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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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Kinky Boots - Sex is in the heel
KINKY BOOTS
Sex is in the heel
A fun show that you can't help but be sucked into with its glitz and glam. There are a lot of fun musical numbers to keep you invested by inspiring positivity with catchy tunes.
David Byrne's American Utopia - One of the greatest concert films ever made
DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA
One of the greatest concert films ever made
A celebration of everything that makes us human, and the dream that is what America could be. It's one of the best films of the year, and one of the greatest concert films ever made.
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.
Misbehaviour -
MISBEHAVIOUR
"We’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry!"
It may fall into the formulaic territory at times, but that's not a bad thing - the story of what happened at the 1970 Miss World competition is a powerful one that deserves to be remembered.
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.
Monsoon - Look at loss of cultural identity misses the mark
MONSOON
Look at loss of cultural identity misses the mark
You can see the good film buried underneath, and Henry Golding gives a very emotional performance, but it's unfortunately lost as 'Monsoon' is simply uninteresting.
Fatman - Meh-rry Christmas
FATMAN
Meh-rry Christmas
Lacking a consistently prioritised visual or narrative dynamism, nor a single cinematic style or message, 'Fatman' feels like the product of busy but unfocused imaginations.
Freaky - Get your freak on
FREAKY
Get your freak on
It succeeds when it sticks to the serial killer/swapped bodies storyline, but its need to add emotional depth to this horror-comedy and tack on an extended cheap ending weakens the whole film.
Ip Man: Kung Fu Master - An adequate actioner
IP MAN: KUNG FU MASTER
An adequate actioner
From its okay beginning to serviceable close, it's a somewhat monotonous, wannabe-mythmaking biopic for Ip Man completists only.
Radioactive - Middling biopic fails to light up
RADIOACTIVE
Middling biopic fails to light up
Uncertain if it wants to be a biopic, a period drama, or a meditation on the role of women in male-dominated fields - though possible to be all three, sadly its fragile script can't juggle all three.
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.
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A Christmas Gift from Bob - A true story of the festive spirit
WIN A CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM BOB
A true story of the festive spirit
Win one of five double passes to see 'A Christmas Gift from Bob' in cinemas.
Mank - A dazzling damnation of the hypocrisy of power
MANK
A dazzling damnation of the hypocrisy of power
Rather than a burst of cinematic energy, this is a meticulous, subtle film. David Fincher asks what the point of cinema is - and in the process, may have delivered the best film of the year.
Rialto - An understated yet emotional mid-life crisis
RIALTO
An understated yet emotional mid-life crisis
Strong acting, purposeful directing and confident screenwriting, on paper it should be a stock-standard film, but proves to be able to rise above the occasion.
David Fincher, ranked - The darkness and the soul of a legendary filmmaker
DAVID FINCHER, RANKED
The darkness and the soul of a legendary filmmaker
Daniel rewatched the legendary director's films in chronological order to work out why his work is so affecting and inspiring.
Fanny Lye Deliver'd - Feminist folk horror
FANNY LYE DELIVER'D
Feminist folk horror
Written, directed, edited, and scored by Thomas Clay, 'Fanny Lye Deliver'd' is a marvel of historical accuracy. It isn't a happy film, but it is certainly an empowering one.
Apartment 1BR - The victim complex
APARTMENT 1BR
The victim complex
An effective reminder that terrifying stuff doesn't just take place in some gothic castle or haunted house. It's out there on the streets too, in the modern day.
2020: Monster Fest - The reviews
2020: MONSTER FEST
The reviews
SWITCH has collected the best of this year's offerings, and presented them in a terrifyingly convenient place - so check out our reviews!
British Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2020
The reviews
The SWITCH team has perused this year's line-up and chosen their favourite picks - so check out our reviews for the best festival recommendations!
The Dark and the Wicked - 2020's scariest film
THE DARK AND THE WICKED
2020's scariest film
Terrifyingly well-crafted, moodily evocative, and best watched through one's fingers.
Ammonite - Francis Lee delivers another beautiful portrait of love and longing
AMMONITE
Francis Lee delivers another beautiful portrait of love and longing
A beautiful, soulful and intelligent film, made with honesty, integrity and an unexpected sense of humour that breaks through the rock encasing it.
12 Hour Shift - The most fun you'll have in a hospital
12 HOUR SHIFT
The most fun you'll have in a hospital
While fun, it's exactly the horror-comedy affair you'd expect from a B-grade movie. It expects its audience to come for the blood and the belly laughs, but doesn't dig anything deeper.
GoldenEye - 25 years on and it's still the ultimate Bond experience
GOLDENEYE
25 years on and it's still the ultimate Bond experience
It stands the test of time, reminding us that before there was the best video game ever created, there was one of the best Bond films ever produced.
Then Came You - Then came the same movie over and over again
THEN CAME YOU
Then came the same movie over and over again
You know what you're in for when you hear the plot: it's Hallmark or Netflix bland romantic cheese. You have absolutely no reason to watch it - you'll forget about it while you're watching it.
Australia's past, present and future - Celebrating NAIDOC Week with the best Indigenous films
AUSTRALIA'S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Celebrating NAIDOC Week with the best Indigenous films
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the SWITCH team has collected the best Indigenous Australian films that remind us of the importance of seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations' history.
#Noirvember - A month-long celebration of the shadowy world of film noir
#NOIRVEMBER
A month-long celebration of the shadowy world of film noir
SWITCH has collected its reviews of neo-noirs (and films inspired by classic noir techniques) from all over the world.
Scorn in the USA - Films from the reign of Donald Trump
SCORN IN THE USA
Films from the reign of Donald Trump
SWITCH has collected its reviews for films that provide some indication as to how movies have processed this grim period of modern North American history.
The More You Ignore Me - Searching for joy amidst the darkness
THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME
Searching for joy amidst the darkness
Thoughtful when it wants to be, heartfelt when it needs to be, and funny when it can be, this film is sure to leave a smile on your face, and maybe even a tear in your eye.
The Witches - Horrifying for all the wrong reasons
THE WITCHES
Horrifying for all the wrong reasons
The film lacks any of the horror elements present in both the book and the 90s film. It's way too colourful and CGI-filled to create any kind of fear for children.
Happy Halloween - The best horror films of 2020
HAPPY HALLOWEEN
The best horror films of 2020
Halloween is the time of year when all of the ghouls, goblins and gremlins come out to play. SWITCH has compiled our best horror film reviews from this year, so see if something surprises you!
The Surrogate - Raising heavy yet important questions
THE SURROGATE
Raising heavy yet important questions
While the film has a few hiccups, the package as a whole comes across as a truly moving experience that challenges the audience's morals with really thought-provoking dialogue.
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