Horror Heavy Lineup For 2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival

Watching something grow into what you always believed it could be is joyful stuff. I've had my experience doing just that with events before. The communal aspect of events makes them different than writing, which is normally pretty solitary, even...

HumanSide Podcast: Zoe Bell Talks HATEFUL EIGHT

Welcome Back. This episode features a dynamite interview with stuntperson, actor, producer,  Zoe Bell talking about her role in The Hateful Eight and carving out a sustainable career on her own terms. I also offer up some news on Chicago...

HumanSide Podcast: Director Robert Eggers Talks THE WITCH

Welcome to HumanSide. This time around I'll be letting you in on some amazing Chicago-based movie happenings, including the Music Box Theatre 70 MM Film Festival, the Roger Ebert Film Festival and a pair of great screenings from the Chicago...

HumanSide Podcast: Director Heath Cozens Talks DOGLEGS

Welcome to HumanSide, the podcast that looks at the human side of pop culture. This episode offers an early peek at Chicago's own Music Box Theatre 70mm Film Festival, taking place February 19 to March 10. I also review a couple of...

Podcast: Welcome To HumanSide - LADY SNOWBLOOD And Nicolas Winding Refn On THE ACT OF SEEING

HumanSide is a new bimonthly podcast on TwitchFilm dedicated to exploring the human side of popular culture. Our first episode explores the reasoning behind HumanSide, a look at the Criterion Collection's recent release of The Lady Snowblood Collection and an interview...

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks With BASKIN Director Can Evrenol

Director Can Evrenol won Best New Director here at Fantastic Fest 2015 last night. It's an honor well deserved. With his debut feature Baskin he's juggling potential tonal problems that could give any filmmaker serious headaches. What emerges, from his...

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks THE INVITATION With Director Karyn Kusama And Writer Phil Hay

Director Karyn Kusama and her husband and co-writer Phil Hay have constructed a masterful horror suspense film in The Invitation. The curious thing is that the woman behind the camera is so much less interested in genre than the film would...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Day One: Canfield Talks FEBRUARY With Writer/Director Osgood Perkins

Hello from Fantastic Fest! Yesterday I had the chance to have an amazing conversation with Osgood Perkins the writer/director of the extraordinary horror drama February. Fans of deep psychological or spiritual insight, take note. Perkins manages genre convention with a deftness...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Day Zero: Canfield Talks Documentaries And Animation With Rooster Teeth's Own Brian Behm

Welcome! Yours truly is in Austin, Texas, getting ready to cover the greatest genre film event in North America: Fantastic Fest 2015. I'll be uploading episodes daily featuring reviews and news. But I'll also be doing tons of interviews. This episode,...

Meeting The Criterion: TIME BANDITS On Blu-ray

Time Bandits (1981) is often called Terry Gilliam's most accessible film, which has always seemed like a back-handed compliment to me. Is there a more neutral term than accessible? Gilliam's work is characterized by anything but neutrality. It's a narrative resume...

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Drafthouse Films Part Two

Going through Drafthouse Films entire catalogue for the gift guide has reminded why I love film so much. It literally connects to every aspect of life. They have films that are just plain doofy fun. This episode will cover titles...

The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Scream Factory Part 4

Welcome back to The Stack. We are finishing up our look at Scream Factory 2014 releases in yet another episode of what has been a mammoth gift giving guide. Lake Placid (1999) is one of those films that reminds me...

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Episode 7: Scream Factory Part 3

Welcome Back to The Stack Holiday Gift Guide. We are approaching the end of our look at the magnificent 2014 output of Scream Factory with only one more episode to go after this one. Legend of Hell House (1973) has long...

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Scary Movies: Episode 6 Includes SHOCK WAVES, PROM NIGHT, And More

Welcome back to The Stack! While I'm doing gift guide episodes, I also need to do one or two regular episodes covering the other stuff that pours into ye olde office. But the truth is that all of this stuff...

Meeting The Criterion: Criterion Christmas #6 IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD MAD WORLD

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collection's great releases from the past year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or...

Meeting The Criterion: Criterion Christmas #5 RIFIFI

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting The Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collection's great releases from the past year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or...

The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Drafthouse Films, Part 1

Welcome back to The Stack. While I was looking at all the Scream Factory releases for 2014, I thought I would do the same for Drafthouse Films. In fact I'm just going to cover everything Drafthouse Films has EVER released...

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Scream Factory Part Two

Did you know we aren't even halfway through our 2014 Gift Guide? Part of that is the special attention I'm paying to Scream Factory. This is part two of the multi-part series showcasing all their titles for the year.  As...

Meeting The Criterion: Criterion Christmas #4 ALL THAT JAZZ

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or...

The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Universal Home Entertainment Box Sets

And the deluge continues. Universal Home Entertainment sent a few box sets. The Office The Complete Series offers all nine seasons of the show in one handy relatively small box, each side of which offers a different cast portrait. It's...