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 / 19.02.2019

We're just days away (thank god) from the Academy Awards, and, after a topsy turvy precursor season, we still genuinely have no idea what's winning Best Picture. Every so-called "frontrunner" has both strong positives and damning negatives against their Oscar campaign, leaving us prognosticators scratching our heads for what to declare our final prediction this year. So, like in previous years, The Jam Report is here to analyse the films nominated for Best Picture and present the case for and against each nominee being our eventual winner. As we...

Reviews / 19.06.2018

One of the few positives of a contentious period in American politics is the fiery vitriol and furious response it can elicit from the liberal-leaning arts communities. George W. Bush's presidency and controversial invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan inspired some of the greatest (and angriest) films, albums, and prose the 21st century has known. Is it any wonder the Trump era is already influencing a new wave of topical "damn the man clown" cinema?...