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.

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 »
By Ard Vijn   
  

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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LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE: Out Now On VOD And iTunes

Disappointed in the muddled fizzle-out of the Serial podcast few weeks ago and looking for another taste of unfathomable True Crime mystery to hold you over until Season 2 of True Detective? Enter Love and Terror On The Howling Plains of Nowhere, a wonderfully... More »
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Review: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, Universal Truths About Mating Rituals

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 »
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The Many Faces Of Nicole Kidman

This week, UK-based children's icon Paddington gets his film released in the US. Our Jim Tudor saw it and was, to his own surprise, rather charmed by it. And the "comically unrelenting villain" (Jim's words) of the piece is played... More »
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Review: GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, A Monster Of A Film

Pulling back, deliberately and slowly, from a soap-opera musical on the TV (involving, of all things, character introductions), the 315-minute long Gangs of Wasseypur kicks off with a single shot, Johnnie To-style unbroken assault on the stronghold of Faizal Khan... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jessica Chastain

This week didn't exactly see many new films premiering in North America, but among those that did is A Most Violent Year. Jim reviewed it and called it "a legitimately terrific film". And it stars Jessica Chastain, which is never... More »
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J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
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Twitch Presents The Only Year End List That Matters

Yes, yes, 'quality', blahblahblah. Let's be honest: 'Good' movies are all well and good and help us all to name drop things that will make us appear smart in casual conversation but, really, if we're honest, it's not 'quality' that... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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