Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Film?

This week (yesterday on June 15th to be precise) it was exactly 30 years ago that Studio Ghibli was founded, and work on its first film started. Which was not Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, as many people... More »
By Ard Vijn   

GERNIKA: Behind The Scenes Of The Spanish Civil War Drama

Director Koldo Serra greets me with a plate of cookies. This is the first indication that the set of Gernika is not perhaps typical of the usual Spanish Civil War dramas. But this isn't surprising; Serra's first feature film The Backwoods... More »

L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia Opens For Business In Hong Kong

Fans of classic cinema may be familiar with L'Immagine Ritrovata, one of the world's leading film restoration and preservation laboratories, based in Bologna, Italy. Well, yesterday saw the organisation spread its wings further afield, as L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia opened for business right... More »
By James Marsh   

The Many Faces Of Sir Christopher Lee

It is strange how the death of someone we don't know personally can sometimes have the impact it has. When the news became known yesterday that Sir Christopher Lee has died last weekend, it shocked me, which is frankly a... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Mechanical Ghosts On The Run: Peter Tscherkassky Retrospective On Doc Alliance

For two weeks Doc Alliance,an European online streaming platform for documentaries has been presenting many digital copies of Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky's films for free. Tscherkassky, whose latest The Exquisite Corpus premiered a few days ago in Cannes,... More »

Panorama Europe 2015 Offers Some Of The Best Recent European Films

Panorama Europe 2015, the seventh edition of the festival (formerly known as Disappearing Act) which brings some to the best recent examples of contemporary European filmmaking to New York, screens from May 29 through June 14 at the Museum of... More »

Preview: Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Debuts With Stellar Indie Lineup

There are two things when one considers going to a film festival, or dare to put one on. The first is: location, location, location. The second (or perhaps it's the first): Movies, of course. Plenty of quality, eclectic flicks that... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Fantaspoa 2015 Dispatch: Frizzi 2 Fulci Live Concert

Fantaspoa's homage to Fabio Frizzi, the main composer for the legendary Italian horror filmmaker Lucio Fulci, came to an end on Sunday evening (May 24) with an intimate yet extraordinary concert by Frizzi himself at the Centro Santander Cultural. Around... More »

Pretty Packaging: GERMAN ANGST Has A German Uncut Blu-ray/DVD Release

(Not as offending as you might think...) Horror anthologies are doing fine these days, and sometimes allow filmmakers to keep flexing their muscles even when it's hard to get a full feature off the ground. A good example of this... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Latin Beat: PERLA And Pablo Larraín's EL CLUB, Watch Trailers For Upcoming Chilean Releases

Two local films will be opening in theaters in Chile over the next couple of weeks, according to Jaime Grijalba Gomez, our Santiago-based correspondent. Are they worthy of your time and attention? Let's take a closer look. ... More »
By Peter Martin   

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Peter Bogdanovich's PAPER MOON

Perhaps best known as the film for which a ten-year-old Tatum O'Neal won herself a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, Peter Bogdanovich's Paper Moon is a beautifully constructed Depression-era caper brimming with heart and powered by a pair of flawless... More »
By James Marsh   

The Many Faces Of Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road is putting the pedal to the metal in cinemas worldwide, and two things have become apparent. One: reviews so far are almost ridiculously positive. Two: everyone agrees Charlize Theron is awesome. Thing number two shouldn't come... More »
By Ard Vijn   

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worlds of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

What will the future look like? In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller and his fabulous team conjure up strikingly distinct landscapes for what is, in essence, a chase movie. Yet it's a chase movie with great empathy for... More »
By Peter Martin   

Cannes 2015 Preview: Get To Know Your Palme d'Or Contenders

It's that time of year again, boys and girls. The 2015 Cannes Film Festival begins next week and you can rest easy knowing TwitchFilm has got you covered from beginning to end.   Our coverage (and you can expect a lot... More »
By Ben Croll   

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sidney Lumet's THE OFFENCE

It is no secret that Sean Connery grew to hate James Bond long before he stopped playing the character. In fact, he was so reluctant to return as 007 for Diamonds Are Forever, after George Lazenby walked away from the... More »
By James Marsh   

The Many Faces Of Viggo Mortensen

This week, David Oelhoffen's African western Far From Men has been released West of the Atlantic. In my review, I called it a great film, and this has in no small measure to do with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen.... More »
By Ard Vijn   

New York Indian Film Festival 2015: TwitchFilm Picks 8 Must-See Titles

The 15th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) kicks off on Monday, May 4th and this year's lineup is a doozy. The festival features everything from brand new independent features to North American premieres of Bollywood critics' darlings, to a... More »
By J Hurtado   

Udine 2015: TwitchFilm's Most Anticipated Picks

We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   

Imagine 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

All good things must come to an end. And even though, at eleven days long, the 31st Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam was longer than ever, this weekend it still ended. Last Friday saw the awards ceremony, where Liza, the... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Latin Beat: Spotlight On Peru - ASU MARE 2 Breaks Out, LUSERS Waits In The Wings

In this edition of Latin Beat, we have news from Peru about Asu Mare 2 which, despite the protests of critics, has broken out with the public, causing some theaters to run short of soft drinks and popcorn! Also, we... More »
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