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.

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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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Fantasia 2015 Review: MISS HOKUSAI, Full Of Life And Spirit

Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic. Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu... More »
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Fantasia 2015 Review: CASH ONLY, Both Sharp And Vulnerable

What is colder, Albanian hell or Detroit in winter? Elvis Martini sits rather uncomfortably in the middle of both over the course of a few days where his world spirals out of control. He has the courts breathing down his neck... More »
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The Many Faces Of Michael Douglas

This week sees the premiere of Ant-Man, quite probably Marvel Comics's tiniest superhero. The inventor of Ant-man's technology is Dr. Hank Pym, who is played by the legendary Michael Douglas. And yes, I do not use the word "legendary" lightly.... More »
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Fantasia 2015: Your Team Twitch Festival Primer Is Here

The 18th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Montreal, Canada. Team TwitchFilm is busy packing their bags and getting ready to descend on the city for our annual intake of fantastic cinema madness, smoked meat... More »
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Miyazaki Announces New 10 Minute Short For Ghibli Museum

Less than two years after Miyazaki Hayao's second (third?) retirement, and we are not entirely surprised that the 74-year-old co-founder of Studio Ghibli could not resist making new things. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miyazaki announced at a press conference... More »
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The Many Faces Of Sir Ben Kingsley

This week, Tarsem's science fiction thriller Self/Less sees a wide release. Starring Ryan Reynolds as a guy trying to find out what's up with his newly grown younger body, the main character is actually a far older guy, played at... More »
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Fantasia 2015: Trailer For THE INTERIOR Goes Into The Foggy Woods

Presented with a mix of economy and mood, the short teaser for Trevor Juras' feature film debut, The Interior, gives you everything you need to know without telling you anything. A man suffering from the malaise of his urban existence... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
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The Many Faces Of Orson Welles

Today, Carol Reed's classic 1949 thriller The Third Man is being re-released in the US. It stars the great Joseph Cotton and the great Orson Welles, the latter of which would have become exactly 100 last month, had he still... More »
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Interview: Joe Dante Talks BURYING THE EX, Forgotten Genres, Paranoia And Creating Movie Lovers

Joe Dante is currently on the promotional circuit for his latest comedy, Burying The Ex, which debuted in Venice last September and is getting a limited theatrical release in the US, with concurrent video-on-demand, this Friday. He had a brief window... More »
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The Many Faces Of Sir Christopher Lee

It is strange how the death of someone we don't know personally can sometimes have the impact it has. When the news became known yesterday that Sir Christopher Lee has died last weekend, it shocked me, which is frankly a... More »
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