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.

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

New To Netflix: Ken Burns, Nuclear Power, Gina Carano and ROLLING THUNDER

This week's entry of New To Netflix has documentaries and a healthy does of violence, both of which come together for the Oscar nominated feature, The Act of Killing. In many markets there is a compelling re-evaluation of nuclear power... More »
  

Hey Toronto! Time To Get Tawdry And Penetrating With A Thorough Paul Verhoeven Retrospective

With her tongue hanging out awkwardly and completely without sex-appeal, squeaky clean TV star Elizabeth Berkley's transformation to Nomi Malone in Showgirls anticipated Miley Cyrus's most talked about moment in 2013 - a awards show performance which heralded her descent... More »
  

GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Trailer Teases Like A Mother Of Dragons

HBO offers a Season 4 trailer of ominous pronouncements from many of the principle characters, and none more so than the Mother of Dragons, who intones: "They have a choice. They can live in my new world. Or die in... More »
  

Ghibli Retrospective: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

Willem (age 10) and Miranda (age 9) put a capstone on their extended marathon of Studio Ghibli viewing. After taking both the heaviest Studio Ghibli film, Grave of the Fireflies, and the lightest entry, The Cat Returns, they end the... More »
  

THE SIMPSONS Offer A Tribute To Miyazaki-San And Studio Ghibli

Earlier this television season, it was Guillermo del Toro doing a loving Where's Waldo of his images in an introduction for The Simpsons. Now, in light of Miyazaki Hayao retiring after The Wind Rises, the fine folks at Fox have crafted a... More »
  

William Friedkin's SORCERER Goes Blu-ray In April

Finally having all the legal issues settled, Sorcerer, William Friedkin's long buried 1977 remake of  Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic suspense piece Wages of Fear, will be available to those outside of the European festival circuit (where it played via a restored print... More »
  

Anticipated In 2014: The Films We Most Want To See

With 2014 now fully upon us the Twitch team gathers to take a look at the films we most want to take a look at in the coming year. Is this some sort of scientific poll? Heck no, more just... More »
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Extended Cut Of Ridley Scott's THE COUNSELOR Coming In February

February cannot come too soon. After audiences unwisely ignored Ridley Scott's A-lister ensemble neo-noir and critics unfairly savaged it in print and online, it seems The Counselor is getting an extended cut for its Blu-ray release on the February 11.... More »
  

Mr. Halfyard: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love 2013

The theme of the year (if it can ever be boiled down to just one thing) is that "GREED is no longer GOOD, it is complicated." Perhaps this is just fall out from filmmaking projects that likely were conceived at... More »
  

New To Netflix: From Stanley Kubrick To Johnnie To

Welcome to a new year of streaming picks in different countries via the ubiquitous red digital envelope. This week's entry of New To Netflix is packed with diversity from around the world, available in markets around the world. There is one... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Film

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Ghibli Retrospective: The Kids Talk THE CAT RETURNS

Willem (age 10) and Miranda (now age 9) are spending time with the work of Takahata Isao, for this second Studio Ghibli marathon on the big screen. After taking in the heaviest Studio Ghibli film last week, Grave of the... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Actor

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  
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