J Hurtado
Contributing Writer; Dallas, Texas

J Hurtado is Twitch's connection to the world of Indian cinema. Located in the South Asian diasporan capital of Dallas, Texas, J is able to keep tabs on Bolly, Kolly, Tolly, Molly, Sandal, and Lollywood for your reading pleasure. In addition to being among the only mainstream writers focusing on South Asian cinema, he is an avid supporter of independent and cult home video.

Review: JIGARTHANDA, A Mini-Meta-Masterpiece Of Madurai Mob Movie Mimicry

Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda is long, juggles multiple storylines, tells complex stories in tiny chunks, is loaded for bear with insider references for Tamil film aficionados that will frequently leave newbs scratching their heads, and is nearly impossible to write about... More »
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BANG BANG Teaser Gives You Abs, Explosions, And Footjets(?) Aplenty!

Fox Star Studios in India gave us what could turn out to be the most ridiculous teaser of 2014 today with the first footage from Siddarth Anand's Bang Bang! The film is an official remake of the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz... More »
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London Indian 2014 Review: HANK & ASHA, A Romance Interrupted

I didn't join the Twitch team to write about romantic comedies. I'm more of a genre film guy with a particular slant toward Indian flavored cinema. However, I've seen James Duff's Hank & Asha appear on the rosters of enough Indian... More »
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London Indian 2014: ANIMA STATE Is A Transient Trip Through Modern/Medieval Pakistan

Every country, every civilization, and every culture deals with its own set of crises of faith, crises of identity, and the clash between reactionaries and radicals. Pakistan's struggles are no different, although what exactly those struggles are will change depending... More »
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London Indian 2014 Review: AS SEEN BY THE REST Presents An Intricate Puzzle Box For Movie Buffs

A thrilling mystery in several parts, As Seen By the Rest (Ulidavaru Kandante) is a bold leap forward for the cinema of Karnataka, India. The film is both completely comfortable in its own skin and with its identity as popular... More »
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Melbourne 2014: The Full Program Reveals A Full-Bodied Selection of Cinema

The Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing having revealed its program mid-week. Tickets have opened for members and media alike. The program itself is one of the more exciting and well-rounded ones in MIFF history. It consists... More »
  

Anurag Kashyap's Epic GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Finally Gets North American Distribution By Cinelicious

Hell has apparently frozen over because Anurag Kashyap's epic crime story, Gangs of Wasseypur, finally has North American distribution. Gangs of Wasseypur, a five and a half hour cinematic experience that is gripping like few films I've ever seen, debuted in... More »
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Watch COMMANDO's Vidyut Jamwal In The First Teaser For Suriya's ANJAAN

Tamil film superstar Suriya is back for the first time since the disastrous Singam 2 with a new film directed by N. Lingusamy titled Anjaan. Normally, this information on its own would be enough to get my excited. Suriya is... More »
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Asian Film Festival Of Dallas Delivers Its Lucky 13th Full Lineup

Many years ago, in the ancient year of 2006, I was fortunate enough to have the kindly overlords of Twitch publish a few of my words regarding the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. It was the first time anyone ever... More »
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Salman Khan Is Looking For A New KICK In This Trailer

There once was a time when a new Salman Khan movie was a thing to get excited for. Unfortunately, Sallu has been out of the limelight for a little while and his last foray into the world of Bollywood blockbusters, Jai... More »
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London Indian Film Festival 2014 Unveils Full Lineup

One of my favorite film festivals has unveiled their 2014 lineup and it looks like a good one. We've been covering LIFF for the last couple of years and every year they come up with some great features, and this year... More »
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LA Film Fest 2014: Watch This First Clip From Dave Boyle's MAN FROM RENO

Dave Boyle's latest film, an unexpected thriller titled Man From Reno, is about to have its world premiere at this year's LA Film Festival. We put it on our list of 15 Twitch Picks for the festival, and we now... More »
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CANTINFLAS Trailer: The World's Greatest Clown Gets A Biopic

As the first American born child of a half Mexican family, Cantinflas was a presence that was both ubiquitous and mysterious to me as a child. While my own household with my parents was very culturally acclimated to life in... More »
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Now on DVD: VIDEO NASTIES, GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY, & DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION

This month super indie DVD distributor Severin Films are releasing director Jake West's (Evil Aliens, Doghouse) amazing even handed documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorshop, and Video Tape. To help celebrate that monumentally awesome release (more below), Severin sublabel Intervision... More »
  

The People's Poet Is No More: Rik Mayall Dies At 56

Rik Mayall, most famous for his portrayal of sniveling anarchist Rik in the early '80s BBC comedy series The Young Ones, has died at the startlingly young age of 56, according to Variety. Mayall made his bones as the co-creator and... More »
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From Richie Mehta's I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN

Opening tomorrow, June 6, in limited release is Richie Mehta's time travel drama/thriller, I'll Follow You Down. Mehta's brief CV is quite impressive, starting with Amal back in 2007, and moving on to last year's Siddharth (Todd Brown's top film... More »
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Watch: Exclusive Twins Battle Clip From Juno Mak's RIGOR MORTIS

Our friends at Well Go USA are preparing for their June 6th theatrical launch of actor Juno Mak's (Revenge: A Love Story, Let's Go!) directing debut, the critically acclaimed rebirth of Hong Kong horror, Rigor Mortis. In preparation, though there's... More »
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Review: KOCHADAIIYAAN Is An Undercooked Epic Whose Reach Exceeds Its Grasp

Rajnikanth is a transcendent figure. He's more than a mere movie star; he's an idol, an ideal, an icon. He is the Superstar. So, when the makers of Kochadaiiyaan took that man and appropriated his image and voice and funneled... More »
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Watch: Akshay Kumar Threatens To Murder A Dog And Claims IT'S ENTERTAINMENT

Bollywood action-comedy king Akshay Kumar has been a very busy man lately. The guy has no less than seven films in production and scheduled for release before the end of 2015, and those are only the ones we know about. Two... More »
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Massive COMPLETE HALLOWEEN Box Set On The Way From Anchor Bay And Scream Factory

This is something I honestly thought would never happen. Anchor Bay Entertainment and Shout! Factory horror imprint, Scream Factory, have announced a massive, "complete" Halloween box set to hit store shelves on September 23. In addition to including every Halloween... More »
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