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 2013 Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Is A Zen Koan

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 his lengthy... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: UNDER THE SKIN, Brilliant Cinema Of Alienation

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 »
  

TIFF 2013 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 is... More »
  

TIFF 2013: Our Complete Coverage (So Far)

Well folks, it's the half way mark for Twitch's Christmas, also known as the Toronto International Film Festival, which means it's the perfect time to catch up on all the films that have been reviewed thus far by our intrepid... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: The Devil Is In The Details In HORNS

"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 and... More »
  

New To Netflix: Brain Surgery! Amigos! Stephen Chow! Paddy Considine! Michael Caine Impressions! And More!

While it may appear that Twitch is taken over by TIFF at the moment, we realize the vast majority of you are not in Toronto for the film festival.  And for the minority of that majority who have Netflix subscriptions,... More »
  

TIFF 2013 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 significantly build upon and outdo Neil Jordan's recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent sparkly... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: iNUMBER NUMBER Brings Reservoir Dogs To South Africa

Sweating men, decaying industrial wasteland and corruption of all stripes are all front and center in iNumber Number, an esoteric name for a movie that is all other respects is tight as drumskin.  Consider it Reservoir Rats, only replace Tarantino's... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Preview: Twitch Picks Our Top 15 Festival Flicks

This is it! The Toronto International Film Fest kicks off TODAY!! We've been bringing you previews every day for the last week. Here's a quick rundown if you missed one: 10 Big Launches 14 Far East Faves 13 Slices... More »
  

Watch Now! Kubrickian Teaser for Jonathan Glazer's UNDER THE SKIN

It has been seven long years since Jonathan Glazer's masterfully modulate, and quite Kubrickian Birth.  While this seems a long time to go between feature films, the wait is over, as Under The Skin is set to play Venice tomorrow,... More »
  

Teaser for Errol Morris' THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Showcases Obsession And Nuance

One of my most anticipated titles at TIFF, Errol Morris' documentary interview with Donald Rumsfeld called The Unknown Known now has a very effective teaser. A sort of follow up to Morris' Fog Of War - the Oscar winning documentary on... More »
  

New To Netflix: Hysterical Women, High School Gone Bad, Taxidermy, and Todd Solondz

Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! This week we go from Alfred Hitchcock to Todd Solondz, with stops in-between featuring an animated homage to Jacques Tati. Oh, and how about a little murder in high school? We... More »
  

Review: I DECLARE WAR, Kids Battling Kids Is Both Nostalgic And Revealing

One weekend day a number of the nerdier kids from the local middle school gather their sticks and twine and balloons filled with red dye, and head into the local woods to play capture-the-flag. Oh, those tweens today with their... More »
  

New To Netflix: A Fine Grab Bag of Genre 'n' Drama

Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! Not that we are actually new to Netflix, we are just happy, able, and willing to help you find out what kind of 'Twitch-y' material is coming to the big red virtual... More »
  

Review: YOU'RE NEXT Upends Siege And Slasher Conventions

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett professed, maybe a bit tongue in cheek, at its North American premiere that their intent with You're Next was to make a tight little genre thrill ride that mashed together the opening scene of the... More »
  

New To Netflix: Rum and Cokes! Celebrity Fetishes! Media Circuses! Hockey Fights! And More!

Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! Not that we are actually new to Netflix, we are just happy, able, and willing to help you find out what kind of 'Twitch-y' material is coming to the big red virtual... More »
  

HotDocs Launchs Inaugural Floating Polar Film Festival With Quark Expeditions

Putting a film festival on a cruise ship is nothing new; Dusty Cohl and company have been putting on The Floating Film Festival for about 20 years, and there are undoubtedly others as well. But the Floating Polar Film Festival, which... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Wavelengths Stretches Out With A LOT of Features

Like last years documentary-feature-slash-anthropological-thesis Leviathan, the Wavelengths section at this years Toronto International Film Festival has a lot of 'quasi-commercial' feature films on offer for the hardcore and casual cinéaste or cinephile.  In particular, Ben Wheatley's experimental and baffling A Field... More »
  

New to Netflix: Pizza! Racial Tension! Glaives! Ape Creatures! Old Ladies! Narcotic Fruit! And Nic Cage Back From Hell!

After a brief summer hiatus, we are back!  Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! Not that we are actually new to Netflix, we are just happy, able, and willing to help you find out what kind of 'Twitch-y'... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Announces The Complete Canadian Film Lineup. And It's Got Depth, Folks.

I won't even begin to get into the plethora of animated short films announced today for TIFF's Canadia shorts blocks, because there is a wealth of interesting cinema spewing forth from the bowels of English and French Canada for this... More »
  
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