Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
280

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 100% A Life in Dirty Movies (2014) " Wiktor Ericsson emphasizes one of the strongest and most distinctive features of Joseph Sarno's aesthetic: his concentration on female pleasure." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
1.5/4 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Terry Gilliam has imposed a mix tape of his greatest hits, whose greatness was debatable to begin with, on a whiff of a story that might've flourished under the maxim "less is more." " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2014
2.5/4 77% Honeymoon (2014) " It waffles between dramatizing youthful self-absorption and succumbing to it, and this tonal instability comes to mirror the domestic discord that's revealed to be its real subject." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2014
3/4 86% The Blue Room (2014) " The film abounds in guilt and grief, reveling in a general sense of hopelessly broken social connection." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2014
3.5/4 —— Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley) " Alain Resnais's overpoweringly beautiful final film dares to push through the ghosts that inhabit the present, standing between the pessimism of an ill-spent past and the optimism of an undefined future." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2014
0/4 7% The Identical (2014) " The film's so preoccupied with being "inspirational" that it disastrously fails to evoke the allure of rock n' roll, particularly in America in the 1950s, when it represented an erosion of racial and sexual barriers." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2014
2/4 76% The Congress (2014) " As executed by writer-director Ari Folman, the concept is tidy, superficially clever, and almost defiantly irrelevant." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2014
1.5/4 0% Cam2Cam (2014) " Lost in this barely coherent and clichéd hugger-mugger is the initial killer-website conceit and the attending erotic dread, which is retrospectively revealed to be an illusory siren call." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2014
2.5/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Michael Winterbottom and his gifted actors still haven't quite solved the riddle of portraying social disconnection in a manner that's anything other than sporadically involving." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2014
3.5/4 100% Boy Meets Girl (1984) (1984) " Leo Carax's first film seizes on a particular element of intellectualized youthful ennui with uncommon clarity and ferocity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2.5/4 95% The Dog (2014) " It's informed with a subtle but disquieting subtext that insists on the pitfalls of allowing ideology to steer you away from common sense. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/4 87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Knick is informed by a hypnotic sense of old newness that's reminiscent of Deadwood. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2014
3.5/4 78% 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 29% 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 89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " 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 83% 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 40% 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 59% 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 21% 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 70% 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 95% 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 87% 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 47% 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 62% 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 67% 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 89% 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 49% 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 76% 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 50% 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 84% 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 20% 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 41% 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
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