Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Vietnamese Film Department Attempts Control Of Local Films On Youtube

On June 20, the Vietnamese Film Department officially sent documents to the Inspector of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on the disposal of the film Apartment Number 69 (original title: Căn hộ số 69), which released online on... More »
By Trung Rwo   
  

BAMcinemaFest 2014 Brings An Impressively Diverse Slate To Brooklyn

The sixth edition of BAMcinemaFest, screening at BAM Rose Cinemas and the Steinberg Screen at BAM Harvey Theater from June 18 through June 29, brings a typically diverse and eclectic selection of features, shorts, and retrospective screenings to downtown Brooklyn.... More »
  

Brooklyn Film Festival 2014 Transcends Formula To Deliver Fascinating Films From Around The World

The Brooklyn Film Festival, the largest and longest running competitive, international film festival in Brooklyn, will run its 17th annual edition from May 30 through June 8 in Williamsburg, at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC. Don't let the festival's title... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Fan Bingbing

The biggest new film in theaters this week in most of the world is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and you can read Peter Martin's review here. It is a crowded film though, providing us here at Twitch with an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The French SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

When we had the idea to start posting galleries of particularly noteworthy disc-releases, we did not intend to make this an exclusively French affair. But the thing is: the French really enjoy pimping the films they love, and even those... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

10 Indonesian Horror Films From The Last Decade You Need To Watch

Horror is a very popular genre here in Indonesia. So far this year, 2 of the 5 top earning local films have been horror, but it is also a genre that is often flooded with poorly made product, expected to... More »
By William Chandra   
  

New To Netflix: Miscellany Or Potpourri?

In this edition of our biweekly Netflix column, the complete lack of focus is exactly the point. From a huge Oscar-winning animated film to a micro-sized black and white period piece on the early days of computer chess, and... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Now Stomping Across The World: Original GODZILLA Instills Nuclear Fear

The mighty roar still causes goose-pimples. An angry, desperate, anguished cry against the inhumanity of man, the original Godzilla (Gojira) remains a powerful drama. In honor of the film's 60th anniversary, Rialto Pictures is touring Godzilla: The Japanese Original across... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Asia Beat: Udine Awards, New Sono Sion, Tsui Hark, THE FATAL ENCOUNTER And More

Welcome to Asia Beat, a fortnightly roundup of bite-sized news pieces from around the region that might have otherwise slipped under the radar but which we feel are worth bringing to your attention. Anything from casting news, poster premieres, to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The French SNOWPIERCER ULTIMATE EDITION Blu-ray

(Apparently the French were really, really happy they had the international premiere for this one...) International releases sometimes happen on weird, illogic timetables. This Thursday, April the 3rd, Bong Yoon-ho's new film Snowpiercer had its theatrical premiere in The Netherlands.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Okinawa 2014: School Girls, Gorillas and Movie Stars Walk the Red Carpet

The Okinawa International Movie Festival sees a variety of stars from Tokyo and abroad descend on the southern island every year. Proceedings kicked off with the annual red carpet ceremony on the beach with stars arriving to greet the people... More »
  

New Directors/New Films 2014 Offers Promising New Talents and Unique Visions From Across the Globe

The 43rd edition of New Directors/New Films, screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art through March 30, once again offers a strong slate of distinctive, emerging voices from around the globe. Click through... More »
  

Yubari 2014: Explore Japan's Winter Wonderland Of Classic Movie Paintings

Situated on Japan's snow-covered northern island of Hokkaido, the tiny city of Yubari, a ghost town since the collapse of the coal mining industry some decades ago, is host every year to one of the most unique little film festivals... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Closer Look At The UK Release Of PERFECT BLUE

(Never judge someone with "multiple personality disorder" by her cover, or her other cover!) Josh just reviewed the new Blu-ray release of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue, and did a wonderful job describing its contents. But you might wonder what the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Yubari 2014 Preview: Twitch's Most Anticipated Movies

This Thursday sees the opening of the 2014 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival way up in the wintry climes of Hokkaido, Japan. Christopher O'Keeffe and I will be pulling on our long-johns and heading out into the snow to savour... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Tsui Hark

This year on Full Disclosure we are focusing on a different celebrated filmmaker each month and getting ourselves better acquainted with their body of work. Last week, Hong Kong institution Tsui Hark celebrated his 64th birthday, and so in recognition... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA's Annual Showcase Offers Innovative, Challenging, and Beautiful Films

The 13th edition of Documentary Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art's annual showcase of documentary features, short films, and installations, screens from February 14-28. The wide-ranging, international selection, as always, is very impressive, featuring films that are innovative, beautifully made,... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Twitch's Favorite Robotic Cops (Resurrection Optional)

The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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