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.

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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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Frontieres Co-Production Market At Fantasia Announces Its Third-Year Slate

Summer is coming.  And with that so does Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. For the past couple of years, the festival has been shepherding genre projects together via the Frontières International Co-Production Market, which gives the opportunity for filmmakers to meet... More »
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THE MAN ON CARRION ROAD: Ian McShane And Patrick Wilson Don Hats, Firearms, And Jeans

Coming out of Cannes is the first whiff of this contemporary, dusty American thriller from Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18, Open Grave). Ian McShane, he of the eloquent cuss-laced soliloquy, is playing a soon-to-be retired Sheriff training his replacement (Patrick Wilson)... More »
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Trailer For HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE Offers Obsession And Emotion

We are big fans of Beauty Day here at Twitch (full disclosure, I contributed to a commentary track on the DVD) and are happy to see documentary filmmaker Jay Cheel back with a sci-fi inflected documentary, How To Build A... More »
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CrowdFund This! BIG FUTURE Q&A With Mike Bates On Practical Effects Driven Film

Are you tired of CGI overkill in your sci-fi adventure cinema? Do you like the classic working-class spaceships, flying cars, and other 'distressed' and aged machines and environments? Do you wish that they still made big adventure movies with partial... More »
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The Kids Talk Film: GODZILLA

Twitch has been on the Internet long enough that many of its writing staff have children old enough to understand and consume media in a way that is both raw and fresh. It might even come with an inkling of... More »
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New To Netflix: Underrated LIVE AND LET DIE, BOSS, MR. NOBODY, And More

This edition of our biweekly Netflix column focuses on underrated titles popping up in various streaming markets from around the world. We kick things off with an underrated Roger Moore 007 title before moving into Blade Runner-esque sci-fi, Brazilian... More »
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The Many Faces Of Paul Giamatti

This weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in the US, after having done a bit of a world tour in other territories. And the most interesting piece of casting in it must surely be Paul Giamatti as the villain known... More »
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Hot Docs 2014 Review: LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE

In a sparse corner of Nebraska, as far as possible from the state's cities of Lincoln and Omaha, sits the high-elevation prairie town of Chadron, population 5600.  The town, described as 'politely hanging on' after peaking somewhere in the 19th... More »
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Hot Docs 2014 Review: THE GREEN GIRL Reveals Prolific Actress, Director, And Aviator Susan Oliver

Proving in its own way that most actors of a certain era ended their careers with a guest spot on Murder, She Wrote before quietly going into obscurity, The Green Girl presents its sexy Star Trek hook, that of the... More »
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Hot Docs 2014 Review: THE DARKSIDE Upholds the Tradition of Oral History

I learned a new phrase while watching spiritual Australian documentary The Darkside.  To take a 'stickybeak' is to pry around the premises and ask uncomfortable questions. A lady uses this phrase while talking about an Ouija board her and her... More »
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Crowdfund This! BRAINGASM And ASMR

Who doesn't want a pleasurable tingling sensation to light up their brain?  The term "autonomous sensory meridian response" (ASMR) is marked by a pleasurable tingling sensation - a micro-platonic-orgasm - often felt in the head. This can be triggered by... More »
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New To Netflix: Docs and Monsters

And we're back with a fresh entry of New To Netflix. Contained in this edition of streaming premieres in various markets around the world are several classic documentaries, including one on the dwellers of an abandoned stretch of underground... More »
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Review: PROXY Dwells On The Dark Side Of Parenthood

Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. The central idea around which everything swirls in Zack Parker's Proxy is as brilliant... More »
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TIFF Kids Talk Film: ANINA, An Animated film about Palindromes and Empathy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. A highly stylized animated feature from Uruguay which examines childhood conflict called ANINA.  The eponymous little girl with the palindrome name has an evocative imagination that... More »
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