Director Neil Jordan’s vampire drama Byzantium is finally getting a Canadian release this weekend. The melancholy film stars Saoirse Ronan (The Host) as Eleanor, a vampire (although that word is never used) tired of living on the run with Clara (Gemma Arterton, St. Trinians). The DLB had the chance to speak to Ronan during last year’s Toronto International Film Festival during a roundtable with the young Irish star.
Archive for Twilight
The DLB recently spoke to actor Scott Speedman (Underworld, upcoming The Moth Diaries) about his new romantic comedy The Vow and snuck in a couple of questions about his recent genre past and future.
Tell me about working with director Mary Harron (American Psycho) on the upcoming vampire film The Moth Diaries.
Yeah, very smart woman. Very, very talented director, obviously. That’s really why I wanted to do that thing. I got on that movie five years ago, I think. Yeah, I was just jumping at the chance to work with her because I’ve loved her movies in the past.
RED RIDING HOOD
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Shiloh Fernandez
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by David Leslie Johnson
Warner Home Entertainment
Given that the theatrical version of Red Riding Hood was roundly trashed, the DLB opted to watch the “alternate cut” presented on the film’s Blu-ray release which promised a “provocative alternate ending.” Having not seen the film in theatres, we’re not sure what was provocative about it, but we suspect that is so much marketing ballyhoo.
Starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Written by Todd Farmer
You don’t see many studio movies that are as balls-out as Drive Angry. That’s probably because director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer – the team responsible for My Bloody Valentine 3D and the upcoming Hellraiser re-do – shot it outside the studio system. (Maple Pictures picked it up for Canada.) Which means that there’s more cussin’, boobs, awesome gun fights and Satanic sacrifice than you normally see in a Nic Cage film.
I always get a thrill picking up Rue Morgue‘s Halloween issue each year, not only because my writing is inside but because it’s always a thing of beauty. This year’s 13th anniversary edition is no different, with a cover story on the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho which turns 50 this year. And look at that cover, courtesy of art director Gary Pullin. Norman’s almost pretty enough to kiss!
Issue 105 of RM hits stands October 1 and here’s a rundown of what you can expect. Go buy it!
20th Century Fox is rush-releasing a Twilight parody called Vampires Suck next month. We’re assuming this is going to bite, albeit not in a good vampire way, but did chuckle a few times during the trailer:
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Directed by David Slade
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
The fact that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse makes me want to see the next instalment, Breaking Dawn, fascinates me. It’s horrified some of my Facebook friends, who don’t believe me when I say Eclipse is a good movie.
Let me repeat that: Eclipse is a good movie.