Awards Season, Reviews / 10.12.2019

After dozens upon dozens of war films since the dawn of cinema, it seems directors now need to consistently find a new contrivance to land any impact in this genre. Working within a storytelling technique few filmmakers have dared to touch, co-writer/director Sam Mendes offers his war drama 1917 in one seemingly continuous take. It's a gimmick, to be sure, but it's one crafted in such meticulous and flawless fashion, creating one of the technically finest war epics there has ever been. An ambitiously daunting task on a scale...

Awards Season, Reviews / 08.12.2019

You're likely assuming you need to be fairly religious to find any pleasure in a film entitled The Two Popes. Of course, those who trundle off to church every Sunday will likely connect with this film on an entirely different level. However, speaking as someone who hasn't paid any attention to religion since mandatory scripture lessons at the age of seven, it's rather unfathomable that I found such tremendous joy within this surprisingly humorous and giddily enjoyable little gem. With one of the year's finest screenplays and starring two...

Awards Season, Reviews / 11.11.2019

Standing as one of the year's more misleading titles, Ford v Ferrari is far from the film you may be expecting. Sure, the inherent plot is the true-life battle of America's mighty Ford Motor Co. versus the Italian goliath of sportscar racing. But at the very heart of this film is an endearing and wildly entertaining tale of the two men behind the machines, played with terrific gusto by two of the best in the game. With plenty of technical motor racing jargon and several exhilarating race sequences, there's...

Awards Season, Reviews / 29.10.2019

After his recent comments on Marvel movies sent Film Twitter into a misguided and absurd frenzy, Martin Scorsese is back to grabbing headlines for all the right reasons. With a reported budget of $160 million, a production time of over two years, and a three-and-a-half-hour runtime, The Irishman is one of Scorsese's (and Netflix's) biggest gambles to date. Thankfully, it all pays off handsomely. Returning to the gangster genre his career has been intrinsically linked with, Scorsese proves once again why he's one of the greatest filmmakers of all time....

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 / 19.02.2019

We're just days away (thank god) from the Academy Awards, and, after a topsy turvy precursor season, we still genuinely have no idea what's winning Best Picture. Every so-called "frontrunner" has both strong positives and damning negatives against their Oscar campaign, leaving us prognosticators scratching our heads for what to declare our final prediction this year. So, like in previous years, The Jam Report is here to analyse the films nominated for Best Picture and present the case for and against each nominee being our eventual winner. As we...

Awards Season / 21.01.2019

Well, this awards season has sure been a rollercoaster of insanity. From the collapse of early frontrunners like First Man and Widows to the rise of divisive and "controversial" films like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, it's been a calamity of surprising moments few could have anticipated. But the madness of this time of year is what we awards prognosticators live for, even if we're all feeling a little lost and deflated this season. After a year of brilliant cinema, we've ended up with a potential Oscars ceremony from...

Awards Season, Reviews / 15.01.2019

The Jammies hit the fifth year milestone, and it's a joy to bring you The Jam Report's little slice of awards season fun for another year. After another sublime 12 months for cinema, it's been a tough challenge to pick this year's nominees and winners, but we always get there in the end. If you've been following The Jammies for the last few years, you may notice a few new categories have been added and a few have been cut. With so much negativity already permeating everywhere online, it was...

Awards Season / 07.01.2019

Predicting the nominees for the Golden Globes is hard. Predicting the winners is nigh-on impossible. With all sorts of category fraud this year and a bevvy of big celebrities nominated, this could take all sorts of nutty paths. We could see another La La Land style sweep and A Star Is Born takes the lion's share of the big prizes. Or this could be the moment Black Panther pounces and makes its strongest play for that Best Picture Oscar. And without other pseudo musicals A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody in its way (yes, they're "dramas" in the...

Awards Season / 06.12.2018

As I say every single year, predicting the Golden Globes is fraught with problems. They are the most unpredictable awards of the season, and there's really no knowing what wacky choices they'll make this year. There's always a few picks from out of nowhere plus a few mega-celebrity nominations, based solely on the hope they'll show up to the ceremony. But in a season without a solid Best Picture frontrunner and an already topsy-turvy pre-season, these nominations could actually make or break a few Oscar campaigns. Good lord. It's...