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Jake has a background in journalism but, after some time working at a newspaper on NSW's Central Coast, he relocated from Newcastle to Sydney and segued into marketing and content roles. A lifelong pop culture fan, rumor has it that he sleeps on a giant treasure trove of books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and comics.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: PJ Harvey, Beastie Boys, Madlib
TOP 3 MOVIES: Strangers On A Train, Hangin' With The Homeboys, Aliens
BEST CONCERT: The National at the Sydney Opera House in 2014
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Being terrified by the prologue of Ralph Bakshi's animated film, The Lord of the Rings (1978). The music, the voiceover and the live-action silhouettes against a blood-red backdrop were four minutes of pure nightmare fuel for an overly imaginative child.

Event Horizon - Revisiting the sci-fi horror cult classic
EVENT HORIZONRevisiting the sci-fi horror cult classic
You shouldn't feel too guilty for enjoying the aesthetics and crackerjack premise of 'Event Horizon', even if some of the effects are a bit hokey
The Trouble with Being Born - Controversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORNControversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
Deeply unsettling and thematically rich, Sandra Wollner's film is, most of all, thought-provoking
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist - An utterly fascinating chat with a legend of cinema
LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCISTAn utterly fascinating chat with a legend of cinema
For those with a love for 'The Exorcist', this documentary will provide great stories and fascinating moments from the man who put it all together.
Fanny Lye Deliver'd - Feminist folk horror
FANNY LYE DELIVER'DFeminist 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 1BRThe 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.
The Dark and the Wicked - 2020's scariest film
THE DARK AND THE WICKED2020's scariest film
Terrifyingly well-crafted, moodily evocative, and best watched through one's fingers.
Fatman - Meh-rry Christmas
FATMANMeh-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.
#Noirvember - A month-long celebration of the shadowy world of film noir
#NOIRVEMBERA 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.
Ip Man: Kung Fu Master - An adequate actioner
IP MAN: KUNG FU MASTERAn adequate actioner
From its okay beginning to serviceable close, it's a somewhat monotonous, wannabe-mythmaking biopic for Ip Man completists only.
Feels Good Man - From stoner frog to bonafide hate symbol
FEELS GOOD MANFrom 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.
Wild Swords - A small-scale but satisfying wuxia mystery
WILD SWORDSA 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.
2067 - Muddled sci-fi with an ecological conscience
2067Muddled 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.
Possessor - Engrossingly gross Cronenbergian body horror
POSSESSOREngrossingly 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.
Pinocchio - A darkly fantastic adaptation of a classic tale
PINOCCHIOA 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.
Lovemobil - Sex work and economic necessity in the German countryside
LOVEMOBILSex 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 MENAn 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 CAPITALIntangible 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.
The Traitor - Crime and punishment in Sicily
THE TRAITORCrime 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.
Sputnik - A familiar, lethal, movie monster
SPUTNIKA 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
ANTEBELLUMSocially 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.
Spiral - Paranoid horror in the 'burbs
SPIRALParanoid 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.
The New Mutants - An enjoyably small-scale superheroic character piece
THE NEW MUTANTSAn 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.
Fatima - A respectful retelling of a miraculous story
FATIMAA respectful retelling of a miraculous story
A handsomely filmed recreation of a tale that continue to inspire people to flock to Portugal each year, over 100 years later, in order to catch a glimpse of what those children saw.
Dirt Music - A typically flawed Tim Winton adaptation
DIRT MUSICA 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.
The Turning - Henry James' haunting masterpiece gets 'The Conjuring' treatment
THE TURNINGHenry James' haunting masterpiece gets 'The Conjuring' treatment
The film gets its scares on the cheap, relying on tricks like haggard faces popping out of the unfilled spaces behind characters. It's a shame the script wasn't written by someone with a defter touch.
The Mystery of Henri Pick - A charming literary detective story
THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICKA 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.
The Wretched - Uneven but satisfyingly disgusting
THE WRETCHEDUneven but satisfyingly disgusting
The Pierce Brothers suck viewers in with pulpy wet sounds of flesh popping open and bones splintering. The scares aren't just competent - they're consummately disgusting, too.
Shudder with horror - Streaming service for thrills and the supernatural arrives in Australia
SHUDDER WITH HORRORStreaming service for thrills and the supernatural arrives in Australia
If you aren't sure what to watch on Shuddler's Australian service, SWITCH has put together reviews for some of the horror titles that you can catch up on.
Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story - The game that inspired a generation
An enjoyable and informative project that captures the joy of the sport in a way that anyone can appreciate, skater or gamer.
Driveways - A story of rare emotional depth and sensitivity
DRIVEWAYSA story of rare emotional depth and sensitivity
Graced by a career-best performance by Brian Dennehy, this is a richly realised drama that doesn't overplay its lessons on life.
Peninsula - An action-packed but brainless follow-up to a horror classic
PENINSULAAn action-packed but brainless follow-up to a horror classic
'Peninsula' has flat characters, the plot is beyond stupid, the action and the gore are plentiful, and the movie borrows from so many other movies it may as well come with a homage checklist.
Corpus Christi - Dreams, deceit and salvation
CORPUS CHRISTIDreams, deceit and salvation
Featuring some beautiful images of the Polish countryside, this is a powerful story of sacrifice and redemption.
A Rainy Day in New York - A waterlogged romantic comedy
A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORKA waterlogged romantic comedy
A distant echo of Allen's early masterpieces, the film has no discernible point except to display some of Manhattan's swankiest apartments and most historic hotel bars.
Kubrick by Kubrick - A low-key chat with a master of cinema
KUBRICK BY KUBRICKA low-key chat with a master of cinema
While this isn't a comprehensive look at the director's life or his work, it does offer some fresh insights into his outlook towards filmmaking - and there's quite a bit there for movie buffs, too.
Deerskin - Hilarious and horrific
DEERSKINHilarious and horrific
If you only have time to watch one bizarre French horror-comedy about a guy and the jacket that seems to hold an extreme power over his mind, 'Deerskin' is it.
Wendy - Visually striking, narratively clunky
WENDYVisually striking, narratively clunky
Despite strong similarities to Benh Zeitlin's earlier 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', some script issues and a sense of overfamiliarity makes this a slog.
Relic - The curse of old age
RELICThe curse of old age
This isn't just an impressively eerie horror movie debut from a first-time director, it's a test of devotion and love that lurks in the unforeseen distance for parents and their children.
Blood Vessel - Disappointingly anaemic
BLOOD VESSELDisappointingly anaemic
Despite some decent work from the makeup, prosthetics, and special effects teams, the lethargic pacing and lack of substantive innovation means the end result is disappointingly lifeless.
Black Water: Abyss - Abyss-mally shoddy
BLACK WATER: ABYSSAbyss-mally shoddy
This should have been a shrewd, scary situational suspense film, but pacing issues and a lack of ideas sinks this one to the bottom of the swamp.
House of Cardin - Unveiling the personality behind the fashion brand
HOUSE OF CARDINUnveiling the personality behind the fashion brand
The documentary establishes in a compelling, dynamic way the creative genius that Cardin was, and still is. For anyone with an interest in fashion, brands or revolutionary thinking, it's a must-see.
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