Indie Beat: Old Ways And New Directions With Filmmakers Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs

I met Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs (collectively/creatively known as Lauren Edward -- their middle names) the night their documentary I Send You This Place screened at WestFest, an experiment in micro-festing put on here in Los Angelese by the... More »

ZERO CHARISMA, THE GUILD, And The Odd Sensation Of Nerd Envy

If I wanted to be really fancy and insufferable, I might start by remarking how interesting it was to catch Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham's Zero Charisma at New York Comic Con earlier this month: screening a film about gamers... 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 »

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - October

As we enter the final quarter of 2013's Full Disclosure, I was hoping to have all our contributors check out something at least vaguely horror-related knowning that this feature would publish close to Hallowe'en. Well, the trials and tribulations behind... More »

Korean American Film Festival New York 2013 Commemorates The Korean War Armistice With A Vivid And Illuminating Program

The Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) always includes an impressively eclectic collection of features and shorts, and this year's 7th edition is no exception. However, for the first time, the festival is organized around one specific subject: the... More »

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 »

Indie Beat: 5 Most Intriguing Indies In October

October is looking to be one of the best months of the year for independently minded film in the U.S., if only because a handful of titles that have been some of the most anticipated and talked about (and controversial)... More »

Fear & Loathing at Fantastic Fest 2013/2009, Part 5. As if Things Could End Any Other Way. (NSFW)

CHAPTER 12: LEAVE THE HAT ON, COWBOYIt's roughly one in the morning and I'm having an impromptu picnic with Rebecca at Barton Springs, a natural spring fed pool in south Austin. Rebecca was able to snatch a bottle of vodka... More »

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - September

September has been an incredibly busy month for the Twitch collective, with many of our writers travelling the Earth seeking out cinematic delights in as far-reaching corners as Venice, Toronto and Austin. As a result, this month's Full Disclosure is... More »

Indie Beat: The Road To Sustainable Filmmaking And How Crowdfunding Platform Seed&Spark Could Pave The Way

Though I may not always find the proper footing for sharing big ideas here it has always been my goal with Indie Beat to discuss independent cinema as a frontier realm -- in the artistic sense, but also of a... More »

Indie Beat: 5 Most Intriguing Indies In September

While I am not feeling as hot on the independent releases this month as I have in the past couple, (the word "ho-hum" comes to mind) there is no doubt some good stuff coming the U.S.A.'s way this summer's end.... More »

The 8 Best Things I Learned At The RIDDICK Press Conference With Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and David Twohy

In a cinema culture where "sequel" is usually synonymous with "bigger-louder-flashier," Riddick is something of an anomaly. After expanding the universe of his cult-sleeper-hit Pitch Black significantly in the studio-backed Chronicles of Riddick, writer/director David Twohy has actually scaled things... More »

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - August

This month's Full Disclosure includes some real highlights of the early Hollywood era, including pivotal works from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Howard Hawks. Our team also widens its experience of World Cinema by catching up with top-tier... More »

Fantasia 2013: Boozie Movies Reviews Clive Barker's HISTORY OF THE DEVIL

Streams have been crossed and worlds have collided because Boozie Movies has set out to review a theatrical live production with Title 66's presentation of Clive Barker's History of the Devil at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival. Whew. That... More »

Indie Beat: L.A. Stories -- Seeking Independence In Hollywood

Even from indoors I can sense the sprawl. It is an onslaught. It is an adventure. Its sun-charged heart of concrete beats ceaselessly. The seeming endlessness of a loud city song, a vortex cradled by hills, valleys, and mountains. Even... More »

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 »

Parables Of Folly And Madness: 8 Early Herzog Classics At FSLC

With his latest, somber Public Service Announcement on the dangers of texting-while-driving, One Minute to the Next and the new T. E. Lawrence/Gertrude Bell project, Queen of the Desert on the way, there seems to be no sign of slowing... More »

Surveying The Glandscape: Russ Meyer At The Anthology Film Archives

Just about anyone who stops by Twitch is bound to know the name Russ Meyer, and is at least aware of a film entitled Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, or perhaps Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Associated with the man... More »

Fantasia 2013 Gets All Wrapped Up With Our Top Picks and Reviews

The Fantasia Film Festival is all wrapped up and we've got links to all our coverage and some fun answers to what we loved and didn't below! REVIEWS Boozie Movies Has An Existential Crisis With 24 EXPOSURES. But The Boobs... 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 »
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