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Chris Cabin

Chris Cabin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 74% Inherent Vice (2015) The dangers of filmmakers trying to replicate a golden era rather than embrace the present are part and parcel of Inherent Vice, but the ramifications are political as well. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2014
4/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) The film's criticism isn't primarily rooted in satire, but rather in fury and condemnation for those who seek to be gods while shamefully feigning to follow and praise one god. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2014
.5/4 32% Men, Women & Children (2014) Jason Reitman fails to take into account any of the positive endeavors enabled by social media, which will no doubt be used to promote and market his film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2014
2/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) The flippancy toward thematic concerns and character construction suggests that the film, like the boxtrolls' myriad gadgets and inventions, was largely built from used parts. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
1.5/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) All of Scott Frank's thematic concerns are little more than window dressing for a run-of-the-mill detective story in line with '90s thrillers like The Bone Collector. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3.5/4 94% Whiplash (2014) The thrill of watching Fletcher and Neyman's fray unfold is intensified by Damien Chazelle's attention to the craft and challenge of musicianship. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) An astute summation of Mike Leigh's glum view of humanity, but also a challenge to this disposition and his own pessimistic perspective. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2/4 68% God Help the Girl (2014) Stuart Murdoch clearly knows quite a bit about crafting pop tunes, but the film's consideration of the work of songwriting is totally flippant. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
1.5/4 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) Whereas a single, stinging one-liner would have sufficed Jacques Tourneur or Fritz Lang, Frank Miller's overcompensating flood of pulpy dialogue only renders his characters flat and sans empathy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2014
1/4 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) For all the brawn on display, the film never slows down to take in the thrill and talent of hand-to-hand combat. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
1/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) A film so overworked to ensure mass-market appeal that it loses the charming oddness and loose goofiness that has allowed these characters to endure. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
.5/4 17% Sex Tape (2014) By the time a blackmailing plot is introduced, the film seems to be surviving solely on the fumes of curse words and frequent shots of Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz's backsides. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) It's hard to see the fiscal woes at the center of Zach Braff's second feature as anything more than a fashionable depiction of first-world problems. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/4 52% Jersey Boys (2014) However messy this overextended and oddly compelling work feels from moment to moment, the end result evokes the life of working artists without sentimentality or undue grandeur. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) It only conveys the awesome strangeness of its characters and their universe when director Brian Singer breaks away from the perpetual build-up of the film's unwieldy plot. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 96% Ida (2014) Pawel Pawlikowski shows great empathy toward the idea of illusions as a way of attaining emotional stability in even the most brutal terrain. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/4 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) The narrative doesn't want for ambition, but Marc Webb proves unwilling, or incapable, of making this unwieldy story feel like anything but a deluge of backstory. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3/4 85% Glass Chin (2015) The story is familiar, but the director undermines the tight, expected narrative turns of such a film by focusing on the cast's worn-in and jazzy repartee and expressing a perfectly modulated sense of self-awareness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1.5/4 86% Chef (2014) Jon Favreau's film comes off as flippant in its view of independent labor as a universally liberating experience for an artist and businessman. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/4 81% Land Ho! (2014) That the filmmakers consistently catch the nuances of character that bind the two men to each other, rather than simply tracing the pros and cons of their dispositions, is what gives the film its melancholic yet vibrant resonance. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
1/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) That Dom is so clearly an up-to-11 caricature, embodied with reliable pizzazz by Jude Law, makes the sentimental moments feel especially false. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 20% Sabotage (2014) There's no sense of visual artifice to match the ludicrous pitch of the script, and subsequently, the film comes off as awkward and uncertain. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 80% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) Roberto Minervini has created a moving portrait of feminism born out of hard work and intuitiveness, but he never belittles or condescends to the faithful. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 84% Rob the Mob (2014) For the most part, it's a gas, but the light touch Raymond De Felitta gives the material is at once its saving grace and its tremendous limiter. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
1.5/4 82% The Double (2014) Whatever the film's interest may be in the marginalized, writer-director Richard Ayoade never alludes to what would even be worth fighting for in this nightmarish industrial landscape. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) Even when compared to other films posing as Ford Mustang commercials, Need for Speed isn't particularly memorable for anything other than the startling incompetence and dull sheen of the end result. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1.5/4 66% Bad Words (2014) The meager comeuppance and hasty notes of sweetness that end the film feel pre-approved rather than organically realized. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2014
75% U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) (2014) A past of repressed feelings and bad trysts is summoned, but the conversations between Sunhi and her men seem to pivot more on questions of a sustainable career in filmmaking. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 18, 2014
.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) Fantasy is heavily dependent on vision, which Mark Helprin had in spades, but the look of Akiva Goldsman's fantasy is limp, timid, and occasionally outright awkward. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 19% Ride Along (2014) Kevin Hart spends most of the film doing what he usually does, which is to say acting generally like a pre-teen who just noticed his first pubic hair ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
1/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) There's no personality in the design or the script, which only renders the cynical aftertaste of this convoluted one-squirrel-against the-world story all the more potent. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
1/4 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) The strain to make the film both an educational tool and a child-minded entertainment is noticeable throughout. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) The film's half-hearted plea for responsibility and ethics in the news, after joyfully rolling around in its corruption for the majority of its runtime, smacks of plain pandering. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2013
1/4 39% Delivery Man (2013) The breadth of Vince Vaughn's gregarious persona has never been given free reign by any director and this certainly isn't the game-changer. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
.5/4 69% The Best Man Holiday (2013) The sexism isn't quite as noxious as one might find in Tyler Perry's films, but that's as far as the compliments go when it comes to this overextended and deeply crude sermon. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
1.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) Gavin Hood relays a vague sense of what it's like to live in duty, and yet at a distance from one's home, but this vision of the future never rouses, never asks to be remembered. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/4 17% Free Birds (2013) The film is absent of humor and thrills, and accented with designs and color schemes that are equally notable for their lack of risk. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) A dim anti-privatization parable that preaches a familiar strain of cynical, unchallenged self-righteousness in the face of widespread abuse of civil liberties. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 28% Machete Kills (2013) The films that Robert Rodriguez emulates here are known for similar unexpected narrative turns, but the crucial value that he misses is their actual cheapness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) As played by an eloquently beleaguered Oscar Isaac, Llewyn Davis is arguably the most vivid and complex character the Coens have dreamed up since Marge Gunderson. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/4 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) As depicted by Jia Zhang-ke, the balance between the spoils and moral rot of murder are far preferable to the debasing rigors of tradition and hollow nationalism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2013
2.5/4 69% About Time (2013) A surprisingly thoughtful romantic comedy that shirks a great deal of reason and consequence in the name of love. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2013
1.5/4 79% Metallica Through the Never (2013) The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2013
1.5/4 89% Rush (2013) Ron Howard's by-the-seat-of-your-pants aesthetic makes the slower, darker sequences feel hurried and bland, especially when stacked up next to the racing sequences. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
1.5/4 96% Enough Said (2013) Enough can't be said about how the late James Gandolfini comes so close to saving writer-director Nicole Holofcener's latest articulation of white suburban anxieties. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
1/4 39% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) A full realization of the very worst fears one could imagine when its director, James Wan, unexpectedly emerged from the torture-porn murk with its original, spiritedly directed predecessor. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/4 92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) Though occasionally aesthetically alluring and evocative, feels like an introductory chapter to a more substantive, sprawling study of the actor. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2/4 35% A Teacher (2013) We're only allowed an insufficient glimpse of the anxiousness and curiosity that drive these creatures, a tactic which feels suspiciously like hesitance masquerading as enigma. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/4 95% Enter the Dragon (1973) Director Robert Clouse works the material for efficiency and optimum thrill, while providing a buoyant visual style to the action. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2013
1/4 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) The film doubles down on the love-hate relationship with ultra-violence that typified its predecessor, but A History of Violence this is not. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2013