Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
268

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 81% Happy Christmas (2014) " Joe Swanberg's films have grown into a reliable relief from the competitive, dehumanizing freneticism of much of American culture, marked as they are by an affirming and understated sense of decency. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2014
1/4 44% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) " This is less a movie than a dutiful renewal of a recognizable title's licensing rights." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/4 100% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 " Resolutely timely, The Honorable Woman spins a series of nested mysteries around that most impenetrable of subjects: the Middle East. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2014
3/4 64% A Master Builder (2014) " Jonathan Demme makes loving sport of the trust his actors have clearly placed in him, erecting for them a monument to the joys and terrors of walking an emotional high wire." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2014
2/4 38% Beneath (2014) " The film is impersonal and populated with wisps of characters who spend most of the running time wandering around in the dark yelling at one another." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2014
2.5/4 44% A Five Star Life (2014) " The director diligently keeps her heroine's ego in check, and that's awfully principled of her, but her audience may feel as if they've inadvertently booked a trip with no destination." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2014
3/4 87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Strain is pop hokum with bite-a playful death rattle for enraged humanists. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/4 83% The Empty Hours (2014) " Aarón Fernández captures one of the most heartening elements of sex: that it doesn't always oblige our rules or expectations." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2014
1.5/4 22% A Long Way Down (2014) " An inept trifle, A Long Way Down reduces Nick Hornby's novel of the same name to a series of smug self-help gestures. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " There's a sense throughout of Steve James rushing and dutifully covering all his bases to evade accusations of creating a puff piece." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2014
2/4 69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Leftovers is another stultifying example of pop culture's determination to elevate potentially serviceable pulp to the realm of capital-A art. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2014
2.5/4 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " The film preaches resolutely to the choir, and cinephiles in sync with the film's politics may still blanch at how snugly their interests are courted. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2014
2/4 89% Exhibition (2014) " There's considerable talent on display in Exhibition, but it's the kind of thing people mean when they use the term "art film" as a pejorative." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2014
2.5/4 83% Witching and Bitching (2014) " Álex de la Iglesia has a real flair for wild action sequences that remain exhilaratingly coherent and sensical. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
1.5/4 50% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " Frontloaded with a surprising amount of plot, the film takes forever to get going, but it's the filmmakers' hypocrisy that really grates." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " HBO provides their newest catalogue staple a suitably gorgeous home-video presentation, though the format, which encourages binge viewing, could serve to accentuate the nagging hollowness of True Detective's busy-body plotting. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 —— Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. (2014) " The art is the reason to see the enjoyable but egregiously slight Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Sacrament (2014) " With The Sacrament, director Ti West has bitten off more of a premise than his classically modest barebones approach to horror movies can presently chew. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
3/4 100% Master of the Universe (2014) " Marc Bauder's documentary quietly detonates the conservative notion that our largest corporations should be allowed to duke it out in metaphorical no-holds-barred cage matches. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2014
2.5/4 50% Age of the Uprising (2014) " Greatly cognizant of the revenge genre's penchant for hypocritical demagoguery, director Arnaud des Pallières unsettles the audience's usual feelings of vicarious blood lust." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2014
2/4 60% Wolf (2014) " The film ultimately leaves you feeling as if you're stuck watching your cousin's boring slideshow of his trip to Palookaville. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
3.5/4 88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " We're simply presented a person in trouble, and we're allowed to recognize his problems as extreme embodiments of universal issues of terror, confusion, and loneliness. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2014
2.5/4 48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " There are cheap shocks in the film, but there are also terrifying moments that poetically command our empathy." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 11, 2014
2/4 79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show is too neat, too tasteful and narcotizing, for a work that's full of diseases and serial killers and classist atrocity. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/4 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " Atom Egoyan is a much better director when he drops the art-film fanciness and wrestles directly with his inner voyeuristic weirdo." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2014
3/4 86% Maron: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Maron's best episodes have a poignant weirdness that suggests Raymond Carver's short stories, or perhaps even Robert Altman's Carver adaptation, Short Cuts. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 81% Maron: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Maron portrays a war against self-pity that's unusually resonant for its willingness to plumb the legitimately pitiful. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 38% The M Word (2014) " Like a number of cult directors to emerge in the 1970s, Henry Jaglom values a party atmosphere at the expense of narrative cohesion. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2014
2.5/4 91% 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 57% 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 51% 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 94% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " 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 14% 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 88% 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 42% 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
63% 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 86% 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
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