Reviews / 12.07.2018

Ignoring the basic laws of physics, 'Skyscraper' is the kind of nonsensical Hollywood blockbuster you could probably hate all over. It's mindless action that barely makes any sense. But this is entirely what we expect from a film about people trapped in a giant tower on fire, so you really can't complain. This movie knows what it is. You get exactly what you paid for. And, if you're somehow able to switch off your brain and let the spectacle carry you away, it can be awfully fun....

Featured, Opinion / 11.07.2018

There's a war raging in the pop culture world. It's an all-out battle between film fans and film critics. The simmering tensions may have always been there. Film critics have been around since the early days of the talkies. Film fans have obviously existed since movies began. But social media has given the most ardent of film fanatic direct access to those who seek to critique pieces of cinema....

Opinion, Reviews / 05.07.2018

With the release of Marvel's epic undertaking Avengers: Infinity War, now seems the perfect time to look back on the decade-long franchise, and attempt to rank them in some sort of best-to-worst order. I preface this countdown by saying that, at least so far, Marvel has not made a necessarily "bad film," per se. But you can't deny some have soared just that little bit higher than the others. So without further ado, here is The Jam Report's definitive countdown of the films of Marvel's cinematic universe....

Reviews / 02.07.2018

Oh, yes. It's already half-yearly report time. Where did six months of films go? It's been a rather mixed-bag of a year, thus far. As always, the year's truly great films are being saved for awards season time, so we're still yet to see the bulk of films which will likely make up most critic's end-of-year lists. But, thankfully, there have been several gems which may still be hanging around when it comes time to write the top ten of 2018. And maybe even a few which could...

Reviews / 28.06.2018

Continuing their string of home runs, 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is another glorious achievement for a studio we keep expecting to fail, yet seemingly never do. Providing precisely the antidote we needed after the devastating hole left in our hearts with one snap of Thanos' mighty fingers, the hilarious 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' could not be more pertinent. It's time for Marvel to provide us with some fun and levity again, and, boy, do they deliver....

Reviews / 21.06.2018

While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom initially reworks many elements of The Lost World, the horribly disappointing 1997 Jurassic Park sequel, it moves in an entirely different direction about a quarter of the way through its exhausting 2-hour running time. And it's not a particularly enjoyable direction. Yes, you may hear some admire its deviation from expectation, but there's really nothing to applaud here. It's a nonsensical mess that will likely leave you feeling extremely frustrated and terribly underwhelmed....

Reviews / 19.06.2018

One of the few positives of a contentious period in American politics is the fiery vitriol and furious response it can elicit from the liberal-leaning arts communities. George W. Bush's presidency and controversial invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan inspired some of the greatest (and angriest) films, albums, and prose the 21st century has known. Is it any wonder the Trump era is already influencing a new wave of topical "damn the man clown" cinema?...

Opinion, Reviews / 15.06.2018

With this week's release of Pixar Animation Studios' latest film Incredibles 2, now seems the perfect time to look back on their incredible 23-year history. After changing the entire animation landscape with their groundbreaking debut film Toy Story, Pixar have continued to dazzle audiences for the last two decades with their knack for impeccable visuals, stellar storytelling skills, and the innate ability to deliver an emotional impact like few other film studios....

Reviews / 12.06.2018

It's finally here. The Pixar sequel fans have been demanding for the last 14 years. It's a film many thought may never happen. It's a sequel some even suggested didn't need to exist. The Incredibles is considered by many to be one of Pixar's absolute best films. It's no wonder the wizards of Emeryville have taken their time, especially after the slightly-disappointing Finding Dory, which was equally as anticipated. How do you deliver when expectations are so dizzyingly high?...

Reviews / 09.06.2018

Hype is a dangerous thing for most films, but particularly those of the horror genre. When a horror movie comes along that's hailed as "the scariest film of all time" or it's called a "gamechanger," it raises the level of expectation for those yet to see it. Naturally, this helps with box-office returns, but it can lead to disastrous disappointments for audiences who rush out expecting to be left literally shaking in their seat. This is the unfortunate situation facing Hereditary, the debut film from writer/director Ari Aster which...