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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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Pixie - A violent bunch of eejits
PIXIE
A violent bunch of eejits
There are lots of laughs, and though there's not much new, the chemistry between the characters is wonderful. Crass, funny and violent, what are movies for if not to escape reality and enjoy yourself.
High Ground - Australia's cycle of violence
HIGH GROUND
Australia's cycle of violence
This tale tells a story about a clash of cultures and how most of it led to violent ends, but the message is worth revisiting. At its heart lies the tension of justice and racial struggles.
Penguin Bloom - An inspiring true Aussie film
PENGUIN BLOOM
An inspiring true Aussie film
A good tear-jerker based on a true story. It proves Australia is capable of making strong movies showcasing great talent in front of and behind the camera.
Lupin the Third: The First - Honour and adventure amongst thieves
LUPIN THE THIRD: THE FIRST
Honour and adventure amongst thieves
There's little here for fans not to enjoy, and although it's certainly not going to blow the mind of any newcomers, it's a fun introduction to the world's greatest gentleman thief, Lupin.
Shadow in the Cloud - Wildly messy WWII fantasy horror
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
Wildly messy WWII fantasy horror
It's an absolute mess, but also a small miracle that it's as entertaining as it is. Roseanne Liang rises to the challenge of her one-location war movie, making the film feel downright claustrophobic.
Promising Young Woman - Nice guys no more
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Nice guys no more
An uncomfortable watch, but in the best way possible. It is a game-changer in every sense of the word; an A+ thriller that doesn't shy away from talking about real issues that need to be confronted.
Summerland - Sweet and sentimental
SUMMERLAND
Sweet and sentimental
It goes beyond its often-tired narrative beats to deliver a moving story about love, loss and belonging, while managing to take its devastating subject matter and presenting it in a mostly jaunty way.
Buddy Games - Yikes! Toxic masculinity at its most mediocre
BUDDY GAMES
Yikes! Toxic masculinity at its most mediocre
Despite efforts to wrap this film in a friendship bow to balance out the toxic BS, it doesn't succeed. It tries too hard to be funny, whimsical and cool, and it fails at every turn.
Monster Hunter - A meandering, mundane monstrosity
MONSTER HUNTER
A meandering, mundane monstrosity
This isn't fun. It's too loud, too hard to follow, too bonkers to be appealing, and not anywhere near bonkers enough to be good for a laugh. It yells aggressively at you for an hour and a half.
End of the Century - The exquisite beauty of love that could have been
END OF THE CENTURY
The exquisite beauty of love that could have been
Though barely an hour and a half long, it somehow dares to ask enormous questions about love and longing and desire that very few queer films on the relationships of gay men have asked before.
A Call to Spy - The unknown stories of real-life heroes
A CALL TO SPY
The unknown stories of real-life heroes
It falls into the traps that too many biopics suffer, but with a great ensemble cast, there is space for this film to exist and prosper. These real-life heroic women deserve your attention.
Wonder Woman 1984 - A new era of wonder... occasionally
WONDER WOMAN 1984
A new era of wonder... occasionally
It isn't as easy as saying this is a good or bad movie. The pieces are there, but it does come across as a bit of a mess, even though the action sequences are breathtaking.
The Croods: A New Age - A fun family prehistoric escape
THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
A fun family prehistoric escape
With cinemas starving for content, this is your best bet. It's the perfect holiday escape for the whole family, with big laugh-out-loud moments and epic fight sequences.
Superintelligence - McCarthy plays a painfully average human - and the irony is truly lost
SUPERINTELLIGENCE
McCarthy plays a painfully average human - and the irony is truly lost
Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy are two people whose partnership should be hitting home runs. They know each other's strengths and weaknesses to such an intimate level. So why doesn't it work?
Words on Bathroom Walls - Normalising schizophrenia for the mainstream
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS
Normalising schizophrenia for the mainstream
It leans on teen romance tropes to make schizophrenia a digestible topic, thanks to its fantastic cast and engaging narrative. It's a great jumping-off point to launch a conversation.
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.
The War with Grandpa - A forgettable but fun family feud
THE WAR WITH GRANDPA
A forgettable but fun family feud
Sit down, let the screen light up and enjoy the distraction. This is an amazing collection of actors having a bit of fun with a script that's something a little different.
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.
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The Thing About Harry - A gay tale for the romantics
THE THING ABOUT HARRY
A gay tale for the romantics
Its strong suit is the dynamo chemistry between its two leads, who breathe life into their characters. It's a film for those who have love in their hearts, or those who need a good dose of it.
Wild Mountain Thyme - Not the quirky, charming film you'd hope it to be
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
Not the quirky, charming film you'd hope it to be
I cannot recommend anyone sit through these tedious 102 minutes that feel so much longer, but if you're in the mood for a quiet film that requires virtually no brainpower, then give this one a go.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets - Fact meets fiction and boozing ensues
BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS
Fact meets fiction and boozing ensues
It's a portrait of a dying Americana, a chance to air-lick the salt of the earth, a Depression-era David Lynch movie, a tour through a monastery to which broken people retreat.
Another Round - What a beautiful, beautiful ride
ANOTHER ROUND
What a beautiful, beautiful ride
Exploring Danish culture while reminding us not to ignore our youthful dreams, this is a supremely charming effort by Thomas Vinterberg.
Boxing Day Movies 2020 - The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
BOXING DAY MOVIES 2020
The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
Take a look through our collection of Boxing Day films, and let us know if you agree with our reviews of these highly-anticipated movies!
The Emperor's New Groove - Getting in the Groove for the past 20 years
THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE
Getting in the Groove for the past 20 years
This is such a strong movie that many people don't know the story behind it; rather, it feels like it's the film they set out to make. It's a surprise to anyone that it's as good as it is.
Jumanji - It's okay to be afraid
JUMANJI
It's okay to be afraid
Resilience, bravery and self belief - a hero's journey complete through the adventures of 'Jumanji'. Alan learns to conquer his fears, something we can all stand to embrace.
Save Yourselves! - Millennials versus apathy and a fuzzy alien apocalypse
SAVE YOURSELVES!
Millennials versus apathy and a fuzzy alien apocalypse
There's real wisdom and honesty to the way this relationship plays out. Despite the doom and gloom, 'Save Yourselves!' packs in a lot of laughs - and even a little hopefulness
King Kong - The sound and fury of Peter Jackson's epic on its 15th anniversary
KING KONG
The sound and fury of Peter Jackson's epic on its 15th anniversary
Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' still feels like cinema of the impossible. It certainly deserves to be celebrated as a grand, magnificent film that was almost a masterpiece.
The Glass Room - Stunning yet soulless
THE GLASS ROOM
Stunning yet soulless
It looks to explore how love can transcend all obstacles, but as it fails to really capture any of that emotion, what's left is a rather incoherent mess of an otherwise promising premise.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020
The reviews
The SWITCH team has explored the depths of this year's line-up, so check out our reviews!
The Nest - A hyper-nuanced family drama
THE NEST
A hyper-nuanced family drama
You will try and guess where 'The Nest' is going - but trust me, you'll be wrong. It has plenty of surprises, but not the kind of shockers one is going in prepped for.
Calm with Horses - A savage and sensitive Irish crime drama
CALM WITH HORSES
A savage and sensitive Irish crime drama
There's some savage inner violence going on within the main character; this is a strikingly accomplished portrait of a broken soul hauling himself back up from rock bottom.
Perfect 10 - Superb debut sticks the landing
PERFECT 10
Superb debut sticks the landing
There are no major twists along the way, but the opportunity to see these characters up close and personal is a real treat. One thing's for sure - this is a superbly confident debut from Eva Riley.
The Mystery of D.B. Cooper - True crime and American mythmaking
THE MYSTERY OF D.B. COOPER
True crime and American mythmaking
Told in a playful manner, with room for genuine emotion as well, the documentary becomes, by the end, a meditation on the human need for myths and legends.
The Trouble with Being Born - Controversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Controversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
Deeply unsettling and thematically rich, Sandra Wollner's film is, most of all, thought-provoking. If you can push past the controversy, 'The Trouble with Being Born' will haunt you.
Event Horizon - Revisiting the sci-fi horror cult classic
EVENT HORIZON
Revisiting 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.
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.
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.
BOX OFFICE week ending 13 January 2021
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THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
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THE DRY
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WONDER WOMAN 1984
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MONSTER HUNTER
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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
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THE WAR WITH GRANDPA
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DRAGON RIDER
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THE WITCHES
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BUDDY GAMES
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