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SWITCHCast Episode 51: SWITCH's Academy Awards 2020 Special!
Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Ashley deep dive into everything Oscars-related, from our verdict on the nominees to our opinions on all the controversies. Plus we’ll share our predictions on who’ll be walking away with a statue this year - and we’re offering you the chance to go head-to-head with the SWITCH brains trust with your picks to win a massive prize!
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Never Rarely Sometimes Always - The film every teenager needs to see
NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
The film every teenager needs to see
A heartbreaking and powerful experience that should be considered one of the year's most essential watches. Its commitment to authentically tell an all-too-common story only adds to its power.
Hope Gap - Enough hope, but too many gaps
HOPE GAP
Enough hope, but too many gaps
Audiences certainly feel that there is hope, but the gaps along the way are too frequent to feel any genuine satisfaction. Go for the acting masterclass, stay for the gorgeous seaside.
The Mystery of Henri Pick - A charming literary detective story
THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK
A charming literary detective story
For a film about a man ruining his life over (possibly) a great literary fraud, this is a surprisingly sophisticated and light-hearted crowd-pleaser.
Rams - Baaa-ck off
RAMS
Baaa-ck off
With the main plot wrapped up 40 minutes in, the rest is padded out with bland, forgettable drama. The focus of the film should be on the relationship between the brothers (Sam Neill & Michael Caton).
Baby Done - Pregnancy has a hilarious new poster child - thank you, New Zealand
BABY DONE
Pregnancy has a hilarious new poster child - thank you, New Zealand
A comedy gem done in a way that only the New Zealanders seem to be able to do, and do so well. It will strike quite the nerve with both men and women, doing so with a wink and a smile and many laughs.
Corpus Christi - Dreams, deceit and salvation
CORPUS CHRISTI
Dreams, deceit and salvation
Featuring some beautiful images of the Polish countryside, this is a powerful story of sacrifice and redemption.
Honest Thief - An honestly average time
HONEST THIEF
An honestly average time
It has an engaging enough premise aided with a decent cast that is worth checking out - just don't expect to be blown away or fully invested in this one.
Irresistible - A behind-the-scenes look into the broken U.S. electoral system
IRRESISTIBLE
A behind-the-scenes look into the broken U.S. electoral system
Despite the incredible and comedically gifted cast and filmmaker, 'Irresistible' is... well, boring. It's interesting as a political commentary but as far as laughs, it's pretty much a snooze.
Spree - A flawed but fun black comedy
SPREE
A flawed but fun black comedy
On the surface, it's an equally fun and bleak look at a young man driven to insanity by his own hubris. It's just a shame the surface is all there is to it.
Dirt Music - A typically flawed Tim Winton adaptation
DIRT MUSIC
A typically flawed Tim Winton adaptation
The film asks the audience to embrace two lost characters who eventually go to the edge of the earth to find themselves. But, for us, they remain strangers to the end.
On The Rocks - Another Sophia Coppola & Bill Murray collab with a splash of water
ON THE ROCKS
Another Sophia Coppola & Bill Murray collab with a splash of water
Bill Murray comes alive in his childlike playfulness, charm and charisma. Unfortunately, that relegates Rashida Jones' character to the background, even though this is her story.
Sputnik - A familiar, lethal, movie monster
SPUTNIK
A familiar, lethal, movie monster
Although it doesn't reinvent the wheel, this is an effective monster flick that touches upon human nature and the moral choices people have to make when it comes to life and death.
Antebellum - Socially conscious horror without any finesse or cleverness
ANTEBELLUM
Socially conscious horror without any finesse or cleverness
The filmmakers took one of the most horrific periods of American history and, via exceedingly clumsy execution, unintentionally made it into a joke.
The High Note - A mid-tempo comedy romp
THE HIGH NOTE
A mid-tempo comedy romp
You could do a lot worse than 'The High Note' for a light two hours when there's nothing else to watch; it's just unfortunate that its charismatic cast can't save an off-pitch script.
The Broken Hearts Gallery - There’s an art to a good rom-com, and this is one of them
THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
There’s an art to a good rom-com, and this is one of them
The rom-com of the year. It succeeds on every level, thanks to its colour-blind approach to characters and some hilarious and heartfelt writing. Grab whoever you can and enjoy this much-need film.
Trolls World Tour - Poppy and the gang are back - and rocking harder than ever
TROLLS WORLD TOUR
Poppy and the gang are back - and rocking harder than ever
When you have a team that cares about the project at every level, you end up with not only a fun kid's film, but one with a powerful message.
The Secrets We Keep - They kept a big secret... this movie is mediocre
THE SECRETS WE KEEP
They kept a big secret... this movie is mediocre
It offers a compelling story, but as soon as it's set up, it loses steam. Once we come to terms that the outcome can only be one of two possibilities, we are waiting for the film to show us its cards.
An American Pickle - An uneven comedy that hasn't quite fermented enough
AN AMERICAN PICKLE
An uneven comedy that hasn't quite fermented enough
Its greatest assets are Seth Rogen's performances and first-time director Brandon Trost, who shows great potential, but it has an uneven flavour, where the many ingredients don't come together.
Four Kids and It - Be careful what you wish for
FOUR KIDS AND IT
Be careful what you wish for
What it lacks in comedy and childlike wonder, it does make up for in interesting takeaways. It will be great for young kids stuck at home, running out of things to watch and searching for adventure.
Becky - Bloody fun with untapped potential
BECKY
Bloody fun with untapped potential
An unlikely mash-up of 'John Wick'-style violence and 'Home Alone' hijinks, one that's best enjoyed when common sense is left at the door. If only its writing and plot were as well done as its gore.
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My Little Sister - A moving and sensitive portrayal on the effects of illness
MY LITTLE SISTER
A moving and sensitive portrayal on the effects of illness
For an emotional, moving and sensitive narrative, this film generally hits the right notes, and even when it doesn't, the calibre of performances make it a worthwhile viewing experience.
Feels Good Man - From stoner frog to bonafide hate symbol
FEELS GOOD MAN
From stoner frog to bonafide hate symbol
Arthur Jones tells an absorbing story about how something as simple as a cartoon frog can be easily co-opted and corrupted to become a symbol of pure malevolence.
Possessor - Engrossingly gross Cronenbergian body horror
POSSESSOR
Engrossingly gross Cronenbergian body horror
A fever dream, delivering unsettling violence, thought-provoking creativity and remorseless direction. Its revelations about the monsters within have a lasting resonance.
Wild Swords - A small-scale but satisfying wuxia mystery
WILD SWORDS
A small-scale but satisfying wuxia mystery
While unlikely to revolutionise the wuxia genre, the film is a satisfying mystery with a handful of sequences that seem almost musical in their graceful choreography and composition.
Blackbird - Star-studded cast saves generic film
BLACKBIRD
Star-studded cast saves generic film
It only flies high thanks to its incredibly strong cast, and although the narrative misses dramatic beats, still packs an emotional punch while adding to the conversation about legalised euthanasia.
Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2020
The reviews
The SWITCH team have collected the best of the best from this year's festival - check out our reviews in one convenient location!
Rams - Where there's a wool, there's a way
WIN RAMS
Where there's a wool, there's a way
Win one of five double passes to see 'Rams' in cinemas.
How to Build a Girl - Almost fully built
HOW TO BUILD A GIRL
Almost fully built
'How to Build a Girl' is an engaging yet average film, but will perhaps disappoint those hoping for something more from Beanie Feldstein's next move.
Pinocchio - A darkly fantastic adaptation of a classic tale
PINOCCHIO
A darkly fantastic adaptation of a classic tale
Matteo Garrone pulls off something more captivating than a run-of-the-mill Disney-fied bedtime story - his 'Pinocchio' effortlessly fuses adventure, humour and moral instruction through magic realism.
2067 - Muddled sci-fi with an ecological conscience
2067
Muddled sci-fi with an ecological conscience
A well-crafted movie can bring us closer to nature and inspire us to protect it. Despite boasting some scarily relevant themes, the lumpy screenplay of '2067' makes it hard to recommend.
Lovemobil - Sex work and economic necessity in the German countryside
LOVEMOBIL
Sex work and economic necessity in the German countryside
Mixing the beautiful and lurid, this documentary provides audiences with plenty of food for thought. It's filled with moments that thwart stereotypes, revealing the naked heart of its subjects.
Last and First Men - An aeon-spanning arthouse sci-fi tale
LAST AND FIRST MEN
An aeon-spanning arthouse sci-fi tale
Not for everyone. But if you're in the right mood, it's a science fiction film that provides the framework for your imagination to run wild.
Human Capital - Intangible assets and dramatic payoffs
HUMAN CAPITAL
Intangible assets and dramatic payoffs
An engrossing mystery, this film deserves credit for trying to deal with issues that affect adults, with the talented cast and carefully modulated performances as considerable bonuses.
Brisbane International Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020
The reviews
Across 11 days, BIFF celebrates contemporary international and Australian screen culture. The SWITCH team has checked out the festival's best films - so take a look at our reviews from the line-up!
The Traitor - Crime and punishment in Sicily
THE TRAITOR
Crime and punishment in Sicily
Despite the intimidating narrative, the film presents an interesting knot of a character for the audience to unravel as they watch the confessions of a traitor revealing the mafia's darkest secrets.
Spiral - Paranoid horror in the 'burbs
SPIRAL
Paranoid horror in the 'burbs
This atmospheric thriller touches on some current themes, but leans too heavily on both its cinematic influences and cheap "boo" scares.
Easy A - Top marks for the teen comedy on its 10th anniversary
EASY A
Top marks for the teen comedy on its 10th anniversary
After 10 years, this is a teen comedy classic that's also an incredibly important look into how female sexuality can be controlled and governed by others from teenagerhood.
The Witches - 30 years on, it's still as delightfully frightening as ever
THE WITCHES
30 years on, it's still as delightfully frightening as ever
Kids love to be scared, and 'The Witches' is the perfect scary children's film; it has everything you could want, and has been a stable in kids' horror for 30 years now.
After We Collided - Wattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
AFTER WE COLLIDED
Wattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
It isn't looking to be a critical darling, it knows its market and goes for it. You could pick apart its terrible script and bad acting - but it's hot trash, and that's all it needs to be.
The New Mutants - An enjoyably small-scale superheroic character piece
THE NEW MUTANTS
An enjoyably small-scale superheroic character piece
Josh Boone's relic from the defunct 'X-Men' franchise, unceremoniously dumped in cinemas in the middle of a pandemic, takes a step in a potentially interesting new direction.
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AFTER WE COLLIDED
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THE SECRET GARDEN
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THE NEW MUTANTS
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AN AMERICAN PICKLE
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THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
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THE TRANSLATORS
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