Author: Doug Jamieson

Doug Jamieson is a Disney diehard, a Pop vinyl obsessive collector, and, above all things, a lover of the world of cinema. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter with @itsdougjam.

Film Review: The Front Runner (US, 2018) is a bland and forgettable mess

February 4, 2019

Male politicians have been succumbing to their libidos for decades now, so the portrait of a political sex scandal is hardly groundbreaking fodder for a piece of cinema. But the intriguing story of 1988 U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart and the affair that destroyed his campaign stands apart by way of being one of the […]

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Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots (UK, 2018) is a revisionist feminist tale fraught with issues

January 23, 2019

In an awards season dominated by powerful female performances, the chance to see two fierce Queens go head-to-head sounds like a tantalising opportunity. In director Josie Rourke‘s debut film Mary Queen of Scots, the epic showdown promised within the film’s somewhat misleading advertising never quite materialises. In its place is a revisionist feminist tale fraught […]

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Film Review: Storm Boy (Australia, 2019) is a rather dour and pointless experience

January 17, 2019

Australian cinema has somewhat of an obsession with crafting adorable animal characters audiences instantly fall in love with. From the gutsy little pig in Babe to the tough cattle dog in Red Dog to those toe-tapping penguins in Happy Feet, it’s a long-running subgenre we Aussies do particularly well. A pelican hardly seems the next likely evolutionary step […]

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Film Review: The Favourite (UK, 2018) is a raucously glorious and wickedly delicious good time

December 27, 2018

Absurdist cinema is not for everyone. The directorial work of master of the bizarre Yorgos Lanthimos likely hasn’t sat well with most audiences. By the same token, period films aren’t exactly most people’s cup of tea either. When presented with an absurdist period piece directed by Lanthimos, one may have some trepidation. Leave your apprehension […]

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Film Review: Once Upon a Deadpool (USA, 2018) proves to be a rather bizarre and unnecessary re-release

December 13, 2018

There are times when a film critic is asked to review some strange pieces of cinema, but none are perhaps stranger this year than Once Upon a Deadpool, a rather bizarre holiday re-release of Deadpool 2 bereft of the swearing, sexual content, blood, and gore that’s become this anti-Marvel franchise’s calling card. “Why?” you may […]

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Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (USA, 2018) is one of the year’s biggest surprise packages

December 4, 2018

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s especially evident in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the delightfully absurd and deliciously bizarre true story of a washed-up writer who discovers a knack for forgery and a strangely fulfilling career change she never saw coming. Mining the as-yet untapped but mightily impressive dramatic talents of comedic […]

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Film Review: Widows (USA, 2018) is a breathtaking thrill ride that consistently keeps you guessing

November 20, 2018

The year in cinema has already yielded one female-led heist film. However, the stylish ladies of Ocean’s 8 are about to be blown out of the water by the sensational ensemble cast (headed by three terrific actresses) of Widows. The latest film from Steve McQueen, slyly presents itself as your everyday popcorn thriller, but ultimately flips the […]

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Film Review: Fahrenheit 11/9 (USA, 2018) is a rousing call to action to take the world back from the dark side

November 2, 2018

Based on your personal feelings towards Donald Trump and the Republican Party, your reaction to (and presumably interest in) Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore‘s latest bombastic documentary, is likely already predetermined. If you consider Trump to be a crusading saviour of the people and his presidency really is making America great again, maybe sit this one […]

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Film Review: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (USA, 2018) is a charming crowd-pleaser with a dash of irreverent humour

September 26, 2018

It may not seem like it, but it’s been ten years since director Gus Van Sant gave us the powerful and Oscar-winning biopic Milk. Since then, the filmmaker has been in somewhat of a slump, with three films (Restless, Promised Land, and The Sea of Trees) falling flat on their faces. You probably didn’t see any of them and you […]

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Film Review: Intelligent Lives (USA, 2018) is a powerful impetus for change that demands your attention

September 21, 2018

At this very moment, there are 6.5 million Americans living with an intellectual disability. Only 15% of adults are gainfully employed with nearly 1 in 3 living below the poverty line. Their access to a proper education during their youth may provide a clue to these damning statistics. 17% of students with an intellectual disability are […]

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Film Review: Teen Titans GO! To the Movies (USA, 2018) is the breath of levity DC needs right now

September 10, 2018

There are children’s animated movies made exclusively for kids, which generally lead to a rather torturous experience for parents and caretakers alike (I’m looking at you, Hotel Transylvania 3). Then there is something deceptively ingenious and utterly delightful as Teen Titans GO! To the Movies, which successfully entertains both young and old, whilst also offering up a […]

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Film Review: The Flip Side (Australia, 2018) is breezy and enjoyable but far too safe and predictable

August 30, 2018

Australian cinema has produced some of the finest comedy the screen has ever seen. But the romantic comedy genre is not a territory we Aussies explore particularly well. For every groundbreaking example like last year’s sublime Ali’s Wedding, there’s something as generically safe as The Flip Side, the debut feature film from producer-turned-writer/director Marion Pilowsky. There’s nothing […]

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