Ben Umstead
U.S. Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC, where he established an east coast conglomerate of writers for the site. He currently resides in LA, where he works as a producer and script consultant.

Film 4 FrightFest 2014: Watch The Day Three Video Diary

More goodies from FrightFest TV on all things gory, ghouly, ghostly and gangly. Yes, it's day three of FrightFest 2014, with coverage and interviews for The Harvest, The Babadook, The Sleeping Room, Starry Eyes, Digging Up The Marrow, plus a... More »
  

Exclusive Trailer Premiere: Pregnancy's A Real Bitch In SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY

After a successful festival run that included awards from Indie Memphis and Boston Underground, Drew Tobia's feature debut See You Next Tuesday is getting a multi-platorm and multi-tiered release from Devolver Digital Films. And we've got the exclusive debut of... More »
  

Now Streaming: Sono Sion's Hard-hitting HIMIZU

As always here at Twitch, it's one of our goals to keep cinephiles, and casual viewers alike, abreast of where the river known as cinema flows, and more than ever, we are finding that its toward the world of... More »
  

Review: THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT, A Masterclass In Minimalism, From A Newcomer

While cinema acts as a temporal artifice like no other medium out there, films that capture the absolute spark of a moment -- the Nowness of a breath or a look -- for all to experience at a further moment,... More »
  

Review: WAR STORY, A Devastating Study Of Conflict, From Within

Mark Jackson did not so much as burst forth onto the independent film scene in 2011 with his brilliant first feature Without. Rather he made a careful set of imprints and impressions, distinct and measured, over the entire year on... More »
  

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Trailer Revs Up

George Miller's return to action cinema was so triumphant at Comic-Con this weekend, that Warner Bros. just decided to share this first look trailer with those of us that sit beyond the walls of Hall H. The trailer is awesome.... More »
  

Venice Unveils Their 2014 Lineup

Okay, folks, it's now time to get into the ever so serious fall festival season. Toronto made their first announcements just the other day and now it is time for the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia to... More »
  

Edgar Wright's Next Looks To Be BABY DRIVER

In May, Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he had been developing with Marvel Studios for nigh on half a decade. If you were a fan of his Cornetto trilogy, or just of ants and/or men in general, but especially... More »
  

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Trailer Makes A Stand With Wit

Justin Simien's Sundance darling Dear White People is coming to US theaters October 17, so today we get the full trailer for the college set satire. And it's quite chatty. Then again, when things get this racial and political almost... More »
  

DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Trailer Gets Dark

No more 15 second teases. With that August 23 premiere date fast approaching, the ol' Beeb give us a more proper trailer, with things looking mighty grim for Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor. As those things go, Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A... More »
  

Preview: Japan Cuts 2014 Gets Cute, Crude And Contemplative

Opening tonight with the US premiere of Miike Takashi's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, Japan Cuts, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, is a grand smorgasbord for cinephiles of all tastes. Well, at least for those residing... More »
  

Review: BOYHOOD, An Extraordinary Chronicle Of Growing Up

Shot over the course of 12 years with the same core cast, Richard Linklater's latest film Boyhood is a rare cinematic feat for reasons that go beyond its already unorthodox production. Call it "This American Boy's Life", Linklater's chronicle of... More »
  

Now Streaming: DIPSO, Casually Miserable In Working America

As always here at Twitch, it's one of our goals to keep cinephiles, and casual viewers alike, abreast of where the river known as cinema flows, and more than ever, we are finding that its toward the world of streaming... More »
  

Hey, NYC! Wanna Win Tix To Japan Cuts?

Good afternoon, residents and readers from the five boroughs and adjacent areas, we're teaming up with our good friends at Japan Society to giveaway passes to select screenings of films playing during their generally excellent Japan Cuts, the New York... More »
  

COMMUNITY Returns This Fall on Yahoo

Though NBC had cancelled Community back in May after five seasons, the powers that be at production company Sony seemed to indicate that the show (or at least those that put money into it) still had some fight left. And... More »
  

Watch This: Slamdance Winning Short Film THE GREGGS

Winner of the Spirit of Slamdance award at, you guessed it, this year's Slamdance Film Festival, The Greggs asks a simple question: Where do standardized tests come from?The answer is far sillier, far wackier, and far more frightening than one... More »
  

DOCTOR WHO, With Peter Capaldi, Gets A New Teaser, And A Premiere Date

Often keeping their cards right smack dab to their chest when it comes to things Doctor Who, the folks at BBC and BBC America have revealed the premiere date for series/season 8, starring The Thick Of It's Peter Capaldi as... More »
  

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
  

The Full Trailer For TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Knows It Is Dumb

Most iterations of our heroes in a half shell have played into the often ridiculous nature of the property. In fact, there was a cute self-awareness to the 80s/90s cartoon well before meta fiction was a part of the pop... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: LAKE LOS ANGELES, Of Loneliness And Limbo In America

Director Mike Ott wraps up his trilogy of films set in the Antelope Valley of Southern California with this, his beguiling fourth feature, Lake Los Angeles. Getting a lot of mileage out of a simple, near fairy tale like story,... More »
  
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