Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Douglas Sirk's THE TARNISHED ANGELS

While the name Douglas Sirk has long been a familiar one, The Tarnished Angels marks the first of his films I have actually taken the time to watch. After building his name on high profile studio melodramas, this particular film... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Should The Birth Of A Nation still be revered as a cinematic masterpiece? D. W. Griffith's silent Civil War epic has been dividing opinion ever since it first premiered in 1915, so while this is hardly a new topic of... More »
  

Indie Beat: Ben's Favorite Indies Of 2013 (Thus Far)

As I was compiling this list, an alternate subtitle that came to mind was "Indies On Parade". I'm still not sure if that means anything, but I like the energy behind it and hope that crackle transfers over to this... More »
  

New to Netflix: Beatdowns, Scooby-Doo In China, BARAKA And Coen Brothers

Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! Not that we are actually new to Netflix, we're just happy, able, and willing to help you find out what kind of 'Twitch-y' material is coming to the big red virtual... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists of Shame - June

Welcome to Full Disclosure, in which Team Twitch confesses to the classics that they have never seen, then remedies the situation by casting fresh eyes on those films for the very first time. For June we are mixing up the... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Shindo Kaneto's THE NAKED ISLAND

In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Japanese auteur Shindo Kaneto directed more than 40 feature films and is credited with writing over 100 more. While he is probably best remembered for his visually arresting horror films... More »
  

New to iTunes Australia: Twitch Picks the Best of the New Stuff

Recently we started a New to Netflix column on Twitch for readers in the US, Canada and UK. We don't have Netflix in Australia (not that it wouldn't be welcome; Australian consumer advocate Choice has even written Netflix an open... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's List of Shame - May (Part 2)

Continued from hereRudy (dir. David Anspaugh, 1993 USA)Charles Webb, Contributing Writer:About halfway through the sports drama Rudy, at about the point where Sean Astin's would-be Notre Dame player Rudy Ruetigger starts reciting Ronald Reagan's "gipper" speech in full beneath an... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists of Shame - May (Part 1)

In our ongoing quest to conquer the various indomitable beasts of World Cinema that have until now evaded us, Team Twitch has finally laid claim to works from venerable cinematic masters who span both the globe and most of the... More »
  

St Kilda 2013 Preview: 13 Essential Shorts

The St Kilda Short Film Festival is turning 30 this year, and to celebrate it is running an extended 10 day program that includes 100 Australian short films, a special program of music videos and retrospective screenings, industry open days... More »
  

Learning from the Masters of Cinema: Henri-Georges Clouzot's THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21

While Henri-Georges Clouzot is best remembered for many of his later films, including The Wages of Fear and Diabolique, the French filmmaker's 1942 debut has gone largely unseen by Western audiences until now. The Murderer Lives at 21 (L'Assassin Habite... More »
  

St Kilda 2013 Preview: Why the Annual Music Video Program Rocks

Last year two things completely changed my perspective on watching music videos.First, Natasha Pincus' phenomenally successful video for Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know was selected to play in SXSW and I helped Natasha with a little freelance... More »
  

St Kilda 2013 Preview: SXSW Sidebar to Showcase the Best of Texas

In this first preview of the St Kilda Film Festival which is held in St Kilda, Melbourne in May, I'm going to highlight the four SXSW sidebars that have been incorporated into the broader program this year. Known by its... More »
  

Learning from the Masters of Cinema: Kawashima Yuzo's BAKUMATSU TAIYO-DEN (THE SUN IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE SHOGUNATE)

When highly respected Japanese film magazine, Kinema Junpo, published its list of the Best Japanese Films of the 20th Century back in 1999, it featured many undisputed classics from the likes of Kurosawa Akira, Mizoguchi Kenji, Naruse Mikio and Ozu... More »
  

Aussie Filmmaker Andrew Morgan Uses Indiegogo In Reverse To Distribute Debut Feature

Andrew Morgan is an experimental filmmaker, with his feature debut Yes No Yes Yes Go a sort of documentary-fiction hybrid, so it's fitting that he's also decided to release the film in an experimental way. It's a variation of what... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists of Shame - April (Part 2)

Continued from hereOn the Waterfront (dir. Elia Kazan, 1954 USA)Winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, winner of 4 Golden Globes, including Best Picture - Drama and Best Actor - DramaJ Hurtado,... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists of Shame - April (Part 1)

We carry on apace with this epic undertaking - finally each tackling a classic from our individual Lists of Shame, and sharing our thoughts with you the readers. This month sees the work of such cinematic luminaries as Ozu, Bergman... More »
  

Learning from the Masters of Cinema: Claude Chabrol's LE BEAU SERGE and LES COUSINS

Welcome to a new regular feature looking at the new releases from Eureka Entertainment's Masters of Cinema series. It will publish on release day, whenever a new title (or titles) hits the shelves, taking in the film(s) in question and... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists of Shame - March (Part 1)

It is confession time once again, and this month is a special Easter edition of Full Disclosure. In our monthly efforts to catch up with revered classics and widely-considered must-sees that have thus far passed us by, not only are... More »
  

Euro Beat: France Campaigns To 'Free John McTiernan,' Plus Abel Ferrara Finds His Anne Sinclair

Die Hard and Predator director John McTiernan has been ordered to begin a one year prison sentence by April 3 (eight days from now) ... but not if the French have anything to say about it. Citizens of the country... More »
  
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