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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.

The Hunt - Blunt, lazy and undeserving of controversy
THE HUNTBlunt, lazy and undeserving of controversy
Liberal snooty types lashing out at conservative cronies should have made for some enjoyably edgy satire, but this is a by-the-numbers comedy-horror-suspense thriller that has a few punchy moments.
Bloodshot - RoboCrow-niversal Soldier
BLOODSHOTRoboCrow-niversal Soldier
Cliché-ridden, It felt like Vin Diesel shot this film while on his lunch break, and even with the benefit of its twist, the ride isn't totally enjoyable.
Burning Kiss - Baroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
BURNING KISSBaroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
A film noir with noticeable nods to David Lynch and Oliver Stone, the film is a huge melting pot of garish stylistic influences that, while never quite cohering, is riveting nonetheless.
Virus Tropical - An animated slice of life from Colombia
VIRUS TROPICALAn animated slice of life from Colombia
The film covers familiar ground, as far as autobiographical films go, but the details ring true, and the film's heartfelt honesty enlivens every scene.
The Wolf's Call - Suspense, silliness and sonar sweeps
THE WOLF'S CALLSuspense, silliness and sonar sweeps
Submarine movies are few and far between for a reason. It's difficult to dramatise the action onboard, but If you're howling for a slice of Tom Clancy-esque military action cheese, you'll enjoy this.
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles - An animated tribute to a unique artist
BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLESAn animated tribute to a unique artist
Luis Buñuel constantly pushed the boundaries of cinema, and it's fitting that the story of such a unique and legendary artist would be told in a film that uses the medium to its full potential.
Who the hell is Bloodshot? - A primer on Vin Diesel's superhero
WHO THE HELL IS BLOODSHOT?A primer on Vin Diesel's superhero
With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Universe, Sony is trying to cash in on Valiant Comics' 'Bloodshot', with Vin Diesel in the lead role.
Dosed - Getting clean on psychotropic medicine
DOSEDGetting clean on psychotropic medicine
Harrowing, engrossing, brave and profoundly personal, 'Dosed' approaches the question of psychedelic healing from a compassionate and hopeful perspective.
Jallikattu - Visually stunning and absurdly funny sociopolitical critique
JALLIKATTUVisually stunning and absurdly funny sociopolitical critique
A clever, handsomely shot and frequently laugh-aloud sociopolitical critique that asks whether humanity has really evolved. Are humans still basically Neanderthal hunter-gatherers?
Saint Maud - Religious fervour and psychological horror
SAINT MAUDReligious fervour and psychological horror
An insight into a very modern, very lonely existence that is sadly only too recognisable. Rose Glass delivers on so many levels as a writer/director that it's hard to believe this is her debut.
Citizen K - The rapid rise and thunderous fall of a Russian oligarch
CITIZEN KThe rapid rise and thunderous fall of a Russian oligarch
Essential viewing for anyone needing a history lesson about Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union - or just wants to know what it takes to bring down a towering political figure.
Dark Waters - A frightening and infuriating tale of corporate greed
DARK WATERSA frightening and infuriating tale of corporate greed
After watching this film, you'll leave the cinema enraged by the display of economic cruelty from a monolithic, faceless corporation and its evil and very rich henchmen.
The Mute - A violent look at faith and religion
THE MUTEA violent look at faith and religion
A magnificently filmed and subtly political view of the conflict between church and state, good and evil, hate and love.
Aiyai: Wrathful Soul - Ambitious but unfocused Aussie horror
AIYAI: WRATHFUL SOULAmbitious but unfocused Aussie horror
An ambitious entry into Australian horror that could have used more of a focus on its ghostly shenanigans, and less on the crime drama. Instead, it hovers uncertainly in limbo between the two.
The Invisible Man - Paranoia, gaslighting and spookiness
THE INVISIBLE MANParanoia, gaslighting and spookiness
While 'The Invisible Man' isn't perfect, it is a thoughtful entry in the horror / science fiction genre. Though Elizabeth Moss works hard, there are only so many ways you can reinforce that an invisible man is out to get you.
Zombi Child - A subtle riff on the zombie genre
ZOMBI CHILDA subtle riff on the zombie genre
An absorbing, often perplexing story in which a religion with a healthy respect for death crosses paths with a lovesick French schoolgirl.
The Golden Glove - Repellent and pointless
THE GOLDEN GLOVERepellent and pointless
The film's settings, the events that occur and the way that everything plays out will fill you with the urge to bleach your eyeballs.
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror - Essential for genre fans and film buffs
HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROREssential for genre fans and film buffs
There's been a growing interest in black-led horror films since 'Get Out' shattered minds and expectations. If you're a fan of horror or film history, you'll get a lot from this documentary.
The Swallows of Kabul - Unflinching and gorgeously animated
THE SWALLOWS OF KABULUnflinching and gorgeously animated
In Afghanistan, simply drawing a human being is forbidden. This makes this film an even more aesthetically and narratively beautiful example of the affecting power that animation offers.
Richard Jewell - Man versus media
RICHARD JEWELLMan versus media
Despite some stumbles with the script, 'Richard Jewell' is a well-acted and admirably low-key piece from Clint Eastwood that raises a lot of questions.
Mr. Jones - A chilling true story
MR. JONESA chilling true story
A taut and stark thriller, one part espionage, one part survival, this is an extremely powerful true story, and one that has generally slipped under the radar.
Hot Mess - Funny, filthy and heartfelt
HOT MESSFunny, filthy and heartfelt
One of the most original, spot-on, no-steps-missed Aussie comedies in recent memory. Audiences will fall for its endearing mixture of awkwardness, oversharing and eyebrow-raising sex talk.
For Sama - An emotionally devastating must-watch
FOR SAMAAn emotionally devastating must-watch
This film is a tough watch, but a beautifully edited and narrated piece that needs to reach as many people as possible. This is an important, must-watch film.
Underwater - A solid subaquatic monster mash
UNDERWATERA solid subaquatic monster mash
Tense and fun, with cool creatures and jump scares that aren't too obnoxious, the film is a disposable yet entertaining and unpretentious true Hollywood B-movie that is worth a visit to the cinema.
Meeting Gorbachev - Chatting with a man who changed the world
MEETING GORBACHEVChatting with a man who changed the world
When Werner Herzog settles down with his subject, the conversation moves easily from political to personal matters. Herzog is affable and curious, and Mikhail Gorbachev is engaged and on point.
Daniel Isn't Real - Smart and sinister psychological horror
DANIEL ISN'T REALSmart and sinister psychological horror
A slickly directed, spooky and surprisingly empathetic film about the monsters that dwell in the human mind.
Sorry We Missed You - An incisive look at the struggle against debt
SORRY WE MISSED YOUAn incisive look at the struggle against debt
A film about family dynamics, it's in the quiet observation of working-class parents and their children that 83-year-old Ken Loach's latest film hits its nuanced, deeply emotional notes.
What Will Become Us - The man behind an iconic Australian brand
WHAT WILL BECOME USThe man behind an iconic Australian brand
An emotional and absorbing story that works to humanise a billionaire. Australian audiences won't look at the familiar Westfield logo in the same light after watching this documentary.
The Wild Goose Lake - Supremely stylish neon-noir
THE WILD GOOSE LAKESupremely stylish neon-noir
Owing a debt to Nicolas Winding Refn, Diao Yinan's sophomore feature may be little more than an exercise in style, but it's certainly a dazzling and mythic one.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was - Half insight, half PR exercise
LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WASHalf insight, half PR exercise
There are scenes that are fascinating and genuinely absorbing and show a vulnerable side of Liam rarely seen in public, but the documentary, unfortunately, morphs into a full-blown hagiography.
The Kill Team - Hazy morality in the fog of war
THE KILL TEAMHazy morality in the fog of war
Dan Krauss's film depicts in stark terms the ways that war can strip souls of conscience, something made even more wrenching when viewed with the knowledge that it's based on horrific true events.
Werewolf - Struggling for survival in post-war Poland
WEREWOLFStruggling for survival in post-war Poland
Combining wartime drama and survival horror instead of merely taking a gruesome premise and throwing it to the wolves, this is a thoughtful, understated and quietly powerful film.
The Operative - Finding the humanity in espionage
THE OPERATIVEFinding the humanity in espionage
If you're after a character-focused espionage drama with an emphasis on realism rather than a James Bond-style spy caper, 'The Operative' is worth checking out.
Color Out of Space - A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
COLOR OUT OF SPACEA messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
Combining the unholy trio of Nicolas Cage, H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Stanley seems like insane brilliance on paper, which is why it's so disappointing that this film is a bit of a slog.
Vivarium - What makes a house a (horrific) home?
VIVARIUMWhat makes a house a (horrific) home?
The film explores the perils of suburbia by satirising typical issues and offering up grotesque caricatures of real-life parenting discomforts.
Suzi Q - Celebrating a female rock icon
SUZI QCelebrating a female rock icon
A profile of a versatile, passionate and insatiable performer, who dedicated her life to being on stage, on her own terms. Essential for fans and anyone with an interest in feminism and music.
Greener Grass - A deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
GREENER GRASSA deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
Distorting reality through a dreamlike lens, the filmmakers created a world of blunt allegories and social antagonisms, perverted by a unique style into a manic, nearly unclassifiable black comedy.
The Report - Truth and idealism versus the administrative state
THE REPORTTruth and idealism versus the administrative state
The film boils down to the idea of truth and morality versus the administrative state, and a country not living up to its ideals. With America more polarised than ever, this film couldn't be more timely.
Dark Whispers Vol. 1 - A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
DARK WHISPERS VOL. 1A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
After flicking through every page and watching the eerie stories brought to life by 11 talented Australian female filmmakers, you'll quickly decide on your own favourites and be left wanting more.
47 Metres Down: Uncaged - Fails to surface
47 METRES DOWN: UNCAGEDFails to surface
If there’s anything that these last four decades of ‘Jaws’ knock-offs and wannabes have taught us, it’s that it takes a Steven Spielberg-level talent to make a great movie about a killer shark.
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