Review: FAR FROM MEN, A Great Viggo Mortensen Western

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) As a preview for the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam next month, loyal visitors were allowed to see one of the films already: David Oelhoffen's Algeria-based western Far From... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

2014: A Dark And Personal Year At The Movies

"Nobody knows anything." Back in 1983, veteran screenwriter William Goldman was writing about the inability of anyone in Hollywood to know how a movie would fare with the public. (His book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, continues: "Not one person... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, Big Ideas That Play Out Brilliantly

Why did Two Days, One Night work so well for me? It's not easy to explain. This is especially the case, considering this is my first experience watching a film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and the fact I know... More »
  

Keeping Christmas Creepy With Marc Riba And Anna Solanas

Barcelona based stop motion animators Marc Riba and Anna Solanas have long been favorites of the genre film circuit, their deliciously dark sensibilities fused with remarkable technical skills and a jet black sense of humor. So when the duo send... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fabulously Grotesque Posters And Trailer For Jensen's MEN AND CHICKENS

Though you wouldn't necessarily know it from his script writing work - work, it should be said, that has garnered multiple Oscars - those who know Denmark's Anders Thomas Jensen's directorial work already know that there's a deliciously dark streak... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Is Secret Cinema Planning Protest Screenings Of THE INTERVIEW This Sunday?

UK-based Secret Cinema, who organise and host elaborate "event screenings" of classic films in conjunction with live performances, have announced a special charity screening to be held in London tomorrow, Sunday 21 December, in protest of the Sony hack attacks... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist Includes IDA, LEVIATHAN, FORCE MAJEURE And A Few Surprises

The Academy has released its shortlist of nine candidates still eligible for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, which includes surprise inclusions from Estonia, Georgia and Venezuela, as well as more widely praised offerings from Argentina, Poland, Russia and... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Belgian Bikers Bash Heads In Trailer For BOWLING BALLS

Director Mark Punt delivers something a little bit different from Belgium with his brand new Bowling Balls: A slapstick biker action comedy. With Belgium an increasingly major player on the international arthouse circuit it's certainly not the sort of thing... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: MR. TURNER, A Film That Loses Its Focus

Mike Leigh's latest offering lustfully tackles the life, work and loves of Joseph Mallord William Turner, the legendary 19th Century British artist whose landscape paintings are revered around the world. Mr. Turner is a carefully constructed film, part performance piece... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Robot Gladiators Face Off With CARL

Yes, you read that headline right and, yes, it's as great as you hope it will be. Meet Carl, an animated short film directed by Márk Juhász as a student at Hungary's MOME University that went on to win best... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Whimsical Dark Romantic Comedy LIZA THE FOX FAIRY Releases A Fabulous New Trailer

It's been a long and winding road for Hungarian fantasy / romance / comedy Liza The Fox Fairy but, wow, does it ever look as though it's been worth the wait. It's been years since we first heard of this... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Book Review: BE SAND, NOT OIL - THE LIFE AND WORK OF AMOS VOGEL Or The Almost Lost Subversion In Cinema

When people attain a fascination with the medium of film they rarely choose a career in education. More often they become filmmakers, film critics (which is or at least should be some kind of education) and most often (like all... More »
  

Exclusive: Your First Look At Neo-Giallo Feature THE TRANSPARENT WOMAN And LGBTQ Short L'AMOUR A LA PLAGE

M International Films has given Twitch an exclusive first look at two of their new productions. We have stills from a neo-giallo feature film called The Transparent Woman, and a LGBTQ themed short film L'Amour A La Plage. The Transparent Woman,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: CHILDREN, A Lyrical Look At Patrimonial Relationships And Moral Crises

After Juraj Lehotský´s recent Miracle, Jaro Vojtek, another Slovak documentarian, has turned to fiction territory, debuting with the gently titled film Children. Vojtek is no stranger to the domestic audience. He rose to prominence with the documentary Here We Are... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Tops Online Film Critics Awards

Wes Anderson's rip-roaring love letter to Lubitsch and Hitchcock, The Grand Budapest Hotel, topped this year's Online Film Critics Society Awards, which counts a number of Twitch contributors amongst its global membership. The film won awards for Best Picture, Best... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Blu-ray Review: KILL LA KILL Kicks Ass And Has A UK Boxset

(For those with a sailor-suit fetish and/or a certain sense of humor, Christmas sure has arrived early...) Confession time: when the first trailer and images of the anime series Kill La Kill appeared on the Internet last year, I thought... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

[REC] 4: APOCALYPSE: Choose The Green Or Red Band U.S. Trailer

How do you like your horror franchise trailers? Safe and sound? Or bloody and gory? Because we have them both ways tonight. You can choose which way you want to watch the new trailer for the U.S. release of [REC] 4:... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

THE VISIT: Trailer For Sundance Selected Doc Asks If We're Ready For Aliens To Arrive

Though we're still unpacking the full Sundance selection this year one of the first titles to jump out to our attention is Michael Madsen's The Visit. No, the director is not the guy from all those Tarantino films. Yes, he... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Denmark Revisits The War With Lindholm Scripted 9 APRIL

Though increasingly recognized around the world as one of the finest young directors to come out of Scandinavia in recent years, A Hijacking helmer Tobias Lindholm first built his name as a screenwriter and it's an area he remains very... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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