Born in New England, bred around the Capital Beltway, and schooled in the heart of Hollywood, Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. He can once again be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.
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 »
The fair trade filmmaking site Seed&Spark is running a little experiment in the festival arena and it's all going down Tuesday, October 1 through Thursday October 3 at the Hub LA. Now, full disclosure, I'll be participating with the closing... More »
Perhaps not as well known to this generation of cinema goers, Park Chul-soo was an important staple in modern Korean cinema. Why you ask? Inspired by his time in Manhattan and the independent film scene that was flourishing there in... More »
Fresh off showings at Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark, and just a week ahead of it's release from Phase 4 and The Kevin Smith Movie Club, we've got a pair of clips from The Dirties, the Slamdance Grand Jury... More »
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the directing duo behind Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, have found their next project with an adaptation of Tim Madigan's memoir I'm Proud Of You, which chronicles his close friendship with Fred Rogers, host... More »
Fantastic Corpse being a spin on the old parlor game exquisite corpse, only with a short film as the end result... a nine minute short directed by a different filmmaker every two minutes or so. This version has Oren Carmi... More »
Depending on your own political perceptions, Jacob Kornbluth's documentary about Robert Reich, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton's first term, and his quest to right the wrongs of the failing economy by educating the people might float... More »
With Breaking Bad just about over what is one Mr. Jesse Pinkman to do? Well, if we can dream in operatic post-technicolor, he gets outta Dodge alive, and in one of them fancy suped up cars...I honestly had no clue... More »
Under The Skin, Jonathan Glazer's first feature film since 2004's Birth has been dividing audiences from Venice to Toronto for its transgressive content and startling atmosphere. Basically Scarlett Johansson is an alien in human form and she's on the hunt... More »
The big winner at Cannes this past spring was Blue Is The Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche's screen adaptation of the graphic novel Blue Angel. A coming-of-ager that got quite a bit of initial attention for its graphic sex scenes between... More »
What's there to say with this one? You've got Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo bringing back their popular assassin character. Charlie Sheen... er, excuse me, Carlos Estevez... is the president of the United States. Mel Gibson is the baddy. And... More »
Kelsey Grammer: Tough Guy. If your exposure to the thespian is merely through his long, long tenure as TV's Dr. Frasier Crane, than you may think those words are absolutely ridiculous. But if you watched Grammer on his other starring... More »
We're just a mere two days away from Fantastic Fest starting in the fair city of Austin, TX, and Tim League and his Alamo Drafthosue army are still announcing titles for the fest. And boy, are they a fine looking... More »
As I child I lived, breathed, ate and drank LEGO bricks. By all accounts that means I shat them too. But I did not step on them! Being the adult who still loves the All Mighty Brick I am finding... More »
We're big fans of one Mr. Jim Mickle in these here parts. His first cinematic effort in the feature length realm, the mutant rat/pandemic horror Mulberry Street, proved justly claustrophobic, while his road trippin vampire apocalypse Stake Land was a... More »
You can tell by just one screenshot that Alexander Payne's Nebraska is no doubt a low-key and gentle flick. It's no-nonsense black and white cinematography shucks away any kind of grandeur that one may get from the great plains states,... More »
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 »
[Updated: The Code has been fixed and should work now to redeem passes.]I know next to nothing about the band Metallica, so here I find myself just the messenger with the hunch that a good cross section of our audience... More »
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to...
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...
It was already a good show, one of the best new broadcast TV series of the year. And then Joe Carnahan blew up The Blacklist, directing and co-writing an episode that was bloodier, more urgent, and more painful than anything that had come before. James Spader, who emerged in the...
While the United States is wrapped up warm celebrating Thanksgiving with its nearest and dearest - that one holiday that no one outside of America really understands or cares about - Team Twitch again casts fresh eyes over some overlooked gems of world cinema. This month, by sheer coincidence, proves a...