies on a small island off the coast of South America. That island in question is Aruba. And that's... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Five Years Since THE SOCIAL NETWORK

David Fincher's The Social Network turned five last Thursday, and I watched the film again to mark the occasion. I've seen it several times, but each viewing seems to give me something new. It's 2015 and already I am seeing... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

RICK AND MORTY And The Multiplicity Of Loneliness


Let me tell you something: Rick And Morty just may be the most poignant show on Television.

Big words, right? Okay, let's hold on a moment and back up a bit. For those not in the know, Rick and Morty is... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

The Many Faces Of Matt Damon

This week Ridley Scott's The Martian lands in cinemas, and for a change in his resumeé it shows smart people surviving in space, instead of dumb people dying. Jason Gorber praised the film in his review for being both sophisticated... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: SICARIO And The Heart Of Darkness

Spoiler warning for Sicario. I admire a genre movie that extracts its generic components so completely that one nearly forgets what one is watching until it sneaks back around and kicks us in the ass. One such film is Sicario,... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Robert De Niro

This week, Nancy Meyers' The Intern premieres, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And tempting though it is to do an Anne Hathaway quiz, I went with Robert De Niro. For as James Marsh noted on Robert's birthday in... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: LOVE And Dicks

Gaspar Noe's Love is ridiculous, and I'm fairly convinced it knows it. It's a movie about dicks, which are ridiculous objects; and ridiculous people, who happen to be dicks. It's the great cinematic circle-jerk. Your mileage may vary. There is,... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Toronto 2015 Edition - ROOM, HARDCORE, HURT & More!

The dust is still settling on TIFF for this year, with dozens of films screened as part of this gigantic festival. Here are two of the Twitchvision hits done over the course of the week, including looks at Room, Hardcore,... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of Josh Brolin

This week, Josh Brolin appears as an important supporting actor in not one but TWO new releases: the great-looking mountain drama Everest (reviewed here) and the by all accounts spectacular Sicario (reviewed here). Time for him to feature in our... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Mars Needs Meaning

To psyche ourselves up for Ridley Scott's next film, The Martian, Twitch contributor Kurt Halfyard and I have been putting together a limited-run podcast which works backwards through the history of Mars on film, from 2012 to 1918. It was... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Idris Elba

For the last few weeks, one of the most discussed actors was Idris Elba, and not because of a new film coming out. Instead, we got a typical Internet lynchmob running after someone who made a James Bond-related comment which... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Fear Of A Black Bond

The Idris Elba / Anthony Horowitz mess last week was an incredible display of context eaten down to the molecular level by the whiz-bang memeification of the internet. Horowitz claims he was mortified by the response to his quote, and... More »
By Matt Brown   
  
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