Reviews / 17.10.2019

Comedy sequels are rarely a great idea. Just think for a moment and try to summon a truly great comedy which delivered a follow-up that either matched or succeeded its predecessor. You're very likely to craft a list you could count on one hand. A brilliant comedy is really lightning in a bottle type cinema, meaning it's nigh-on impossible to replicate. But when a comedy goes gangbusters at the box office, the call to try it again with a sequel usually follow fairly quickly. In a rare case of...

Reviews / 27.12.2018

Absurdist cinema is not for everyone. The directorial work of master of the bizarre Yorgos Lanthimos likely hasn't sat well with most audiences. By the same token, period films aren't exactly most people's cup of tea either. When presented with an absurdist period piece directed by Lanthimos, one may have some trepidation. Leave your apprehension at the door. It's not needed here. With his latest work, we are gifted with one of the year's most raucously glorious and wickedly delicious pieces of cinema. Standing as Lanthimos' most accessible film...

Awards Season, Opinion / 25.02.2017

Make no mistake about it. Winning the Academy Award for Best Picture is ultimately a game of skill. Yes, the picture still has to be "good", but that's only half the battle. At some point, you have to become the frontrunner. The likely winner. The unstoppable force. The one piece of cinema Academy voters want to vote for. The winning team everyone is desperate to back. It's when to become the frontrunner that's the tricky part....

Awards Season / 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...