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.

Moorhead and Benson Bring SPRING to Toronto to Avoid Alien Abduction

There is a new Moorhead and Benson film descending on the festival circuit, and much like their previous effort, Resolution, the myriad places the film plays will preceded by witty little promo vignettes. Here, in a pitch for the upcoming Toronto... More »
  

Opening: THE ONE I LOVE Offers Smart, Very Funny Couples Therapy

"I doubt I will laugh out loud more at a film this year," wrote our own Kurt Halfyard after seeing The One I Love at Fantasia a few weeks ago. Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss star in a new film... More »
  

Review: MISSION BLUE, A Reflection On A Single Life As A Stand-In For All Life

I am never one to say no to beautifully lit underwater photography, either in grainy 16 mm or pristine HD.  Here there is plenty, but the most compelling image in activist/biopic documentary, Mission Blue, is that of a lone plastic... More »
  

Fantasia 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

It was a banner year, the 18th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival. Yes, the festival is old enough to drink alcohol now in La Belle Province, and over the three weeks of cinema -- both cutting edge and... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

For all of us who feel Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump is a sentimental, condescending insult to cinema audiences everywhere, and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not a helluvalot better, we finally have an entry into 'the man... More »
  

Fantasia 2014: Bradley King And BP Cooper Talk Truth, Photography, And TIME LAPSE

There are some post-screening Q&A periods that are so well balanced, succinct and engaging that they do the job better than an lengthy one-on-one interview. The session with both of the Time Lapse writers, Bradley King (who also directed the film) and... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: TIME LAPSE, A Sharply Written Indie Sci-Fi Picture

Opening with a shot of swirling red paint, which then has tiny flecks of white thrown into the mixture to disturb the surface and complicate the image, Bradley King and B.P. Cooper's Time Lapse shows just how bloody far you can... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE HARVEST, A Coming Of Age Fable Of Wicked Proportions

After a very lengthy hiatus into directing for TV, ranging from single episodes of John From Cincinnati to Masters of Horror, John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer) is back with his first feature film since the turn of the... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE ONE I LOVE Offers Smart Couples Therapy, With Big Laughs

I doubt I will laugh out loud more at a film this year. Charlie McDowell's couples therapy session par excellence, featuring a very game cast of two, namely Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, made me smile so hard at times my... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Interview: Talking THE MIDNIGHT SWIM And Emotional POV With Sarah Adina Smith

After directing a number of short films, The Midnight Swim is the first feature of young director Sarah Adina Smith. I detected a note of exhaustion and overwhelmed frazzle still lingering from the generous reception of the film the previous... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, Where Still Waters Run Deep

In Werner Herzog's wonderful documentary Encounters at the End of the World, he makes a point of showing that if you dive deep enough in those cold, antarctic waters, the experience is not all that different than voyaging into outer space. Darren... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, Fruitful But Melancholy

I first encountered the work of Filipino action hero and tiny man-child Weng Weng at this very festival in 2007. Andy Stark and Pete Tombs ran an absolutely bonkers reel of money shots from their Mondo Macabro release label in front... More »
  

NIGHTCRAWLER Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal In Sunglasses Lays On The Smooth Sleaze

Dan Gilroy, brother of Tony, took over some of the writing duties on the Bourne franchise from his older sibling, who also directed the Jeremy Renner outing. Gilroy also penned Real Steel and Tarsem's The Fall. Here he makes his directorial... More »
  

Toronto 2014: First Wave, Galas And Special Presentations

Like clockwork, the publicity machine for the Toronto International Film Festival revs up about this time every year to announce a number of the high profile films coming to the festival in September. A few Gala Red Carpet world premieres... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO Has An Identity Crisis

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, and what is... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Curtain Raiser: Twitch Picks 15 Can't-Miss Films

As the punishing summer heat rises in Montreal, so too does the cool and eclectic collection of cinema presented by the Fantasia International Film Festival. A duration exceeding three weeks (July 17 to August 6), involving hundreds of features, shorts,... More »
  

Fantasia 2014: Second Wave Announced, Tobe Hooper's Lifetime And Abel Ferrarra Closes The Fest!

As the Twitch writers jostle for position among ourselves to get you the best coverage of this year's festival the second wave of films have just been announced and it is gearing up to be a great Summer in belle... More »
  

Fantasia 2014: First Wave Of Titles Announced

If the first batch of titles from this years Fantasia International Film Festival is any indication, it promises to be a banner year.  Opening with the Charlotte Gainsbourg headlined gender-Cinderella-comedy Jacky in the Kingdom of the Women, the festival is also... More »
  

Interview: Glow Into The Heart Of Darkness With COHERENCE Writer-Director James Ward Byrkit

After several back-to-back viewings of the intricate reality-bending Coherence, an opportunity presented itself to speak with the film's writer-director at length.  A discussion started on how the micro-budgeted, big-idea chamber piece was constructed before easing into a number of the themes... More »
  

Fantasia Announces Titles for Off-Frontieres Development Marketplace

Further rounding out its Development/Production marketplace, The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal adds another 12 genre projects under the Off-Frontières banner. Along with the Frontières titles, puts a lot of filmmakers, producers and other creative types in the same... More »
  
 
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