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.

Review: SYNCHRONICITY, Time Travel Is A Bastard

I never thought it would happen, but I have finally, personally, hit the wall with indie time travel flicks. Jacob Gentry's Synchronicity is not lacking in smarts or clockwork precision, but abjectly fails to convince in its core ideas of love... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

The Many Faces Of David Bowie

When we do these quizzes here at TwitchFilm, we try to couple them to current news. Often this news is the premiere of a movie, and we pick one of the actors. Sometimes, the occasion is a lot sadder, and... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

RIP Alan Rickman

Cancer has been busy in the pop cultural world in the first couple weeks of 2016. Stage and Movie star (and silky-voiced villain) Alan Rickman has succumbed to a battle with cancer at aged 69.Depending on your age (and geographical... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

THE WITCH: Watch An Intense And Disturbing New Trailer

As A24's February theatrical release of The Witch edges closer, they have cut a tight, dread-laced new trailer with an eye for showing off the "R" rated film's exceptional production design and commitment to period. It's disturbing in the way old... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Miguel Gomes On Desires And Fears And People In The ARABIAN NIGHTS Trilogy

The gargantuan-sized Arabian Nights, presented in three 2-hour volumes, has been playing festivals around the world and rolling out commercially as well. The second part of the trilogy is even Portugal's submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. When I... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

The Many Faces Of Tom Noonan

One of the creepier aspects of Anomalisa is how all people in the world (bar the two leads) speak with the same voice. That voice belongs to Tom Noonan, who is a scriptwriter and director, but also a formidable character... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Jennifer Jason Leigh

In the past few weeks, more and more people have been seeing Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, either by way of his 70mm roadshow screenings or otherwise. Reviews have been mixed (though our Jim Tudor loved it) but everyone agrees... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: ANOMALISA, A Real, Honest And Meaningful Gift

When the philosopher says, "Hell is other people," he perhaps means that in trying to figure ourselves out, we are beholden to our reflections and interactions with other people. Or maybe he is talking about the modern customer service experience. In... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Team TwitchFilm On: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Angela Bassett

This week, Spike Lee's new film Chi-Raq premieres wide, and according to our Jim Tudor it's a "wailing, wrenching, and downright bizarre screed on the crisis of gun violence", but also "an unforgettable experience" which has Spike Lee "re-emerging as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE WORLD OF KANAKO Goes Down A Cinematic Rabbit Hole

The first two minutes of Nakashima Tetsuya's violent and unrelenting The World of Kanako are a litmus test on whether one should proceed. A frenetic orgy of editing non sequiturs, both assaulting and attention grabbing, occurs right before slamming into... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

The Many Faces Of Donald Sutherland

This week, the grand finale of The Hunger Games trilo-whoops-quadrilogy arrives in cinemas, with the adventures of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen coming to a close. Pierce Conran saw the ending and quite liked it, as he stated in his review.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Team TwitchFilm On: SPECTRE

(Bond may be back, but so is the nefarious organization known as Team TwitchFilm!) Last week, Sam Mendes' second Bond film Spectre got its wide release in the United States, and loads of other places as well. By sheer... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Juliette Binoche

This week sees the premiere of The 33, Patricia Riggen's film about the true-life tale of 33 miners who became trapped for nearly 70 days. The film is a veritable who-is-who of Spanish and Latin American actors who are somewhat... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Ralph Fiennes

This week, Spectre arrived in North American cinemas, and is expected to break all sorts of records. Whether the film deserves that is up for grabs: my personal opinion is that this is one of the weaker Bonds for reasons... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

ANOMALISA Trailer Considers The Human Condition

Easily one of the cinematic highlights of the year, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's animated drama Anomalisa was one of the big sales at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and for good reason. The first trailer for the film has... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TwitchFilm Presents: 101 ZOMBIE KILLS

Pulled out of the dark, rotting bowels of the internet, TwitchFilm proudly presents this extended narrative of undead carnage, 101 Zombie Kills, or in its far more elegant sounding French moniker, Cent Une Tueries de Zombies. Produced by film archivist... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

The Many Faces Of Helena Bonham Carter

This week Sarah Gavron's Suffragette premieres, a drama about some of the heroines of the early women's rights movements. With a subject like that it is no surprise it has a veritable crème de la crème of actresses starring in... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
  Next »
Page 1 of 66