Morelia 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival kicked off this past Friday, with the Mexican premiere of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. For the second year in a row, I'm in Morelia covering the fest for Twitch, so expect... More »
  

Toronto After Dark 2014: We Pick Nine Must-See Flicks

As the ninth edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival approaches, I conferred with two other Twitch Film men-about-Toronto, Kurt Halfyard and Jason Gorber, and we came up with our top nine must-see films of this year's festival, which... More »
  

Pink Eiga Brings Back DVD Releases With PRISON GIRL And MILK THE MAID

After three years of distributing Pinku titles solely on VOD, Pink Eiga is bringing back the DVD! What may seem to be a silly venture to take up again is, in reality, a response to their fans and the numerous requests... More »
  

Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Asami

This week, Mitsutake Kurando's Gun Woman was shown at the Sitges festival, part of its worldwide tour since its world premier in Yubari (where our own James Marsh saw and reviewed it). The undisputed centerpiece, title character and star of... More »
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Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Days 3 And 4: ABCs OF DEATH 2 And A Porn Movie To Close The Fest

I remained focused on the Mexican selection during the last couple of days of Feratum 2014, to the point that I ended watching each and every national, feature-length film that the festival presented. Unfortunately, the trend of the first two... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.0, And My Seven-Fold Double-Dip...

("I can resist anything except temptation" - Oscar Wilde) See the image above? It is from Oshii Mamoru's Ghost in the Shell. To be more specific, it's from the original 1995 version. It is not in the revamped cut... More »
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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Fincher's GONE GIRL, Smith's TUSK, And Dolan's MOMMY

David Fincher's back with Gone Girl, his Hitchcockian thriller about marriage and betrayal. Plus, another look at fest faves, from Xavier Dolan's Mommy to Kevin Smith's Tusk.Video embedded below... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch: Tal Zimmerman And Nicolas Kleiman Talk At The WHY HORROR? World Premiere

Feratum hosted the world premiere of the documentary Why Horror? on Friday, October 3. Argentinean co-director Nicolas Kleiman and Canadian star Tal Zimmerman attended the screening and witnessed the very warm reception their film got with the Mexican audience. They... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Day 1 & 2: WHY HORROR?, Mexican Selection, And More

For the second year in a row, I'm in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán covering the Feratum Film Fest for Twitch. Thursday, October 2 was the first day of the third edition of this Mexican genre festival and it kicked off for... More »
  

Busan 2014 Preview: World Cinema Done Right

The 19th Busan International Film Festival is primed to begin, highlighting the best in new Asian cinema and Korean indie. The festival, although somewhat Asia-centric also provides a very impressive array of world cinema; from festival favourites that have... More »
  

Latin Beat: GENESIS NIRVANA, FUERZAS ESPECIALES, LA ENTITAD, THE NAKED ROOM, Plus Fantastic Fest Movie Posters

Three of our correspondents who are based in Latin America have kindly provided updates on what's opening in theaters locally in the next week or two, along with posters and trailers. Chile, Peru, and Mexico are represented in those reports.Those... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Toronto 2014: IMITATION GAME, LOOK OF SILENCE And More

Another Toronto International Film Festival wraps up, and we look at some of the award winning films, such as The Imitation Game and Felix & Meira, and talk about the remarkable documentary The Look Of SilenceVideo embedded below... More »
  

Latin Beat: Chile's Valdivia Film Festival, Peru's SECRETO MATUSITA Trailer, Mexico's Nordic Cinema Program, Brazil's ISOLADOS Trailer

Welcome to a new edition of our column on Latin American cinema! Why is Chile's Valdivia Film Festival considered to be "the best in South America"? What makes Secreto Matusita such an intriguing found-footage thriller, especially for those in Peru? What connection... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The Walerian Borowczyk Collection

Earlier this year, UK distributor Arrow Films announced they were planning to release newly remastered editions of Walerian Borowczyk's films, both on Blu-ray and DVD, as part of their Arrow Academy label. These releases would include several of his longer... More »
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Australia's 15th Lavazza Italian Film Festival Has An Effervescent Lineup

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival playing across Australia is now in its 15th year. The festival has brought the best mainstream and accessible Italian festival titles to Australian shores and this year is no exception. The festival is tighter than... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Nicholas Tse

This week, the Chinese drama But Always (aka. Yi Sheng Yi Shi) premieres in several countries worldwide, including the USA. A lengthy description of a doomed romance, it stars Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse as the star-crossed lovers. James reviewed... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Alfred Hitchcock

This month, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock would have been celebrating his 115th birthday. But while he shuffled off his mortal coil back in 1980, his legacy remains as healthy as ever thanks to a hugely innovative, influential,... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Mads Mikkelsen

Released this week on Blu-ray in the US, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (known as just Michael Kohlhaas in the rest of the world) tells a story of rebellion and revenge, starring Mads Mikkelsen. And he is... More »
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THE SIMILARS (LOS PARECIDOS): Twitch Visits The Set Of Isaac Ezban's Upcoming Sci-Fi Picture

The Similars (Los Parecidos) tells the story of eight different persons who are stuck at a bus station. It's October 2, 1968 and Mexico is about to live the student massacre of Tlatelolco. But that's just the film's background and... More »
  
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