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.

Hobbitty Twitches: Our Favorite Film Dragons

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of... More »
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Trailer: DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS

While not exactly the Spike Lee vampire flick we were looking for, this hyper-indie 'joint' looks to bust the relatively cool streak the director has been on from the 2008 big budget (Disney!) war and religion tale The Miracle at St.... More »
  

Trailer for JURASSIC WORLD Offers More of the Same (Dinosaurs)

Can Star Lord (Chris Pratt) carry another Big Studio franchise title without Mixtape #1? If said franchise is heavy with dinosaurs, chase sequences and life finding a way, he may not have to carry much; only look up and grimace... More »
  

Calgary Underground 2014 Interview: LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE

One of the unheralded diamonds in the rough on the documentary circuit this year is Dave Jannetta's documentary on the denizens of Chadron, Nebraska, evocatively titled Love And Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. The film is an adaptation of... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Mister BABADOOK Pop-Up Book

Jennifer Kent's psychological horror film, The Babadook, tore up the festival circuit around the world in 2014 with its tale of a sinister and persistent ghost named Mister Babadook. The top-hatted spectre leaps out of the pages of a childrens... More »
  

Team Twitch: On INTERSTELLAR

(All In Good Time, or: just how stellar was Interstellar?) By now Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been orbiting most of the world in wide release for a week, and it sure has left its mark. It's raking in money, although... More »
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Halloween Twitches: Our Favorite Film Ghosts

(If there's something strange, in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Twitch!) As Jack Skellington's minions so gleefully sang in The Nightmare Before Christmas: "This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!". So we here at Twitch decided... More »
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Review: HORNS, Sloppy, Rushed, And Undeveloped

"Are you horny?" asks Juno Temple of Daniel Radcliffe in one of the more tranquil moments in this goofy yet sincere adaptation of Joe Hill's (by all accounts) quite good novel, Horns. Two lovers, Iggy and Merrin, lay like Yin... More »
  

Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: HELLMOUTH Is One Man's Existential Crisis

Ubiquitous character actor Stephen McHattie is always a pleasure to see up on the big screen. From supporting roles in Hollywood films like The Fountain, Watchmen and A History of Violence, to central performances in indie Canadian productions like the... More »
  

Toronto After Dark 2014: We Pick Nine Must-See Flicks

As the ninth edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival approaches, I conferred with two other Twitch Film men-about-Toronto, Kurt Halfyard and Jason Gorber, and we came up with our top nine must-see films of this year's festival, which... More »
  

Toronto 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With All Our Reviews And Top Films

The Toronto Film Fest is all said and done for 2014 and again the Twitch team pumped out the reviews. You can find all our reviews here for your perusal and check out our top picks and misses in the... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE EDITOR Is Eager To Please

The directors of The Editor, Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, along with the rest of their cohorts from VHS-obsessed Winnipeg film collective Astron-6, must have been mighty pissed when they caught wind of Berberian Sound Studio. Peter Strickland's 2012 film was... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: LEVIATHAN Takes A Gorgeous And Savage Look At Modern Russia

A rundown fishing town on the coast of the Arctic Ocean is the rugged edge-of-the-world stage for Andrey Zvyagintsev's complex, but quite accessible, new film. There is a visual mastery of relating wide open natural spaces, with precise man-made interiors, present... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, A Sublime And Specific Sex Comedy

Starting off with what is undoubtedly the opening credit sequence of the year, Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy never ceases to surprise and delight over its 100 minutes, offering a dry but meticulous humour and rhythm. Those credits, offering... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE WORLD OF KANAKO, Gloriously Irresponsible Filmmaking

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-sequitors, both assaulting and attention grabbing, occurs right before slamming into a stylized... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: SPRING Is No Sophomore Slump

"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, well... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Interview: Talking BIG GAME, Character Actors And 1980s Blockbusters With Director Jalmari Helander

In between screenings of the ridiculously fun and Amblin-esque popcorn muncher Big Game at the Toronto International Film Festival, I managed to have a chat with Finnish director Jalmari Helander and his young star Onni Tommila. The young actor was a little... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Will Age Gracefully

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 in 2014,... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Cluelessly Earnest

The patron saint of smashing entitlement into smithereens, Louis C.K., has a great bit about being Caucasian. The gist of it is that he can hop in a time machine and go back in history, and there will be a... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Preview: TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema

Yesterday we chatted about Midnight & Vanguard and the day previous it was Galas & Special Presentations. Today our preview of the Toronto International Film Fest 2014 marches on with some picks in the Contemporary World Cinema and TIFF Docs... More »
  
 
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