Imagine 2016 Review: Oshii Mamoru Takes NOWHERE GIRL To His Familiar Places

(The movie which can be summed up as "Stay awake, stay awake, stay awake, WHOA!!!) One cannot help but wonder what would happen if Japanese director Oshii Mamuro would ever decide to make a straightforward action film. Whether he is... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review LITTLE DOOR GODS

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) watch... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Okinawa 2016 Review: Miike's TERRA FORMARS Is A Sloppy, Silly Bug Hunt

Miike Takashi’s live-action adaptation of Yu Sasuga’s popular manga series is a star-studded affair but stretches a wafer thin plot to breaking point. The high concept sci-fi adventure quickly descends into a repetitive series of violent scuffles and bizarre mutations... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: In FAN, Shah Rukh Khan Desperately Seeks Himself

The Bollywood film industry is a notoriously incestual beast. Film culture is so much a part of the Indian psyche that films are referenced and cross-referenced across all forms of communication from the visual and performing arts to political discourse... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy

In April of 2010, Professor S.R. Siras died alone in a rented room. He'd been sacked from his job as the head of the department of regional languages in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. He'd been a professor of Marathi at... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: KIRUMI, When Ambition Bites Back

Director Anucharan's debut feature, Kirumi, is the kind of calling card that every filmmaker dreams of. This thrilling drama boasts well drawn characters, enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, a visual style that is confident without feeling... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN Profiles Fans Of India's Greatest Superstar

There are movie stars and then there are MOVIE STARS, and on some level beyond the latter, there exists Superstar Rajinikanth. For nearly forty years, this former bus conducter has inspired almost religious devotion from his fans both inside and... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, India's Women Are Docile No More

India, like every other film industry in the world, suffers from a significant shortage of films featuring women in leading roles. I'm not talking about women's films, chick flicks, or other films that celebrate women by exaggerating feminity to conform... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: OTTAAL, A Boy Trapped In The Cage Of Destiny

  Jayaraj's Malayalam language feature Ottaal (The Trap) begins with a boy writing a Christmas letter to his grandfather. Kuttappayi, the boy in question, writes this letter in the dark, obviously past his own bedtime and in secret. His miserable... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: AFTERNOON, A Moving, Intimate Conversation On Life And Art

I might as well get to the point right off the bat: Afternoon, the latest work by Taiwan’s master auteur Tsai Ming-liang, is to my mind, one of the most absorbing, humorous, movingly poignant, fascinating, and just plain loveliest films... More »
  

Review: ROCKY HANDSOME, The Reason The West Hates Bollywood

I am not a religious man, but I am an evangelist for the things I love. First and foremost among those few things that I feel are worthy of my enthusiasm is the cinema of India. I am an evangelist... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: AN Advises Everyone A Hearty Carpe Diem

(When life hands you lemons, make sweet red bean paste!) Japanese director Kawase Naomi's film An (also known in some territories as Sweet Red Bean Paste) played at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this February, where it turned out to... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: Chen Kaige's FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE From The BFI

For many mainstream filmgoers, Farewell My Concubine is perhaps the best-known Chinese language film of the 1990s, helped in no end by its success at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Chen Kaige (Yellow Earth, Temptress Moon), the film traces... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Blu-ray Review: Mega-Length, Little-Seen A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY Arrives On Criterion

Fellow TwitchFilm writer Kurt Halfyard knows of my overwhelming fondness for cinematic experiences of unusual length. He and I will often seek out the one ticket in the Toronto International Film Festival's annual program that will see us sitting in... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: KARAOKE CRAZIES Kills It

In Korea, few things are more important than karaoke. With thousands of karaoke bars, open all hours, littering every corner of the country, it's an activity that reaches every part of society, servicing hoards of stressed salary workers, bored teenagers... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: Tonko House Returns With Super Cute MOOM

Today Tonko House's latest creation, called Moom, is having its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival. In 2014, after leaving the safety of the Pixar nest to start their own studio Tonko House, directors Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo... More »
  

Review: CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, Dreamy Wonder And Painful Laments

The Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, in his body of work consisting of six features, plus a number of short and medium length films, and also art installations, illuminates the landscapes of his native country in ways that often approximate trance-like... More »
  

Review: THE MERMAID (MEI REN YU) Proves Stephen Chow's Still Got It, Even Behind The Camera

There are very few Hong Kong movie stars bigger than Stephen Chow. Even though Chow's last starring role was in 2008, he remains one of east Asia's biggest cultural exports, second only to Jackie Chan. While Chan continues to take... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: MIRUTHAN, Kollywood's First Zombie Film Is A Perfect Indian Horror Concoction

In India, horror films have typically been the red-headed stepchild that no one really talks about. Yes, there are some great b-movies from the '70s and '80s, but the mainstream has largely ignored the genre as inconsistent with the studios'... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: NEERJA Is The Story Of A Heroic Woman Told With Grace And Humanity

On September 5th, 1986 during a stopover In Karachi, New York bound Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. This airliner, packed to the gills with 379 passengers and crew, was then held hostage for 17 hours by... More »
By J Hurtado   
  
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