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.

The Many Faces Of Mathieu Amalric

This week sees the North American release of Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, a film which, as Ben Croll states in his review, is rife with French film clichés, but still "a wonderful, thoughtfully crafted work". And bookending the story... More »
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The Many Faces Of John Goodman

This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's... More »
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The Many Faces Of Alfred Molina

This week sees the North American premiere of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Tina Fey as a journalist in Afghanistan. In his review, Peter Martin says the film is "difficult to categorize yet... More »
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Review: TRIPLE 9, An Accomplished Potboiler

"The monster has gone digital," warns Woody Harrelson in a fashion that only Mr. Harrelson can. As a bedraggled detective cleaning up the mess of a bank manager whose vault was just not only breached in a daylight heist, but... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This year sees quite a number of titles with Jeremy Irons in them. Premiering this week is Stephen Hopkins' biopic Race, about Jesse Owen's historic Olympic win in Nazi Germany, while Ben Wheatley's High-rise (reviewed here) is currently doing the... More »
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Trailer: Sex Finds A Way In The Future Dystopia of EQUALS

A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ryan Reynolds

Normally I use the quiz for an actor I really really like, so that would exclude Ryan Reynolds. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the guy or anything, he just was never something I particularly looked forward to in... More »
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Review: NINA FOREVER, Blood And Sex In A Droll Relationship Drama

I had a university professor (English literature) who was fond of saying, "Nobody walks away happy from a threeway." I wonder what he would have to say about the Blaine Brothers' Nina Forever, a dark but droll relationship drama that... More »
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New Trailer For THE LOBSTER On Eve Of USA Release

After a long lap around the festival circuit, from Cannes to TIFF and a commercial release in most of Europe at this point, The Lobster, the latest bit of satiric weirdness from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, ALPS) nears its domestic release... More »
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Review: SYNCHRONICITY, Time Travel Is A Bastard

I never thought it would happen, but I have finally, personally, hit the wall with indie time travel flicks. Jacob Gentry's Synchronicity is not lacking in smarts or clockwork precision, but abjectly fails to convince in its core ideas of love... More »
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The Many Faces Of David Bowie

When we do these quizzes here at TwitchFilm, we try to couple them to current news. Often this news is the premiere of a movie, and we pick one of the actors. Sometimes, the occasion is a lot sadder, and... More »
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RIP Alan Rickman

Cancer has been busy in the pop cultural world in the first couple weeks of 2016. Stage and Movie star (and silky-voiced villain) Alan Rickman has succumbed to a battle with cancer at aged 69.Depending on your age (and geographical... More »
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THE WITCH: Watch An Intense And Disturbing New Trailer

As A24's February theatrical release of The Witch edges closer, they have cut a tight, dread-laced new trailer with an eye for showing off the "R" rated film's exceptional production design and commitment to period. It's disturbing in the way old... More »
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Miguel Gomes On Desires And Fears And People In The ARABIAN NIGHTS Trilogy

The gargantuan-sized Arabian Nights, presented in three 2-hour volumes, has been playing festivals around the world and rolling out commercially as well. The second part of the trilogy is even Portugal's submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. When I... More »
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The Many Faces Of Tom Noonan

One of the creepier aspects of Anomalisa is how all people in the world (bar the two leads) speak with the same voice. That voice belongs to Tom Noonan, who is a scriptwriter and director, but also a formidable character... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jennifer Jason Leigh

In the past few weeks, more and more people have been seeing Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, either by way of his 70mm roadshow screenings or otherwise. Reviews have been mixed (though our Jim Tudor loved it) but everyone agrees... More »
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Review: ANOMALISA, A Real, Honest And Meaningful Gift

When the philosopher says, "Hell is other people," he perhaps means that in trying to figure ourselves out, we are beholden to our reflections and interactions with other people. Or maybe he is talking about the modern customer service experience. In... More »
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The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
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TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
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Team TwitchFilm On: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
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