It would seem that in my attempt to fill up October with horror goodness, the advanced copy I received of Byzantium slipped through the cracks. My apologies for this getting to everyone so late, but better late than never, right?
Right off the bat I was impressed by two things. One, the quote on the cover of the Blu-ray says “The best vampire film since Let the Right One In” from Flix Capacitor. That is pretty impressive considering that Let the Right One In is easily one of my best vampire...Read Full Story
Yes, there are still movies from 2012 that I have not yet finished reviewing or watching. But I am getting there. I swear. Here are four more film reviews.
This was one I had been really forward to because it’s directed by Neil Jordan, and I really needed Saoirse Ronan to redeem herself in my mind after the disaster that was The Host. I’m still not 100% sure what to make of Byzantium, which is an interesting twist on the vampire genre and relies a lot on its brooding and...Read Full Story
After its limited theatrical engagement in June, it has been announced that we’ll see a Byzantium Blu-ray / DVD release later this month. We have a look at the official cover art, along with details on bonus features:
“Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels.Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon...Read Full Story
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Written by: Moira Buffini
Featuring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley
Neil Jordan gave us one take on the vampire myth in the glossy 1994 Hollywood version of Interview with the Vampire. Almost 20 years later, he's back with a fang with Byzantium, a much grittier Brit rendition of those who walk by night. It's a much smaller story, although it too spans several centuries, but it doesn't quite manage to distinguish itself...Read Full Story
If the summer’s glut of sequels and reboots has got you down, then interest, if not a feel-good time, may be found in the art house. Byzantium, a return to the vampire genre well-trod by director Neil Jordan in High Spirits and his more famous Interview with a Vampire, is a curious piece, at times slow and ponderous, bookended by violent, swift action. It brings Jordan back to a theme he explored in Vampire; the consequences, and perpetual loneliness, of the cursed immortal.
The difference...Read Full Story
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