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.

Toronto 2015 Preview: Masters, Discovery, Platform & More

It's time to wrap up our Toronto International Film Fest 2015 preview series with today's look at everything we haven't mentioned so far. Feel free to go back and check out our tours of the Special Presentations and Galas, the... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Toronto 2015 Preview: TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema

Welcome back for another round of Twitch previews ahead of the Toronto International Film Fest 2015 preview series. So far we've talked Special Presentations and Galas and Midnighters and Vanguard. Now we turn our attention to the gigantic sections of... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

DEMOLITION Trailer: Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Break Stuff

The customer satisfaction letter everyone wants to write to a vending machine company, what...wait?  Jake Gyllenhaal, very much in his movie-star prime, offers a sharp and funny narration which smoothly transitions to pathos and sentiment before an escalating desire to... More »
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Toronto 2015 Preview: Midnight Madness & Vanguard

Welcome back to our Toronto International Film Fest 2015 preview series. Yesterday you got a taste of what's coming in the Special Presentations and Galas. Today it's a trip through the amazing Midnight Madness and Vanguard titles that have made... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Toronto 2015 Preview: Galas & Special Presentations

It's time once again for the lead-up to the 11-day celebration of non-stop, high-quality cinema that is the Toronto International Film Fest! Twitch will have our normal array of reviewers spread out across the city bringing you the what's what... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Exclusive: HELLIONS Poster Offers Trick 'R' Treat Imagery

As Bruce McDonald's Halloween-themed horror film Hellions continues to wind its way through the festival circuit (next stop: Toronto International Film Festival), we have this handsome pumpkin patch and trick 'r treat poster depicting the film's murderous younglings.From Ben Umstead's Sundance review:Chloe... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Here's THE THING About THE HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer, Paranoid Men Holed Up In A Cold, Tight Spot

Prominently featuring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, the first real trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 70mm Western, The Hateful Eight, is giving off an excellent Django Unchained meets The Thing vibe here. Paranoia, guns, shacks, prisoners, a laundry list of great... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Weerasethakul, Wenders, Kore-eda, Hong And Hou All Part Of The Toronto 2015 Masters Program!

Do not make the mistake in thinking that the TIFF Masters program is all stuffed shirts and curled pinky-fingers. This years program features wuxia, curious sleeping-sickness, ex-con hotdog vendors, midget-wrestler murders, and of course, James Franco.11 Minutes (11 Minut) Jerzy... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

As the 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close on Thursday, and the awards handed out, the various ink-stained, alcohol-soaked and genre saturated writers lucky enough to be able to party in Montreal for a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: NINA FOREVER Is A Threesome With Sex, Love And Death.

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 »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

The Many Faces Of Kevin Bacon

This week sees the general release of John Watts' thriller Cop Car, starring a terrifically creepy Kevin Bacon. And that immediately settled the issue of who to feature in this week's quiz. The man, the meme, the heartthrob, the villain...... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: Time Travel Is A Bastard In SYNCHRONICITY

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 »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: DARK PLACES, An Affecting Autopsy Of The 1980s Satanic Panic

1985. In a rural community of Kansas there was a young teenager named Ben Day (Tye Sheridan channelling Ezra Miller) who was very into the punk rock outfit The Misfits. He filled his sketchbooks with black-inked antichrist art, and was accused... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CRUMBS Finds Ethiopia In Tarkovsky's Zone

Ethiopian post-apocalypse dystopian fairy tale Crumbs has a decaying handsomeness to match its unique vision. It has a confident and accomplished auteur unwillingness for either pandering or traditionally pleasing its audience, while simultaneously offering an archetypal hero-journey tale. If features an optimistic message... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: SHINJUKU SWAN, Sono's Glossy Yakuza Melodrama

The famous Shinjuku District in Tokyo is Times Square, The Vegas Strip and Magnificent Mile rolled into one (and multiplied by a hundred) is ward of so much light there is not an inch of darkness on the pavement, but... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: FATAL FRAME Has No Shortage Of Beautiful Images

Oh J-Horror! It has been years since you were worth my cinematic time. From your heyday in the late 1990s -- Ringu, Dark Water, Ju-On and Pulse -- to Sono Sion putting a very sharp fork into you in the mid-aughts with Exte:... More »
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Fantasia 2015 Review: THE INTERIOR Exquisitely Balances Comedy And Horror

Somewhere up there in heaven (or hell) Samuel Beckett and Henry David Thoreau are tipping their coffee cups towards Trevor Juras' The Interior. For a first feature, this film is not only fully realized and confident, but has a deep understanding... More »
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Fantasia 2015 Review: SHE WHO MUST BURN Scorches The Hubris of Human Behavior

The miracle of She Who Must Burn, a film perhaps most efficiently described as Red State for grown-ups, is that it offers three well worn elements - scripture quoting after committing an abhorrent act of violence (and the Ezekiel quote... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CHERRY TREE Yields Rotten Pits

The mantra "Death is only the beginning," is repeated throughout Irish occult horror Cherry Tree by the coven of witches who have infiltrated a small-town high school. Their sexy long tressed leader wears a guise as the girl's field hockey... More »
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Watch Now: Trevor Juras' Short Film THE LAMP, Buckle Up For A Bumpy Ride

Trevor Juras' debut feature film The Interior premieres at the Fantasia International Film Festival tonight. As a taste offering of his work, Juras has put his award-winning short film The Lamp on Vimeo (it is embedded below) for public viewing.... More »
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