Ben Umstead
East Coast Editor; Los Angeles, California

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.

Series Preview: Art Of The Real Tests The Boundaries Of Documentary Filmmaking

Film Society of Lincoln Center's inaugural film series Art of the Real - a showcase for nonfiction films that pushes the farthest boundaries of documentary filmmaking, is for me, one of the most exciting film series I have had the... More »
  

Preview: Panorama Europe Spotlights New & Old Voices Alike

As spring finally arrives in the Big Apple so do a swatch of European films that have largely gone unnoticed even on the festival circuit. Leave it to the European Union National Institutes for Culture then to say "Hey, hold... More »
  

The Trailer For Kelly Reichardt's NIGHT MOVES Creates A Palpable Sense Of Paranoia

Those that have kept abreast of the American Indie scene the last 8 years or so, should know full well that Kelly Reichardt is a writer and director of considerable power, even when working in such minimalist aesthetics. While Old... More »
  

Review: HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES, A Daring And Complex Portrait Of Childhood

In childhood, those magical spaces and feelings of curiosity and wonder; those feelings and urges that could propel you to great heights and even greater adventures, sit so precariously close to what one can only describe as apocalypse: those weighted... More »
  

New JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer Aims For The Epic

Fans of the future dystopian segment in Lana and Andy Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, take note. The second trailer for their latest flick takes a lot of that hefty sci-fi morality and ethics ball game seen in the Seoul-set story of... More »
  

Noah Segan To Get Punched By Marko Zaror In REDEEMER

Ernesto Díaz Espinoza's next with fellow Chilean, and rising martial arts star, Marko Zaror is continuing to shape up with the casting of American Noah Segan. Most recently seen at SXSW in psychological horror Starry Eyes, and best known to... More »
  

Tribeca 2014: Watch The Pulse Pounding Trailer For Midnighter THE CANAL

As we ramp up for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC this April 16 - 27, more and more material on the films that will be playing the fest come pouring in. Today we've discovered that the festival page... More »
  

Věra Chytilová, The First Lady Of Czech Cinema, Has Passed

Czech New Wave director Věra Chytilová passed away earlier this week, on March 12, according to the Prague Post. She was 85 years old. Chytilová is best known to international cinephiles as the master mind behind Daisies, the rambunctious, undefinable... More »
  

NYC Happenings: A Tribute To Donald Richie Returns To Japan Society

If you know Japanese Cinema, especially pre-1980s, but certainly not excluding current generations of filmmakers, then you no doubt know the name Donald Richie. The American critic who adopted Japan as his home after the war, Richie was an instrumental... More »
  

This Exclusive LUCKY BASTARD Clip Suggests You Whack Off

Oh, poor Dave, he just can't seem to catch a break. Your typical mild-mannered lover of pornography, Dave is now the winner of an online contest where he gets to sleep with a pornstar (while the cameras roll of course).... More »
  

Review: COMMUNITY S5EP08 "App Development And Condiments" Gets Dystopic

I've spent a good few minutes typing and retyping more informed, humorous and/or clever openings to this review, only to come back to this conclusion: Last night's Community was an episode that featured one of the show's always interesting experiments... More »
  

FRANK Trailer: Fans Of Papier-mâché Heads & Art Rock Rejoice

Yep, it's that Sundance flick where Michael Fassbender wears a giant apier-mâché head. And by the looks of its first trailer Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's flick feels down right delightful if you ask me. Our own Jason Gorber reviewed the... More »
  

First Trailer For SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Should Please Fans

It's been a very, very long time coming, but Sin City creator Frank Miller and Mr. Macho Movie Maverick himself, Robert Rodriguez have at last unleashed our first solid look at their next entry in what is apparently now a... More »
  

13 SINS: Red Band Trailer For The 13 BELOVED Remake Gets Monstrous

Plenty of Twitch readers are, I am sure, aware of the Thai horror series that started with 13 Beloved. The film placed a young and desperate man in the hot seat of an underground, and very dangerous, reality game show.... More »
  

Tribeca Announces Lineups For Spotlight, Midnight And More!

It was just the other day that we got our first proper look at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival with their Competition and Viewpoints lineups. Today we get to even more fun stuff with the lineups for their Spotlight, Midnight,... More »
  

Boston Underground's Second Wave Includes WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL, STARRY EYES, More

Lest we forget there are other film festivals in March, the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) has unleashed its second wave of titles for its 16th, running March 26 - 30 at The Brattle Theatre. And it's a dynamite bunch... More »
  

SXSW 2014: HONEYMOON Teaser Creeps With The Terror Of Being Newlywed

Leigh Janiak's romantic horror Honeymoon is set to have its world premiere this Friday, March 7th, down in dear ol' Austin, TX. So with that we have today a nice little tease of the film.Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and... More »
  

Review: COMMUNITY S5EP07, "Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality" Brings The Substance

Before we get to the review proper... yes, to the two people who read these, I missed reviewing the last two episodes on account of some serious Sundance fatigue (In such a state I became selfish and also just wanted... More »
  

Trailer: GODZILLA Is Pure Gravitas

Woah. And... woah...The new trailer for Gareth Edwards' take on Godzilla arrived today and it sure knows how to instill a bit of fear in the hearts of us measly mammals. Over some starkly terrifying shots of destroyed cities we've... More »
  

Harold Ramis Dead At 69

Harold Ramis, a writer, actor and director who participated in the creation of some of Hollywood's most funny, vital and downright raucous works of the past 40 years, passed away last evening from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare... More »
  
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