Ard Vijn
Associate Editor, Features; 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.

The Many Faces Of Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road is putting the pedal to the metal in cinemas worldwide, and two things have become apparent. One: reviews so far are almost ridiculously positive. Two: everyone agrees Charlize Theron is awesome. Thing number two shouldn't come... More »
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Team TwitchFilm On AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

(Who is this?! Team TwitchFilm, assemble!) Unless you've been living under a rock, a Wifi-less one no less, you will have been made aware of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the last ten days, Avengers:... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is The Most Under-rated Superhero Film Ever?

All around the globe, Avengers: Age of Ultron is barging through cineplexes, the latest entry in the vast assault that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while these films are undeniably popular, there seems to be a growing sentiment that... More »
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Here's A New DEADPOOL Pic

Last night, actor Ryan Reynolds turned up on Instagram and posted this picture below from the upcoming Deadpool film, accompanied by the text: Stuck the landing. With my mouth.You can check his actual post here to follow him. Deadpool is... More »
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The Many Faces Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

This week sees the wide release of Henry Hobson's debut film Maggie, a zombie drama. The big eye-catcher here is that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, cast against type as a father trying to cope with the impending death of his... More »
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SPL2 Gets A Poster, And A Whopping Big Set Of Stills

A few weeks ago we got the teaser trailer to SPL 2, and... well, damn... that looked very promising indeed! Tony Jaa and Wu Jing kicking ass, a brutally melodramatic plot that would get even the most pacifist fighter's blood... More »
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Have Your Say: What Does Your Ideal STAR WARS Movie Look Like?

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens much in the news, and speculation about other Star Wars films abound, let's have a bit of a thought experiment. With the universe apparently wide-open, instead of working up our (new) hopes we can... More »
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The Many Faces Of Viggo Mortensen

This week, David Oelhoffen's African western Far From Men has been released West of the Atlantic. In my review, I called it a great film, and this has in no small measure to do with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen.... More »
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Review: FAR FROM MEN, A Western In Algeria

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) An Algeria-based western might seem like an odd idea on paper, but David Oelhoffen's Far From Men (Loin des Hommes), starring Viggo Mortensen, turns out to be a pretty... More »
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In This LEGEND Teaser, Check Tom Hardy... And Tom Hardy!

Several films have already been made about the Kray brothers, two notorious career criminals who ran a veritable gangster empire in London. This September we'll get another adaptation of their story: Legend, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, and starring... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On EX MACHINA

(What is on display here: intelligence, artificial intelligence, or just artifice?) Last week Ex Machina got a wide release in the United States. The previous two weeks it had been in a hugely successful limited release already, scoring the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Harrison Ford

One of the films going into wide release, over in the US, is The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama about an immortal woman who may start aging again for the man she loves (which sounds a bit like Spring,... More »
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Imagine 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

All good things must come to an end. And even though, at eleven days long, the 31st Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam was longer than ever, this weekend it still ended. Last Friday saw the awards ceremony, where Liza, the... More »
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Have Your Say: Do We Really Want Trailers This Far Ahead?

Every week sees the release of plenty of trailers and teasers, but the past seven days or so have been really extraordinary. With the second Avengers film about to be released, everyone was talking of Star Wars, and Batman vs.... More »
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Imagine 2015 Review: LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY Magnificently Kills With Kindness

This weekend, Liza, the Fox-Fairy won the Silver Méliès Award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam. It was hardly the first award it won either: a few weeks earlier at Fantasporto, it won awards for Best Film and Best Special... More »
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The Many Faces Of Domhnall Gleeson

Alex Garland's Ex Machina is currently doing great business: still in a successful theatrical run in its home country of the United Kingdom, the limited release in the US so far has seen a staggeringly high box office (60,000 dollars... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Anime Limited's Second KILL LA KILL Boxset

It's been a few months since the release of Anime Limited's first Kill La Kill boxset (reviewed here and seen in detail here), so the wait has been long, but finally the second one out of three has arrived. These... More »
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Have Your Say: What Was Your Best Film Festival Ever?

The past six days I've been visiting the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam a lot, and have been enjoying myself immensely: meeting old film buddies, meeting new film buddies, a great line-up, Amsterdam in spring weather... it has been sheer bliss... More »
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Imagine 2015 Review: TURBO KID Splatters Everyone With Fun

(Gory equals glory with lots of guts!) Saying Turbo Kid is Mad Max on BMX-bikes may be a quick description, and not exactly misleading, but it's also selling the film a bit short. For starters it fails to show Turbo... More »
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The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
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