Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 15.10.2020

It's always a foolhardy task to offer a new adaptation of a story that already scored an Academy Award for Best Picture. The disastrous bomb that was 2016's Ben-Hur highlighted why it's a dangerous idea. Likewise with the disappointing All the King's Men in 2006 and the god-awful mess that was 2004's Around the World in 80 Days. We'll now have to wait another year to see if Steven Spielberg has somehow found a way to breath new life into ten-time Oscar winner West Side Story. 80 years after Alfred...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 10.10.2020

The coveted moniker of Disney Legend isn't a title the studio bestows lightly, but there are few animators more deserving of this honour than the icon that is Glen Keane. A veteran of Disney animation who played a key role in the studio's dazzling renaissance period of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Keane was the man responsible for designing numerous iconic characters including Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, to name just a few. For all his staggering achievements in animation, Keane hadn't followed many of his Disney contemporaries...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 02.10.2020

Protestors in the streets. Riot police launching tear gas and executing brutal beatdowns. A legal system where justice rarely seems to appear. For a film that takes place in 1968, it's impossible not to draw a direct line of comparison with the current state of America. By virtue of auspiciously appropriate timing, Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 arrives in a social climate echoing the events of the past, blessing the film with a staggering aura of potency even a master writer like Sorkin couldn't have...

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...