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.

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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NYIFF 2014 Review: In SNIFFER A Man Finds Himself In The Dirty Laundry Of Others

Most people show a lot of who they are through their interactions with others. Sure, there's the person we think we are, or the person that we imagine ourselves to be on our best days, but it's really how we... More »
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Review: SX_TAPE? More Like SUX_Tape. Amirite? High Five!

Can I just say something? SX_Tape is an awful, awful film. In the interest of appeasing the editorial gods, I will elaborate, however, I feel as though I'm getting dumber just for having to spend precious moments of my life... More »
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TFW 2014 Review: ZOMBIE TV Is A Lo-Fi, Low Brow Rom-Com-ZOMnibus

The latest project from Japanese splatter master Nishimura Yoshihiro and friends is a bit of a departure from his usual oeuvre. For this 77 minute blast of madness, Nishimura is joined by a pair of relative newcomers in Makuno Maelie... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend 2014 Is Bigger Than Ever, And Twitch Has A Pair Of Passes For A Lucky Reader!

When There's No More Room In Hell......The Dead Will Walk The Floors Of The Hyatt Regency DFW Convention CenterDallas's annual celebration of all thing ghoulish and gory has returned! Texas Frightmare Weekend has come a long way from its origin... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage

This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for... More »
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Is The BBFC About To Kill Independent Home Video In The UK By Accident?

A few months ago in a home video review round up, I called Arrow Video the finest cult home video label in the world. Part of that declaration was due to their incredibly impressive curation of titles, part of it... More »
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Dallas 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 12 Must See Films

The indomitable Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night with the gala premiere of Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures. Twitch will have (cowboy) boots on the ground with plenty of coverage from across the city. To jump start our... More »
  

NYIFF 2014 Will Open With Anurag Kashyap's UGLY, Plus More Films Unveiled

The 14th annual New York Indian Film Festival has announced its first few titles and they are, as expected, pretty damned fantastic. The festival will open with Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, a film that debuted at Cannes 2013 and has devastated audiences... More »
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Indian Film Fest LA: SIDDHARTH, SOLD, UGLY, And QISSA Topline

In a mere three weeks time, the 12th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) opens its doors to show off some of the fantastic things going on in the independent film scene of the world's largest democracy and... More »
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The Full Lineup For Dallas IFF 2014 Is Pretty Incredible

I've been attending the Dallas International Film Festival since the first installment, when it was still AFI Dallas. I can honestly say that 2014's full lineup is probably the strongest, most Twitch-friendly line up that the Dallas IFF has had... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: THAT GUY DICK MILLER Shines A Light In The Shadows Of American Cinema

Most film fans know the face, but very few know the name. Dick Miller is one of those guys we see in film after film, completely inhabiting the characters he's given for whatever brief amount of screen time he has.... More »
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Guns, Mustaches, And Doggies Rule The Trailer For Balakrishna's LEGEND

I've been waiting for this moment for three years.Back in 2010, when Twitch was in the middle of series of especially violent and creative movie kills, I threw down the gauntlet with an amazing flying-upside-down beheading from Tollywood box office... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: WETLANDS Paints An Excitingly Vulgar Picture

When a film begins with a teenage girl deliberately smearing her genitals all over an especially disgusting public toilet seat, you pretty much have an idea what you're in for. Wetlands, director David Wnendt's sophomore feature after the award winning Nazi... More »
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Review: THE WRATH OF VAJRA Is Pure Martial Arts Madness

Martial arts films are a dime a dozen in Southeast Asia, however, finding a really good one is pretty difficult these days. Either the film's action is overly dependent on goofy wire work, or the filmmakers let ridiculous things like... More »
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SXSW 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 22 Can't Miss Films

SXSW 2014 starts Friday and the Twitch team will be there in force. We've picked 22 (well, 23) titles to whet your appetite. Let us know what you're excited to hear about and don't forget to follow the team on... More »
  

Now on Blu-ray: PERFECT BLUE Gets Some Much Needed Attention From Anime Ltd. (UK)

I'm not going to pretend that I have anything new to say about Kon Satoshi's gut-punch of a directorial debut, Perfect Blue. The 1997 film is one of modern anime's most acclaimed and well known masterpieces around the world that... More »
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We Have The Exclusive US Trailer & Poster For WRATH OF VAJRA Right Here!

Hotly anticipated Chinese martial arts/horror hybrid The Wrath of Vajra is scheduled to open theatrically in Hong Kong on March 6th, however, only 12 days later on March 18th it'll hit store shelves in the US, thanks to Asian film... More »
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Review: Tamil Terror PIZZA Deserves A Slice Of The Action

It's not the easiest thing in the world for general film audiences to adjust to the tropes and accepted suspension of disbelief that many Indian popular films demand. As a result, I find myself handing out more caveats than accolades.... More »
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