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.
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.