Ard Vijn
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ard joined Twitch in November 2006, promising Todd to share information about the Dutch film industry. Instead, he focuses on Asian cinema and Japanese animation in particular. Once every year he nearly becomes the writer he so desperately wants to be and that is during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He juggles his time between his wife and two sons, films, and a career-on-the-side as a financial analyst.

Disney To Release Lucas-inspired STRANGE MAGIC In January

With Big Hero 6 currently in cinemas, Disney is raking in the dough as usual, and more is expected when Into The Woods will be released in December. But what's the House with the Mouse planning after that? A surprise,... More »
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Review: FROM INSIDE Rides A Depressing Train Of Thought

(For those who thought Snowpiercer wasn't somber enough...) Cee, a young pregnant woman, sits on a giant train which drives through a post-apocalyptic landscape. Nobody knows if the train's destination still exists, or even if there are tracks beyond the... More »
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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 »
  

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 »
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Yamamoto Eiichi's 70s Erotic Anime BELLADONNA OF SADNESS Is Being Restored For US Release

Los Angeles based distributor Cinelicious Pics has been turning heads over the last few months. The brand-new company may have licensed only a few titles yet, but those include some Twitch favorites, like for example Ragnar Bragason's Metalhead, and Anurag... More »
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The Many Faces Of Lance Henriksen

Last week in Japan, legendary director Oshii Mamoru's new live-action film Garm Wars: The Last Druid was shown to the public, and rest assured we will chime in soon about it. Reviews have been wildly divided, to say the least,... More »
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Halloween Twitches: Our Favorite Film Ghosts

(If there's something strange, in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Twitch!) As Jack Skellington's minions so gleefully sang in The Nightmare Before Christmas: "This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!". So we here at Twitch decided... More »
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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 »
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The Many Faces Of Keanu Reeves

Whoa! John Wick is hitting its theatrical release this week, and as Peter Martin says in his review (click), it's surprisingly good by virtue of not being bad. Part of the film's success is due to the starring role of... More »
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Book Review: MASAAKI YUASA SKETCHBOOK FOR ANIMATION PROJECTS

(Book titles don't get more truthfully descriptive than that...) One of the most distinctly unique talents working in animation, Japanese artist Yuasa Masaaki has had quite some coverage on the Twitch site. You can say we're big fans of his... More »
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The Many Faces Of Shia LaBeouf

This week, David Ayer's World War II tank film Fury premieres. And while it is oh-so-tempting to dedicate this week's quiz to one of the two Brads in the film, I decided to go with Shia LaBeouf instead. We'll have... More »
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Camera Japan Review: SHORT PEACE Has Great Shorts But No Peace

(Otomo Katsuhiro once again searches for beauty in violence and destruction, and this time he has brought some friends...) Seeing anime on a big screen is always a special affair in the Netherlands, and there are only a few... More »
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Five Questions For HOUSEBOUND Director Gerard Johnstone

Yes. Housebound is that good. No. We will not stop talking about it. When the opportunity came up to fire off some questions to the director, Gerard Johnstone, I went to the rest of the Twitch Film crew and by... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Asami

This week, Mitsutake Kurando's Gun Woman was shown at the Sitges festival, part of its worldwide tour since its world premier in Yubari (where our own James Marsh saw and reviewed it). The undisputed centerpiece, title character and star of... More »
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Camera Japan 2014 Review: FORMA Demands Attention

(This review won't scratch the surface, and that is fully intentional...) At the start of Forma, you see one of its protagonists stick a pen in a cardboard box, making a small hole. She then puts the box on her... More »
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Pretty Packaging: GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.0, And My Seven-Fold Double-Dip...

("I can resist anything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde) See the image above? It is from Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell. To be more specific, it's from the original 1995 version. It is not in the revamped cut... More »
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GANGSTER PAYDAY Gets A Trailer And A Nice Picture Gallery

In Lee Po-Cheung's comedy action drama Gangster Payday, an aging hoodlum decides to go straight and invest his time and money in a teahouse. When the teahouse stands in the way of a development project, and a rival gang is... More »
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The Many Faces Of Rosamund Pike

A new movie by David Fincher is always worth rejoicing, especially when the word of mouth is as good as with Gone Girl. That the titular girl is being played by Rosamund Pike doesn't hurt either, and gives us a... More »
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Contest: These FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY Limited Prints Can Be Yours!

Hi everyone (and we do mean everyone, as this contest is worldwide). In the past, we've several times heralded Dutch director Richard Raaphorst's drawing skills. Especially the designs he made for the abandoned Worst Case Scenario project and the not-abandoned... More »
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Our Facebook Quiz Will Shortly Have Its 350th Film Guessed!

Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-trafficked topic used to be the screenshot quiz. The rules were simple: someone would post a screenshot, for all other people to guess which film it was from. And the... More »
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