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 / 21.02.2019

It's time for The Jam Report to take a look at Bohemian Rhapsody, one of this year's most controversial nominees for Best Picture. When its (fired) director was hit with a damning article alleging decades of sexual misconduct, many thought that was the end of the line for this film's Oscar campaign. But thanks to roaring box office results and the elevation of its lead actor to frontrunner status, it's somehow dodged that bullet and remains in the hunt. Could one of this season's most maligned films actually take...

Reviews / 28.10.2018

How do you summarise the extraordinary life of a larger-than-life icon in a two-and-a-bit hour film? This is the inherent conundrum facing any biopic, especially those based around a musician. Focus solely on a few key “important” moments in their life, and you’re missing the quieter, simpler times that balance the scales. But attempt to cram everything in, and you run the risk of delivering something entirely shallow. You really do have to sympathise with any screenwriter tasked with this difficult feat. Then there are those biopics which seemingly...