Gamera Obscura: We Love DON'T BREATHE and HELL OR HIGH WATER for the Same Reason

I’ll try to keep it brief this time out. That’s because what follows is stunningly obvious -- although maybe only to you and me. Therefore, please feel free to forward this week’s column to the TPTB at the Hollywood majors....

Gamera Obscura: The Problem with the "Sexy, Troubled Girl" Trope

With the movie season in these parts bracketed, roughly, by Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn and White Girl’s Leah, I initially thought it might be good to pause a sec and cast a jaundiced eye at the “Sexy, Troubled Girl” trope....

Gamera Obscura: A Triple Feature of STRANGER THINGS, PETE'S DRAGON, and THE WITCH

When you’ve seen way too many movies and TV shows, unlikely double and triple features start to suggest themselves. Any cinephile can tell you that—or, actually, they don’t need to. You know it already. How your brain is constantly programming,...

Gamera Obscura: STAR TREK and Its Funereal Optimism

The first tipoff was in the title: Beyond. I didn’t get it initially because I just figured it was part of the franchise’s excursion into vague abstraction à la Into Darkness. Next up would surely be Star Trek Above It...

Gamera Obscura: GHOSTBUSTERS and Why Your Childhood Should Be Ruined

I’ve actually never read any of the online screeds, purportedly penned by middle-aged nerdy guys, about how the new Ghostbusters was bound to “ruin their childhood” -- I know only that catchphrase. But since I’m a middle-aged nerdy guy, I...

Gamera Obscura: The Best Five Minutes of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR Are Clichéd and Nonsensical

One of the many reasons I’ve never been terribly successful as a movie reviewer is that I tend to confuse “interesting” with “good.” Consistent with that, yet worse still, as in the case of The Purge: Election Year, is that...

Tribeca 2016: TAXI DRIVER At 40 - The Final Noir

Don't look now, but 2016 marks 40 years since the release of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver ... and the end of film noir as audiences had come to know it. "There's No Escape" If you know Taxi Driver, you probably...

NYC Happenings: Two Must-See Films At Japan Society

If you're even just a little familiar with the music of John Zorn, the films he's curated for his monthly series, The Dark Side Of The Sun, at Japan Society, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Alternately bold...

Preview: Japan Cuts 2014 Gets Cute, Crude And Contemplative

Opening tonight with the US premiere of Miike Takashi's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, Japan Cuts, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, is a grand smorgasbord for cinephiles of all tastes. Well, at least for those residing...

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite...

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album...

NYC Happenings: The Rare And Dazzling HIMATSURI At Japan Society's Donald Richie Tribute

As the extensive Donald Richie tribute series continues at Japan Society, this might be a good time to mention that while the late critic helped popularize the canon daddies of Japanese film in the West--Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi--he was hardly in...

ZERO CHARISMA, THE GUILD, And The Odd Sensation Of Nerd Envy

If I wanted to be really fancy and insufferable, I might start by remarking how interesting it was to catch Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham's Zero Charisma at New York Comic Con earlier this month: screening a film about gamers...

NYC Happenings: The Golden Age Of Spanish Horror At Anthology

My dear NYC readers, that headline should be speaking volumes already. The Anthology Film Archives is featuring a cavalcade of films from Spain's horror heyday from October 30 - November 10. It's Must-watching no doubt, so our own Peter Gutierrez...

NYC Happenings: Get To Know The Late, Great Park Chul-soo With 301, 302

Perhaps not as well known to this generation of cinema goers, Park Chul-soo was an important staple in modern Korean cinema. Why you ask? Inspired by his time in Manhattan and the independent film scene that was flourishing there in...

Surveying The Glandscape: Russ Meyer At The Anthology Film Archives

Just about anyone who stops by Twitch is bound to know the name Russ Meyer, and is at least aware of a film entitled Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, or perhaps Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Associated with the man...

NYC Happenings: The Middle Ages Come To Anthology Film Archives!

Any New York reader will know that it's always a treat to visit the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. Starting this Thursday, April 11th and running through June 9th, AFA has a good dozen plus films playing that'll...

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: UNIT 7

As anyone reading, or writing for, Twitch will probably tell you, there's a fine line between genre conventions and outright clichés. To an outsider, someone who's not a fan of a particular genre, anything that looks somewhat familiar can be...

Blu-ray Review: BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW Is Everything And Nothing Like You'd Expect

There has been no shortage of digital ink spilled at Twitch regarding Panos Cosmatos' psychedelic future-shock mind fuck, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and as such, I had some pre-conceived notions going in to this viewing. I was expecting an homage...

Japan Cuts 2012 Preview: For July, A Cool Slice of Cinematic Pie

Though the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival is winding down, cinephiles in New York, or those visiting, have plenty more to look forward to in July. And Japan Society's Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema,...