Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
240

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 100% The Final Member (2014) " A potential barroom joke blossoms into a surprisingly poignant portrait of three aging men wrestling with how to shed their mortal coil." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2014
1/4 64% Proxy (2014) " It transforms itself from a meek lo-fi indie stalker thriller in the key of May to a hysterically sexist and homophobic revenge film." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2014
1.5/4 46% Hateship Loveship (2014) " It ultimately offers little more than another opportunity for famous actors to indulge their fetishistic, inadvertently condescending impressions of "everyday" people. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2014
2.5/4 98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Often suggests an alternate world that exists parallel, or perhaps perpendicular, to the dimensions of the Joel and Ethan Coen film on which it's based. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " Like the world of its namesake, Silicon Valley is unsentimental and matter-of-factly ruthless. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2014
1.5/4 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " The sex in Nymphomaniac is inhuman, mechanical, boring, and predictably viewed through the (male) scrim of someone who characterizes women solely as withholders." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2014
1.5/4 17% Refuge (2014) " The problem with the film isn't the contrivance of its premise, it's that writer-director Jessica Goldberg doesn't know it's contrived." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/4 90% It Felt Like Love (2014) " Eliza Hittman's film captures the exclusive properties of sex with a degree of intimacy and empathy that, at times, feels authentically revelatory." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
2/4 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2014
1.5/4 45% The Face of Love (2014) " An almost offensively "tasteful" dud that remains irritatingly on the surface, more alive to the set design than the characters' motivations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2/4 29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Those Who Kill emits a sickening charge. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2014
2/4 10% The Bag Man (2014) " The premise might make sense, if only hypocritically, but the film abandons this already flimsy parody of macho pride disastrously at the last minute." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/4 100% Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " For its authentic engagement with despair, Hannibal earns its wrenching nihilism. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2014
—— The Weight " It's one of a kind." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 19, 2014
67% The Sacrament (2014) " Based on the evidence offered here, West would appear to believe that all cultists come to their way of life by an inherent lunacy or stupidity and nothing more." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 19, 2014
—— Felony " Felony reveals itself to be a profoundly cynical movie posing as a work of idealism." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2/4 53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " There's ultimately little in the way of authentically resonant drama underneath the film's self-conscious busy-ness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/4 45% The Pretty One (2014) " The film is a quiet, tender triumph that leaves you feeling as if you've been embraced without you feeling had." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2014
1.5/4 18% The Wait (2014) " By the end, audiences will most likely feel as if they've been locked out of the drama that's presumably unfolding right in front of them." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3.5/4 83% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " It derives its tension from its almost pointed meaninglessness, which would appear to be a subterfuge for a personal expression that's never quite achieved." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/4 25% 24 Exposures (2014) " Throughout, Joe Swanberg connects Generation Y's fetish for past pop-cultural kitsch to its attending sexual insecurities." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
2.5/4 66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " At its loosest and most inventive, the generally diverting Rake often recalls the one-damn-thing-after-another eccentricity of Carl Hiaasen's comic crime novels. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2014
1/4 13% Reasonable Doubt (2014) " You may feel as if you're watching two or three abbreviated episodes of Law & Order in quick succession rather than a fully realized movie. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/4 81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 " The Spoils of Babylon is a dada high-wire act presided over by quasi-satirical nutters. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2014
1/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Several reels' worth of ugly, unshaped footage that wouldn't have been deemed fit for a movie's end-credit outtakes not so long ago." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/4 94% The Past (2013) " Asghar Farhadi navigates his complicated narrative thicket with an apparent ease, but he isn't able to blend the brushstrokes as he has in prior films. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2013
.5/4 57% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " To watch teh film is to wonder once again why Neil LaBute was ever taken seriously as a so-called dramatist of the gulf between the sexes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/4 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " It compellingly captures a family wrestling mightily with the riddles and contradictions of a culture that promotes achievement at all costs with little thought as to what that actually means." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 9, 2013
0.5/4 31% Crave (2013) " The film's method of admitting its own hypocrisy so as to enable it to further indulge said hypocrisy grows more grating than if it were merely indifferently conceived junk like Falling Down. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
2.5/4 36% Swerve (2013) " A confident and exciting genre film, and that's certainly not nothing, but it has a slight impersonality that marks it as either a calling card or a work for hire." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
1.5/4 65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " On its terms, Mob City is competently executed, but those terms are creatively bankrupt. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2013
0.5/4 73% Atlantis: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The series is insanely derivative even for a contemporary work of pop culture, but it's reflective of trends that have just slipped out of vogue. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2013
2.5/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Paolo Sorrentino's film is really just a huge turn-on that has the bad manners to go sour, succumbing to its own self-delusions of moral/political grandeur. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2013
2.5/4 95% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) " The film is unavoidably slight, but there's a certain pleasure in watching talented people wax passionate about a common source of inspiration." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2013
2/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " There are a few effectively disquieting sequences early on, but the film never recovers from director Kevin Macdonald's indifferent staging of a pivotal moment." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
1.5/4 69% Mr. Nobody (2013) " The only truly graspable notion the film can be said to put forth is one of increasingly tedious sci-fi-romantic genre busy-ness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/4 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " The film ultimately doesn't live up to this early potential, as Keanu Reeves loses his way in the third act with too many false climaxes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2013
2.5/4 85% Seduced And Abandoned " Toback's frequent gasbaggery is often forgivable. Underneath his party-boy hubris beats the heart of an occasionally major artist." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2.5/4 67% Toad Road (2013) " Director Jason banker finds the ironic beauty that arises from his characters' self-contemptuous and misplaced acts of destruction." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/4 53% Haunter (2013) " Vincenzo Natali emphasizes technically impressive shots in the service of predictable, boring expository beats, at the expense of elaborating on his main character's growing feelings of isolation and torment." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
2.5/4 57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " The film is just a stunt or, more specifically, a calling card, but that might be enough for anyone who's ever wanted to kick Mickey Mouse square in his padded, pious balls." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/4 49% Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001) " There's possibly no other living director as in sync with the politics of touch as Claire Denis." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/4 60% Bad Milo! (2013) " It's fair to say that a filmmaker is thinking outside of the box when he or she stages a scene in which an ambulatory hemorrhoid tears a guy's cock off with its teeth and swallows it. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
1.5/4 11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " The film is dispiriting because there's virtually no sign of Dario Argento in it, nor of any novel motivation to mount yet another version of an oft-told tale. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
2.5/4 52% Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's a bumpy ride, but at its best, Hello Ladies understands the demoralizing fear that turns so many men into insufferable jerk-offs. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
1.5/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Jim Mickle plays the scenario deadly straight and unintentionally exposes all of its attendant absurdities, leaving the cast stranded." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2013
2/4 65% Derek: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Gervais's "empathy," for which he's earned considerable kudos, is beginning to look a lot like hatred, condescension, and judgment, the very qualities he pretends to satirize through Derek's various one-note villains. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/4 67% +1 (2013) " It ambitiously parodies and mourns the implications of the one coherent message that mass media manages to convey to all of its consumers in all its endlessly proliferating, ever-shifting permutations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2.5/4 34% Hell Baby (2013) " The filmmakers satirize the often obscenely meaningless ways in which people of a certain socioeconomic strata attempt to launder their white guilt." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2013
4/4 93% Le Mépris (Contempt) (2008) " A rich and heady cocktail of the various things swimming around in Jean-Luc Godard's mind at the time of its production." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2013
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