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Parenting in the Film Industry: Raising Films' Survey Yields Sadly Unsurprising Results

Two years ago, I interviewed director Liv Corfixen on her film My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, about her husband and the making of Only God Forgives. Refn was there as well, and one of the points that had...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sydney Pollack's THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

James Grady’s novel Six Days Of The Condor was published just a year before Sydney Pollack’s big-screen adaptation, and yet almost every aspect of the story was changed. It is difficult to imagine such a flagrant disregard for the source...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Samuel Fuller's FIXED BAYONETS!

Released in 1952, Fixed Bayonets! marked the first studio picture directed by Samuel Fuller, and his second in a row that would depict the still-in-progress Korean War. After the surprise success of the independently produced The Steel Helmet, Fuller met...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: King Hu's A TOUCH OF ZEN

Heralded as possibly the greatest martial arts film ever made, King Hu's A Touch Of Zen stands apart from most other films in the wuxia genre. For one thing it runs over three hours long, a rarity among its peers...

J. Hurtado's 10 (ish) Favorite Blu-ray/DVD Releases Of 2015

Okay.Just to be straight with all of you, I'm going to cheat.There is no way I could get this list down to only ten discs, but I think I've managed to whittle it down pretty darned well. So, for those...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: King Hu's DRAGON INN

Considered by many to be the architect of wuxia cinema, King Hu was to martial arts was John Ford was to the western. Beginning with his 1966 Shaw Brothers adventure Come Drink With Me, Hu took a pulp genre associated...

70s Rewind: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, In Praise Of Modest Frights

As a huge fan of 1970s cinema, it's always tempting to overpraise modestly entertaining movies. For comparison's sake to another decade, witness last week's effusive nostalgia for 1985's Back to the Future II, surely one of the most ghastly, sour...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Samuel Fuller's FORTY GUNS

Known primarily for his war films and crime dramas, American director Samuel Fuller also directed a quartet of westerns, the last of which being 1957's Forty Guns. The film was part of a deal struck with 20th Century Fox after...

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worlds of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

What will the future look like? In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller and his fabulous team conjure up strikingly distinct landscapes for what is, in essence, a chase movie. Yet it's a chase movie with great empathy for...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sidney Lumet's THE OFFENCE

It is no secret that Sean Connery grew to hate James Bond long before he stopped playing the character. In fact, he was so reluctant to return as 007 for Diamonds Are Forever, after George Lazenby walked away from the...

Tribeca 2015: ScreenAnarchy Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-See Films

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The...

TIFF Kids Talk Film: SHAUN THE SHEEP

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) delight in the slapstick sheep spectacle spinoff Shaun The Sheep, from the masters of claymation at...

TIFF Kids Talk Film: MAYA THE BEE

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFF Kids Film Festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema from April 7-19. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) kick off these video micro-reviews with the German/Australian animated 3D...

70s Rewind: THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, Peter Weir's Mysterious, Motorized Movie

With Furious 7 hitting theaters over the weekend and excitement building about the release of Mad Max: Fury Road next month, I was in the mood for an Australian car movie. Director James Wan, by the way, was schooled in...

Pretty Packaging: SPACE DANDY Brings Artwork Rather Than Bling, Baby!

Scottish distributor Anime Limited (a.k.a. All The Anime) was on a roll in 2014, making good on most of their promises with many spectacular announcements and releases. Pretty early on they had made it known they had secured the rights...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Stanley Donen's TWO FOR THE ROAD

Smart, stylish, insightful and brimming with technical inventiveness, Stanley Donen's Two For The Road is a wonderful examination of the modern marriage whose influence can still be felt in Hollywood cinema today, nearly 50 years after it was originally released.Inspired...

TURBO KID: You Know What This Clip Needs? Blades. And Fire!

As the Turbo Kid crew prepare to unleash their post-apocalyptic tale upon the audience at Sundance on Monday, January 26th, IGN released a clip from the film.  It shows Michael Ironside, as Zues, chewing up the scene and one of the writers/directors...

The Best Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Releases Of 2014

We are huge fans of the Masters of Cinema series here at TwitchFilm, and their commitment to bringing masterpieces of world cinema to modern audiences in sparkling new editions. At one time viewed as simply "Criterion for the UK", MoC...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2014

When we discussed the "Best of 2014" lists here at Twitchfilm, the first thing I asked was: "Can I do mine in February or March, please?". I'm so hopelessly behind on 2014's theatrical releases that it isn't even funny. Yes,...

Best Of 2014: Ben Umstead's Reflections And Favorites

As much as I can see 2014 packed to the gills with films people fell head over heels for, many of those mainstream and even Twitch favorites will be vacant from this list, simply because I thought this was a...