Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Dr Anton Bitel was born in Australia in 1970, and has lived in the UK since 1989. Now a father of twins, occasional academic and full-time caffeine junkie, he compensates for a general sense of disgruntlement by moping about in darkened cinemas watching other people's joys and sorrows. He seeks elusive thrills from all genres (even romantic comedy), but tends to prefer anything extreme, odd, miserable or tawdry. He is at home with horror, 'arthouse', the avant garde and Oriental cinema. Anton currently freelances for Film4, musicOMH (where he is a staff writer), Eye for Film, Film International and Little White Lies, and was for three years one of the principal contributors to the now semi-defunct Movie Gazette.
Favorites:
Eraserhead Brazil Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring Apocalypse Now The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) M. Houlot's Holiday Ichi the Killer Last Year in Marienbad Batman (1966) Synecdoche, New York
Publications:
Cinetalk , Daily Info , Eye for Film , Film Divider , Film International , Film4 , Grolsch Film Works , Little White Lies , Movie Gazette , MovieScope , musicOMH.com , New Empress Magazine , Scene 360 , Sight and Sound
Critics' Group:
London Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1839
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Oxford, UK

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% Nordvest (Northwest) " Noer's tale of two brothers comes with a strong sense of crime's place. " — Film4
Posted Jul 23, 2014
—— A Dangerous Cure (2014) " Its satire is not quite sharp enough, its pace not quite brisk enough, and for all its self-consciousness about a lack of generic fixity, in being neither this nor that, A Dangerous Cure ends up feeling like not much of anything at all." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " This sequel forms a well-balanced symbiotic relationship between the entertainingly silly and the deadly serious." — Film4
Posted Jul 8, 2014
—— Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) " to know what those cowboy days of unregulated video were like... just look at the world wide web, whose content the state would no doubt also like to control and classify, if only it could afford to employ another billion or so examiners" — Film Divider
Posted Jul 3, 2014
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " Here the legacy of blood flows in both directions, replicating itself in an infinite dance. While the first half focuses on young Alejandro's relationship with macho authoritarian Jaime, the second is as much about the father's own coming of age." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 24, 2014
—— Les rencontres d'après minuit " repurposes the language of genres past to create a mosaic of memory & metaphor. Despite orgiastic themes, polysexual alliances, & a teasing preoccupation with Cantona's member, it's as concerned with intellectual intercourse as with the other kind. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 24, 2014
—— Han Gong-ju " Lee's sink-or-swim narrative exposes the seemingly insurmountable venality and injustice of Korea's social structures, while keeping its focus primarily on Gong-ju herself as a vehicle of both despair - and of hope too." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 24, 2014
82% Miss Violence " Patriarchy rules and revulsion offers little escape in this sickly Haneke-esque modern Greek tragedy." — Film4
Posted Jun 19, 2014
—— Non-pik-syeon da-i-eo-li (Non-Fiction Diary) " a multi-faceted discourse on crime and punishment, on wealth, power, greed - and on those that easily become dispossessed, marginalised and discarded in the wake of relentless, money-chasing progress." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 13, 2014
74% Oculus (2014) " Psychosis? The supernatural? Either way, Mike Flanagan's hallucinatory hall of mirrors is intelligent, subtle horror for those who want more than mere bumps in the night (although it has those too)." — Film4
Posted Jun 11, 2014
—— In The Dark " a series of haunting set-pieces involving watery ghosts and possessed plastic bags (!), all artificially resolved by an utterly gratuitous transgressive twist that is unforeseeable because it comes literally from nowhere. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 6, 2014
5/5 100% 36 " Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. Store that name in your mind's hard drive." — Little White Lies
Posted Jun 5, 2014
95% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) " Birth of the Living Dead does not uproot the order of behind-the-scenes documentaries, but the great likelihood that this film will send viewers right back to Romero's original with eyes reopened is a mark of its considerable success." — Film Divider
Posted Jun 4, 2014
79% The Borderlands (2014) " takes the viewer to a deep dark place of nightmares, where reason will be devoured by the primordial shadows." — Film Divider
Posted Jun 4, 2014
100% Killers " This is intense, finely crafted and self-probing horror at its very finest, exposing the male psyche to the harshest of lights - and packaging it all on film for our highly questionable entertainment." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 4, 2014
—— Lesson of the Evil (Aku no kyôten) " a crazy adult cartoon, marked in equal parts by genuine tabu-busting horror, sheer excess, & an unnerving sense of fun - but the fact that Hasumi honed his cutthroat skills on a business degree... lends his psychopathic behaviour a political edge. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 4, 2014
—— Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles " In the battle that ensues between humans and monsters, there is a lot of gore, and much bizarre local colour - but also paper-thin characterisation and uneven, broadly unfunny comedy." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 4, 2014
93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " This chronicle of a death foretold celebrates an individual's efforts to do better even as it laments his - and his nation's - difficulties in moving on." — Film4
Posted Jun 4, 2014
88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " It's Faust meets bum fights in this sick black comedy for our economically polarized age. " — Film4
Posted Jun 4, 2014
—— How To Disappear Completely " Shot wide, and made to resound to a throbbing electro pulse... How To Disappear Completely is a haunting, apocalyptic vision that hypnotises the viewer into a trance state while establishing an almost tangible sense of approaching dread." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Shift (2009) " With its protagonist unwilling, if not quite unable, to shift from her stasis, this is coming-of-age that never arrives, leaving the viewer aptly on hold." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Tuhog (2002) " all the stories are told with something less than economy, while Tonio's and Caloy's already rather light stories seem all the more disposable when pinned to the gravity of Fiesta's tragedy." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
100% On The Job (2013) " an audacious trawl through the gutter of Manila's political structures, evoking the very best conspiracy thrillers of the 70s while remaining utterly contemporary and local. " — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles " This is the first Filipino film to have been shot entirely on green-screen chroma key, so at least there are oddly stylised backgrounds against which all the one-dimensional characters can play out their sub-Night of the Living Dead siege routines." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— The Search For Weng Weng " Overlapping to a degree with Mark Hartley's Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010), Leavold's quest to uncover the man behind the legend becomes an affectionate if bittersweet history of Filipino exploitation cinema" — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Struggled Reagans " Struggled Reagans is horny, lysergic and postmodern, reconfiguring its Power Rangers-style ensemble heroics as both priapic trash and transcendental parable." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Quand je serai dictateur (When I Will Be Dictator) " This melancholic oddity may be slow to start, but once it gets going it offers many peculiar insights into film and fantasy; it also manages to be very moving, despite or perhaps because of its overt artifice." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
57% Mood Indigo (2014) " There are conceits aplenty, but not enough underlying substance or believable characters to render all the wild whimsy attractive or even endurable." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
28% Upside Down (2013) " The problem is that the physics here are patently ridiculous, and there is likewise no viable chemistry between stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
100% Frequencies (2014) " at once a star-crossed romance, an allegory of (class) discord and (musical) harmony, and a theological investigation into nature and nurture, free will and determinism. It's out there, alright - and there's nothing else out there quite like it." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Suicide Or Lulu And Me In A World Made For Two " In the film's artificial monochrome world, inflected with the stylisations of German Expressionism and the French New Wave, reality proves an elusive concept less desirable than fantasy." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— LFO: The Movie (2014) " Tublén's wryly banalised, tone-perfect scenario builds with disorienting humour to a bleak, thought-provoking close that suggests it is ultimately impossible to escape one's own darkest interiors." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Desolate " Grant's editing is the real hero here, piecing together many close-ups into an impressionistic mosaic of delusion, distraction and deep damage" — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Time Lapse " a paradox-filled, reflexive plot " — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— Bunker 6 " oppressively claustrophobic corridors are made to accommodate two very different 'alternative realities'" — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
—— El Desierto (The Desert) " an intense Sartrean character drama, rather than just another low-budget zombie flick." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 26, 2014
3/5 100% Sakasama no Patema (Patema Inverted) " The sky is quite literally the limit in this very strong anime set in an upside-down bizarro-world." — Little White Lies
Posted May 1, 2014
—— Suicide Or Lulu And Me In A World Made For Two " sophisticated retro chic with a twist, transforming the obsessiveness of cinephiles into something all at once smart and silly, cool and crazy. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted May 1, 2014
—— Desolate " In a world overfull of FX-heavy SF blockbusters, Desolate is a bold minimalist experiment in what it is possible to achieve with little beyond determination and talent." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Apr 30, 2014
—— Bunker 6 " Set in more than one kind of alternative reality, Bunker 6 transforms the concrete claustrophobia of a genuine Cold War fallout shelter into a high-pressure labyrinth of the mind. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Apr 30, 2014
—— Love.Honour.Obey. " This intruder's "many talents" include a keen interest in kinbaku, and accordingly the familiar tropes of home invasion and torture porn come with a fetishistic BDSM kink to their hitch. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Apr 9, 2014
4/5 83% The Double (2014) " Richard Ayoade branches out into steampunk paranoia with this feisty and funny adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1846 novella." — Little White Lies
Posted Apr 3, 2014
47% Rio 2 (2014) " The animation is pretty to look at, but this jumbled jungle of half-witted ideas and half-cocked jokes is strictly for the brazil nuts." — Film4
Posted Apr 3, 2014
68% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) " like Jesus of Montreal (1989) transferred to the outskirts of Hamburg, Katrin Gebbe's challenging debut reorients the temptation and passion of Jesus to the environs of contemporary life and to the idioms of handheld naturalism" — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Apr 2, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The Raid 2 is two-and-a-half thrilling hours of genre so perfectly pure that you could bottle it, smash the bottle & thrust the broken end repeatedly into your enemy's throat. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Apr 2, 2014
—— Der Todesking (The Death King) (1990) " a brooding, melancholic journey through our mortality, contending seriously - if also reflexively - with that strange sort of desire, familiar to all horror fans, surrounding death. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
71% Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) " Chiodo takes an alien invasion plot familiar from the 50s, and makes it all his own by rigorously and liberally painting it with every clown reference imaginable. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
—— Evil Dead Trap (1988) " a monstrously stylised orgy of sex, violence and grotesque family dysfunction, insanely remixing past horror films to a Goblin-esque score, while prefiguring [REC] and the 'torture porn' that would dominate the Noughties." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
67% Street Trash (1986) " Always gross and grotesque, but beautifully shot (you can tell its director is also a cinematographer), it is a true one-off, writing its poetry of the street in lurid outrage and humour so very, very wrong " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
83% Sleepaway Camp (1983) " Robert Hiltzik's debut takes the usual co-eds, the usual tropes of adolescent longing, gruesome slayings, whodunnit dynamics and hidden psychohistories, and weaves from them a smart scenario that delivers every kind of camp." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
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