Reviews / 02.02.2019

Anyone in need of an antidote of reality after the fluffy fantasy of Green Book need look no further than director George Tillman, Jr.'s compelling and powerful drama The Hate U Give that demands to be heard. Perfectly capturing the current dire state of race relations in the U.S. and the neverending wave of deaths of innocent young black men at the hands of trigger-happy policemen, a wave of furious anger rightly burns throughout this film, and it's highly likely you'll leave with that fire pulsing through your...

Reviews / 23.01.2019

In an awards season dominated by powerful female performances, the chance to see two fierce Queens go head-to-head sounds like a tantalising opportunity. In director Josie Rourke's debut film Mary Queen of Scots, the epic showdown promised within the film's somewhat misleading advertising never quite materialises. In its place is a revisionist feminist tale fraught with pacing issues that takes a tad too many liberties with history for the sake of spicing up its narrative, leaving us with a decidedly uneven piece of cinema. Saved by the performances of...

Awards Season / 23.01.2019

Well, that wasn't quite as apocalyptic as everyone was fearing. As always, there were plenty of shocks, snubs, and surprises, as well as a hefty dose of downright ugly and unforgivable moments, but it was far from the total disaster many thought it may be. Where we go from here is anyone's guess, so, for now, let's break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 91st Academy Award nominations. THE GOOD We may have our most solid frontrunner in Roma, after scoring a tied field-leading 10 nominations....

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...

Reviews / 16.01.2019

Australian cinema has somewhat of an obsession with crafting adorable animal characters audiences instantly fall in love with. From the gutsy little pig in Babe to the tough cattle dog in Red Dog to those toe-tapping penguins in Happy Feet, it's a long-running subgenre we Aussies do particularly well. A pelican hardly seems the next likely evolutionary step in this chain of cute creature films, but in Storm Boy, you're likely to find yourself captivated by these awkward birds. It's just a shame the film surrounding them is somewhat of a dud. A...

Reviews / 16.01.2019

The legend of King Arthur and his infamous sword in the stone has been portrayed on the big screen many, many, many, many times. The most recent effort, Guy Ritchie's 2017 mega-flop King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, was a gargantuan and unmitigated disaster. Wisely flipping the fable right on its head in The Kid Who Would Be King, writer/director Joe Cornish reboots the well-worn tale with a 21st-century setting and a fresh narrative injected with socially aware themes cleverly hidden amongst good old fashioned family fun. With the...

Awards Season, Featured, 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...

Reviews / 13.01.2019

Two years ago, a sequel came along few could have known actually existed as a sequel until the film's surprise final moments. Sorry to spoil this for you, but with one brief climatic scene, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan proved he could still deliver a killer twist to stun an audience. By unexpectedly connecting his 2017 film Split with that of his criminally underrated 2000 picture Unbreakable, he created a new cinematic universe no one ever really expected, and, thus, laid the foundation for a third film where it all comes together. A psychological...

Reviews / 09.01.2019

When the first two films of an eventual trilogy are all sorts of wonderful, the third and penultimate chapter has a lot to live up to. Most completely fall over themselves. Think Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, and The Godfather Part III. But every so often, we get the rare threequel that is every bit as terrific (and maybe even better) than the films that preceded it. The gold standard has always been Toy Story 3, which (at the time) wrapped up Pixar's marvellous franchise in spectacular fashion. Move over,...

Reviews / 04.01.2019

It seems like only yesterday we were bidding farewell to 2017, and yet, here we are doing it all again with 2018. It's been another magnificent year for cinema. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. As always, the best came towards the latter stages of the year, but, on the whole, it was a spectacular roster of bombastic blockbusters, indie darlings, foreign language wonders, and quite a few glorious surprise packages. We film critics live a charmed life where we are blessed to see dozens and dozens of films...