Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
262

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 262
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 56% 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, 2013-2014) " 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
2/4 83% The League: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " Unfortunately, the fifth season finds the show's writers running on creative fumes. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3.5/4 84% Luther: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " Season three is consistently toned, crisp, mean, and morally irresolvable. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2013
1/4 59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " Taste and good intentions are only going to get one so far with a script this tone deaf and direction this ugly and monotonous." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " The film, more likely to invite comparisons to the writings of Marcel Proust than the previous Ip Man films, is a gorgeous folly that never entirely emerges from its creator's head." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
.5/4 24% The Canyons (2013) " Paul Schrader and Brett Easton Ellis don't have the sense of play this kind of narrative of one-upmanship requires, as we're never allowed to enjoy the characters' misdeeds." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2/4 80% Europa Report (2013) " After a while, it's hard to escape the fact that the audience is watching a potential monster movie in which most of the fun stuff--i.e. the monster--has been pared away." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/4 94% Drug War (2013) " The film is a singularly huge, relentless, all-encompassing set piece that mutates and spasms with terrifying lack of foresight. It's all business, business, business." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2013
3/4 63% Broken (2013) " It's the rare coming-of-age narrative that manages to respect the tricky ambiguities of shifting perceptions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2.5/4 12% Hustlers (2013) " Wayne Kramer thankfully refuses to cloak his excessiveness in hedge-betting self-consciousness and the result is a gratifyingly disreputable B-movie blow out." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2013
3/4 90% The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Bridge doesn't have the forceful originality of other socially conscious dramas such as Justified and Hannibal, but it's off to a promisingly lurid start. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2013
3/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " The film is in part an exceedingly black comedy that parodies proper society's eager, self-righteous naïveté on the subject of its children." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2013
.5/4 25% Absence (2013) " The tension almost immediately leaks out of the narrative once we realize we're watching a found-footage horror movie." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2.5/4 84% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " One sees a film called 100 Bloody Acres expecting the requisite allusions to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but an homage to the best scene in Melvin and Howard comes as something of a shock." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/4 82% Laurence Anyways (2013) " It takes cojones for a filmmaker to chase Fassbinder's ghost, but it takes heart and talent to damn near catch up with it." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3.5/4 68% Hannibal: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " That's right: Creator Bryan Fuller has made Hannibal scary again. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1/4 —— The Haunting of Helena (2013) " Yet another ghost story that insists there's nothing more chilling than a professional woman charged with raising a child on her own." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2013
1.5/4 81% Under the Dome: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The pulp force of King's writing has been diminished because the characters are no longer distinct enough to spark narrative friction. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2013
.5/4 23% Vehicle 19 (2013) " As one incoherent action scene follows another, one's left staring at a film with nothing to respond to, waiting for it all to be over." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3.5/4 83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " On the surface an amusing black comedy that parodies the horror movie's continual status as the cultural black sheep of the cinematic landscape, but it's most prominently concerned with painting a sonic portrait of alienation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2013
2/4 63% Hey Bartender (2013) " Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2013
3/4 67% The Prey (2013) " A trim and exciting beach-read of a movie." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
2.5/4 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " The film's most striking quality, and it's not insignificant, is director Margarethe von Trotta's refusal to fossilize the controversies she dramatizes." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 27, 2013
2.5/4 —— Alyce Kills (2013) " The film is an ultra-violent parody of unearned self-entitlement, of people who feel tricked into a lifestyle they refuse to challenge for the comforts it still offers." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
0/4 27% 33 Postcards (2013) " Pauline Chan's film is a jumbled mixture of redemptive uplift and genre hijinks." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2013
3/4 76% Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Like the characters who occupy Guest's best work, Tom and his friends have real stature, and the jokes often gracefully comment on their yearning to puncture the bubbles of their own self-concern to connect to others. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2013
2/4 8% Java Heat (2013) " A middling genre movie, but it's oddly likable for its conflicted, unresolved tension. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 5, 2013
2.5/4 60% The Happy House (2013) " D.W. Young navigates his varying moods with an ease that's particularly impressive for a director making his feature debut, but he never capitalizes on his ability to coax down our guard." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2013
3.5/4 85% Graceland (2013) " Writer-director Ron Morales conjures an atmosphere of unpredictable live-wire dread throughout, which is an impressive accomplishment in these media-savvy days in which everyone has seemingly seen everything." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2013
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