As a confirmed bachelor -- confirmed to me by a number of other people, by the way, sometimes by court order -- the annual celebration of Valentine's Day is something of a trial, one that is only assuaged by watching... More »
January's List of Shame entries continue on apace.You can find the first part of this month's list here, and the project's formal introduction right here.Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969, USA)Winner of "Best First Work" at Cannes Film Festival, nominated for... More »
And so it begins...While there are certainly wrong ways to approach this feature - either as a contributor or a reader - there are many different right ways to do so. For a full debriefing on exactly what we are... More »
Every six months I like to take stock of the many new Asian films that have played in front of me, and consolidate my favourites into a Top 10 list to share with the Twitch readership. I should point out... More »
Just like opinions and arseholes, everyone's got their List of Shame. Their dirty little secret that they've been hiding from the world, that they fear will ruin their credibility if anyone ever found out, that has haunted them so long... More »
You might laugh at what frightens me. Everyone is built different; one person's fear is another's source of amusement. One evening a friend came over just as I was starting to watch The Shining on TV. My friend laughed as... More »
Earlier today, we posted a review for the Hindi independent film, Miss Lovely. While the film isn't a horror picture itself, it very much lives in the world of the cheap creature feature that was a staple of late '80s-early... More »
Note to self: The weather in Hawaii is significantly better than in Toronto. Come here more often. The Hawaii International Film Festival kicked off two nights ago with a typically excellent lineup focused on Pacific Rim film. I'm here... More »
The Chinese Box Office was the subject of much discussion and scrutiny by Hollywood industry observers this past week, only for all their speculations and prognostications to prove premature. The incident in question revolved around the release of Rian... More »
I would pretty much watch any film starring Choi Min-sik at this point, and his towering performance as a befuddled civil worker who weasels and networks his way to the top of the crime underworld in Busan is reason enough... More »
Korean filmmaker Jang Kun-jae (whose Eighteen won the Dragons & Tigers award, VIFF's prize for new Asian directors, in 2009) delivers a heartfelt, sweet, genuine, yet never cloying portrayal of an average married couple in Sleepless Night. Essentially a series... More »
On these here pages of Twitch we've paid quite some attention to the Australian DVD release of the Japanese anime horror-thriller series When They Cry, with several reviews for both season one and season two. For good reason: When seen... More »
The third edition of "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" is now playing at the Museum of Modern Art, through September 30. This year's selection, which is heavy on independent features, is especially impressive, with young talents offering unique and provocative visions.... More »
One of the attractive things about Japanese animation is the way it can differ so much from animation we consider to be traditional, so it is disheartening to see how much recent series are basically rehashing ideas from earlier efforts.... More »
The summer months roll around and much of the world is cooling off in the dark of the theater with the likes of brooding vigilantes, rebooted wall-crawlers and vampire hunting presidents. This is all well and good, or at the... More »
If you've read any of my recent reviews it will probably come as no surprise that I am fairly fond of anime. Actually, that is understating it quite a bit. While I will agree that there is loads and loads... More »
Time for a confession ladies and gentlemen. Like many other male specimen on this planet, I suffer from a very serious, yet very common disease. Well ... maybe it's not an actual disease, it's more like a default really. I've... More »
To call Hanna far superior to Sucker Punch is to damn Hanna with faint praise. Coming from director Joe Wright, who make the good-looking but dramatically unsatisfying Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and The Soloist, Hanna is a total shock, a... More »
As you might be aware, Twitch is a site that specializes in the weird and obscure, with a firm focus on modern films. We use Twitch to write about what we love, but not all we love is deemed Twitch-worthy... More »
A week ago on Monday the 23rd of August, the famous anime director Satoshi Kon died of pancreatic cancer, aged 46. This news was the most startling item for me that day. I think it hit me harder than usual... 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...