Neil Jordan’s newest offering is a blood-soaked, barmy tour de force, anchored firmly by its two leads, Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. There are definite strains of Jordan’s previous foray into the genre present here, but where Interview with A Vampire was all about male power play, Byzantium is concerned with the struggle of women in a world where men will constantly seek to drag them down. Beautifully filmed, and bolstered by its generally strong cast and a couple of suitably flamboyant touches, Byzantium is – despite belonging to a seriously over saturated genre – a vampire film that you can actually sink your teeth into.
Our least favourite film duo of 2013 could be back in cinemas soon…
The long-awaited reboot of the Tomb Raider games sees Lara Croft returning as a globe-trotting student, who gets washed up on a hostile island after a shipwreck. She’s flawed. She’s feisty. She’s BOUND to get her own movie – but which actress has got the guts to take on such an iconic character? Outta the way Angelina Jolie, here’s the top 10 actresses we actually WANT to take on Tomb Raider…
The latest fairy tale movie-on-the-block is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters; a gory, mindless re-telling and continuation of the Grimm brothers’ original folk tale. Strangely, it can never quite work out if it’s written for adults or children, incorporating a dull and simplistic script with a random splattering of heavy cursing and limbs being ripped apart from bodies. It’s an odd one, Hansel and Gretel may be at its best during the action but it’s still all thoughtless and long-winded.
Terence Stamp is back, guys. And this time, the highly-revered actor (“I don’t like to do crap [films] unless I haven’t got the rent”) sports a contemptuous scowl and a hard-hearted exterior, playing a grumpy old pensioner learning to cope with his wife’s terminal illness. Song For Marion sees Stamp as you’ve never seen him before; regularly putting on the kettle and for the first time, acknowledging his 70+ age in this heart-warming tale about discovering that it’s never too late to discover who you truly are.
We dread to think what Rapunzel and Cinderella might be up to.
Edward Cullen is rolling in his not grave right now.