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Crowdfund This! Horror Anthology The Mortuary Collection

1 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

Ladies and gentlemen, here we have pretty much a no-brainer for Crowdfund This! at Twtich.A horror project that promises to be both scary and fun? Check.A project backed by some industry veterans and Twitch favorites? Check.A project with a killer, clever pitch video with some great production design and art work all its own? Check.The Mortuary Collection is an anthology of horror tales from writer/director Ryan Spindell, producer Ben Hethcoat and Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix, which have been involved in bringing to life such modern horror favorites as Stakeland and The House Of The Devil. Their Kickstarter spiel, roughly goes as thus: An eccentric mortician spins four twisted tales of madness and the macabre in a sleepy New England town where nothing is as...

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The Kids Talk Film: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

1 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

When the opportunity presented itself to see George Miller's car-pocalypse cult spectacular The Road Warrior on the big screen in Toronto a dodging of the R rating was necessary for Willem (age 11), but his younger sister Miranda (age 9) was not ready for the old ultra-violence and had to pass. Thus, Willem is flying solo for this episode of Kids Talk Film.Here he talks about the last of the V8 Interceptors, the nature of surprise in action movies, Lord Humungus's over-muscled body, the humorous relationship between Max and the gyro-copter pilot, and how we are well on our path to Mad Max's post-apocalypse world.Twitch has been on the Internet long enough that many of its writing staff have children old enough to understand and consume...

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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Orson Welles

1 June 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

For the month of May, Twitch commemorates what would have been the great Orson Welles' 99th birthday by putting his career under the spotlight. In Full Disclosure, we take the filmography of a revered filmmaker each month and then select a film we have never seen before and assess it for the very first time. While none of our collective needed to strike Citizen Kane off their lists of shame this time around (many having already done so just last year), in the gallery below you can read some fresh thoughts on a wide selection of Welles' works, including Touch of Evil, The Magnificent Ambersons and The Lady From Shanghai. ...

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Fantaspoa 2014 Wrap: Twitch's Reviews And The Festival's Video Recap

30 May 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

In order to wrap up my Twitch coverage of Fantaspoa 2014, I'm sharing the festival's official video recap, which is a very nice way to get a taste of what happens "behind the scenes" and when you bring together Lloyd Kaufman, Richard Stanley, Simon Boswell, Bruce Labruce, and the Toxic Avenger! Amazing things happen, for sure. The video was shot and edited by Emiliano Romero, director of Topos, and it also features footage of Kaufman's Make Your Own Damn Movie Masterclass, some of the Q&A sessions, the great hosts and directors of Fantaspoa (Joao Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho) in action, and a brief narration by Stanley himself. You can watch the video below. Also, below are the reviews, interviews and features I wrote for the...

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Latin Beat: Luis Villegas Talks Vitae, Lima Fest Opens With El Mudo, Walter Salles Plans Animated Noah's Ark

30 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

In this week's column, Chilean filmmaker Luis Villegas talks about his upcoming film Vitae; we also have the trailer. From Peru, we hear about the opening night presentation of the Lima Independiente Film Festival, El Mudo; we share the trailers for both the festival and the movie. And out of Brazil, via Cannes, we hear about Walter Salles' plans for an animated feature, Noah's Ark. Click through the gallery below to read all about it!...

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This Fresh Borgman Clip Is Just Sink, No Swim, And All Awesome

30 May 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Much praise has been heaped upon Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman, which bowed at Cannes last year, and where our own Brian Clark had this to say:Many will likely make comparisons between Borgman and another off-kilter descent into insulated evil, Dogtooth. Stylistically, they share much in common, and yes, Borgman is essential watching for fans of the jet-black Greek comedy, but van Warmerdam is much more interested in maintaining the ambiguity of the menace  beneath the surface rather than letting it erupt for all to witness.In anticipation of its June 6 Us release, our pals at Drafthouse Films have delivered a new clips which is most certainly a headscratcher, except well, how can you scratch your head when you're dead, and on top of that you've...

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Brooklyn Film Festival 2014 Transcends Formula To Deliver Fascinating Films From Around The World

30 May 2014 1:10 PM, PDT

The Brooklyn Film Festival, the largest and longest running competitive, international film festival in Brooklyn, will run its 17th annual edition from May 30 through June 8 in Williamsburg, at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC. Don't let the festival's title mislead you; although Brooklyn filmmakers of course have a prominent place at the fest, its scope expands far beyond the borough to include films and filmmakers from around the world. Over 100 narrative and documentary features and shorts will screen during the festival, guaranteeing an impressive eclecticism in its selections.Each year's festival is given a titled theme; this year's theme is "Formula." The festival's press release articulates their thinking behind this theme:bff Executive Director Marco Ursino said of the 2014 edition, "Our theme this year...

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New York Asian Film Fest Will Own Your Summer!

30 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

If you're a New York cinephile then today is the day you basically will much of your summer away to the guys at Subway Cinema, as they've announced the full line up for the 2014 edition of Nyaff.Chock full of new and rare Asian fare, many flicks are bowing with their North American debuts. Briefly of note: Nakata Hideo's Monsterz, a remake of Nyaff 2011 favorite Haunters, Kumakiri Kazuyoshi's My Man, which is based on a controversial best seller and stars Asano Tadanobu. Then there's a new thriller from Kurosawa Kiyosji, Seventh Code, Lee Joon-ik's family drama Hope, and Eternal Zero, one of Japan's biggest (and arguably most controversial) box office draws of all time. Meanwhile , Alan Mak and Felix Wong's Overheard 3 makes...

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The Many Faces Of Eddie Marsan

30 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

This week sees the premiere of Jon S. Baird's Filth, an adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, him of Trainspotting fame. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt and addicted police detective, who screws everything and everyone to get his shot at a promotion. But as one of the supporting actors, we see the great Eddie Marsan pop up, and he will be the subject of this quiz! Eddie Marsan is one of those actors who you've seen plenty of times, often without being able to put a name to the face. Which is a bit surprising, as he has a very remarkable and recognizable face, leprechaun-ish even. And he's not exactly a bland actor either. When necessary, he melts into his role,...

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Ironclad: Battle For Blood: An Exclusive Look At The Key Art And Stills

30 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Fans of the first Ironclad movie, rejoice, for there is a sequel, Ironclad: Battle for Blood. Even better news is that to keep things consistent, the original director and writer are returning! Joining them this time around is Michelle Fairley from Game of Thrones, guest at one of the wildest weddings in fictional history, and Tom Austen from The Borgias.We have your first look at the key art for the film as well as a gallery of stills from the production.Steel yourself for another brutal battle, as one of the few survivors of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to protect his family's estate from fierce Celtic raiders. With a new battleground and a new enemy, Ironclad: Battle for Blood delivers the same ferocious,...

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Hey Tokyo! Japan's Short Shorts Film Festival And Asia 2014 Kick Off This Weekend

30 May 2014 3:30 AM, PDT

This year's Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2014 (Ssff & Asia) will be starting today and running until June 15th in locations around Tokyo and in its own dedicated cinema, the Brillia Short Shorts Theater, in Yokohama. The festival was started by the actor Bessho Tetsuya as a way to exhibit and promote short films in Japan. Now in its 16th year, over 200 films will be shown from around the world across a range of categories, including International, Asia International and Japan, CG Animation and Music Shorts.Of the films on offer, the entries with the biggest stars immediately standout, and there's a lot of emerging talent from the UK managing to get famous names into their shorts, hoping to mimic the success of...

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Review: Maleficent Casts A Feminist Spell

29 May 2014 10:01 PM, PDT

Call her Beneficent. Rebooting the studio's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty into a live-action version suitable for the 21st century, Maleficent casts a strong feminist spell. "I don't think she's very happy," says one of the fairies in Walt Disney's original production of the classic fairy tale, referring to a character whose name means "harmfully malicious." And so the new film, based on a screenplay by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland), seeks to explain exactly why she wasn't very happy. Irregardless of her given name, young Maleficent (Isobelle Molloy) is a joyful fairy, frequently flying through a magical land filled with magical creatures. It's a world that's somewhat reminiscent of Avatar, which is not surprising, because Robert Stromberg,...

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In The Blood: Win A Poster Signed By Gina Carano And Amaury Nolasco

29 May 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

Gina Carano's latest action film, In The Blood, will come out on DVD/BluRay combo pack next Tuesday, June 3. We have a poster, signed by Carano and her co-star Amaury Nolasco, to give away before then.All you have to do is e-mail us here with the answer to this skill testing question. What was Gina "Conviction" Carano's professional Mma fighting record? The contest is open to U.S. residents only and you can enter up to Midnight Pst on Saturday, May 31. Please put In The Blood Poster giveaway in the subject title. ...

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A Walk Among The Tombstones: First Trailer And Images Suggest Liam Neeson Needs A Different Set Of Skills

29 May 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Ever since 2008's Taken, Liam Neeson has excelled in playing mature action heroes "with a particular set of skills." In the upcoming A Walk Among the Tombstones, however, it looks like he will display a different skill-set. He's playing Matt Scudder, a former NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator. The character was created by the highly-accomplished novelist Lawrence Block and has been featured in a long-running series of books. In this big-screen edition, Scudder is hired by drug dealer Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) to investigate the kidnapping and murder of his wife. The first trailer looks like Scudder's investigation will take him to dangerous places and lead to encounters with dangerous people. Scott Frank (The Lookout) wrote the screenplay and directed. The movie...

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Giveaway: Win A DVD Of Action Flick Beyond The Trophy

29 May 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

We have five DVDs of Daniel Gillin's action flick Beyond the Trophy to give away. Arc Entertainment is releasing the film on DVD on June 3.Beyond the Trophy tells the story of men's obsession with power and how far they will go to claim the "prize".  Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, led by Gino (Robert Miano) and Cole (Michael Madsen), are vying for control.  Danny (Michael Masini), an Lapd undercover police detective, goes deep into gangland to infiltrate one gang to bring down both. Along the way, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and seductive Angela (Ali Costello), whose relationship with her husband Jake and mob leader Gino makes her the focal point of an intoxicating romantic equation-with deadly consequences. Her...

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First Book Of Life Trailer Looks Mexican, Sounds American

29 May 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

The first trailer for The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, looks like a fireworks truck crashed into a paint factory and exploded. And I mean that in a good way. That impression is confirmed by the first official images released for the film, via USA Today, which you can view in the gallery below. In the trailer, the screen is filled with colorful, eye-popping Mexican art, while all the characters sound American. It's a marketing approach that may pay off for 20th Century Fox, and I'm hoping that's all it is -- a marketing approach to appeal to the widest demographic possible, at least in the U.S. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana are billed as the leads, though...

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Giveaway: Win A DVD Of Drama A Short History Of Decay

29 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Arc Entertainment will be releasing Michael Maren's family drama A Short History of Decay on DVD on June 10. And you can get your hands on a copy of your own simply by entering our giveaway right here! We have three copies to give away.Nathan Fisher (Greenberg) can't seem to quite get it together. He's a wannabe writer living in Brooklyn, temping at an ad agency while bouncing from plays to novels to screenplays without ever finishing anything. When his ambitious novelist girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui), about to publish her first book, finally gets fed up and decides to leave him he resolves to get down to some serious work once and for all. But life intervenes. After getting a call that his father has had...

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Watch: Exclusive Twins Battle Clip From Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis

29 May 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

Our friends at Well Go USA are preparing for their June 6th theatrical launch of actor Juno Mak's (Revenge: A Love Story, Let's Go!) directing debut, the critically acclaimed rebirth of Hong Kong horror, Rigor Mortis. In preparation, though there's little that can truly prepare you for the awesomeness of this movie, they've delivered us a taste of what you can expect from the film in this clip, rather innocuously titled, Twins Battle. Prepare for badassness, and if you're curious, you can check out James Marsh's rave review from last year right here.Here is Well Go USA's synopsis of the film:a washed-up actor, desperate and suicidal, moves into a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead are...

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Opening: Elena, An Impressionistic Tribute To Memories

29 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

It's a difficult job to create a film with a subject that is so close to its maker without coming across as a little too precious. Indeed, there are many moments in Elena that could be regarded as self-indulgent. But no one can deny that Elena is a breathtakingly beautiful, one of a kind documentary. Elena tells a story about a 20-year-old Brazilian actress who comes to New York to pursue her acting career. She leaves behind her younger sister Petra and mom. She falls into hard times. More than twenty years later, Petra Costa, now an actress herself, a filmmaker and a dead ringer for her sister, traces her big sister's footsteps in New York, trying to reconstruct who Elena was and also to...

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Opening: We Are The Best! Showcases Adorable Pre-teen Angst Set In The 80s

29 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Two 13-year old tomboys, Bobo and Klara listen to punk, hate their sports loving classmates and think their parents are super lame. After seeing some rude old geezers practicing yucky rock songs at a local youth center (thank goodness for living in a socialist country), they spontaneously set out to form a punk band out of spite. But they don't know how to play any instrument and still want to maintain the time slots they signed up for so the old geezers won't get to play. Then they see Hedvig, a blonde, christian good girl who has been playing classical guitar at the school talent show to unresponsive, downright rude audiences, year after year. Hedvig doesn't have any friends. Bobo and Klara decides to forcibly...

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