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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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In My Blood It Runs - An eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS
An eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
The documentary excels in never sensationalising any aspect of Dujuan's story for dramatic effect; simply capturing Dujuan's daily life is enough to make blood boil and tears fall.
The Professor and the Madman - Mel Gibson's dictionary origin story a dry read
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
Mel Gibson's dictionary origin story a dry read
The cast - a who's who of British cinema - does an admirable job with the source material they are given, but who would have thought a film about how the dictionary was made would be dull?
Emma. - A dazzling new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic
EMMA.
A dazzling new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic
The film finds a new language for approaching this great work, realising her wit and humour in new and exciting ways. If you doubt the need for another Austen, let this gorgeous film change your mind.
Mr. Jones - A chilling true story
MR. JONES
A 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.
A Guide to Second Date Sex - A quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX
A quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
There's just enough laughter and sweetness throughout to make it likeable, but whilst cute and enjoyable, there's too much familiarity.
Richard Jewell - Man versus media
RICHARD JEWELL
Man 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.
For Sama - An emotionally devastating must-watch
FOR SAMA
An 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.
The Lighthouse - Robert Eggers delivers another staggering American classic
THE LIGHTHOUSE
Robert Eggers delivers another staggering American classic
After delivering arguably the greatest horror film so far this century, Robert Eggers has created another insane American masterpiece. It was worth every single second of the wait.
Color Out of Space - A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
A 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.
NT Live: Present Laughter - Andrew Scott astounds in this thrilling Noel Coward classic
NT LIVE: PRESENT LAUGHTER
Andrew Scott astounds in this thrilling Noel Coward classic
This is the kind of classic comedy we don't get to see in Australia - executed at the highest quality and without compromise, sexy and immediate and hysterical.
A Hidden Life - Terrence Malick's stunning ode to the power of kindness
A HIDDEN LIFE
Terrence Malick's stunning ode to the power of kindness
A remarkable and uncompromising film, 'A Hidden Life' is a work of hope and sorrow and belief in the human spirit. It's another step in the evolution and exploration in Terrence Malick's filmmaking.
Seberg - 1960s race biopic misses mark but delivers captivating performances
SEBERG
1960s race biopic misses mark but delivers captivating performances
While the film shines in its performance, it stumbles from a messy script and lack of focus. It's worth checking out, especially for Kristen Stewart, and to learn about this part of history.
Midway - Sound and fury, signifying nothing
MIDWAY
Sound and fury, signifying nothing
There is a compelling, nuanced and affecting film to be made about the Battle of Midway. This is not that film.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - Mr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Mr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
Quirky, unique, beautiful, even dark yet moving, and featuring the incomparable Tom Hanks, the film shatters all expectations and leaves you with a sense of peace and understanding.
Underwater - A solid subaquatic monster mash
UNDERWATER
A 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 GORBACHEV
Chatting 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.
Bombshell - An important yet uninspired look at Fox News’ sex scandal
BOMBSHELL
An important yet uninspired look at Fox News’ sex scandal
While all the acting is phenomenal - especially the leads - and makeup fantastic, the story, filmmaking and editing are uncreative and thus fail to hit the home run that this should have been.
Bad Boys For Life - Whatcha gonna do when there's nothing new
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
Whatcha gonna do when there's nothing new
'Bad Boys 2' was one of those rare films where the sequel was better than the original, so there were a lot of high hopes riding on #3 - but I'm afraid all those expectations have been crushed.
True History of the Kelly Gang - A magnificent deconstruction of the great Australian antihero
TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG
A magnificent deconstruction of the great Australian antihero
Using the story of Ned Kelly and his exploits, the film unpacks the concept of Australian myth-making, and questions the stories and figures on which we have constricted our Australian identity.
1917 - Sam Mendes' personal war story
1917
Sam Mendes' personal war story
A brilliant piece of art, and clearly a personal project for Sam Mendes. It's sure to entertain audiences and garner respect from critics for its execution.
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Queen & Slim - A worthwhile tale with bumpy storytelling
QUEEN & SLIM
A worthwhile tale with bumpy storytelling
The film features some pretty stellar performances and great camerawork but has to work against the mammoth influence of its writing and pacing to make something memorable, and ultimately fails.
S He - A stop-motion animation with sole
S HE
A stop-motion animation with sole
It's imaginative, it's vivid, it's creative, and it's unbelievably bonkers. If you can look past the shoes, there are lessons being taught by a visionary director who's willing to take risks.
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears - A global adventure for the legendary lady detective
WIN MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS
A global adventure for the legendary lady detective
Win one of five double passes to see 'Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears' in cinemas.
The Wishmas Tree - A magical experience for the whole family
WIN THE WISHMAS TREE
A magical experience for the whole family
Win one of five family passes to see 'The Wishmas Tree' in cinemas.
Away - A minimalist and evocative animated adventure
AWAY
A minimalist and evocative animated adventure
With such an impressive and often stunning debut, I can't wait to see what Gints Zilbalodis produces nex - this Latvian animator is certainly one to watch.
Hot Mess - Funny, filthy and heartfelt
HOT MESS
Funny, 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.
Honey Boy - Shia LaBeouf turns his darkest times into an artistic masterpiece
HONEY BOY
Shia LaBeouf turns his darkest times into an artistic masterpiece
Both Shia LaBeouf and first-time director Alma Har'el have created a truly moving piece of cinema - the story is deeply relatable, thanks to the writing and direction.
Honeyland - Believe the buzz
HONEYLAND
Believe the buzz
A thoughtful and compassionate exercise in exposing a lifestyle many have long ago abandoned, and one that deserves a place in the public consciousness.
Motherless Brooklyn - A neo-noir set in 1950s New York
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
A neo-noir set in 1950s New York
There is nothing inherently wrong with this film, bar some odd edits and framing choices, and Edward Norton tackles the material fairly well, creating a great tribute to the noir era of filmmaking.
And the Oscar goes to... - Pick this year's winners to take home your own prize!
WIN AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
Pick this year's winners to take home your own prize!
Can you predict the 2020 Academy Award winners? If you're right, you could take home a massive prize pack!
Academy Awards 2020 - And the nominees are...
ACADEMY AWARDS 2020
And the nominees are...
Find out who's in the running for this year's Oscars!
Romantic Road - Falling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
ROMANTIC ROAD
Falling in love with India, the Rolls Royce and each other
This film won't be your cup of tea, but one thing you can't take away from it is its power to inspire you to have your own adventure.
Gone with the Wind - Wrestling with an uncomfortable past on its 80th anniversary
GONE WITH THE WIND
Wrestling with an uncomfortable past on its 80th anniversary
The controversy around this film reminds us that cinema is not a passive experience but an active and ever-evolving one, where it is vital we continue to engage in conversation with the works we see.
Les Misérables - A remarkably thrilling act of cinematic protest
LES MISÉRABLES
A remarkably thrilling act of cinematic protest
A remarkable, electrifying and ultimately shattering film, a stellar debut for Ladj Ly, and most importantly, a work that feels necessary. It's a thrilling act of cinematic protest.
The Aeronauts - A thrilling adventure on the edge of the sky
THE AERONAUTS
A thrilling adventure on the edge of the sky
Even with its faults, it knows exactly what kind of film it needs to be and does so with great aplomb. If you can see it on the big screen, don't miss the chance. It deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.
Perth Festival 2020 - The reviews
PERTH FESTIVAL 2020
The reviews
The Perth Festival is the perfect opportunity for cinephiles to check out the best new films before they hit cinemas! The SWITCH team has checked out their top picks of the competition.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - Back to the barn for another round of heartwarming fun
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON
Back to the barn for another round of heartwarming fun
It isn't as sure-fire a hit as the first film, but like all of Aardman's works, it's another fun adventure with creative animation, charming characters and a heartwarming story.
Little Women - A 21st century remake - but does it cause more harm than good?
LITTLE WOMEN
A 21st century remake - but does it cause more harm than good?
What Greta Gerwig has constructed in her efforts is beautiful and inspiring, but does the original story suffer as a result?
The Gentlemen - Underwhelming (but fun) return to form for Guy Ritchie
THE GENTLEMEN
Underwhelming (but fun) return to form for Guy Ritchie
While it's is a big step forward from Guy Ritchie's latest films, it's not the return to form fans may be hoping for - but there's still fun to be had.
Most anticipated films of 2020 - Must-see movies for the coming year
MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2020
Must-see movies for the coming year
What's on the horizon in cinemas for 2020? Here are our picks for the films to get excited about in the next twelve months.
BOX OFFICE week ending 12 February 2020
1
BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
2
1917
3
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
4
ANDRE RIEU: 70 YEARS YOUNG
5
MIDWAY
6
DOLITTLE
7
THE GENTLEMEN
8
BOMBSHELL
9
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
10
LITTLE WOMEN
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