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.

Interview: Alex Winter Ventures Down The Silk Road In DEEP WEB

For those of us in our third (or fourth) decade, we cannot help but think about Alex Winter as the actor who played Bill S. Preston, Esq., the curly haired co-protagonist, who along with Keanu Reeve's Ted "Theodore" Logan, traveled... More »
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Brilliant, Baroque Trailer for FELT

"Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn't just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to... More »
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TwitchFilm Presents: THE UNAUTHORIZED HAGIOGRAPHY OF VINCENT PRICE

Today marks the 104th birthday of Vincent Price. To celebrate, TwitchFilm offers* this magnificent short-film-fantasia which was produced in 2014 for Toronto's Nuit Blanche art exhibition by TIFF programmer and film archivist Colin Geddes (Midnight Madness, Vanguard programmes) whilst meticulously imagined... More »
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THE MIDNIGHT SWIM Trailer Emotes Unknown Fears

Sarah Adina Smith's debut feature, The Midnight Swim, is about the psychological ecosystem of three sisters during a visit to the family house on the lake. It subtly flirts with both the supernatural and the interpretation of captured (and being... More »
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Review: GOOD KILL Intelligently Examines Drone Warfare

"Keep compartmentalizing" is a piece of advice from a commanding officer to his ace pilot. This is darkly humourous, intelligent screenwriting because these drone-piloting soldiers spend 12 hours a day literally inside a box, albeit an air-conditioned one filled... More »
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Interview: GOOD KILL, Director Andrew Niccol Discusses The View From Above

With the drone warfare drama, Good Kill, opening in Canada and the US this week, I had a chance to speak with director Andrew Niccol about the film briefly over the phone. But it was a very dense conversation that... More »
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The Many Faces Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

This week sees the wide release of Henry Hobson's debut film Maggie, a zombie drama. The big eye-catcher here is that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, cast against type as a father trying to cope with the impending death of his... More »
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Fantasia 2015: First Wave of Titles Announced! TURBO KID! ANT MAN! MISS HOKUSAI! And Many More!

They have dropped the capital "T" from the middle of the name for this years edition of Fantasia, which has long ago morphed from an Asian Fan Film festival (FanTasia, get it?) into the massive genre-film catchall mega-festival that it... More »
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Review: THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, Savagely Amusing

For all of us who feel Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump is a sentimental, condescending, apple pie enema to cinema lovers, and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button somehow missed the mark, we finally have an entry in 'the man... More »
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Hot Docs 2015 Interview: DRONE, Tonje Hessen Schei Talks Gamers And Geopolitics

It was a beautiful sunny day on a quiet, out of the way cafe patio in Toronto that I had a chance to sit down with director Tonje Hessen Schei and speak at length about the politics, psychology, and... More »
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Team TwitchFilm: On EX MACHINA

(What is on display here: intelligence, artificial intelligence, or just artifice?) Last week Ex Machina got a wide release in the United States. The previous two weeks it had been in a hugely successful limited release already, scoring the... More »
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Hot Docs 2015 Review: UNBRANDED, Wild, Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Us Away

Four Texas A&M University graduates choose one hell of a in-between-school-and-real-life adventure, opting to adopt a dozen or so wild mustangs, train them, and make a 3000 mile journey from the Arizona-Mexican border up the spine of former 'wild west'... More »
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Hot Docs 2015 Review: DEEP WEB Examines Justice On The Electronic Frontier

The 21st century is a foreign country. If you had asked someone in the 1989 what the charming fantasy adventure The Princess Bride, and slacker time travel history lesson, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure had in common, you would likely have... More »
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Hot Docs 2015 Review: DRONE And The Terror Of "Point And Click" Warfare

Here in the 21st century, we find ourselves sliding down the slipperiest of slopes. As the paradigm of warfare undergoes yet another significant metamorphosis, one of remote assassinations, or as one drone pilot succinctly puts it, "just point and click."Tonje... More »
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TIFF Kids Talk Film: WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently wrapping up at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) break down this 'new era' of Studio Ghibli film now that Miyazaki and Takahata have... More »
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THE HATEFUL EIGHT Gets A CGI Teaser

Update: As of this time the teaser, originally linked below, is offline for unknown reasons. We'll update again when, and if, there is more information to share.The Weinstein Company have either a shockingly bad sense of timing, or a huge... More »
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TIFF Kids Talk Film: SHAUN THE SHEEP

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) delight in the slapstick sheep spectacle spinoff Shaun The Sheep, from the masters of claymation at... More »
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The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
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TIFF Kids Talk Film: MAYA THE BEE

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFF Kids Film Festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema from April 7-19. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) kick off these video micro-reviews with the German/Australian animated 3D... More »
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Review: BROKEN HORSES Deserves A Swift Mercy Killing

Where does one draw the line between pitiable and risible? On the one hand, it just seems mean to want to pick on the slowest kid in the class, especially when you see just how far behind they are lagging.... More »
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