DOC NYC, Largest Documentary Festival in U.S., Returns With Best (and Biggest) Slate Yet

DOC NYC, in the four short years of its existence, has now become the largest documentary film festival in the U.S. This year's edition, screening from November 14-21 at IFC Center and the SVA Theatre, brings a vast selection of... More »
  

Indie Beat: Top 5 Most Intriguing Indies In November

When we get down to awards season, it becomes even harder to discern the nature of so-called independent and limited releases. Like October, many of November's limited releases, start out as such, but are in fact "high-pedigree" studio films (or... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2013 Offers An Impressive Slate of Artfully Made, Provocative Documentaries From Across the Globe

The 2013 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the American Museum of Natural History's annual international documentary showcase, screens from October 17 through 20. If the films that I was able to preview are any indication, this year's selections... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks

All is (relatively) quiet now at The Alamo Drafthouse in northwest Austin, Texas, which has resumed its normal operations, with barely a sign that an 8-day celebration of genre films from around the world, hosting filmmakers, industry guests, members of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Maisie Williams Gets Close To Wildlife In CORVIDAE With A Gallery Of Art And Photos

I'm not quite the devotee of Game of Thrones as many of my friends (I just can't keep up with all the storylines). But one thing I do know is that my favourite character by far is Arya Stark, played... More »
  

7 Movie Pubs That Make Me Want To Have A Pint

All I know about pubs is what I've learned from the movies. And what I've learned is that pubs are the center of the universe, a theorem that is proved by Edgar Wright's The World's End, in which Simon Pegg,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By Ben Umstead   
  

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 »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

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 »
By Simon de Bruyn   
  

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 »
By James Marsh   
  
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