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'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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Terry Gilliam Is Tilting At Windmills Again, This Time With Amazon Money

Terry Gilliam's abortive attempts to make his big screen riff on Cervantes' famous novel are well documented in the wonderful film, Lost in La Mancha. But at various film Q&As and other settings, people have been asking the director for years... More »
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Fantasia 2015: Festival Announces Huge Second Wave Of Titles

The 19th edition of Montreal's premiere genre-film event, Fantasia, is just over a month away, running from July 14 - August 4. And they just announced a huge number of titles in a press release that is fitting for a... More »
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Review: DOOMSDAYS, A Pre-Apocalypse Travelogue Of Dark Wit

In the superbly static opening shot of Eddie Mullins' Doomsdays, we find two young men making a quick escape from a low window of a handsome Upstate New York home as the real owners walk in the front door, unaware... More »
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The Many Faces Of Bill Murray

This week Cameron Crow's Aloha premieres, with - if nothing else - a stellar cast. Our Jim Tudor wasn't kind to the film, but note that in his review, he spent no vitriol on any of the actors. And in... More »
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Review: DEEP WEB, Where David And Goliath Battle For Privacy

The 21st century is a foreign country. If you had asked someone in 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 gotten a... More »
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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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