Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. There he established an east coast conglomerate of writers for the site. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a producer and script consultant.
North America's largest film festival for contemporary Japanese cinema is back for its 9th edition, taking place at the Japan Society in New York City, July 9 - 19.Dustin Chang and Christopher Bourne, our intrepid vets of the fest, bring... More »
On the streets of Los Angeles sunlight seems to move differently than in most places. It blazes, arching across the sky, like a banshee spreading its wings. From behind the wheel of your car, inching forward in the hellion-marked traffic... More »
As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
A summer staple for NYC, the New York Asian Film Festival (affectionately known around these parts as NYAFF) swings back into action at The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and SVA Theater, June 26 - July 11. Jam packed with... More »
There comes a moment early on in Toad Road director Jason Banker's Felt which beautifully sets the tone for what is to unfold over the next 70 or so minutes of his second narrative feature. After partying with a few young... More »
Well, dear readers, it must be short film day here at Twitch.Director Ryan Spindell and his fellow mad scientists and Trapdoor Pictures have something wonderfully pulpy and more than a little silly to share with us today: Their short film... More »
Coming off of great buzz at Cannes, Denis Villeneuve's Sicario arrives on U.S. shores September 18. Today the trailer dropped and it's a doozy.Starring Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who gets thrust into the Mexican Cartel drug war, the... More »
I want my ZTV.AMC's adaption of the comic book The Walking Dead is so gosh darn popular, a second show taking place in Robert Kirkman's zombie universe is coming. Premiering this August, Fear The Walking Dead chronicles the survival of... More »
When documentarian Natalie Johns and her team returned to her home country of South Africa, they weren't quite expecting the story they found on the streets of Durban.Thalente Biyela is a 17-year old who is homeless and illiterate. And he... More »
Jurassic Park was the event movie of my childhood. In the summer of 1993, I was 9 years old. Amidst my enthusiasm for Batman, X-Men, and all things Star Wars, I was compelled and fascinated by the world of dinosaurs.... More »
We are walking down a serene wooded path. With our back to us is a redheaded girl, her hair in a long, tight braid, her shoulders slumped forward. She's walking through the woods, pondering her very existence: Why is she... More »
There are two things when one considers going to a film festival, or dare to put one on. The first is: location, location, location. The second (or perhaps it's the first): Movies, of course. Plenty of quality, eclectic flicks that... More »
With Mad Men coming to a close later this month, viewers have been wondering what the man behind Don Draper will do next. While I for one had hoped Jon Hamm would go all out and do a full-on, international... More »
Based on the smashing European success of Shaun The Sheep The Movie, the stop-motion masters at Aardman will be reteaming with StudioCanal for Early Man, Nick Park's first feature directorial outing since Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.... More »
It's rare on 'Crowdfund This' to feature a campaign for a documentary, which makes today an intriguing one on the outset. But wait until you take a closer look at just what Esteban Argüello's Jiàoliàn [Coach] has in store. Jiàoliàn... More »
The first full trailer for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, the fourth in the on-again-off-again franchise, was released today.I'm not sure about this, but has an audience really, truly looked forward to a Jurassic Park flick since The Lost World in... More »
With a title like The Sisterhood Of Night, images of Hammer Horror classics may come to mind, but director Caryn Waechter and screenwriter Marilyn Fu have something on their hands far more enriching of the teenage experience than just genre... More »
If you have a fresh film pitch you are dying to get off your chest, or a work-in-progress that needs some intelligent eyes on it, then you may be in luck. Submissions to the 2015 Fantastic Market at Fantastic Fest... More »
Leave it to the Man Without Fear to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to daring new heights. Even if that's just mostly to the top of a five story walk-up in Hell's Kitchen. Marvel's Daredevil is the first of the... More »
If the Marvel Netflix properties this year have demonstrated anything, it's that the movie series' perceived lack of bench-strength in the villain department might not be a matter of character, but rather of format. People like to pick on Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser in situations like this, but I'll...
(No points for mentioning the piece of shit I'm using for an example...) Ah, villains! What would heroes be without them? More boring, for starters? Oftentimes, the villains have better character arcs, and are far more interesting than the good people who fight them. They intrigue, or are even sympathetic....
This week, the grand finale of The Hunger Games trilo-whoops-quadrilogy arrives in cinemas, with the adventures of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen coming to a close. Pierce Conran saw the ending and quite liked it, as he stated in his review. Katniss' target is the evil President Snow, as played by...
As we approach the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I've been noodling the idea of writing some sort of defense of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. If stirring up the comments section is an objective of any "think piece" on the internet in 2015, standing up and saying...
(Bond may be back, but so is the nefarious organization known as Team TwitchFilm!) Last week, Sam Mendes' second Bond film Spectre got its wide release in the United States, and loads of other places as well. By sheer luck, or rather the mystifying world of movie distribution, some...