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JAKE WATT
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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.

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The Sadness - An exxxtremely bloodthirsty pandemic horror story
THE SADNESSAn exxxtremely bloodthirsty pandemic horror story
Even the most helpless victims aren’t safe from the Saddies - the film is incredibly merciless and mean-spirited. But it’s equally as hard not to appreciate how well-oiled the cinematic machinery is that keeps this story racing along at such a frenetic pace.
Conan the Barbarian - 40 years of solving the Riddle of Steel and punching camels.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN40 years of solving the Riddle of Steel and punching camels.
The 1982 action-adventure film had everything - warriors, women in medieval bikinis, shrieking ghosts, giant serpents, magic, and lots of gore. It also has Arnold Schwarzenegger for a lead.
The Innocents - Childhood games and supernatural horror in Norway
THE INNOCENTSChildhood games and supernatural horror in Norway
While it's touching at times in its depiction of familial bonds and the death of innocence, it's the creepy atmosphere and brilliant performances that make it truly memorable.
Celebrating 20 Years of Blade II - 20 reasons why it's still the coolest superhero film ever
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF BLADE II20 reasons why it's still the coolest superhero film ever
Jake argues why it's the coolest superhero movie ever with 20 good reasons.
Quo Vadis, Aida? - A nightmarish vision of human tragedy & bureaucratic incompetence
QUO VADIS, AIDA?A nightmarish vision of human tragedy & bureaucratic incompetence
The reality of what happened in Srebrenica is far more terrifying than any film could represent, but this captures the nightmarish inevitability of a horrific loss of life caused by human weakness.
Benedetta - An un-convent-tional erotic drama
BENEDETTAAn un-convent-tional erotic drama
From Paul Verhoeven, this isn't subtle - the movie is alternately deadly serious and amazingly goofy, raising intriguing questions about belief and sexuality, then answering them in very silly ways.
Parallel Mothers - Peak Almodóvar
PARALLEL MOTHERSPeak Almodóvar
Exploring female identity and revisiting the past with conflicted feelings, this film is a near-perfect mix of the personal and political, ranking among the best of Pedro Almodóvar's films.
Flee - A must-see animated refugee tale
FLEEA must-see animated refugee tale
We get to know Amin and, despite the heartbreaking details of his life, his confessional is ultimately as uplifting as it is impossible to turn away from.
The Scary of Sixty-First - A so-so psychosexual shocker
THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRSTA so-so psychosexual shocker
Despite its final sequence, 'The Scary of Sixty-First' isn't scary, and only takes a glancing look at how infectious these paranoid conspiracy worldviews can be.
Undine - A gently magical romance in the German capital
UNDINEA gently magical romance in the German capital
While it might the slightest of Christian Petzold's films thus far in his career, 'Undine' is a tranquil and supremely touching relationship drama.
Mad God - A nightmarishly beautiful animated masterwork
MAD GODA nightmarishly beautiful animated masterwork
It's a truly indescribable film, but if you want a gorgeously chaotic and visually rich experience that will wash over you, 'Mad God' is worth seeking out.
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn - A penetrating satire
BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORNA penetrating satire
A funny, thoughtful, incisive, overwhelming and frequently pornographic portrait of a fractured country. Difficult to describe, but not difficult to recommend.
The Spine of Night - A surreal, violent animated fantasy epic
THE SPINE OF NIGHTA surreal, violent animated fantasy epic
A welcome addition to the fantasy genre, and a nifty showcase for an underused but beautiful animation style.
The Many Saints of Newark - Fuggedaboutit!
THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARKFuggedaboutit!
It could have been an epic, serpentine film about a whole network of twisted figures who haunt the shadows of a country's history. Instead, it's a crushing disappointment.
Tales of Tomorrow - So-so sci-fi from Brazil
TALES OF TOMORROWSo-so sci-fi from Brazil
Despite some decent low-budget effects and an unexpected turn of events leading into the final stretch, the screenplay holds it back from being a story that you'll be thinking about the next day.
Gaia - Ho-hum horticultural horror
GAIAHo-hum horticultural horror
Visually arresting but narratively vegetative, 'Gaia' is an eco-horror flick that never takes root.
Top 25 Free Horror Movies on Tubi TV Australia - A Halloween guide to the hidden gems on the streaming service
TOP 25 FREE HORROR MOVIES ON TUBI TV AUSTRALIAA Halloween guide to the hidden gems on the streaming service
There are some great films on Tubi - particularly if you're a horror fan. After patiently scrolling through the catalogue, Jake's found a collection of free flicks to freak you out this Halloween!
The killer twists of M. Night Shyamalan - Ranking the meditative and menacing films of a blockbuster auteur
THE KILLER TWISTS OF M. NIGHT SHYAMALANRanking the meditative and menacing films of a blockbuster auteur
M. Night knows that what makes for a lousy study of the intangible can make for powerful allegory, and he can create a strikingly emotional film out of a little bit of light and shade.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 - A choppy trilogy reaches its conclusion
FEAR STREET PART THREE: 1666A choppy trilogy reaches its conclusion
The 17th-century setting highlights the budgetary limitations that Janiak had to work with, but the big plot twist is genuinely effective and recontextualises the entire series.
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 - A splat-tastically satisfactory second entry in the trilogy
FEAR STREET PART TWO: 1978A splat-tastically satisfactory second entry in the trilogy
As the killer bumps off the kids, one by one, you're on edge, waiting for the next grisly blow of his axe.
White Noise - Behind the scenes with the alt-right
WHITE NOISEBehind the scenes with the alt-right
Though it might be accused of giving another platform to this movement of hate, and isn't the fiery indictment of white supremacy you might expect, it shows how deeply racism is embedded into society.
Fear Street Part One: 1994 - Noisily nostalgic teen schlock horror
FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994Noisily nostalgic teen schlock horror
The big challenge in adapting 'Fear Street' for the screen was finding that fine balance between R-rated content and a PG aesthetic. It's hard to know what the target demographic for this movie is.
The Tomorrow War - A futuristic action flick buried under old tropes
THE TOMORROW WARA futuristic action flick buried under old tropes
Some may be able to push past the overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Others will find it loud and difficult to endure, capturing the ground-level alien warfare with painful plausibility.
Heroic Losers - Enjoyable working-class heist hijinks from Argentina
HEROIC LOSERSEnjoyable working-class heist hijinks from Argentina
While it isn't flashy or a reinvention of the genre, it has all the trappings of a heist movie - plot twists, backstabbing, funny one-liners, that one big set piece.
Lapsis - A witty look at the techno-feudalism of the gig economy
LAPSISA witty look at the techno-feudalism of the gig economy
The number of real-world people coping with the same grim situation depicted on screen in 'Lapsis' continues to swell, and they get an everyman hero in the film's protagonist, Ray.
Jumbo - The ups and downs of an unconventional romance
JUMBOThe ups and downs of an unconventional romance
It's hard finding love in this world. If you can find it with an object, Zoé Wittock's 'Jumbo' suggests you go for it.
Songbird - Dystopia porn that cashes in on COVID-19
SONGBIRDDystopia porn that cashes in on COVID-19
The creative team churned out this mess while the world was still grappling with and trying to understand COVID. Made in the poorest of taste, this film is undeserving of your time and money.
Land - A beautifully filmed exploration of grief
LANDA beautifully filmed exploration of grief
There is an inherent fascination in witnessing an individual cope with the elements, against the vastness of the wilderness. While it's beautifully shot and acted, sometimes less is more when it comes to screenplay.
The Dissident - A scary look at money, Twitter and unchecked power
THE DISSIDENTA scary look at money, Twitter and unchecked power
A film that effectively stirs up anger against a state that calculated they could get away with murder, to silence someone whose opinions they found an irritation.
Voyagers - An overly familiar journey
VOYAGERSAn overly familiar journey
There are certainly lots of interesting ideas swirling around, but they are barely explored. Unfortunately, 'Voyagers' never transcends its derivative origins and basic thrills.
Godzilla vs. Kong - Hugely entertaining
GODZILLA VS. KONGHugely entertaining
As pure popcorn entertainment and the (unlikely) finale of the Monsterverse saga, 'Godzilla vs. Kong' delivers the goods in an unexpectedly big way. For those who might like to watch a lizard punch on with an ape, this film is essential viewing.
One Night in Miami - A dynamic look at a meeting of four icons
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMIA dynamic look at a meeting of four icons
It's a rare pleasure to watch a film like Regina King's 'One Night in Miami' that is willing to leave big questions about four larger-than-life men up in the air instead of trying to answer them.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - A powerfully acted tale stumbles from stage to screen
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOMA powerfully acted tale stumbles from stage to screen
It isn't so much a movie as it is a play with a few more options; a showcase for actors rather than a cinematic experience. But the play it adapts is very good, with messages that are still relevant.
Come True - Impressively eerie and visually striking
COME TRUEImpressively eerie and visually striking
The film warns us that the human brain is the ultimate horror movie director. It's one thing to be tormented. It's another thing to face the grim reality that you're tormenting yourself.
Summer of 85 - A refreshingly nuanced coming-of-age story
SUMMER OF 85A refreshingly nuanced coming-of-age story
A bittersweet film, one that ultimately encourages its audience to embrace the joy and the heartache of first love, along with the ephemerality of having a life-changing presence in your life.
Cosmic Sin - A film that delivers on the promise of its title
COSMIC SINA film that delivers on the promise of its title
Bruce Willis doesn't care about acting anymore, and audiences shouldn't be expected to care about his glorified cameos in late-career fillers like this.
Psycho Goreman - A classic
PSYCHO GOREMANA classic "girl meets dark lord of an alternate universe" story
It absolutely has its flaws - but it's also an instant cult movie, and a must-see for the sheer fun of it.
White Riot - A powerful story of rock versus racism
WHITE RIOTA powerful story of rock versus racism
Everything described sounds eerily familiar to events rumbling across the world recently. Its message of compassion and resistance makes it one of the most inspiring movies you'll see this year.
Boss Level - Nostalgic action and quirky foes
BOSS LEVELNostalgic action and quirky foes
'Boss Level' throws a few sword fights and bazookas in with the recycled pleasures and hope they look like its own. It's inchoate, but mostly fun.
Days of the Bagnold Summer - An amusing and heartfelt look at the parent-child bond
DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMERAn amusing and heartfelt look at the parent-child bond
It might be focused on small moments, but Simon Bird's film exposes its big heart while exploring the complex relationship between a mother and her son.
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