Cinema Autopsy

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"Harry Brown is cinema for outraged talkback radio callers and tabloid readers as it revels in blatant fear mongering."

Posted May 19, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

2 85%

Looking for Eric (2010)

"Television actor Steve Evets portrays Eric with a tremendous amount of empathy and he is able to evoke the audience's sympathy very quickly with just a look."

Posted May 14, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

3 61%

The Concert (Le concert) (2010)

"The Concert delivers one of cinema's most moving and satisfying emotional payoffs in years, transforming a film that is pretty good into a film of true greatness."

Posted May 12, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

4 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"Robin Hood is a bland film and by trying to appear so respectable it has lost most of the charm of the original folklore."

Posted May 11, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

5 61%

The Horseman (2008)

"The Horseman is a gripping revenge film with an incredible kinetic energy."

Posted May 9, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

6 54%

I Love You Too (2010)

"The pieces are all there for I Love You Too to be a good romantic comedy but good genre filmmaking is about working within the restraint of the genre without everything feeling tired, familiar and average."

Posted May 9, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

7 63%

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"Star power and a quirky premise alone are not enough to sustain a feature length comedy when too many of the gags are inadequately developed."

Posted May 7, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

8 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Iron Man 2 is fun, unchallenging and inoffensive entertainment."

Posted May 4, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

9 86%

Absolute Beginners (1986)

"Absolute Beginners is a film worth revisiting for its inventiveness and audacity."

Posted May 1, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

10 84%

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

Posted Apr 23, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

11 52%

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)

"The astonishing creation of mood and command over film style on display in Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky make it so much more than yet another biopic."

Posted Apr 21, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

12 85%

Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

"Beneath Hill 60 is a strong film telling an important story and while it won't have the same impact as Gallipoli, it is still a film of significance."

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

13 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"Despite its strong performances The Last Station is a bland and middle-of-the-road period film with faint literary pretensions."

Posted Apr 10, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

14 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"Kick-Ass is a violent, occasionally sadistic and frequently amoral film. It is also breathtakingly fun and wonderfully transgressive."

Posted Apr 6, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

15 67%

Date Night (2010)

"Date Night feels too much like a lame married couple version of Adventures in Babysitting with its mild humour and tensionless action."

Posted Apr 3, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

16 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"Micmacs is still a fun film with great performances and plenty of inventive sequences but it's not one of Jeunet's better films."

Posted Mar 30, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

17 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"An intriguing and sometimes disturbing mystery that works reasonably well as a stand-alone film."

Posted Mar 27, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

18 93%

Lake Mungo (2009)

"The entire film may be a construct but the skilled direction, writing and acting give Lake Mungo a spooky 'realistic' authenticity."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

19 100%

Balibo (2009)

"This is as good as cinema gets - the story may be devastating but as a cinematic accomplishment, Balibo is something to be celebrated."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

20 94%

Samson and Delilah (2010)

"You won't be alone if you come out of Samson and Delilah in a dream-like state, as the mesmerising power of this new Australian film is overwhelming."

Posted Mar 25, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

21 85%

Blessed (2009)

"Blessed is uneven and overall not as good as Kokkinos's other films but it nevertheless contains some of her best work to date."

Posted Mar 21, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

22 86%

Red Riding Trilogy ()

"The level of corruption, police violence and "we do what we bloody want" mentality is genuinely shocking, making the serial killings seem almost like a symptom of a community that has become rotten to the core."

Posted Mar 21, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

23 63%

Brothers (2009)

"While you would be better off tracking down a copy of the 2004 Danish film, this 2009 American remake still packs a punch where it counts."

Posted Mar 21, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

24 45%

The Box (2009)

"It is a film that wants to be profound but it ends up feeling more like a lesser episode of The X Files."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

25 84%

Whip It (2009)

"It is very difficult to dislike Whip It as it does eventually end strongly and it is so well intentioned."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

26 57%

9 (2009)

"9 is overall an enjoyable and inventive film."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

27 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"The White Ribbon may be Haneke-light thematically but it is a great technical achievement."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

28 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"Cop Out could have been an American equivalent of Hot Fuzz but it instead feels like an anachronistic forgotten film that you once owned on VHS."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

29 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"Green Zone continues Greengrass and Damon's collaboration on making action films for the 'thinking person'."

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

30 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"You're not going to lose yourself in the story or the characters but visually Alice in Wonderland is a series of moving artworks that are a joy to gaze upon despite lacking any depth, even in 3D."

Posted Mar 1, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

31 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"You don't need to be a country music fan to enjoy Crazy Heart but there is a good chance you will become one afterwards thanks to this gracefully restrained and sweet drama."

Posted Feb 17, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

32 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Shutter Island is the work of a true master who is completely accomplished in the art of filmmaking. An hour later you will be making plans to see it again."

Posted Feb 15, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

33 67%

Daybreakers (2010)

"Daybreakers is highly inventive, containing plenty of interesting and original ideas about vampire technology, vampire physiology and the sociological implications of a vampire world."

Posted Feb 14, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

34 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"A Prophet is an extremely gripping and exciting film. The scenes leading up to moments of violence are incredibly tense and even through we know what is about to happen, the violence in this film is genuinely shocking."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

35 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"What makes Precious bearable are the moments of warmth, hope and humour that are delivered mainly during the scenes with Precious's teacher and classmates."

Posted Feb 8, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

36 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"The poor pacing, blatantly obvious narrative signposting and over-reliance on false scares generated by sudden sounds and movements, removes any chance of The Wolfman actually being frightening."

Posted Feb 8, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

37 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"For the third act it loses all credibility and suspense by derailing into a messy and pulpy mash-up of Dr. No and Death Wish."

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

38 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"In the Loop is political satire at its best, leaving you giggling at the one-liners yet feeling complete despair about the political process."

Posted Jan 31, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

39 75%

The Road (2009)

"Hillcoat wisely uses a low-key combination of location footage and CGIs to create a sad industrial wasteland that is more reminiscent of Tarkovsky's Stalker than Mad Max."

Posted Jan 26, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

40 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"The Hurt Locker is a frequently gripping film that contains some terrifically detailed sequences; not only depicting the process of defusing bombs but also depicting just how complex the act of targeting and firing a gun can be."

Posted Jan 24, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

41 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Eastwood is one of the most reliable and assured directors working today and like most of his films Invictus combines his disciplined approach to filmmaking with his calm desire to not rush proceedings in order to allow the story to leisurely unfold."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

42 37%

Nine (2009)

"While Fellini's 8 1/2 was a glorious melange of myths, women and dreams, Marshall's Nine is the product of a neat freak whose determination to tidy everything up ruins all the fun."

Posted Jan 19, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

43 18%

The Tooth Fairy (2010)

"For the most part Tooth Fairy is fairly mediocre entertainment."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

44 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"The over-the-top performances would usually be suitable for this style of musical romp but the story, songs and dance numbers are not strong enough to sustain such hammy performances."

Posted Jan 12, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

45 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Reitman's film is far from being a masterpiece but he has succeeded in making Up in the Air very much a film of its time."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Thomas Caldwell

46 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"An intoxicating and intelligent romance film with strong fleshed-out characters that defy all the clichés and pulpy attributes that usually plague this genre."

Posted Dec 28, 2009

Thomas Caldwell

47 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"While The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for many will be known as Ledger's last film, this should not overshadow the fact that it is a glorious film in its own right and a testament to Gilliam's uncompromising vision."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Thomas Caldwell

48 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Cameron not only sets new standards for the use of computer-generated imagery special effects but also the use of 3-D photography, which has a full depth-of-field and is integral to the texture and sensory impact of Avatar."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Thomas Caldwell

49 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Despite his reputation as a visually stylish director, Sam Mendes has taken a very low-key approach to Away We Go and by doing so has made his best film since American Beauty."

Posted Dec 13, 2009

Thomas Caldwell

50 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Thomas Caldwell

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