25 September 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

My Favorite Sister Daughter: Jordan Hits Up the Lady Vamps

Boy it’s hard to add anything new to the vampire genre, once a horror staple and breeding ground for some delightful, classic thrills, now turned into trash cinema romantic fantasies glutting the multiplexes. Neil Jordan, no stranger to creatures of the night with his troubled 1994 adaptation of Interview With the Vampire deserves some credit for his latest film, Byzantium, which may not revitalize the undead, but certainly retains a certain interest and seriousness in tone. In fact, it’s refreshing to see uncontrollable desires actually treated as such, though an attempt at gender divisions amongst vampires (revenants, in this picture) hardly gives it the satisfying energy it needs.

Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), a mousy introvert, frames our narrative, a young girl keenly interested in telling the tale of her woeful existence. For the last 200 years, she has had to move »

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