Archive for tag: Gemma Arterton

Blu-ray: ‘Byzantium’

21 December, 2013 (08:35) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Sean Axmaker

Neil Jordan has long been captivated by the meeting of myth and magic and storytelling with the material world of love and sex and family, from the fairytale reworking of A Company of Wolves through the folktale on the Irish coast in Ondine. Byzantium, based on a play by Moira Buffin, is his second take […]

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Slouching toward ‘Byzantium’

24 June, 2013 (19:08) | by Kathleen Murphy, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Kathleen Murphy

Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity. —William Butler Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium”   Why is Neil Jordan’s latest vampire film titled Byzantium? To be sure, that’s the name of the shabby hotel where Clara […]

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‘Hansel & Gretel’ is bitter and not so sweet

27 January, 2013 (10:52) | by Kathleen Murphy, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Kathleen Murphy

Much—and now understandably—delayed, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is grim going. This horror-action-comedy pastiche possesses all the terror and suspense and visual pizzazz of a downscale videogame for dull-eyed teens happy to lap up lame wisecracks and lots of gore. Back in 2009, director Tommy Wirkola served up Dead Snow, a horror hit about rampaging […]

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