Pretty Packaging: THE RAID And THE RAID 2, German Ultimate Editions

(Wowzers, them Germans sure do like these films!) This week, German distributor Koch Media has released The Raid 2: Berandal on Blu-ray. That in itself may not be a world-shattering fact, as the film is available pretty much everywhere by... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Black Bear Filmfest 2014: Twitch's Top 5 Picks

Black Bear Filmfest is about to begin and we can't be more excited! In its second edition after a triumphant debut in 2013, Black Bear Filmfest returns as Poland's only genre film festival specializing in horror, action, fantasy, sleaze, and independent... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Meeting The Criterion: HEARTS AND MINDS

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Kathryn Bigelow

The only woman to win a Best Director Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow has built a formidable reputation for directing tough films about no-nonsense individuals in circumstances of incredible stress and danger. Winning her plaudits for The Hurt Locker - beating ex-husband... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Zhou Xun

This week, Pang Ho Cheung's Chinese film Women Who Flirt will be released in the US. James saw the film and liked it a lot, as you can read in his review (this is a link). It is a modern... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Episode One - Canfield Talks SQUIRM, Vincent Price, Werner Herzog, And More

Happy Holidays from The Stack! I'm kicking off this year's massive holiday gift guide with a look at every single Scream Factory 2014 release. But do not worry I've got a ton of fun box sets and SE's to make the... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks HUNGER GAMES, HOMESMAN, Mike Nichols and Much More!

There was another lag in getting video feeds for the last couple weeks, so here for your viewing pleasure are three Twitchvisions to gorge on!This week we look back at the career of EGOT winner Mike Nichols, as well as... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Stack: Canfield Talks OBVIOUS CHILD, 70s Horror JENNIFER And Dark, Daffy LFO

Welcome back to The Stack! Dave Canfield here comin' at ya with more home entertainment goodness. First up from the good folks at Kino Lorber is the nearly forgotten Carrie (1976) knock-off Jennifer (1978), which even used the tag line, "...makes... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Raoul Walsh's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he attained the popularity and industry clout to get such... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morbido Fest 2014, Dispatch 1: FEED THE LIGHT, EL INCIDENTE, And TEKUANI Explore Limits Of The Human Psyche

"We're under the volcano," said filmmaker Richard Stanley, referring to the novel by Malcolm Lowry, adapted for the screen by John Huston in 1984, and the location of the Morbido Film Festival in 2014. The tops of volcanoes were enshrouded... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

DOC NYC 2014 Boasts An Expanded, Impressively Diverse Slate

DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., which runs this year from November 13-20, gets even bigger with its fifth edition, with well over 150 films, panels, masterclasses, and tributes, spanning across three venues: the IFC Center, the... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

Kicking off tonight with the Latin American premiere of Wild, the latest from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, the third edition of Mexico's Los Cabos International Film Festival (CIFF) promises to be a fantastic way to end the year... More »
  

Latin Beat: A BAND CALLED DEATH In Mexico, ALLENDE EN SU LABERINTO In Chile

This week's edition of Latin Beat gets right to the point, as Eric Ortiz Garcia reports on music doc A Band Called Death opening in Mexico -- I agree, it's a sharply-made documentary, worth seeking out -- and Jaime Grijalba... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Kunimura Jun

This week, Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? will be released in cinemas in the US, a film which has plenty of fans here at Twitch. It's insane and funny, not in the least because of several fantastic... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Latin Beat: MALDITO AMOR, VOLANTIN CORTAO, And More In Chile, Award-Winning Films In Mexico

In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we focus on Chile and Mexico. First, two films of interest open in Chile today, and two more next week, running the gamut from "quite intriguing" to, er, much less so. We've... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morelia 2014: Fernando Eimbcke Celebrates 10 Years Of DUCK SEASON

Yes, it's been 10 years since Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo was part of the Real Madrid team, Xbox's Halo dominated the videogame world, and Fernando Eimbcke premiered his first feature length effort Duck Season (Temporada de Patos). It was on October... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: GURREN LAGANN ULTIMATE EDITION Blu-ray Drills A Hole In The Heavens

(Such a crazy-good edition for such an insane series can only be fitting...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. has managed quite some scoops upon start-up: their first Blu-ray release last year was Cowboy Bebop, and in February they were the first... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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