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.

TIFF Kids Talk Film: RUSTY KNIGHT, An Animated Recycling Comedy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. This time it is the German animated 'recycling' comedy Rusty Knight. While it may be a tad simpler and more obvious than your Pixars or... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicolas Cage

This week, David Gordon Green's Joe gets released in the US, and that is a great opportunity to host a quiz about its star Nicolas Cage. Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage has managed to create a career for... More »
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TIFF Kids Talk Film: THE HOUSE OF MAGIC Review

Twitch's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFFKids film festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema.  Willem (Age 11) and Miranda (Age 9) kick off these video micro-reviews with the French/Belgian animated 3D CGI film The... More »
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Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Brings A Cosmopolitan Maturity To The Ailing Vampire Genre

Detroit is the new Transylvania in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully detached vampire reverie Only Lovers Left Alive. The film manages to build significantly upon and outdo Neil Jordan's recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent... More »
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The Many Faces Of Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is currently red-hot, and I'm not talking about her physical appearance, no matter how many magazines vote her as "sexiest woman of the year". After all, she is the actress who got whole theaters swooning just by her... More »
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Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Gives A Frustratingly Accurate Portrait Of Our Image Of Donald Rumsfeld

A snow globe shaking back and forth, little white flecks - snowflakes - swirl and obfuscate whatever is in the globe. Oh my, what a loaded image. It is one of the chief ones Errol Morris employs in The Unknown... More »
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Review: UNDER THE SKIN Burns Brilliantly, Bafflingly, Bleakly

A long shot of a man waiting for a bus on a cool, foggy morning. The road winds through a valley where the stop and bench are at the bottom, and snakes up the other side. A woman walks into... More »
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Review: DOM HEMINGWAY, A Cheeky, If Slight, Gangster Character Study

Petty gangster, safecracker, loud mouth, loose cannon, thief, deadbeat dad, pint guzzling, word-smithing, cat killing, thug Dom Hemingway is the type of guy you would have no tolerance for in real life, but generally gravitate towards on screen. Twelve years... More »
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The Kids Talk Film: ALIEN

Imagine the opportunity to go back and watch Ridley Scott's Alien, for the first time again. Willem (age 10) got his first exposure to the horrific piece of science fiction as he continues his tour through the genre with his father... More »
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Hot Docs 2014 Lineup Announced: From Pulp to Alice Cooper To Weddings to Zombies And Much More

Toronto's Hot Docs Festival is Canada's largest festival dedicated solely to documentaries. It is perhaps the world's largest too, for that matter. The festival organizers have announced the full film line-up for the upcoming 21st edition, which runs from April 24... More »
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New To Netflix: Middle-Tier Prestige TV, Parenting, Classic Epics and Modern Silents

This week's entry of New To Netflix has a heavy focus on quality TV that doesn't quite get the twitter chatter or critical limelight of Breaking Bad, True Detectives and House of Cards but is still quality stuff. In there is... More »
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Do You Think I'm Pretty? New Clip from Jonathan Glazer's UNDER THE SKIN

Here is a chance to watch Scarlett Johansson's otherworldly 'girl of the night' ply her trade on a handsome, but unsuspecting, Scottish lad in Under the Skin. The minute long clip gives you the meat of Jonathan Glazer's unusual science fiction horror... More »
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The Many Faces of Tilda Swinton

One has to only watch the last couple of Jim Jarmusch films to know that the director is in love with Tilda Swinton. Increasingly, the filmmaker's camera loves the way she moves, the way she wears clothing, and captures her... More »
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New To Netflix: Iceland, Oscars, Palme d'Or Winners, Cronenberg, And Cannibals

Have you finished binge-viewing House of Cards yet? This week's entry of New To Netflix is the usual grab-bag of independent and foreign fare, speckled award winners, some cult Canadian stuff, and a couple of remakes. We start at the 2013 Cannes... More »
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Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars

Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
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The Kids Talk Film: THE FOUNTAIN

On the eve of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic, Noah, Twitch's two film loving children, Willem (age 10) and Miranda (age 9) return to offer you a couple pairs of young eyes on Aronofsky's confounding, elliptical 2006 science fiction picture, The... More »
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The Kids Talk Film: DUNE

Jodorowsky's Dune, in all its crazy ambition, may never have come into existence, but in the early 1980s, David Lynch, after turning down the job of directing the second Star Wars sequel, then titled Revenge of the Jedi, got the go ahead to make... More »
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New To Netflix: HOUSE OF CARDS Or Bust!

This weeks entry of New To Netflix starts with the elephant (or should we say donkey?) in the room, the new season of House of Cards, which went up in its entirety on Valentine's day. However, we've got a number... More »
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New To Netflix: Sweet, Sweet Trash!

This weeks entry of New To Netflix is not here to nourish your brain, fulfil your soul or stir deep undiscovered emotions. Here we encourage you to grab nachos, popcorn topped with flavoured oil product, and perhaps some cheap... More »
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Twitch's Favorite Frankensteins -- And The Monsters They Created

The imminent theatrical release in North America of I, Frankenstein on Friday, January 24, gives us an excuse to express our collective love for the mad scientist known as Frankenstein -- and the monsters he created. As the title of... More »
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