Odd Thomas review and the movies I want to see in the last half of 2013

I think Juice had a bit of a delay in releasing the new articles because of a change in the editorial board. I am sad to see Sam, our editor-in-chief go, but Anna has been with the team and a solid associate editor is more than capable of taking lead. But the adjustments meant that two of my articles came a little later than I had hoped but they are now out.

I wrote a review for Odd Thomas: Odd Thomas: Very Odd, Very Quirky, Quite Fun, which was a very difficult review to write because Odd Thomas is a very strange film. It wasn’t at all what I expected but one-third through the film, I let go of my expectations and allowed the movie to be what it was and was pleasantly entertained. There were quite a few flaws but all in all, I had a great time and found it very enjoyable.

Addison Timlin and Anton Yelchin are excellent as Stormy Llewellyn and Odd Thomas in the peculiar (but still enjoyable Odd Thomas.

Addison Timlin and Anton Yelchin are excellent as Stormy Llewellyn and Odd Thomas in the peculiar (but still enjoyable Odd Thomas.

I also wrote a list article of fifteen films in the latter half of 2013 that I want to see (well, to be honest, fourteen films because the last film is set for 2014). My article The Mid-Year Guide to Film is out and it has all the trailers and a short write-up as to why I want to see it and what I’m expecting. It is a pretty good line-up, I think. Well, only if you like the same films that I do, I guess.

Here is one of the trailers of one the films I included in my list. I’m choosing Byzantium because I don’t think it is as high as the other films in terms of profile. I think this showed already last year and is making a full international release only now. I’m not sure about that, though. All I know is that Neil Jordan doing a dreamy, dramatic, and complicated mother-daughter (who are vampires) dynamic, mixed with his great visuals, and performed by Gemma Arteton and Saoirse Ronan is just too tempting to miss out on.

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