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.

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 »
  

New To Netflix: War. Hell. Other People. Woody Allen.

And here we are again, faced with the dilemma of what to stream in the ethereal red monster they call Netflix. Contained in this edition of streaming premieres in various markets around the world are two decidedly different war... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Peter Stormare

This week 22 Jump Street premieres (you can read Jason's review here), starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Stars are nothing without a good villain, though, and here we have Swedish actor Peter Stormare as a drug dealer called "The... More »
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The Many Faces Of Willem Dafoe

This week sees the premiere of The Fault In Our Stars, (for a review click here), co-starring Willem Dafoe in a supporting but important role. And that's all the encouragement we need here at Twitch to have him featured in... More »
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The Kids Talk Film: MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR

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... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Orson Welles

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... More »
  

New To Netflix: Museums, Criminals, Calvin and Hobbs

In this week's edition, we travel from Austria to Thailand, visit our old comic strip childhood friends, wallow in a steampunk future and a euro-hopping heist fantasy. With so many places to visit, let us get right to it, shall... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Eddie Marsan

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... More »
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Review: NIGHT MOVES, A Tense Showcase Of Guilt And Paranoia

When purchasing a used boat for an act of extreme vandalism, a young activist quips that she chose the one named "Night Moves" because it was better in her mind than "Sea Breeze" or "Heart's Ease." I tend to pay... More »
  

Review: FREQUENCIES, A Mighty Brain, But A Heart Three Sizes Too Small

There are two mantras at play in the offbeat philosophy lesson traveling in the guise of a film with the original gangly moniker of OXV: The Manual. The first one is that "knowledge determines destiny," and the second is that... More »
  

New To Netflix: Miscellany Or Potpourri?

In this edition of our biweekly Netflix column, the complete lack of focus is exactly the point. From a huge Oscar-winning animated film to a micro-sized black and white period piece on the early days of computer chess, and... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Bill Paxton

Looking through the roster of films premiering this week, one actor's name popped out immediately to me, almost jumping from my computer screen. Because it said that in Million Dollar Arm, one of the supporting characters is played by Bill... More »
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