Awards Season, Reviews / 12.06.2020

Few directors possess the innate ability to tap into the current state of the world quite like Spike Lee, but even he couldn't have foreseen the searing pertinence of his latest film. Arriving in the midst of global outrage over yet another Black man's death caused by police brutality, Lee's Da 5 Bloods feels more urgent than ever. While the film was obviously planned, filmed, and scheduled well in advance, it's arriving at precisely the right time. Working as both a powerful history lesson and a surprising thrilling and...

Awards Season, Opinion / 10.02.2020

Around this time each year, The Jam Report generally releases an Oscars recap, under the guise of "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of this year's awards. While there were a few confounding moments (I'm still attempting to determine what exactly Eminem was doing there), it's impossible to craft this piece on a ceremony which ended in such spectacular fashion. If anything truly bad or ugly happened this year, none of it really matters anymore. Bong Joon-Ho won Best Director. Parasite won Best Picture. And an embarrassing 92-year...

Awards Season, Opinion / 09.02.2020

Well, the big day is almost upon us and one of the shortest awards seasons in recent history comes to a close with the 92nd Academy Awards. Once again, we don't have an unassailable frontrunner for Best Picture, which is always rather exciting. It doesn't help prognosticators make their final predictions, but you just have to throw your hat in the ring and hope for the best. It's not just Best Picture that's up in the air. Many of the below-the-line tech categories are also difficult to predict, particularly...

Awards Season, Opinion / 06.02.2020

With a spectacular line-up of nominees, picking the winners for The Sixth Annual Jammies has been an arduous task. The temptation to take the easy path with a tie in several categories was mighty high, but you won't find any draws here. Awards need winners and painful decisions must be made. So without further ado, let the 6th Annual Jammies commence! Biggest Surprise And the nominees were: Crawl Dora and the Lost City of Gold Fighting With My Family Hustlers The Peanut Butter Falcon Ready or Not And the winner is...

Awards Season, Opinion / 14.01.2020

Well, the 92nd Academy Award nominations have been announced. After such a strong year of contenders, we were bracing for a hefty helping of painful snubs. And they were delivered in spades. Yet again, diversity barely appeared in the acting nominations and a host of non-white performers were overlooked. And while the major categories offered few shocks, the technical categories threw plenty of unexpected curveballs. That being said, plenty still went according to plan. As expected, the Academy showered Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman, and...

Awards Season, Opinion / 13.01.2020

Another madcap Oscar season rolls along. After the absolute chaos of last year, things have been a little more subdued this year. In saying that, the race for Best Picture is still without a solid frontrunner, Best Director is entirely up in the air, and most of the categories are without five true locks for nominations. A few things remain uncertain. A film like Little Women could see six or seven nominations or it could receive as little as two or three. Something like The Two Popes could be...

Awards Season, Reviews / 19.12.2019

"Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." The wise Dr. Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park once posed the brief but perceptive summation that just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done. It seems the perfect quote to relate to the disastrous CGI mess that is the big-screen adaptation of mega-successful stage musical Cats, the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history. Just because one can superimpose a human's face onto a cat's body...

Awards Season, Reviews / 16.12.2019

Let's be honest. Fox News is probably the worst thing to ever happen to broadcast television. While it's always strayed far from its laughable "Fair and balanced" slogan, in the last three years, it's become little more than a farcical propaganda machine for the orange clown in the White House. It's a miracle the "news" network is even still standing, given the sexual harassment scandal it somehow withstood back in 2016. It's that very saga which provides the juicy fodder for director Jay Roach's bombastic and occasionally compelling Bombshell; a...

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 / 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...