Reviews, Uncategorized / 17.10.2018

The world of cinema loves to tackle the devastating effects of substance addiction. The life and times of a drug addict provide weighty fodder for any potential screenplay, particularly those which also seek to portray an addict's loved ones, as they watch helplessly from the sidelines. In writer/director Felix van Groeningen's compelling but frustrating Beautiful Boy, the tale is mostly told from the perspective of a beleaguered father, rather than the titular addict himself. It's a curious twist on this all-too-familiar tale, and one likely being lived by thousands of...

Uncategorized / 19.02.2015

Swooping in out of seemingly nowhere, we have Alejandro González Iñárritu's divisive Birdman; our new frontrunner, and the next film under The Jam Report's microscope. That bird was always waiting in the wings, just threatening to steal the race, and it appears to have made its move at just the right time. However, let's not count our Birdmen before they've hatched, and frontrunners can still be shot down at the very last second. Why it could win Best Picture: The last frontrunner takes it. No film likes to be the so-called...

Uncategorized / 17.02.2015

The race is almost over. The end is in sight. With less than a week until the big ceremony, and for the second year in a row, we truly don't have a clear frontrunner for Best Picture. So, just like last year, I'm here to make a case for and against each nominated picture before ultimately revealing my final prediction for which one I think will walk away with it. First cab off the rank - Clint Eastwood's divisive and controversial American Sniper. Why it could win Best Picture: They love...

Uncategorized / 16.01.2015

Worst. Nominations. Ever. Look, maybe I'm exaggerating with that statement, but in all the years I've been paying way too much attention to the Academy Awards, I cannot ever remember being this downright disappointed by the final nominations. You come to expect a few surprises, and of course a few painful snubs, but this year, it seems like the snubs are too damn hard to swallow, no matter how many times I remind myself it's just an awards show. At the end of the day, great films, and the...

Uncategorized / 14.01.2015

It only feels like yesterday that awards season began, and yet here we are on the cusp of the Academy announcing their anointed ones for 2015. There's still a lot up in the air, and I wouldn't say I'm entirely confident with a lot of these categories, but alas, onwards and upwards with this year's predictions. Best Picture American Sniper Boyhood Birdman Foxcatcher Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash I'm well aware Selma has oddly been left out of the Producer's Guild Awards, and it's very rare for a film to...

Uncategorized / 31.12.2014

After talking about award shows incessantly for the last 20-odd years, it seems strange that the idea to create my own awards has never crossed my mind. So here we are with the 1st Annual Jammies - The Jam Report's very own end-of-year awards, honouring the best, and worst, in cinema for 2014. Now I know what you're thinking, and no, this won't just be another boring old Best Actor, Actress, Director type awards. I wanted to do something different, and maybe a little less stuffy, so I've created...

Uncategorized / 04.03.2014

It's all over for another year, and what a year it's been. The closest Oscar race in years, with some of the best films we've ever seen in the running. And yet, somehow it all pretty much went to plan. There's always a slight tinge of disappointment when this happens. We all want the deserving frontrunners to win, but we all secretly hope for a few shockers in the mix too, and this year, well they just weren't there. To predict 22 out of the 24 categories correctly...

Uncategorized / 03.03.2014

Well folks, it's time. After going back and forth on pretty much every category this year, I must lay down my final predictions, and ultimately stand by them. Go hard or go home, that's how it must be done. As always, I must state that no matter how hard anyone tries to convince you, nobody knows anything with how the night is going to play out. We can predict these things until we're blue in the face, but anything can happen at the Oscars, and this year that...

Uncategorized / 02.03.2014

The film to dominate this awards season has really been 12 Years A Slave. While there hasn't been a clear frontrunner, Steven McQueen's powerful film has been the closest to claiming that title. It doesn't have the most nominations, which admittedly is unusual for a frontrunner, but it has the most prestige about it, and seems to be the stand-out choice this year. Can it make history and claim the big prize? Here's why it could happen. It's time. That's the campaign slogan the studio has been running with...