Director: Neil Jordan
Writers: Moira Buffini (play), Moira Buffini (teleplay)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Caleb Landry Jones
A vampire mother and daughter escape to a seaside village, where they struggle to continue their anonymous existence. While mom (Gemma Atherton) establishes a brothel to make money, the daughter (Saoirse Ronan) expresses her desire to tell the truth with lots of flashbacks into their “making.” This is not an effects-laden horror flic. They don’t have any superhuman powers or even fangs. It’s a somber drama that takes it’s time, but in the hands of director Neil Jordan (The Borgias,The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) it develops into a compelling climax.
GAY ANGLE: This group of bloodsuckers is strictly hetero.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Travis Beacham (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Giant monsters from the deep are destroying cities, but instead of just blowing them up from a distance, the world unites to build giant robots to engage in hand-to-hand combat. This is a cross between old-school Godzilla and a variation on Transformers, but to enjoy it you must be willing to accept director Guillermo del Toro’s imagination. The effects are exceptional and the action is pretty cool (although sometimes confusing). The trite attempts at character involvement only serve as padding between the battles. This movie is all about the fights and del Toro’s vision, so don’t expect more and you’ll dig it. (Stay thru the early credits for a punchline.)
GAY ANGLE: Charlie Hunnam has generic looks, but does manage to show off his buff body twice.