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Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow
Clem Bastow's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, The Vine, Junkee

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% The Devil's Candy (2017) This is a horror film made in the true spirit of metal: just like the music it's inspired by, it's loud and sometimes gruesome but also winningly earnest.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) It's such fun watching the pair muddle their way through a labyrinth of bad vibes.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) For all its outward glitz and lush "prestige" presentation, Hail, Caesar! is curiously empty, narratively and ideologically. It's also frequently and deadeningly dumb.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
79% Macbeth (2015) This Macbeth is a magnificent tragedy, and with it Kurzel stakes his claim as one of the most exciting directors working today.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
91% The Martian (2015) Though it's not perfect, The Martian's illustration of a world united by space travel is almost Utopian.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
27% Pan (2015) The film's bracing darker streak also battles internally with its own capitulation to dull and bog standard "inspirational" Hollywood rhetoric, but like the pixie dust Pan's pirates mine, there's still some magic buried here.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is, along with Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, one of the most nuanced and elegant filmic depictions of depression I have ever seen. It's also, for my money, one of Pixar's finest films, if not their best.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) Genisys seems to have unwittingly positioned itself as Exhibit 'A' in the case against dimwitted "alternate timeline" reboots.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
51% San Andreas (2015) There are a couple of nice shots, including one of a BART hurtling out of its tunnel and another of a naval vessel wedged between two skyscrapers, seemingly lifted straight from the concept art, but the real order of business here is destruction.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Despite all the flaming twisted metal and heavy riffing, Fury Road's most explosive element might be its keenly subversive heart.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) Oh boy is 11-year-old me equal parts pleased and relieved that 33-year-old me can report that Colin Trevorrow's entry into the series is a hoot.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) A motion picture in which a trash-talking teddy bear's pursuit of personhood is compared -- at length -- to various actual and ongoing civil rights movements.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) It's not that Fantastic Four is joyless; it's that it's borderline amateur.‐ Junkee
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
2/5 26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) Those who didn't sleep through their mythology classes might recall that Helius was in fact the son of Hyperion. But, you know, Greek mythology? Whatevs, bro! Have another Tecate! ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2012
5/5 74% Burning Man (2012) Teplitzky's expressionist handling of all those wonderful contradictions is what makes Burning Man a resounding triumph.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 36% In Time (2011) At this point in his career, writer/director/producer Niccol seems to be amusing himself -- indeed he's admitted as much in terms of the winks and nods to Gattaca that he's peppered the film with. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
4/5 71% Hanna (2011) [Joe] Wright is a natural successor to the late Anthony Minghella, able to deftly mix visual panache with small-scale emotion.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
1/5 22% The Smurfs (2011) The film indulges in a level of product placement not seen since the glory days of Mac & Me.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
5/5 92% Take Shelter (2011) Those who've never understood [anxiety] could do to see Take Shelter as a total immersion virtual reality experience.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 60% Red State (2011) It's Kevin Smith, though, which means that "all over the shop" is par for the course, and the shop that Red State wanders all over is, for the most part, compelling. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) As the delightfully over-the-top Red Skull, Hugo Weaving has the most fun playing a noseless villain since Ralph Fiennes lopped his off as Voldemort.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
2/5 45% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) No amount of gee-whiz techno-wizardry or nifty pop-cultural juxtapositions can save Cowboys & Aliens from two terrible truths: it has a dud script, and a dud director. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 84% Contagion (2011) It's Purell for the disaster movie movement. You may find yourself wishing for a little more grime and viscera. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 28% The Cup (2012) It won't stop the nation, but it will while away a Saturday afternoon. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2011
3/5 71% The Hunter (2012) There is an elegiac quality to The Hunter that makes it intoxicating in spite of its faults.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2011
2/5 4% Abduction (2011) We may never know if Abduction is satire or misfire, but I spent the entire film wracked by gales of choking laughter. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 15% Priest (2011) What's not to like about badass Catholic vigilantes who fly through the air to punch demons in the face? (Don't answer that.)‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2011
3/5 25% Conan the Barbarian (2011) This cinematic protein shake does precisely what it sets out to do: it's violent, it's dumb, it's fun, and it is content. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2011
3/5 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) The look of the movie is worth five stars, but when you stir in a one-star script, you end up somewhere in the middle.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2011
2/5 49% Sleeping Beauty (2011) And pretension brings on a boredom so deep that -- like Lucy's dreamless, deadened sleep -- it sucks the thinking right out of you.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2011
5/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) It also made me laugh so much I had a coughing fit and saw stars -- and I can't remember the last time a film of any "gender" made me do that. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2011
5/5 86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) Sparse, uncompromising and bewitching. Reichardt has stripped back all but the bare essentials, scattering the characters across the sun-bleached landscape like marbles. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted May 31, 2011
3/5 85% Get Low (2010) It's Duvall's film, and he brings a gravity and poetry to Bush that sets him apart from the script's more prosaic moments. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2011
5/5 83% The Snowtown Murders (2012) An incredible piece of cinema and a devastating, poetic work of storytelling, Snowtown is unmissable. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted May 16, 2011
2/5 28% Your Highness (2011) It's like going at the dragon with your scimitar but then rolling a 6 and accidentally cutting off your own leg. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2011
4/5 92% Source Code (2011) It's an action film concerned with speaking and thinking, rather than shouting and exploding; each time the bomb goes off, it becomes less exciting, less of a focal point, until the most striking pyrotechnics on show are of the mental and emotional sort.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2011
4/5 77% Thor (2011) A winning blend of thrill and feeling, respect and irreverence, Thor lifts Marvel's movie stocks considerably. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2011
1/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) Manages to be ugly, stupid, offensive, depressing, sexist and boring in equal measures. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2011
4/5 69% Never Let Me Go (2010) Never Let Me Go offers an awful, enduring insight into what it must be like to have your entire being dismissed as well.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) Say what you want about Red Riding Hood, but it's the best sexy psychoanalytical soap opera fantasy you'll see all year. In fact, it may well be the only one you'll ever see.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2011
2/5 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Director Jonathan Liebsman's decision to keep things at close-quarters - following solely this band of grunts rather than covering the entire city - could have worked had the film itself felt more elemental.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2011
4/5 63% Griff the Invisible (2011) It would be easy to dismiss Griff The Invisible as just another "quirky" Australian dramedy, but it's more than that. As an exploration of the collision between dreams and delusions, between loneliness and love, it's wonderful. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2011
2/5 87% Rabbit Hole (2010) Rabbit Hole is tender and sensitive where it counts, but also terminally tasteful. And there's nothing tasteful about grief.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2011
2/5 49% No Strings Attached (2011) It ends up being just another one-night stand -- perfectly enjoyable, but mostly forgettable, and maybe even a bit regrettable. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2011
2/5 65% Tamara Drewe (2010) As these alternately unpleasant and unfortunate souls churn about in their bucolically-set burlesque, the impression is that director Stephen Frears was out to lunch and instead employed the Scary Movie team to make English Sex Farce Movie. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2011
4/5 80% Catfish (2010) It's a stunning dismantling of Facebook and the society of the spectacle (thanks, Debord) that goes along with it. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
2/5 36% Burlesque (2010) Burlesque offers such an archetypal Hollywood narrative that explaining what happens in the film is almost irrelevant. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2011
4/5 70% Somewhere (2010) Despite its delicate examination of celebrity culture, the film is a perfect antidote to the 'MTV Generation' attention span and need-it-now turnover of the celeb gossip machine. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2010
5/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) A meditation on one couple's journey in and out of love, and a testament to the talents of director Derek Cianfrance, and his two wonderful leads. ‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2010
2/5 49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) Love & Other Drugs may well be a bodacious bonkfest, but you will likely find yourself looking elsewhere for any sense of post-coital engagement.‐ The Vine
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2010