Awards Season, Reviews / 24.09.2020

Ever since 2003's Lost in Translation, many of us have been patiently waiting for writer/director Sofia Coppola and universal treasure Bill Murray to once again collaborate. Sure, we had the absurd festive delight that was their 2015 Netflix special, A Very Murray Christmas, but the long wait for Coppola and Murray to join forces on a feature film project is finally at an end. As a filmmaker, Coppola sets the bar so high that something as light and casual as On the Rocks may prove somewhat of a...

Awards Season, Reviews / 08.09.2020

Where does one even begin when describing a new film from someone like writer/director Charlie Kaufman? With his penchant for pushing the boundaries of storytelling and a strikingly unique style that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, Kaufman is a divisive auteur whose screenplays consistently defy the logic and traditions of cinema. Opinions of his work are always sharply divided, and his latest offering is sure to see a similar reaction. Over a decade after his last live-action directorial effort, Kaufman returns with a film that's likely to...

Awards Season, Reviews / 22.08.2020

There are few directors who love to craft a good mindfuck quite like Christopher Nolan. Whether it's the multiple timelines of Dunkirk, the interdimensional wormholes of Interstellar, or practically every frame of Memento, Nolan has always had a knack for testing an audience's patience with cinematic confusion that consistently flirts on frustration. After numerous coronavirus-induced delays and a staggered worldwide release schedule that's rather brutal for anyone outside of Australia, Nolan's latest epic is finally here, and it's every bit as baffling as you're expecting. After the cinema closures...

Awards Season, Reviews / 03.07.2020

The history lesson that made history, there has rarely been a Broadway phenomenon quite like Hamilton. After opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in July of 2015, the brainchild of the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda soon became the hottest ticket in town, much to the delight of opportunistic scalpers everywhere. After winning 11 Tony Awards from a record-setting 16 nominations, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton firmly staked its claim as one of the most acclaimed and successful...

Awards Season, Reviews / 12.06.2020

Few directors possess the innate ability to tap into the current state of the world quite like Spike Lee, but even he couldn't have foreseen the searing pertinence of his latest film. Arriving in the midst of global outrage over yet another Black man's death caused by police brutality, Lee's Da 5 Bloods feels more urgent than ever. While the film was obviously planned, filmed, and scheduled well in advance, it's arriving at precisely the right time. Working as both a powerful history lesson and a surprising thrilling and...

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...

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...