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.

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2016: First Guests Announced

The Southwest's biggest horror convention, Texas Frightmare Weekend, has announced their first three major guests for the Spring 2016 edition. This year will mark their 11th anniversary, and with every passing year the convention gets bigger and more exciting. I've... More »
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Exclusive Clip From CUB, Coming Very Soon To The US And UK

Coming very soon to US and UK home video is Belgian scouting thriller Cub, from director Jonas Govaerts. The film fared very well at festivals last fall, including Fantastic Fest 2014, which is where I was fortunate to see it. Cub... More »
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Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR, An Indonesian Wu Xia Drama

Over the last few years there have been a small handful of high profile Indonesian films hitting the festival and art house cinema circuits. The most recent resurgence in Indonesian films has come, strangely, via the intervention of a couple... More »
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Fantasia 2015 Review: LUDO Challenges You To A Deadly Game Of Dice

Ludo co-director Q has been a filmmaker that I've had my eye on since his brash explosion onto the international art house scene with 2010's Gandu. That film is loud, aggressive, and challenging to the viewer, in the way that... More »
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London Indian 2015 Review: UMRIKA Looks At The Big City Dreams & Nightmares Of Small Town Boys

Set mostly in early '80s rural northern India, Prashant Nair's Umrika pulses with universally relatable warmth and emotion. The film is the story of a young man whose older brother leaves his modest hamlet on the way to better things in... More »
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Trailer For Tamil Chiller MAYA Promises Sanitarium Scares

While Shankar's massive romantic fantasy I got most of the press for the Tamil film industry outside of India, this year's big surprise has been a proliferation of horror films doing extremely well at the Kollywood box office. Well received... More »
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BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING Breaks Just About Every Box Office Record For Indian Films

I'm typically not one to dote on box office numbers, in fact, I find the whole practice rather off-putting. While I recognize that any film industry is a combination of art and commerce, uniformly leaning far more toward the sign... More »
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Check Out This Exclusive Clip From NORTHERN LIMIT LINE, In Theaters July 17th

Our friends at Well Go USA have given us a first look at this scene from brand new historical action film, Northern Limit Line. The film was directed by KIM Hak-Soon, whose last feature was in 2003. As of this... More »
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Review: SS Rajamouli's BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING Is A World Class Epic

The word epic gets thrown around a lot these days. Thanks to meme culture, the word has been misused and overused so often that it has lost much of its meaning. However, for a film experience like S.S. Rajamouli's Baahubali... More »
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Melbourne 2015: Program Guide Reveals An Electric Array Of Cinematic Gold

The Melbourne International Film Festival media and MIFF members program guide launch happened last night, and it happened big with easily the best launch event of its kind since the current artistic director took curator-ship. The wait for the printed... More »

Hey Australia! Win The Surprisingly Serious Wastelander Panda: Exile Pack On DVD!

Wastelander Panda: Exile had a great run at Fantastic Fest (here is J. Hurtado's review) and despite its silly premise, is in fact a deeply serious and well-commanded feature film about the struggles of a society of anthropomorphic travellers destined... More »

Mondo Macabro Returns With New Greek Exploitation Collection And A Deal For You!

Our friends and the world's most whacked-out home video label, Mondo Macabro, are back to expose all of you adventurous viewers to more of the further corners of the exploitation world. They've showed you great Bollywood Horror, Nikkatsu erotic thrillers,... More »
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Now On Home Video: Artsploitation Films Returns With HORSEHEAD, DER SAMURAI, And THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

American independent film distributor Artsploitation Films awakens from a 15 month hibernation with three very interesting releases that prove their mettle in terms of championing films that would easily fall by the wayside otherwise. All three are horror films of a... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

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 »
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Exclusive! Third Window Films Brings Tsukamoto, Sono, Asano Tadanobu, And UZUMASA LIMELIGHT To The UK

Our friends at Third Window Films in the UK have been very busy working on their latest acquisitions, and TwitchFilm has the scoop! There are updates on the latest in their definitive series of Tsukamoto Shinya classics, A Snake of... More »
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Our good friends and MVD and Arrow Video USA have graciously provided TwitchFilm with yet another amazing prize pack for our readers. If you've been reading our reviews, you know how amazing these releases are, and here's your chance to... More »
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Review: ABCD 2 Reshuffles The Dance Movie Deck

Disney UTV's ABCD 2 is a follow-up to their surprise 2013 hit film, Any Body Can Dance, this time with the title officially shortened to the hashtag friendly version for today's short attention span audience. That urge to abbreviate has... More »
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Oak Cliff Film Fest 2015 Review: DANNY SAYS Uncovers One Of Pop Culture's Biggest Secrets

Danny says we gotta goGotta go to IdahoBut we can't go surfin''Cause it's 20 belowThose words open The Ramones' song Danny Says, from their woefully under appreciated Phil Spector produced 1980 album, End of the Century. That was what I... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: Mario Bava's EVIL EYE And Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES

Kino International and their Redemption Films imprint continue to release quality Eurohorror films in the USA with these new additions to the line. We have one fairly well-known film among genre cinema fans in Mario Bava's Evil Eye (The Girl... More »
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Listen Up Screwheads! Scream Factory Announces ARMY OF DARKNESS Among Their Fall Releases

Shout! Factory's horror imprint Scream Factory just surprised American horror fans with the announcement that they'd be handling a Fall collector's edition release of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness. This comes immediately after their announcements of Blu-ray releases of the... More »
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