Have Your Say: What Was Your Money Best Spent On This Year, Film-wise?

(My precioussss...) I'm a hoarder, and parts of my house are becoming borderline unliveable because of it. Some of the special editions you see in these here pages will have been sent to me by industry for review purposes, but... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

An American Film Geek's Top 10 For 2015

In a year that's seen fit to serve up some of the most anticipated, accomplished and unique cinema in recent years, it's a little odd that the most widely talked-about movies in 2015 hail from the past.  Back to... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

The Many Faces Of The Real Santa!

Yesterday we featured a quiz full of fake Santas, but today we move on to the real deal: cinematic depictions of Santa himself! Yep, Santa is a popular guy in films, and not just as a costume or a disguise.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The Power Of THE FORCE AWAKENS

Sure, within moments of the wider pop cultural world becoming aware of the fact that Rey (Daisy Ridley) wasn't just the main character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but was indeed that kind of main character - the Luke,... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Pretty Packaging: FULL METAL PANIC! Hits The UK With A Big Box

Scottish distributor Anime Limited has built a reputation for itself of releasing anime series old and new, often aiming straight at collectors with high-priced fancy editions. Keeping true to this, last week they released one big box with all three... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Team TwitchFilm On: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Carrie Fisher

This may come as news to some of you, but there is a new Star Wars film out in theaters, right now. And believe it or not, some of the old (literally) cast members of the original trilogy are in... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Film Industry Fraud Investigation In Spain

El Pais, Spain's national newspaper, recently reported that an investigation is underway into possible fraud conducted by some film producers and exhibitors in the country. A complaint received by the Instituto de Cinematografia y Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) lead to the... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Systems Of Control In CAROL

Some spoilers for Carol. Carol is one of the best films of the year, beautifully mounted by Todd Haynes, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. It pays close attention to the tools of its trade: framing, composition, editing, and sound choices... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Alien From The STAR WARS Universe?

(What? Of course this is an alien, she's from another planet, ain't she?) So, yeah, Star Wars is happening again, and the hype is stronger than even I imagined, and I'm old enough to have seen this happen quite a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Critical Distance: Will STAR WARS Reveal The Real J.J. Abrams?

Will the real J.J. Abrams finally be revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Abrams has directed five films, four of which have been franchise installments. So far, the only one that has felt personal is Super 8. He followed... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Pretty Packaging: NEKROMANTIK 2 Need Not Be Called A Sloppy Second

(But... but... who said I wanted more of this?!) Last year, Arrow UK shocked everyone by announcing a pimped edition of Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit's grungy art-horror film about a necrophiliac, his hobbies and his dreams. In fact, that edition was... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: BODY DOUBLE Gets A French Edition To Double-Dip For

Earlier this year, French distributor Carlotta Films announced that they would be releasing a new series of "Ultra Collector" boxsets. Aiming at four releases a year, each of these would feature a remastered edition of a beloved (yet underrated) film,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of David Thewlis

This week, Brian Helgeland's film Legend goes wide in North America, and the film stars Tom Hardy as the identical Cray twins. But there are more stellar actors in that cast, one of them being David Thewlis. And he is... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY Packs A Whallop

(This set may actually be worth it losing a pinky finger for...) Years ago, I attended a lecture by Tom Mes on certain cultural aspects of Japanese society as shown in cinema, and clips from Fukasaku Kinji's Battles Without Honour... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: "Our Lot In Life" - Droid Personhood In STAR WARS

Is BB-8 a boy? A girl? A non-gendered utility device? I don't know. And I'm off the internet through the release of The Force Awakens because honestly, I don't want to find out. I mentioned who was playing Captain Phasma... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Will You Go See THE HATEFUL EIGHT On 70MM, Or 4K, Or 42 Inch?

In a few weeks we can all go watch Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight. And the director has a famously strong opinion on HOW you should go watch it: on the biggest possible screen, and specifically projected using... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: DOWNHILL RACER Snaps Into Sharp Focus On Criterion

Here's what the Criterion Collection is good for: equal parts enshrining of significant milestones in the art of film (see last week's review of Ikiru), and the championing of striking works of filmcraft that have somehow slipped from the narrative... More »
By Matt Brown   
  
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