Jason Gorber
Featured Critic; Toronto, Canada

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.

Calgary Underground Film Festival Unveils 2015 Lineup

With its Oil barons and gleaming skyscrapers, Calgary, Alberta might be a lot like Canada's Houston, but between April 13th to 19th it'll be a heck of a lot more like Austin or Park City as their 12th annual Underground... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Hot Docs 2015 Lineup Announced: From The Deep Web To Dark Comedy To Outer Space And Beyond

In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: THE PRICE WE PAY, An Outstanding Doc On Offshore Economies

It's not often that something as dry as tax theory can result in an engrossing night at the movies, but credit Harold Crooks and his team for providing an exceptional articulation about the vagaries of "off shoring" in an... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: WESTERN, A New American Marvel

The Ross Brothers' 2012 film Tchoupitoulas showcased Bill and Turner's proclivity for visually arresting imagery, compelling yet dreamlike narrative flow, and a keen eye for the undercurrents that run below the more obvious stories that have flooded from post-Katrina... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE Set To Fly

Bob Iger, CEO and all around bossman of Disney, let the world know some official news today about the upcoming standalone Star Wars film, not least by unveiling its official title.As you'll recall, there's been plenty of chat about these... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: IT FOLLOWS, A Pure Thriller

With a terrific cold opening, a somber and effective mood, strong performances and assured direction, there's lots to love about It Follows. It's a kind of pure thriller, with a few shocks mixed into what's a remarkably consistent vision that... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: THE WRECKING CREW, Musical Passion Is Always Present

The 1960s gave rise to a new kind of pop music, running the gamut from blues-infused rock 'n' roll, jazz-laced funky soul and dance music, to string-drenched mini-symphonies coming (mostly) out of California studios. The landscape then was a... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Remembers Leonard Nimoy

We lost a truly iconic performer yesterday when Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) passed away. He had a remarkable career, topped of course by playing one of the most iconic characters in popular culture.Here is a look back at the man and... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: FOCUS, A Fun Trifle

It's fair to say that Focus is the best Will Smith film in what seems like several decades. It's equally fair to say that's not exactly saying very much. Still, this quirky con-man flick is actually loads of fun,... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: MAPS TO THE STARS, Cold, Dreary, And Dull

This doesn't bode well. For the second film in a row, David Cronenberg has made a stinker. Yes, there were some bits in Cosmopolis that didn't suck, but it was hardly vintage DC. As I mentioned in my review for... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: THE SALVATION, A Hell Of A Lot Of Fun

It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Interview: TwitchFilm Talks FOCUS With Adrian Martinez

It's that old story for character actors - you might not know the name Adrian Martinez, but surely you've seen his face. He's that big guy that connects with Ben Stiller in Walter Mitty, and is compadre to Will... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Oscars 2015, FIFTY SHADES, LAST 5 YEARS And More

Another two-fer here at Twitchvision. First up is talking about Oscars 2015, including looks at Boyhood, Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel.Then, a week late, we have the video for our 50 Shades of Grey chat, as well as the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: WILD TALES, A Comedic Thought Experiment

As it happens, last year I found myself in a relatively short line at the Cannes film festival for "some Argentinian film," as the person standing next to me put it when I asked what we were to see. I... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Interview: TwitchFilm Talks WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS With Taika Waititi

Because What We Do In the Shadows is so damn good, and the choice for many of you to finally see it is finally here, here's another interview with one of the film's co-directors. A renowned talent in his... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Interview: Jemaine Clement Talks WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Jemaine Clement is just as lovely in person as you'd expect. He's quiet, well mannered, and only occasionally displays the acerbic nature we've come to expect from his characters. While many grew to know him as an integral part of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Showcases Immense Talents In Intimate Settings

It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Tastes Pretty Yummy

The world of espionage has become a bit dour of late. Our postmodern proclivities have caught up with us, and thanks to our impossible missions, our Bourne fascinations and a Daniel Craig-ified Bond, we've lost a little bit of the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks STILL ALICE And JUPITER ASCENDING

Back in studio this week, featuring a look at the latest film from the Wachowski siblings, Jupiter Ascending, along with the Julianne Moore-starring, Academy Award shoe-in Still Alice.Video embedded below... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  
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