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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Hounds of Love (2017) If the title evokes Kate Bush's LP Hounds of Love..., then the film also concerns three differently trapped women who, like the heroine of that album's conceptual second side, are all struggling to keep their head above water. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
92% Raw (Grave) (2017) Raw is a dreamy coming-of-age allegory, with plenty of subtext to chew on, as it shows the potential for monstrous transgression and human restraint that we all harbour within our developing bodies. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
46% Detour (2017) in flirting with the parallel plotting of Sliding Doors (1998), Detour not only finds graphic ways of highlighting its character's moral choices, but also exposes those choices as an illusion in a world of dumb luck. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
88% The Transfiguration (2016) Like Fresh (1994), only with a fixation on bloodsuckers rather than chess, writer/director Michael O'Shea's feature debut The Transfiguration follows a damaged adolescent as he must navigate both his confused emotions and a hostile environment.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
No Score Yet It Stains the Sands Red (2016) A mannered mix of the odd-couple corpse comedy of Swiss Army Man & the arid maternity ordeal of Monolith, It Stains The Sand Red offers a fresh feminist spin on well-trodden tropes‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
No Score Yet Warrior's Gate (2016) a bilingual blend... of The Karate Kid, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, and fantasy-fu. It is all very good-natured, but this wish fulfilment tale of adolescent empowerment is clearly aimed at viewers of Jack's age‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
86% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Godzilla's strange and ever-changing nature goes some way to compensate for effects that are at times decidedly ropey, much as the relentless pace of the action and editing makes up for some very flat characterisation.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
4/5 39% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Exquisite gothic trappings, timeless fairy tale grue, and several sips of mortality.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
No Score Yet Callback (2016) Even when he is not reciting motivational lines from advertisements, Larry talks robotically in borrowed catchphrases & false platitudes, as he struggles to fit into an American dream that seems so much more attractive in commercials than in reality.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Blue Velvet Revisited (2016) In a subtitle, Braatz wisely styles this collation "a meditation on a movie" - wisely, because these abstractly arranged archival materials barely qualify as a film in their own right, or even as a particularly coherent DVD extra.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
100% Realive (2016) updates the Frankenstein myth to explore not just the expected issues of medical and scientific ethics, but also ideas of time, memory, identity, and the Cartesian division of mind and body.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Population Zero (2016) if the story that Pinder pursues seems incredible, nonetheless he uses his experimental form to expose a different kind of truth that is actually very close to his interests as a documentarian.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Night of Something Strange (2016) all imaginable (and some unimaginable) fluids that can issue from a human being will be featured and fulsomely feted, with the characters mere vessels for the viral spread of irrepressibly icky id.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Let Her Out (2016) a hallucinatory trip through a woman's split sense of identity - with the red light that illuminates Helen's bedroom suggestive as much of her mother's whorish past as of her own arrested self.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Ibiza Undead (2016) one of the film's running gags is that, despite the unfolding apocalypse, everyone here continues trying to eke as much fun as they can from the rapidly fading party vibe. Whether that fun translates for the viewer is another question.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Hostage to the Devil (2016) Perhaps, though, in Stalker's tendentious documentary, the real hostage to the devil is truth.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Here Alone (2017) horror of a very human kind, triangulating upon a savage dog-eat-dog monstrousness within.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet The Evil in Us (2016) The Evil In Us is also The Evil In US - and while it may begin with all the tropes of genre in place..., it ends somewhere closer to a prediction of how easily a ruthless demagogue can use homegrown terror to manipulate a rise to the highest office‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Downhill (2016) Hybrid horror thriller Downhill is "taking a shit on a hill" and seeing what sticks. Not much does.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet The Creature Below (2016) The Creature Below may be pointing the way towards a grand cataclysm, but then, maternity is transformative, and having children is always the end of the world as their parents know it.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Broken (2016) Never getting beyond the front door of the house, Broken shuts these 2 characters in together, locked into an intense dialectic between their different kinds of trauma, & struggling to see a way through fractures that they both know can never heal. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Blood Hunters (One Drop) (2016) despite all its against-the-clock dashing about in the dark, with monsters lurking (as in They, Darkness Falls and Vanishing on 7th Street) wherever light is absent, Blood Hunters remains a tale of maternity and martyrdom‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
4/5 100% Get Out (2017) Get Out takes racism's more traditional forms - slavery, incarceration, exploitation, blackface - for a new, thoroughly modern appropriative spin.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
70% Trash Fire (2016) the hyperreal focus here is on domestic and psychological dysfunction, with an only eventually likeable protagonist unable to put conflict with his family's previous generation(s) behind him.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
100% Benavidez's Case (La valija de Benavidez) (2016) This is a portrait of an artist as a young man - living in the shadow of his painter father, outclassed by his own artist wife, and an active petri dish of frustration, anger and self-pitying narcissism. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
No Score Yet Bad Blood: The Movie (2016) Tim Reis has spotted the gap in the horror market for batrachian butchery, and filled it admirably. The result is a monstrous hybrid of Frankenstein and frogs, with a mutation of the werewolf myth thrown in for good (menstrual) measure.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
70% The Darkest Universe (2016) Sharpe explores those strange spaces where the comedy of the banal borders the gravity of depression, grief, guilt & death. It is very funny indeed, but as the title suggests, there is plenty of pain and pathos to counterweigh the humour. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
30% Don't Hang Up (2017) Even if the game-playing manipulation of 'Mr Lee' seems familiar from many other films, it is presented with real craft - and the moral commentary on the disconnect between online activity and real-world repercussion is very much of the now.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
No Score Yet The Mohican Comes Home (Mohican kokyô ni kaeru) (2016) Mohican Comes Home may be a domestic drama about intergenerational relations, but in many ways it is an antidote to perhaps the most famous film in this genre, Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953).‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Blind Sun (2015) Joyce A. Nasawati's heatstruck dystopia is an elegantly shot, elliptical slow burn.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
No Score Yet Willie Dynamite (1974) This is not only a film about conflicts and contradictions in black identity, but also a sly critique of capital's ruthless upward trajectory.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
86% The Burning (1981) at a time when the subgenre was undergoing a boom & the market was saturated... The Burning does little to distinguish itself from the spate of other slashers with which it was vying for screen space‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
No Score Yet Everlasting (2016) no faulting Stabley's ambitions here, as he presents a time-leaping, mixed-media kaleidoscopic vision of a young Lynchian 'woman in trouble', caught between free agency and victimhood - under the Hollywood sign.‐ ScreenAnarchy
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) Takahata brings his own feminist spin to Kaguya's coming of age, showing how this child of nature is repeatedly kept from happiness by the forces of patriarchy.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
50% Sadako Vs Kayako (2016) It is all broadly scare-free and utterly ridiculous, but Shiraichi embraces the absurdity with delirious enthusiasm, showing us how the horror stuff on which we have all been raised might combine and blur into a recognisable but new entity. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
83% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) while Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is certainly a memento mori, replete with intimations of its characters' corporeal nature and mortality, it is also, ultimately, a bizarre buddy pic‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
89% Ginger Snaps (2001) This small-town coming-of-ager regenders the werewolf myth as a hilariously icky exploration of the monstrous feminine.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
75% Split (2017) In Shyamalan's inventive meta-psychodrama, it's 23 (or so) characters in search of an author.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
85% Metropolis (2002) we see the director's towering world of tomorrow being erected on the foundations of yesterday's cultural influence... a dizzying postmodern edifice, more impressive for its shimmering Steampunk architecture than for the dramas accommodated within ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
61% The Lair of the White Worm (1988) More pantomime than horror, Ken Russell's unsurprisingly outrageous romp exposes conflicting substrates of British identity.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
95% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2016) In this circular portrait of the artist as a young man, Jodorowsky's principal theme is the permanence of impermanence.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
69% May (2003) Lucky McKee's pansexual patchwork carves up perfection to celebrate flaws.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
85% Witching and Bitching (2014) this is a funny, outrageous war of the sexes played out on the battlefield of genre. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
60% One Million Years B.C. (1967) If One Million Years BC is a tale of two tribes and their eventual miscegenation (figured - ooh da la - as a climactically erupting volcano), it is also a reminder of the primal drives - sex, violence - from which we never fully progress.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
80% Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015) unnerving study in cinephilia & erotomania, somewhere between Man Bites Dog & Creep, as one man documents his own murderous obsession, knowing full well that his possession of a camera is the best cover story for acts lifted from the horror genre. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
58% Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (The Devil in the House of Exorcism) (1973) Mario Bava's elegantly perverse mystery traps its heroine in its design.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
67% The Driller Killer (1979) a thematically dense, messily grounded film which, although about a drill, never bores - and there is nothing else quite like it.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
95% Moana (2016) That is Moana in a nutshell (or at least in a sea conch): smart about what it does, and easy on the eye, but at base the very Disney princess movie that it half-heartedly resists being - until, at least, its full heart is restored.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
4/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) By turns funny and despairing, this village noir brings the horror of uncertainty.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
100% LFO: The Movie (2013) LFO is a tale of ordinary madness, an origin story for a superhero (or villain), and an allegory of power and its abuses‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016