Jason Gorber is a veteran film critic, commentator and interviewer. A pioneer in online film criticism, his first professional reviews date back to the mid-90s. Jason has been formally accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival since 1997, and founded Filmfest.ca as a repository of coverage from that event.
Jason joined the TWITCH family in 2011 where he is now a featured critic covering a wide range of mainstream and independent documentaries and features, as well as conducting many interviews, disc reviews and reporting on news items.
Jason appears on CTV News Channel every Sunday evening, and also guests frequently during weekly broadcasts. In addition, he has also contributed freelance work for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post/Moviefone. Jason has appeared on radio for both the CBC and Rogers, as well as on CBC's The National.
You can follow Jason on Twitter at @filmfest_ca, see his reviews linked from Rotten Tomatoes and Indiewire's Criticwire.
Review: ESCAPE PLAN Is Escapist Fun
Let's be super clear right from the top: Escape Plan is a film that you will enjoy in direct proportion to your expectations. If you're expecting some transcendent breakdown of action tropes, pitting two aging action stars against their own...
Review: THE FIFTH ESTATE Showcases Benedict Cumberbatch And Little Else
The real draw for The Fifth Estate isn't the drama surrounding it but the enticing and almost albino-like visage of Benedict Cumberbatch railing in an Aussie accent about truth, justice, and the "mainstream media". If casting accomplishes much of the...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Denis' BASTARDS, and More!
Scott's back this week, and we've got a slew of films to talk about. While GRAVITY continues to rule the box office, Hanks makes a fine turn in Captain Phillips. Also chatted about Claire Denis' Bastards (playing Toronto's TIFF Lightbox...
Trailer: ARCHER Feels "The Need...The Need For Speed"
Behold - characters from what is perhaps the finest comedy in the history of artistic expression riffing on the best F16 F-14 Tomcat training school Tony Scott movie ever made. For those too young to remember when MTV played music...
Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, A Remarkably Rich And Thrilling Tale Of Piracy On The High Seas
In April 2009, Captain Richard Phillips was aboard the MV Maersk Alabama, a container ship bringing supplies and donations to Kenya. Passing through international waters off the coast of Somalia, the ship was commandeered by a small band of pirates,...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks GRAVITY, MUSCLE SHOALS and more!
Another opportunity post-TIFF to extol the virtues of Cuarón's Gravity, along with Parkland, the fabulous documentary Muscle Shoals, and Jonathan Levine's long shelved All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.Video embedded below...
Review: RUNNER RUNNER, Flush With Hollywood Contrivances
Oh, Hollywood. Just as festival season wraps up for us here in Toronto, you give us this false sense that things are all good in the cinematic world. Last week gave us Rush, this week Gravity, two extraordinary films, among...
Opening: PARKLAND, A Refreshingly Original Take On The Death Of JFK
As a resident of Dallas, Texas, for more than seven years, the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy has taken on deeper meaning than it did before I moved here. Dealey Plaza, where the president was shot on November...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks RUSH, ENOUGH SAID, DON JON and More!
Another fine week with Scott Laurie, talking (again!) about Rush, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, and Joseph Gordon Levitt's Don Jon. Plus, a shout-out to the Vancouver International Film Festival, including the (fabbo) Rhymes For Young Ghouls.Video embedded below...
Ah, Geez - Freeman For FARGO Redux?
Warm up the prowler and prepare for some pancakes - The Hollywood Reporter is, um, reporting that Martin Freeman is "tapped" to star in the FX Television reboot of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 film Fargo.Previously, THR had let us...
TIFF 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks - UPDATED
* Now Updated with more reviews and features! See the links below in bold. * Another crazy and wonderful year of the Toronto International Film Fest has come to a close and again Twitch's coverage has been second to...
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks PRISONERS, ART OF THE STEAL and WIZARD OF OZ 3D
Still recovering from the long hours of TIFF (and writing all these Twitch reviews!) but managed to take in a screening during the fest of Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners and Jonathan Sobol's Art of the Steal. Also was thoroughly impressed with...
TIFF 2013 Review: WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY, A Serious (And Funny) Testament To A Lost Age
Once upon a time, Jews were funny. You'd turn on Ed Sullivan, and some Ashkenaz from the Lower East Side would be kvetching about his wife (please), or slyly kibitzing about slurping soup in a deli. Alan Zweig's documentary makes...
TIFF 2013 Review: UNFORGIVEN, A Remake That Acts As Love Letter Rather Than Redux
The cross-pollination between Japanese chambara films and the traditional Hollywood-style Western has resulted in some of the most important films in cinema history. As Kurosawa looked to John Ford for inspiration, the cycle would continue in the 60s and 70s...
TIFF 2013 Interview: Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi
Thursday, September 12, 2013 proved to be one of those extraordinary festival days for me. I found myself closing the day with a trio of highly interesting films from Asia, the last two forming one of the most perfect...
TIFF 2013 Review: RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS Is A Must See Debut
"The day I found my mother dead I aged by one thousand years." So begins this harrowing, explosive debut from Jeff Barnaby. The backstory may be unfamiliar to audiences - the post-genocide period of our countries treatment of its Native...
Review: AFTER TILLER, An Important, Vital Look at Late Term Abortion
On May 31, 2009, Doctor George Tiller was murdered while attending his regular Sunday church service. The doctor was one of a handful trained and willing to perform what are almost antiseptically referred to as "late term" abortions, the termination...
TIFF 2013 Review: ENOUGH SAID Simply Falls Flat
I saw Enough Said at a festival screening surrounded by several of my colleagues. They laughed at the jokes (there are many), they fell for the characters, and they left the film happy and content with this presumably insightful and...
TIFF 2013 Review: STARRED UP, A Gritty And Intense Morality Play
Starred Up is a gritty, intense, and shockingly unique take on the prison drama genre. Yes, there are echoes of the likes of HBO's OZ, but David MacKenzie's take on the family dynamics in jail is executed in a fresh...
TIFF 2013 Music Doc Dispatch: 12.12.12 And MADE IN AMERICA
There are loads of ways to do a concert documentary. One is to simply shoot the goings on that take place on stage - set up a bunch of cameras and be done with it. Given that the majority of...