Reviews / 12.02.2020

With six world premieres, 93 Australian premieres and 12 Sydney premieres across 57 feature-length films, Queer Screen's annual Mardi Gras Film Festival returns to Sydney for its 27th year. Under the banner of "Emerge. Evolve. Fly.," the program features another spectacular line-up of LGBTQ+ films sure to enlighten, challenge, move, entertain, and dazzle Sydney audiences. With dramas, comedies, documentaries, animated films, and everything else in between, there's something for everyone this year. Here are eight films The Jam Report highly recommends form part of your viewing schedule. 5B For those too...

Awards Season, Opinion / 10.02.2020

Around this time each year, The Jam Report generally releases an Oscars recap, under the guise of "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of this year's awards. While there were a few confounding moments (I'm still attempting to determine what exactly Eminem was doing there), it's impossible to craft this piece on a ceremony which ended in such spectacular fashion. If anything truly bad or ugly happened this year, none of it really matters anymore. Bong Joon-Ho won Best Director. Parasite won Best Picture. And an embarrassing 92-year...

Awards Season, Opinion / 09.02.2020

Well, the big day is almost upon us and one of the shortest awards seasons in recent history comes to a close with the 92nd Academy Awards. Once again, we don't have an unassailable frontrunner for Best Picture, which is always rather exciting. It doesn't help prognosticators make their final predictions, but you just have to throw your hat in the ring and hope for the best. It's not just Best Picture that's up in the air. Many of the below-the-line tech categories are also difficult to predict, particularly...

Awards Season, Opinion / 06.02.2020

With a spectacular line-up of nominees, picking the winners for The Sixth Annual Jammies has been an arduous task. The temptation to take the easy path with a tie in several categories was mighty high, but you won't find any draws here. Awards need winners and painful decisions must be made. So without further ado, let the 6th Annual Jammies commence! Biggest Surprise And the nominees were: Crawl Dora and the Lost City of Gold Fighting With My Family Hustlers The Peanut Butter Falcon Ready or Not And the winner is...

Reviews / 05.02.2020

Just one month after Greta Gerwig proved the absolute necessity of yet another film adaptation of Little Women, photographer-turned-director Autumn de Wilde makes her impressive feature film debut with the equally-daunting task of adapting Jane Austen's beloved classic Emma, which has also seen its fair share of film and television adaptations over the years. It may only feel like yesterday for many of us, but it was almost 25 years ago (!) Gwyneth Paltrow tackled the role of self-assured but misguided matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. And it was way back...

Awards Season / 04.02.2020

What a year 2019 was for cinema. And what a cracking awards season we've been having. Anyone voting this year is truly spoiled for choice across practically every category, which has naturally led to some painful omissions. As such, we head into the sixth year of the Jammies with plenty of difficult decisions to be made. This year, we're doing things a little differently. First up, you'll be presented the final six nominations for all categories with the winners being announced a few days later. And, given it's the...

Awards Season, Reviews / 31.01.2020

There were numerous egregious snubs when the Academy announced its crop of Oscar nominations a few weeks ago. Many rightfully furrowed their brows at Lupita Nygon'o missing out for the year's finest leading female performance found in Jordan Peele's Us. On the flip side, the year's greatest male leading performance was also painfully omitted. And one of the year's greatest films was ignored completely. Academy voters, you've got some explaining to do. Forget Joaquin Phoenix and Adam Driver. The man who should be taking home that little bald gold...

Awards Season, Reviews / 30.01.2020

It seems these days we are in desperate need of feel-good movies more than ever before. The cinema has always provided gentle refuge from the chaos of the real world, and nothing offers blissful escapism quite like a heartwarming adventure with a dose of sweetness that's genuinely irresistible. A film like The Peanut Butter Falcon (the title will make sense eventually) knows exactly how to push the right buttons to make your heart soar. What a joy it is to kick the decade off with one of the...

Awards Season, Reviews / 29.01.2020

In the horror genre, a sophomore film is the ultimate test for a filmmaker who dazzled with their terrifying debut work. After both Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Ari Aster (Hereditary) respectively knocked it out of the park with Us and Midsommar in 2019, all eyes turn to Robert Eggers, whose tense and disturbing 2016 film The Witch is a mighty tough act to follow. With only his second offering, Eggers stakes his claim as one of the most exciting young filmmakers working today, proving his previous work was only...

Opinion, Reviews / 21.01.2020

What a decade it was for cinema and the very film industry itself. Think back to 2010 and how much has changed in the last ten years. Way back then, the idea of having an entire catalogue of films at your disposal meant stocking up on DVDs. Movie rental stores still reigned supreme and Netflix was merely a mail-order company that would send them right to your door. If only we knew what lay in store. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was barely getting started and had just been taken...