Thomas Caldwell

Thomas Caldwell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Biography:
Thomas Caldwell is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker who specialises in film criticism and educational writing on film. He writes the blog Cinema Autopsy and co-hosts the Triple R (3RRRFM 102.7) podcast Plato's Cave. He also reviews films for the Breakfasters and Film Buff's Forecast on Triple R. Thomas is the author of the secondary school textbook Film Analysis Handbook and his film reviews, articles and interviews have appeared in The Age, Overland, Senses of Cinema, Metro, Screen Education, Filmink and The Vine. He won the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film in the 2010 Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) Writing Awards.
Publications:
Cinema Autopsy , Senses of Cinema
Total Reviews:
461

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity delivers a display of modern technology that leaves the viewer breathless from the experience and marvelling at the craftsmanship behind it." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Oct 2, 2013
4/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " An extraordinary work that is both an intellectual examination into the nature of how cinema represents reality as well as a deeply moving personal project." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 25, 2013
4/5 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " There is a melancholic mood that underlies Oh Boy, but it is mostly fun, breezy and energetic." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 15, 2013
4.5/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Blue Jasmine is one of Allen's cleverest and most compassionate films, making it also one of his greatest." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4.5/5 69% Stoker (2013) " Not everything is what it seems in Stoker and its strength lies in how much it undermines expectations by taking a revisionist approach to gothic fiction conventions. " — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 1, 2013
4.5/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " An extremely rewarding and entertaining film made all the stronger for the integrity and cultural details that underpin it." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4.5/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " A genuinely heartfelt, gorgeous and beautiful celebration of youth, friendship and grappling with all the contradictions and challenges that life throws at us." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Aug 19, 2013
4/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Subject matter that actually suits Bay's usually obnoxious approach to film style and storytelling. Pain & Gain is bewildering, fun, repugnant and enthralling." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Aug 7, 2013
4.5/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Soderbergh's masterstroke is how well he takes the audience on the journey of initially finding Liberace's world absurd and comedic, to ultimately feeling empathy for him." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jul 24, 2013
3.5/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " A funny self-aware critique of the actors' indulgences - along with several violent deaths, demonic monsters and dick jokes. There are lots of dick jokes." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jul 17, 2013
2.5/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " The spectacle is distancing and even though it may have been unintentional, there is subtext in Pacific Rim and it is not fun." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " A mostly-entertaining dark science-fiction parable about morality." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/5 98% Mud (2013) " An extremely sophisticated and progressive examination on how adolescent masculinity is defined by often-contradictory cultural attitudes towards femininity." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3.5/5 92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) " While it does not hang together as a whole, Farewell, My Queen is still an interesting and engaging film that should be overall commended for what it does achieve." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3.5/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " The Great Gatsby is so close to being a great film, let down by its own refusal to exist in the moment." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted May 30, 2013
4.5/5 63% Broken (2013) " A moving and thoughtful cinema experience." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted May 19, 2013
4/5 87% Tabu (2012) " While the path through this unconventional film is not always obvious, it is a sensuous, mysterious and intoxicating path worth taking." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted May 16, 2013
3.5/5 80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " While it is still a rewarding film on face value, The Place Beyond the Pines offers additional pleasures for viewers keen to delve further." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted May 9, 2013
4.5/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " The Hunt is a confronting and fascinating work of cinema." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Apr 30, 2013
3.5/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " A lighter variation on the deconstructed superhero mythology found in The Dark Knight Rises." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4.5/5 93% No (2013) " An extremely perceptive and intriguing examination of the effect that media hype and spin have on the political process." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Apr 17, 2013
4/5 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " While Warm Bodies is more slanted towards comedy and romance rather than horror, it remains true to the zombie genre while pushing it in an unexpected direction." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Apr 8, 2013
4.5/5 81% The Neverending Story (1984) " The NeverEnding Story remains a testament to the power of imagination and the type of inventive cinema that was possible in a pre-digital era." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Apr 2, 2013
4/5 70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) " Audiences used to actively engaging with cinema will find much to relish about The Loneliest Planet." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4/5 70% I Want Your Love " An excellent work by a talented emerging filmmaker." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Mar 11, 2013
4.5/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " Everything about The Paperboy seems designed to undermine expectations and the result is an exhilaratingly unpredictable film." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Mar 3, 2013
5/5 93% Amour (2012) " The scenario is upsetting, but the execution is genuine and pure, making Amour a film of heartbreaking beauty and Haneke's masterpiece." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Feb 24, 2013
4/5 91% Water (2005) " Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Feb 11, 2013
3.5/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " For the most part Lincoln is not a significant inclusion into Spielberg's filmography despite the noblest of intentions and undeniable cinematic craftsmanship." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3.5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Exhilarating cinema that makes you want to forget all the questionable issues of representation that have come before it." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jan 28, 2013
4/5 76% I Am Eleven (2014) " Bailey has created something on par with the Up series." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jan 22, 2013
4/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Possibly Tarantino's most thoughtful and even political film to date. " — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jan 21, 2013
3.5/5 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Lovingly pulpy yet honest and sincere about its intent, there is plenty in Gangster Squad for fans of the gangster genre to enjoy." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jan 13, 2013
4.5/5 87% ParaNorman (2012) " Funny, frightening, exciting and extremely thoughtful about the nature of the conflict at the core of the film, ParaNorman is a standout feature animation." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jan 6, 2013
4.5/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Bleak facts or magical stories, science or faith, connected or alone, instinct or animals with souls - these are the dynamics explored by every aspect of Life of Pi." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Jan 2, 2013
4/5 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " Berberian Sound Studio is a masterfully made film that will please audio experts, cinephiles and horror fans." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Dec 5, 2012
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " Wreck-It Ralph is a major advancement for Walt Disney Animation Studios in all regards." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Skyfall is inconsistent, displaying Bond at its blandest and Bond at its best." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Nov 17, 2012
4/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " The honest performances and assured direction makes The Sessions an extremely accomplished film that celebrates sexuality." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Nov 11, 2012
4/5 85% The Master (2012) " The Master is a film about obedience and forming an identity through subservience." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Nov 7, 2012
3.5/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " The material becomes increasingly uncomfortable since it mainly comes from sad and traumatic places. This is what gives the film its edge." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Oct 31, 2012
4.5/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " With its anti-intellectualism critique, classic horror film homages and beautiful production design, Frankenweenie is a great film for adventurous young audiences." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Oct 24, 2012
4/5 96% Argo (2012) " Successfully manages to be respectful about the turbulent events and function as an exciting Hollywood spy thriller." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Oct 17, 2012
4.5/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Killing Them Softly is an engrossing vision of hell where status, money and image have become the ultimate goals and human life is just another commodity to be traded." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Oct 10, 2012
4.5/5 95% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) " A celebration of an artist and the power of art to transcend time and place" — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Oct 2, 2012
4/5 43% On the Road (2012) " While On the Road is a series of impressionistic moments, it would be a mistake to dismiss it as aimless." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 26, 2012
4.5/5 94% Lore (2013) " Lore is an impressionist survival film and an existential war film, and also something truly singular and remarkable." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 19, 2012
2.5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " Rather than being Stranger Than Fiction with insightful gender politics, Ruby Sparks is more a hipster Weird Science." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 16, 2012
4.5/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " A remarkable cinematic experience that is both profound and immensely moving." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 12, 2012
4/5 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " Everything that takes place on screen feels convincing as Shelton is more concerned with representing her characters truthfully rather than pushing an agenda." — Cinema Autopsy
Posted Sep 5, 2012
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