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SWITCH's Academy Awards 2021 Special

Charlie, Daniel Ashley and Joel are back for a special SWITCHCast episode to celebrate everything Oscars-related! There's surprise guest stars, giveaways, heated discussions - maybe even arguments - and so much more as we discuss the biggest movies from the past year!Best Picture Nominees▸ The Father▸ Judas and the Black Messiah▸ Mank▸ Minari▸ Nomadland▸ Promising Young Woman▸ Sound of Metal▸ The Trial of the Chicago 7Comps▸ We want to hear your Oscar winner picks too - we have a giveaway running right now. Go head-to-head with the SWITCH team for your chance to win big. If you correctly guess the most winners at this year’s Academy Awards, and beat our brains trust - you’ll score a massive prize pack!Support SWITCHCastIf you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast and want to hear more from the SWITCH team, we’d really appreciate your support. We keep the site ad-free so you can focus on what’s important - our film reviews. So to keep SWITCHCast running and score some free stuff, head to patreon.com/maketheswitchAU to find out how you can help!Stay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUyoutube.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/DanielLammintwitter.com/AshMatxxtwitter.com/JoelKalFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

1hr 1min

21 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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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!Best Picture Nominees▸ Ford v Ferrari (3:09)▸ The Irishman (7:07)▸ Jojo Rabbit (11:02)▸ Joker (15:09)▸ Little Women (18:11)▸ Marriage Story (22:36)▸ 1917 (27:04)▸ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (31:44)▸ Parasite (34:57)Click here to check out the entire list of Academy Awards 2020 nominees.News▸ This year, the talk from so many awards ceremonies has been the lack of females in the directing category - and when the same faux pas happened once again with the Oscars, nominee host Issa Rae commented, "Congratulations to those men." That's just the tip of the iceberg in regards to missed opportunities - so who else was snubbed in this year's nominations? (37:59)▸ The Academy Awards are, without a doubt, the highlight of the cinematic awards season - but after 92 years, they could do with a breath of fresh air. So - if the SWITCH team had carte blanche of the Oscars, what would we do to make it more appealing? (42:12)▸ So with that all said and done, what are the SWITCH team's predictions for the top Academy Award categories? (46:34)Comps▸ We want to hear your Oscar winner picks too - we have a giveaway running right now. Go head-to-head with the SWITCH team for your chance to win big. If you correctly guess the most winners at this year’s Academy Awards, and beat our brains trust - you’ll score a massive prize pack!▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'For Sama' in cinemas.▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'The Peanut Butter Falcoln' in cinemas.▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'The Lighthouse' in cinemas.Support SWITCHCastIf you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast and want to hear more from the SWITCH team, we’d really appreciate your support. We keep the site ad-free so you can focus on what’s important - our film reviews. So to keep SWITCHCast running and score some free stuff, head to patreon.com/maketheswitchAU to find out how you can help!Stay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUyoutube.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/MissJess_SWITCHtwitter.com/DanielLammininstagram.com/AshMatxxFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

1hr 2mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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SWITCH's Best Films of 2019, Best Films of the Decade, Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Brent look at the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future - the SWITCH team has been feverishly compiling their top films of not just 2019, but the past decade! Now they're ready to share these tough decisions, and hear from you about your favourites. Plus we’ll be looking ahead to 2020 to find out what’s on the horizon - from superhero epics to good-old-fashioned musicals to hidden indie gems, we’ll share SWITCH's most-anticipated films for the new year.News▸ 2019 has been a bit of a rough year for cinephiles, with true gems few and far between over the past 12 months. The SWITCH Team share their top five films of the year - with some surprising responses. (1:53)Click here to read the SWITCH team's entire list of the best films of 2019.▸ It’s time to get nostalgic and cast our gaze back over the decade that’s been. 2010 to 2019 has been a period full of indie classics, raucous comedies, tear-jerking dramas and out-of-this-world sci-fi epics. So this is going to be a tough one - with so many movies to choose from, everyone’s sure to have varied opinions. (17:19)Click here to read the SWITCH team's entire list of the best films of the past decade.▸ It’s just a matter of days until the New Year is upon us, as well as a brand new slate of film releases. With 2020 offering the chance for a fresh start, there’s plenty due in cinemas for you to get excited about. You can already find reviews for a slew of upcoming films on our website, including 'Little Women', '1917' and 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' - but what else is on the horizon? (33:54)Click here to read Daniel's complete list of the must-see films of 2020.Comps▸ We want to know your favourite film of 2019 and why! Did ‘Parasite’ get under your skin? Did you fall in love with ‘Marriage Story’? Was ‘Godzilla’ your king of the monsters? Whatever your opinion, we want to know your top flick and why - and in exchange, you could win a massive prize pack!Support SWITCHCastIf you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast and want to hear more from the SWITCH team, we’d really appreciate your support. We keep the site ad-free so you can focus on what’s important - our film reviews. So to keep SWITCHCast running and score some free stuff, head to patreon.com/maketheswitchAU to find out how you can help!Stay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUyoutube.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/MissJess_SWITCHtwitter.com/DanielLammintwitter.com/BrentCDavidsonFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

49mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Jojo Rabbit, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Jumanji: The Next Level, Cats, Sorry We Missed You, The Truth

Charlie, Jess, Ashley and Lily review every single film hitting cinemas this Boxing Day! Plus the controversies at the SAG and Golden Globe Awards - and the one thing about Disney+ that's gotten the streaming service into hot water.Reviews▸ Jojo Rabbit (1:34)▸ Portrait of a Lady on Fire (7:00) ▸Jumanji: The Next Level (10:38)▸ Cats (14:56) ▸ Sorry We Missed You (19:42)▸ The Truth (21:42)News▸ As 2019 comes to an end, it means one very exciting thing - awards season is just around the corner! But along with it comes controversies and problems. The Golden Globe nominations inspired a lot of confused looks - especially for the lack of females in the directing category for the second year in a row. (25:36)▸ Also on the awards front - critical darling ‘Parasite’ got a nod at the SAG awards for best ensemble cast - but why is it the first time an international film has entered the category in 21 years? (28:02)▸ One of the most exciting things to happen on the entertainment front in 2019 is the launch of Disney+. The new streaming service is packed with film and TV old and new - but Disney has copped a bit of flack after it was discovered certain unsavoury parts of movies have been removed. But should distributors be allowed to re-write history? (30:17)Comps▸ Win one of five family passes to see 'Jumanji: The Next Level' in cinemas▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'The Truth' in cinemas▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'Sorry We Missed You' in cinemas▸ Win one of five copies of 'Abominable' on Blu-raySupport SWITCHCastIf you’ve enjoyed today’s podcast and want to hear more from the SWITCH team, we’d really appreciate your support. We keep the site ad-free so you can focus on what’s important - our film reviews. So to keep SWITCHCast running and score some free stuff, head to patreon.com/maketheswitchAU to find out how you can help!Stay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUyoutube.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/MissJess_SWITCHtwitter.com/LilyGraceMeekinstagram.com/AshMatxxFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

45mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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'Rockabul' director Travis Beard and 'Thunder Road' actor/writer/director Jim Cummings Interviews

Charlie and Ashley present a special episode of SWITCHCast, with interviews with Travis Beard, the director of 'Rockabul', and the writer, director and star of 'Thunder Road', Jim Cummings.InterviewsTravis Beard is an Aussie who lived in Afghanistan for seven years. As a music lover, he was also fascinated by Kabul’s music culture - or lack of. Imagine your favourite genre - pop, rock, R&B, country - well, there’s a good chance it’s shunned there, and potentially punishable by death. Travis befriended a group of locals who formed District Unknown, Afghanistan’s first heavy metal band. He followed their growth, from their genuinely terrible first performance through to their international success - and that footage formed the documentary ‘Rockabul’. Charlie spoke to travis ahead of the film’s Australian release.▸ More of Charlie's interview with Travis▸ Read Charlie's review of 'Rockabul'▸ For more information on screenings and Q&A's, visit 'Rockabul's' Facebook pageCharacter studies on struggling male protagonists are a dime a dozen, but none in recent memory have captured the hearts of audiences quite like 'Thunder Road’. The film is a passion project for Jim Cummings, the film's writer, director and lead actor. Ashley spoke to Jim about the stress of single-handedly creating a feature film, and how he ended up befriending Bruce Springsteen along the way.▸ More of Ashley's interview with Jim▸ Read Ashley's review of 'Thunder Road'Stay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comHelp support SWITCHIf you liked what you heard and want to support SWITCH - including bringing back SWITCHCast - please visit patreon.com/maketheswitchAU. Donations start at just one dollar a month, and your support helps keep our website running and allows us to bring you interviews like you’ve heard today, so we’d really appreciate you checking it out!The hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/AshMatxxFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

43mins

8 May 2019

Rank #5

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls, Ladies in Black, Johnny English Strikes Back, Smallfoot, Ghosthunter, I Am Paul Walker

Charlie, Jess and Daniel discuss the week's films, plus we lay shit on the single-worst thing that has ever happened in the history of cinema, ever.Reviews▸ The House With a Clock in Its Walls (0:32)▸ Ladies in Black (4:49) ▸ Johnny English Strikes Back (10:08)▸ Smallfoot (14:34) ▸ Ghosthunter (17:33)▸ I Am Paul Walker (18:53)Trailer Wrap▸ First Man (21:00)News▸ If you want to piss off any reputable film buff, you just need to say two words - motion smoothing. It’s that function on your TV which smooths out the image to apparently make it look closer to real life, but just ends up making it look like a shitty video game. Well, purveyors of all things traditional, Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson, are making it their mission to get audiences to grab their remotes and send this bullshit function to the pits of hell where it belongs. (25:06)Comps▸ Win one of five copies of 'Hereditary' on Blu-ray▸ Win one of five copies of 'Tully' on Blu-ray▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' in cinemas▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'McKellen: Playing the Part' in cinemas▸ Win one of three 'All Saints' Collection 1 box setsStay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/MissJess_SWITCHtwitter.com/DanielLamminFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

42mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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The Predator, Searching, A Simple Favour, Beast, Christopher Robin, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, Won't You Be My Neighbour?

Charlie, Daniel and Jake discuss the week's films, plus tragedy for the sake of entertainment - should we be "enjoying" cinema which exploits historical atrocities?Reviews▸ The Predator (0:32)▸ Searching (8:01)▸ A Simple Favour (13:50)▸ Beast (20:08)▸ Christopher Robin (22:41)▸ Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (23:47)▸ Won't You Be My Neighbour? (24:59)Trailer Wrap▸ Halloween (26:12)News▸ There’s no end to films that are “based on a true story” - where real-life situations are turned into films for public enjoyment. While stories like ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘12 Years a Slave’ were critically acclaimed, it poses the question - should we be entertaining ourselves with historical atrocities, and how soon is too soon? (30:01)Comps▸ Win one of five copies of 'Ideal Home' on Blu-ray▸ Win one of five copies of 'This Is Us' Season 2 on DVDStay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/DanielLammintwitter.com/JakeChattyNext week's episode▸ Reviews of 'The House with a Clock in its Walls', 'Ladies in Black', 'Smallfoot' and 'I Am Paul Walker'For more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

43mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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The Nun, McQueen, You Were Never Really Here, The Miseducation of Cameron Price, Hearts Beat Loud, Juliet Naked, The Merger, Wayne

Charlie, Jess and Jake discuss the week's films, plus the battle of the streaming services - can Netflix stand up to the newcomers, and is there enough room in the market for more players?Reviews▸ The Nun (0:28)▸ McQueen (2:42)▸ You Were Never Really Here (7:50)▸ The Miseducation of Cameron Post (13:18)▸ Hearts Beat Loud (17:34)▸ Juliet, Naked (22:30)▸ The Merger (26:37)▸ Wayne (28:02)Trailer Wrap▸ Bad Times at the El Royale (29:07)News▸ There’s a hoard of new streaming services looming on the horizon, ready to compete with Netflix. The biggest contender seems to be Disney, who are preparing to launch their own platform at the end of 2019, with a huge catalog of content. Is there room for more on demand services on the market? And will this start to limit the content available on existing platforms? (33:51)Comps▸ Win one of five double passes to check out the Lavazza Italian Film Festival▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'Beast' in cinemas▸ Win one of five copies of 'Cargo' on Blu-ray▸ Win one of five copies of 'The Cotton Club' on Blu-ray▸ Win one of five copies of 'To Catch a Killer' on DVDStay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/MissJess_SWITCHtwitter.com/JakeChattyNext week's episode▸ Reviews of 'Searching', 'Beast' and 'The Predator'For more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

47mins

5 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Crazy Rich Asians, Three Identical Strangers, The Insult, Kin, Luis and the Aliens, The Flip Side, Mile 22

Charlie, Jess and Brent discuss the week's films, and the Aussie director twins behind 'Kin', Jonathan and Josh Baker, join SWITCHCast to chat about working with James Franco, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid and Jack Reynor.Reviews▸ Crazy Rich Asians (0:47)▸ Three Identical Strangers (7:25)▸ The Insult (11:38)▸ Kin (16:24)▸ Luis and the Aliens (21:28)▸ The Flip Side (24:45)▸ Mile 22 (25:51)Trailer Wrap▸ Suspiria (26:56)Interview▸ It takes a lot of work to put together a debut feature film - even more so when you convince big-name stars like James Franco, Zoë Kravitz and Dennis Quaid to come on board. Two Aussie directors - who are twins, no less - managed just that for ‘Kin’. Charlie spoke to them about how they turned their dream into a reality. (30:41)'Kin' is in cinemas from today - to find out more, head to www.kinmovie.com.au.Comps▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'McQueen' in cinemas▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' in cinemas▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'You Were Never Really Here' in cinemas▸ Win one of five double passes to the Lavazza Italian Film Festival▸ Win one of five copies of 'Kodachrome' on Blu-ray▸ Win one of five copies of '7 Days in Entebbe' on DVDStay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/MissJess_SWITCHtwitter.com/BrentCDavidsonNext week's episode▸ Reviews of 'Hearts Beat Loud', 'The Nun', 'McQueen' and 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'For more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

47mins

29 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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Book Club, Leave No Trace, The Happytime Murders, Mirai, West of Sunshine, Slender Man

Charlie, Daniel and Jake discuss the week's films, and the SWITCH team reveal their top picks from the Melbourne International Film Festival and share their favourite films to look forward to in cinemas.Reviews▸ Book Club (0:36)▸ Leave No Trace (4:57)▸ The Happytime Murders (6:47)▸ Mirai (11:34)▸ West of Sunshine (14:35)▸ Slender Man (16:21)Trailer Wrap▸ What Men Want (19:55)News▸ Celebrating its 67th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival featured its largest program ever - 374 Films from over 80 countries, 254 features, 120 shorts, 19 VR movies, 27 world premieres, 168 Australian premieres, and 90 female directors featured. That adds up to a mammoth amount of diverse films, with something for everybody. It was also the eighth and final festival for artistic director Michelle Carey - and there was one cool as fuck marathon for Nicolas Cage. So what did we watch? And what did we wish we had watched? (23:15)Comps▸ Win one of five double passes to see 'Kin' in cinemas▸ Win one of four family passes to see 'Luis and the Aliens' in cinemasStay Up-To-Datefacebook.com/maketheswitchAUtwitter.com/maketheswitchAUinstagram.com/maketheswitchAUmaketheswitchAU.tumblr.comThe hoststwitter.com/Charlie_Davidtwitter.com/DanielLammintwitter.com/JakeChattyNext week's episode▸ Reviews of 'The Insult', 'Kin', 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'Luis and the Aliens'▸ Charlie chats to the Aussie director twins behind 'Kin' about working with James Franco, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid and Jack ReynorFor more episodeswww.SWITCHCast.com.au

40mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #10