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.

MSG: MESSENGER OF GOD Cleared For Release, Indian Censor Board Head Resigns In Protest

In what has become one of the strangest power struggles in recent cinema history, Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's (SGRRSJI) dramatized autobiographical film, MSG: Messenger of God has been cleared for cinema release on appeal to the Film Certification Appellate... More »
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Review: Shankar's I: A Tale Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying... Something?

I have a problem.I am a great admirer of Shankar, the director of I. Even when his films aren't great, as in the case of something like his take down of India's insidious corruption problem, Sivaji, they are engaging and... More »
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LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM: Trailer For New Film From Director Of LINDA LINDA LINDA

What's this? A trailer for the new movie from Linda Linda Linda director Yamashita Nobuhiro? You bet. Yamashita's new film La La La At Rock Bottom opens in Japan on Valentine's Day, February 14th. We have the trailer to share... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Indian Censor Board Refuses To Certify MSG: MESSENGER OF GOD. Calls It An Advert For A Cult

It looks like Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan's big screen debut will have to wait.The flashy guru's feature length (and then some at 3+ hours) film, MSG: Messenger of God has been refused certification by the CBFC, India's... More »
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MSG: MESSENGER OF GOD: Indian Film Reaches A New Level Of Weirdness

Hot on the heels of Rajukumar Hirani and Aamir Khan's clever, if not altogether original, takedown of the guru industry in India, PK, comes what is perhaps the most insanely ballsy Guru vanity project in history, MSG: Messenger of God.MSG... More »
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J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
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J Hurtado's 13 Favorite Indian & Pakistani Films Of 2013-2014

I know, I know. It's cheating to have two years represented in my year end list. However, I didn't get a chance to make my lists last year, and these films deserve your notice.2012 was a banner year for Indian... More »
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Twitch Presents The Only Year End List That Matters

Yes, yes, 'quality', blahblahblah. Let's be honest: 'Good' movies are all well and good and help us all to name drop things that will make us appear smart in casual conversation but, really, if we're honest, it's not 'quality' that... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: Rajkumar Hirani's PK Ticks All The Right Bollywood Boxes

It's been five years since Bollywood blockbuster specialist Rajkumar Hirani destroyed box office records and made international waves with 3 Idiots. That film, with the help of an endearing lead performance from 40 something Aamir Khan as a college student,... More »
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Trailer Alert! Tsui Hark's THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN Opening In US On January 2

The Taking of Tiger Mountain, the latest film from the iconic Tsui Hark, has found distribution in the USA through Well Go USA. The deal, brokered within the last few days, puts the film on US screens in record time... More »
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The I (ஐ) Trailer: Prepare For The Most Incredible Two Minutes Of Your Week

You've never seen anything like this.From the director of Robot comes I (ஐ), a love story wrapped in some of the most amazingly off the chart visuals I've ever seen.I don't speak Tamil, and I feel as though I've said... More »
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Review: Superstar Rajini's LINGAA, For Super Fans Only

At this point in his career, Rajnikanth is more than simply a performer, he is an icon. The highest paid actor in South Asia, Rajini films draw fanatical crowds not only in Tamil Nadu, but around the world. So much... More »
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DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY Teaser: It's All Blood And Fire

Dibakar Banerjee returns to the director's chair after the critically acclaimed Shanghai with a brand new adaptation of the works of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.Byomkesh Bakshy is a legendary Indian literary character, a detective on par and very... More »
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Twitch X-Mas Gift Guide: Let Madman Help You Fill A Stocking Or Two

Xmas is just around the corner, and for the discerning receiver of gifts it can be quite a burden to find your loved one that something special.Thankfully Madman's November and December release slates are filled with a diverse selection... More »
  

Final Trailer For CS Amudhan's RENDAVATHU PADAM Sets The Scene For Insanity

This may be one of the longest gaps between a teaser being posted and a final trailer in the history of Twitch.Back in 2011 we posted the teaser for CS Amudhan's Rendavathu Padam. The literal English translation for Rendavathu Padam... More »
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SAIFF 2014 Review: DUKHTAR Exposes The Deadly Binds That Tie Together Tribal Pakistan

South Asian cinema has come to the point at which the international community has begun to take closer notice. Films, the vast majority of which hail from India's burgeoning Hindi independent cinema, are appearing on international film festival rosters at... More »
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Third I 2014 Review: TITLI Watches The Ugly Caterpillar Emerge From Its Cocoon

Titli. In Hindi it means butterfly. A feminine sounding word, Titli is also the name of the lead character in director Kanu Behl's debut feature film, and an appropriate name it is. Titli is the story of a man struggling to... More »
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New US Trailer For GANGS OF WASSEYPUR Rocks Out

Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur exploded onto the international film scene with a Cannes 2012 premiere that garnered a cascade of superlatives and wound its way around the Earth to finally land a proper US release beginning on January 16,... More »
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Indian Indie Superstar Anurag Kashyap Is Hunting For His Next Project, Could It Be Yours?

Anurag Kashyap, director of Cannes success Gangs of Wasseypur, is taking a break from writing his own films and has put out a challenge to up and coming screenwriters: "Give me an [sic] un-filmable film somebody. Something new, taut, complete... More »
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