Kurt Halfyard
Toronto, Canada

Scientist by day, cinema aficionado by night. Film festival addict and family man. Kurt has been writing for Twitch since pretty much the inception of the site and can often be found in rep-houses around Toronto taking his kids to films that are rather inappropriate for their age.

TIFF Kids Talk Film: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently wrapping up at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) break down this 'new era' of Studio Ghibli film now that Miyazaki and Takahata have... More »
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THE HATEFUL EIGHT Gets A CGI Teaser

Update: As of this time the teaser, originally linked below, is offline for unknown reasons. We'll update again when, and if, there is more information to share.The Weinstein Company have either a shockingly bad sense of timing, or a huge... More »
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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... More »
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The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
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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... More »
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Review: BROKEN HORSES Deserves A Swift Mercy Killing

Where does one draw the line between pitiable and risible? On the one hand, it just seems mean to want to pick on the slowest kid in the class, especially when you see just how far behind they are lagging.... More »
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Review: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO Offers Reproduction Fatigue

There seems to be some kind of movement out there where low-key indie dramas of personal tragedy cloak themselves in the veneer of heady science fiction concepts: films like Mike Cahill's Another Earth, James Byrkit Ward's Coherence, Lars Von Trier's... More »
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Review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, On Acting, Aging And Choices

The eponymous image of Clouds of Sils Maria features a heavenly mist snaking its way through mountain peaks like a river, the rocks frozen in time, immutable, the clouds in perpetual motion. It is shown as shot for Olivier Assayas... More »
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Trailer for Joe Dante's BURYING THE EX Shuffles Its Feet

Yes, it has been six years since Joe Dante released his last feature film, The Hole; a solid, if not ecstatic film, most notable for its sophisticated and restrained use of 3D technology. Outside of Netflix, very few folks in Canada... More »
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Crowdfund This! THE DEVIL ON WHEELS Wants To Take A Drive With Spielberg's DUEL

With the recent success of both Jodorowsky's Dune and Lost Soul, the documentary on the never-made feature is alive and well. This success has, in some small part, fueled the desire to know more about certain cult films that were... More »
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Review: SPRING, Life And The Future, Embraced With The Romance Of Cinema

"You saw me all fucked up and I am still here." So says Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) to his Italian girlfriend, Louise (Nadia Hilker), after discovering that her 'little secret' is well outside his comfort zone. It is this moment,... More »
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Hot Docs 2015 Lineup Announced: From The Deep Web To Dark Comedy To Outer Space And Beyond

In Toronto, from April 23rd until May 3rd, the 22nd edition of the sprawling Hot Docs Film Festival will be showcasing documentary films from 44 countries. Going through a documentary lineup of this size is a bit more daunting than a... More »
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The Many Faces Of Sigourney Weaver

This week sees the release of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, starring an eclectic mix of actors, non-actors and special effects. Loïc saw the film and had mixed feelings. Among the cast members is Sigourney Weaver though, and that is always worth... More »
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New EX_MACHINA Trailer Brings Designs And Curves

When Apple's Jony Ive wanted to bring curves to computers and software, I am not sure this was the end-game. It may very well have been, but leave it to science-fiction screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let... More »
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The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
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GOOD KILL: A Game of Drones, Latest Trailer for Andrew Niccol's Tense Thriller

Will Andrew Niccol's latest feature capture the imagination of the movie going public in a similar fashion to American Sniper? On the surface, both films share a number of commonalities, not the least of which are soldiers having to kill... More »
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The Many Faces Of Michael Keaton

This weekend, Michael Keaton could be receiving an Academy Award for Best actor, for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. Indeed, many people over here at TwitchFilm central think he's going to get the gold, and Birdman itself was... More »
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UK Trailer For BIG GAME Is In Love With Explosions

Jalmari Helander's big budget follow-up to Rare Exports is brash and loud and a whole lot of fun. After a rousing screening in the Midnight Madness program at TIFF, Big Game is starting to roll out to commercial audiences. Considering... More »
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The Many Faces Of Julianne Moore

This weekend, fantasy-film lovers can choose to get their fix either with or without science fiction attached, with both Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son out in cinemas. Check Loïc Valceschini's reviews, here and here. Both films sure have some fine... More »
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POLTERGEIST Remake: First Trailer Offers Homage And Jump Scares

The way a horror movie is constructed and paced has changed a lot from 1982 to 2015. Much like the 2013 Carrie remake, it all comes down to whether the pace of editing and easy reliance on jump-scares can replace the... More »
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