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 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:
1800
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Oxford, UK

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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 88% 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
49% 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
89% Tore tanzt (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
63% 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
75% 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
—— Night Warning (1983) " this unlikely outing for William Asher (Bewitched, I Love Lucy) brings a repressive, poisonous dynamic into precisely the sort of domestic space that had featured more salubriously in his earlier TV sitcoms. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
—— Apocalypse Domani (Cannibal Apocalypse) (1980) " while this might be a gory, sensationalist tale of infectious anthrophagy spread by veteran soldiers, it also, much like Bob Clark's Deathdream (1974), uses these genre trappings to explore the lasting trauma of post-Vietnam America. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
—— La casa sperduta nel parco (House on the Edge of the Park) (1985) " like the poker match that forms its centrepiece, the games being played here are loaded from the start, making Deodato's extremely unpleasant drama a combustible clash of class from which nobody, not even the very well-groomed, can emerge looking pretty." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
80% Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out) (1980) " Harry is played... with the kind of range & intensity more usually associated with De Niro's Travis Bickle or Joe Spinell's Frank Zito than with the blankly cartoonish Jasons, Michaels & Freddies who would come to dominate the mainstream slashers." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 18, 2014
4/5 100% The Rocket (2014) " A Lao-brow fable that resonates richly with the realities of globalisation." — Little White Lies
Posted Mar 13, 2014
100% Wake in Fright (2012) " derives its brand of feral menace not from monsters, masked killers, or any of the other avatars of conventional horror, but rather from a sober-eyed perspective on a society reeling under the malign influence of its own basest impulses." — Film4
Posted Mar 7, 2014
—— Torment " It is all very derivative - but masked children will always have a creepy uncanniness which Baker certainly know how to exploit. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
—— Savaged " a mixed breed of torture porn, supernatural action and beyond-the-grave romance. Though played entirely straight and often unnervingly nasty, it is also undeniably silly,... without once bothering to find any tonal consistency" — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
44% Almost Human (2014) " Begos' film drips and oozes with straight-to-video nostalgia" — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
67% Proxy (2014) " a very tautly constructed psychodrama of loneliness, desperation and deepest, darkest fantasy that will confound, upset and provoke viewers like a punch to the gut. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
67% The Sacrament (2014) " West's choice of a 'found footage' format brings immediacy to this riff on Jonestown, while also slyly insinuating that the very presence of the cameras might well play a leading part in the film's tragic dénouement. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
96% Unforgiven (1992) " casts an unforgiving eye, from both insider and outsider perspectives, on the brutalities and hypocrisies of an 'enlightened' nation's Restoration period." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
71% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) " Despite its period setting, Dangerous Liaisons is equally a cautionary tale for - and of - present-day China." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Panh's film uses the most plastic, fictive of forms to disinter well-buried historical truths." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
—— Iya Monogatari - okuno hito (The Tale of Iya) " Tsuta tells a cyclical tale of the green-grey areas between modernity and tradition, city and country, secularism and animism, technology and nature, while occasionally admitting the odd irruption of the oneiric and the irrational. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
—— Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy " reveals the multi-faceted nature of post-millennial identity and virtual life in an offbeat yet entirely palatable feed of contradictory insights. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
—— 36 " In an economic 68 minutes and relatively few sequences, it has more to say about time's passage than many films over double its length. " — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 100% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) " This "eastern" remake of Clint Eastwood's seminal '90s western boasts a similar sense of rough-shod lyricism." — Little White Lies
Posted Feb 27, 2014
95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Desire, danger and death - Guiraudie uses the water's edge as a playground for hedonistic predators and willing prey." — Film4
Posted Feb 17, 2014
54% The Zero Theorem " a messy mélange of broad pratfalls, challenged idealism, dark satire, and expansive, indeed cosmic allegory - but it also cannot escape being seen as a kind of Brazil vers. 2.0" — Eye for Film
Posted Feb 17, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Fast and funny, sly and subversive, even as its plot promotes inventive deconstruction, The Lego Movie is built to last." — Film4
Posted Feb 12, 2014
94% Her (2014) " Like Marco Ferreri's I Love You (1986) or Craig Gillespie's Lars And The Real Girl (2007) played out amidst the technological singularity, Jonze's strange SF-lite romance brims with love actual and intelligence artificial. Log on now." — Film4
Posted Feb 12, 2014
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " In its rough ride though pharmaceuticals provision in 80s America, this well-acted, Oscar-baiting AIDS drama mixes a queer cocktail of rugged individualism and anti-corporate collectivism." — Film4
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Fiennes' abusive romance makes visible the hidden hypocrisies of the Victorian age." — Little White Lies
Posted Feb 6, 2014
80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Crystal and Jamie... inscribe a part of their small lives in this eternal landscape, with [writer director Sebastián] Silva trusting his viewers to perform the excavation for themselves." — Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jan 16, 2014
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Is armed struggle or peaceful patience the better response to injustice? In a performance for the ages, Idris Elba's Mandela embodies both sides of the argument." — Film4
Posted Jan 6, 2014
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The best film about atrocity, memory, national trauma and primeval dirt since Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia For The Light " — Film4
Posted Jan 6, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) " Fun, charming, but slight - and way too long and flabby in the girth for such slightness." — Little White Lies
Posted Jan 6, 2014
—— Ongoing Smile " A portrait of Kim Dong-ho, founder and long-time director of the Busan International Film Festival, and recently also a filmmaker in his own right" — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 20, 2013
—— Rough Play " uses the rise and fall of a self-involved young actor (embodied by Lee Joon) to trace the merciless revolving door of Korea's star system. Reflexive to a fault, and full of references to other Korean films... " — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 20, 2013
—— Wish " looks unflinchingly at the effects of a horrific child rape on a family already facing financial difficulties, and features a standout performance from Sol Kyung-gu as a father desperate to reconnect with a daughter he barely knows." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 20, 2013
—— Fatal " Revenge... features in Lee Don-kyu's astonishing Dogme-style debut " — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 20, 2013
63% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " the film, like Joe's story, ends in frustration, denial, betrayal and painful confrontation, so that any straightforwardly sexual response to the great Dane's epic tease is ultimately shot down. " — Film4
Posted Dec 20, 2013
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " So much more than just a ribald tale of sex, von Trier's erotic epic opens itself wide to all manner of penetrating interpretations." — Film4
Posted Dec 20, 2013
—— Behind the Camera " Since E sits (purportedly) in an LA office throughout the Korean shoot, he can waggishly refer to himself as a 'Hollywood director' and gently satirise the rush of Korean filmmakers to the US market." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2013
—— Go-ryeong-hwa-ga-jok (Boomerang Family) " involve[s] the family ties that continue to bind despite profound domestic dysfunction, and also include[s] a young woman's sexual exploitation (in a pivotal subplot), but its dramas remain[s] primarily comic in nature." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2013
—— Mong-ta-joo (Montage) " deftly criss-crosses between an unsolved child abduction and a copycat crime 15 years later, with some very thorny dilemmas revolving around the morality of revenge." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2013
—— Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013) " handles its seriocomic switching [well]" — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2013
40% FLU (2013) " the shift in Kim Sung-soo's infection disaster movie FLU from buddy laughs and cutesy child antics to what can only be described as Holocaust imagery was too much for this viewer, with poor CGI compounding the alienation." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2013
—— Secretly, Greatly (Secretly and Greatly) (2013) " not only confounds the borderlines between domestic banality and covert war but also smuggles in much action and ultimately tragedy under the cover of easy comedy." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 19, 2013
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