Chris Cabin

Chris Cabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 48% True Story (2015) "If the film's copycat visual artistry illuminates nothing, at least its script is sincerely devoted to probing Finkel and Longo's odd partnership. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2015
3/4 100% Silicon Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "In Silicon Valley, even the most progressive form of capitalism hinges on a want to sublimate personal feelings, desires, and opinions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/4 97% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Daredevil's fight scenes are infused with the struggle of the poor and lower-middle class, and choreographed with thrilling uncertainty. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/4 97% Louie: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Season five of Louie refocuses on Louis C.K. as a lonely, divorced, ostensibly well-off New Yorker. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2015
3.5/4 97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "There's plenty of death in the fifth season of the show, and it's understood as a cautionary symbol of power. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2015
85% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 16 "This conflictive notion of how violence both undermines and keeps order in society feels embedded into the episode's every exchange and set piece, all the way up to its maddening ending. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2015
83% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 15 "The man we see at the end of the episode trying to kill a violent, unrelenting abuser of women and children is the outcome of Deanna's cancerous passivity. In other words, he's a wake-up call. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2015
2.5/4 75% Goodnight Mommy "Fialo and Franz only finally subvert the viewer's perspective at the very end of the film, which speaks to a goal of crafting a formidable, atmospheric, and surprising work of genre, rather than attempting to transcend such molds. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2015
89% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 14 "Frankly, the overt stressing of the tragedy of a single character hasn't been so tastelessly extended since Otis got devoured in season two. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Gunman (2015) "The lack of any visual ingenuity, reflexivity, or awareness of genre tropes diminishes the intermittent pleasures of the action's slightly involving kineticism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3.5/4 100% Entertainment (2015) "It conjures a menacing perspective on how the titular occupation hulls out empathy and cultivates a particularly unsettling strain of cynicism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2015
3/4 73% 3 Hearts (2015) "Throughout, Benoît Jacquot never loses sight of the primordial compulsions that drive feelings and expressions of great love and beauty. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "The filmmakers cut the film to emphasize the story's familiar plot points, rather than highlight any instances of personal visual artistry. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2015
96% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 13 "There's a potent sense of humankind's rampant need to focus on the manageable, even when history has shown the all-too-real dangers of doing so. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2015
1/4 30% Chappie (2015) "The film's exasperating atonality washes out any legitimate idea about identity, education, nature versus nurture, or artificial intelligence that Neill Blomkamp hoped to evince. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 76% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The dark wit at the heart of the show​'s excellent previous seasons has grown less savage and more obvious. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 12 "Much of the storyline teases two opposing possibilities of what Alexandria could come to be for the group, only to then introduce a third and far more chilling route in the episode's final seconds. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2015
1.5/4 56% Focus (2015) "Focus turns out to be a strained trumpeting of the return of the proverbial king of the box office. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015
78% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 11 "The subject, as is often the case with The Walking Dead, boils down to the inherent dangers in believing in safe havens, and that's primarily why "The Distance" feels like one of the more repetitive and dramatically light episodes of this season. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2015
4/4 100% Kes (1969) "The politics of the schoolyard are more important than the politics of London in Kes, and though he finds himself continuously ridiculed, Billy can always come back to his beloved kestrel. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 21, 2015
1/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "Josh Heald's script takes the easy way out, ending the film with a torrent of slapdash sentimentality. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "If there's a general air of emotional authenticity woven throughout all this garden-variety, faith-in-family hokum, it's in the racing scenes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2015
55% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 10 "Up until the final 10 minutes of the episode, what's most remarkable about "Them" is its sense of quiet. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2015
1/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "It's structured in familiar, safe terms, plays for very low stakes, and appeals to no one so much as white, male teenagers with chips on their shoulders. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
100% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 9 "A borderline Malickian montage of deathly images and mournful sounds and sayings is certainly an apropos way to open an episode titled "What Happened and What's Going On?" It's an artful but unidentified perspective. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
1.5/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "For a story that's made up almost entirely of hogwash, Jupiter Ascending never feels as fun as it should. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 35% Project Almanac (2015) "The film delivers the same misogynistic, faux-modernistic jolts of trashy humor and labored plotting that typify the work of co-producer Michael Bay. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The Americans locates a stirring balance between the brooding, heated familial melodrama and the equally taut, often lethal procedures of its infectious spy drama in ways that often evade works set in the 1980s. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The Americans locates a stirring balance between brooding, heated familial melodrama and equally taut, often lethal procedures of its infectious spy drama. " ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jan 26, 2015
2.5/4 91% Mommy (2015) "When Xavier Dolan's tremendous empathy for the abandoned, medicated, and economically stressed is given full visual flight, it's easy to get lost in the rush. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2015
2.5/4 81% Black Sea (2015) "As much as the film is primarily a genre workout for director Kevin Macdonald, the script makes room for a tough-minded, psychologically corrosive depiction of vengeance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2015
2.5/4 92% Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Togetherness ultimately confronts common struggles when you're half of a whole, and often less. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2015
3/4 83% Girls: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "One of the more consistent and admirable qualities of Girls is its messy, funny, and heartfelt depiction of relationships. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2015
100% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 7 "Weiner conflates memory and reality, as Don first sees how he imagines his old friend would exit this world only to then be left to feel the aching silence of a dear friend's ceaseless absence. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 6 "It's a triumphant glimpse at creative liberation, but also clearly an eerie reminder of the power of the image as the primary utility of selling ideas and their byproducts. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
87% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 5 "It's easy enough to say that "The Runaways" is the most substantial and refreshingly untamed episode of Mad Men's seventh season so far, one powered by the strange ramifications of more than one eruption of repressed desires and hidden histories. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
82% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 4 "It's a fitting central dialogue that quietly encapsulates the episode, which is the first episode since "Time Zones" where the narrative constantly felt busy with story rather than depending on symbolic acts and pauses. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
100% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 3 "The [episode] title speaks to learning by doing, through direct experiences with ways of life. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2015
73% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 8 "The electrifying opening of "Coda" doesn't foreshadow the devastating exit of Beth, but it comes to suggest something about the rivalry between Rick's group and the Grady Memorial staff. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2015
93% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 2 "Despite the embarrassing and revealing nature of [Sally's] discussion with Don, the airing of laundry that goes on between them ends with a moment of sublime clarity, and an expression of love that's hard to confuse. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2015
90% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 1 "The purgatorial mood that writer and creator Matthew Weiner and his crew conjure here sets the stage for Don and company's final season-long cocktail hour and it's going to get weird and sad quick. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/4 100% Portlandia: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Portlandia renders the strange, unique, and beguiling both alluring and welcoming. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 75% Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Babylon wants to both mock the no-bull crassness of political wheelers and dealers and cling to a moralistic view of government, but fails to find cohesion between these two perspectives. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 31, 2014
1.5/4 53% The Interview (2014) "It essentially uses a major global issue to cheaply dress up what is two hours of hit-and-miss erection jokes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2014
1.5/4 67% One Child: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "One Child is a dozen white actors and a Lifehouse song away from being a Lifetime movie of the week. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2014
2.5/4 90% Wild (2014) "Director Jean-Marc Vallée has created a film out of Cheryl Strayed's beloved 2012 memoir that never quite matches the blunt audacity of its simple title. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2014
2.5/4 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "It does well to put more focus on delivering a plethora of jokes, imitations, zippy repartee, and sight gags than its plot's familiar machinations. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2014
2.5/4 64% Late Phases (2014) "Adrián García Bogliano ends up merely toying with the death-steeped concerns of his characters, and taking the furious and bitter perspective that powers the narrative's ponderous dramatic core for granted. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2014
2.5/4 81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "By rooting Noni's self-image issues in a controlling mother, the script provides the film with a tame, melodramatic structure that dulls the thorny matters of identity and expression at its center. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2014
2.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The film quickly becomes a study of grief and retribution, and the question of how exactly technology can and should be utilized in the treatment of these emotions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2014
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