Awards Season / 20.01.2021

New year, new name. After six years of The Jammies, it's time for a change. The Jam Report's annual yearly awards will now be known simply as The Jam Awards. But that's all that will be changing. These awards will still celebrate the absolute best of cinema from 2020. And what a year it was. Despite a troubling period for the film industry, we've still been treated to a delicious smorgasbord of wonderful films, setting up one of the most exciting and competitive awards seasons in years. As such,...

Reviews / 15.01.2021

2020 will be remembered for many, many things. In the world of cinema, it will stand as the year of a hundred release date delays. This also meant it was the first year without a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2009. Naturally, that was never intended to be the case. But when a global pandemic saw both Black Widow and Eternals punted to 2021, the MCU lay silent for the first time in over a decade. While we still await these two new cinematic entries (barring any...

Awards Season, Opinion, Reviews / 08.01.2021

It's been said many times before and I'm sure you don't need reminding 2020 was an absolute dumpster fire of a year. For those of us in the world of films, it was a year filled with cinema closures, film festival cancellations, and release date delays. We watched helplessly as practically every major release was punted to 2021. When you're a film critic who predominantly focuses on reviewing new release films, it was a terrifying prospect to watch months of scheduled writing content vanish in the blink of...

Awards Season, Reviews / 27.12.2020

While its heydey may have ended some six decades ago, the Western genre refuses to truly die. They may not exactly light up the box office (remember that?), but Westerns can still be event films, particularly when one of the world's most beloved actors dips his toe into the genre for the very first time. Sure, it's a style of film that's unlikely to thrill the masses, but there's a classic charm to something like Paul Greengrass' sprawling Western epic News of the World that we could use...

Awards Season, Reviews / 23.12.2020

American cinema has its daring heroes and its dastardly villains, but the most interesting films often focus on those folks simply living an unextraordinary life. The quest to achieve the American Dream forms a central conceit of many of these films, but what of those who've chosen a different path? It's here in this underrepresented cinematic world that auteur-in-the-making Chloé Zhao lays her scene. Amongst the ghosts and ruins of the American Dream lies Nomadland, a stunning portrait of a subculture cinema has yet to touch. As writer, director,...

Awards Season, Reviews / 21.12.2020

One of the biggest tragedies of all the cinematic casualties of 2020 is the difficult fact Soul will stand as the first Pixar film to not receive a theatrical release. As will undoubtedly be the case for many of you, Soul will sadly be the first Pixar release this film critic does not see inside a cinema. The bitter disappointment is only compounded by the realisation this film is easily their most visually ambitious and experimental to date and deserved to be seen on the big screen. But this...

Reviews / 20.12.2020

Back in 2017, the DC Extended Universe was in shambles after the critically-maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad left a bitter taste of disappointment in many mouths. Expectations were far from high for the next chapter in the franchise. Yet, Wonder Woman proved to be the breath of fresh air the DCEU desperately needed. Tremendously entertaining and overflowing with a surprising amount of heart, Wonder Woman was a total game-changer in numerous ways. Unsurprisingly, a sequel was greenlit within a year. But superhero sequels are...

Awards Season, Reviews / 18.12.2020

In the gloomy days following the tragic, unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman in late August, there was one ray of light that gave the world some comfort; Boseman would still grace our screens in one final film. That performance has finally arrived. And what a tremendous swan song it proves to be. As a cocky, hotshot trumpet player with a heavy chip on his shoulder, Boseman's last performance will indeed stand as his greatest. A dazzling showcase for two powerhouse performances from Boseman and a typically commanding Viola Davis,...

Awards Season, Reviews / 16.12.2020

Every year, we film critics hope to find those rare movies that deservedly earn the title of "masterpiece." It's a term many seem to throw around quite liberally these days, but it's a word this particularly film critic has always reserved for the absolute cream of the crop. In 2020, it's a pleasure to bestow this special title to writer/director Lee Isaac Chung's Minari; a film that completely took my breath away, leaving it quite difficult to surmise the right words to describe the beauty of Chung's treasure. Every...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 15.12.2020

From Regina King and Natalie Erika James to Radha Blank and Autumn de Wilde, one of the few redeeming qualities of 2020 has been the confident directorial debuts of numerous female filmmakers. In a year of such darkness, their stellar work has been a bright light of hope for the future of the film industry. As 2020 finally draws to a close, it's time to add another name to that list. And she has delivered one of the year's most deliciously enjoyable treats. Provocative, stylish, and sardonically dark, Promising...