Reviews / 02.05.2019

It's been 25 years since Australian cinema produced a top quality romantic comedy. Over two decades after Muriel's Wedding, our local film industry has barely touched the genre, let alone delivered a film worthy of rivalling anything America or the UK can dish up. How wonderfully refreshing it is to see something like Top End Wedding appear in our cinemas. Even more invigorating is the fact it's written, directed, and starring members of our Indigenous community. Standing as both a gorgeous love letter to Indigenous culture and an utterly charming...

Reviews / 24.04.2019

The time has come to say goodbye to one of the most successful and ambitious franchises in cinema history. With a three-hour spectacle to wrap up this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame is the blockbuster fans have been aching for. It's taken us 11 years and 22 films to arrive at this point. Thankfully, the wait has been entirely worthwhile. Curb your anxiety at the door. Marvel Studios have done it again. With a moving impact few blockbusters could ever hope to deliver and an array...

Reviews / 14.04.2019

Just one week after the superhero genre gave us a Big-style blockbuster with Shazam!, we're being offered up a by-the-numbers reverse version. Taking inspiration from the Tom Hanks classic, Little flips the age transformation and genre of its protagonist, which, for better or worse, is mildly refreshing.  By all accounts, this was the brainchild of young star Marsai Martin, who pitched the idea after seeing Big for the first time at the age of 10 and thus now becomes the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history, making your 10-year-old look entirely lazy. It's...

Reviews / 02.04.2019

It's been a rocky road for the DC Extended Universe. From the dizzying delights of Wonder Woman to the hyper-colour mess of Suicide Squad. From the delicious ridiculousness of Aquaman to the dark and sloppy disaster of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And it's hard to forget what should have been their crowning glory but was perhaps their worst misstep with Justice League. Constantly compared to their rivals at Marvel Studios (a reminder it's okay to like both cinematic universes), it's been a case of one step forward,...

Reviews / 27.03.2019

As we head towards our ninth year of Disney live-action re-imaginings, we're starting to reach the point of exhaustion, particularly when we realise we've got not one, not two, but three of them in 2019. These films represent a cash cow for the studio they simply cannot ignore. Audiences keep turning out in droves to watch the animated films of their childhood reworked into visual spectacles that have mostly artistically failed more than they've soared. Few films from my youth have meant more to me than the tale of...

Reviews / 06.03.2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken many interesting turns over the last few years. We've seen the dazzling efforts of Ryan Coogler to inject Black Panther with an authenticity that provided black cinematic representation like never before. We've witnessed the quirky adventures of lesser-known entities like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. And we've seen the culmination of the entire franchise with last year's gloriously devastating Avengers: Infinity War. In 2019, Marvel Studios maps a course through uncharted territory by finally placing a female character as the lead in their latest...

Awards Season / 25.02.2019

Well, it's all over for another year, and one of the most topsy turvy awards seasons is finally behind us. In the end, the hostless ceremony itself was far from the cataclysmic disaster many had predicted. If only the same could be said for several of the winners. There were shocks and surprises aplenty, with many us finding our final predictions tallies languishing somewhere in the teens. After the season we've had, it's the ceremony we should have been expecting. But there's still much to celebrate, so before...

Awards Season / 24.02.2019

It seems the days of smooth preseasons are well and truly gone. It's been another rollercoaster of an awards seasons, and not just because the Academy has made all sorts of baffling and idiotic decisions with their ceremony that's left us all highly anxious for what we're about the experience. For the umpteenth year, we head into the ceremony without a clear Best Picture frontrunner and no one has any concrete idea what film may actually win. Of course, that's rather exciting. In past years where an unstoppable force...

Awards Season / 23.02.2019

We've reached the end of The Jam Report's closer look at each of our eight nominees for Best Picture, and it seems only fitting we close on perhaps the most divisive nominee of the bunch. With critical and audience reaction split right down the middle, Adam McKay's Vice has equal servings of supporters and haters. Many celebrated its adoration this awards season. And just as many have denounced it. With nominations across the board, can McKay go all the way this time? Let's take a look. Why it could...

Awards Season / 23.02.2019

One of our earliest frontrunners this season was Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born. After its dazzling debut at the Venice Film Festival and a roaring box office result, it leapt to the front of the pack. Since then, its campaign has all but fallen over and, despite eight Academy Award nominations, few are predicting it to fulfil its initial potential of taking Best Picture. But hold your horses. In a crowded year of contenders without a clear and obvious winner, anything could still happen. Let's...