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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Baskin (2016) "surreal, uncompromising, bestial and eerily beautiful... even if it is not, despite what some unsuspecting viewers may believe, named for a certain popular brand of ice cream, Evrenol's film sure is one haunting Turkish delight. " ‐ TheHorrorShow
Posted Jan 31, 2016
No Score Yet Last Shift (2015) "[it] is pure genre, but that is not to say that its genre is pure, given how deftly it ambiguates itself between being a story of ghostly vengeance and a tale of psychological breakdown, while leaving the disoriented viewer to call the difference. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 20, 2016
94% A Touch of Zen (1969) "...the film's supernatural machinery evaporates only to be replaced with a magical kind of Buddhist spiritualism (the titular 'touch of Zen') that reconfigures everything that has preceded into religio-philosophical allegory. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 20, 2016
67% Ninja III: The Domination (1984) "somehow combines a now unstoppable (and un-stealthy) ninja killing machine with an exorcism motif lifted straight from horror, and gratuitous aerobics sequences (showing off the talents of Lucinda Dickey, flush from recent success in Breakin'). " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 17, 2016
No Score Yet Revenge of the Ninja (1983) "Revenge of the Ninja appropriates part of its form from the then-voguish slasher ("What is this, Halloween?", a character is heard to ask), and part from the gangster flick. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 17, 2016
No Score Yet Enter the Ninja (1981) "...proves to be as much oater as assassin's actioner. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jan 17, 2016
13% Septic Man (2014) "The results, deeply unnerving, impenetrable and wrong in all the best ways, might well linger in your brain like a bad smell. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jan 11, 2016
No Score Yet I Spit on Your Grave: Vengeance Is Mine "Like the best revenge flicks, I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine foregrounds then interrogates its own fantasy, before punishing us with whatever moral conclusion we choose to draw... This is without question the best of the series. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 25, 2015
20% The Vatican Tapes (2015) "this hodgepodge of exorcism and possession clichés... flirt[s] uncomfortably with justifying clerical abuses as just a part of the Church's endless battle against Satan. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 25, 2015
30% Momentum (2015) "this action thriller never stops moving (except when Olga Kurylenko's kickass heroine Alex has her leg literally caught in a vice), racing through its series of genre routines in the hope that speed alone can cover over any cracks. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 25, 2015
55% Lazer Team (2016) "a smart(ish) film about dumb people (something to which the spelling of the title cunningly alludes), deconstructing - before ultimately revalidating - the ensemble heroics currently so beloved of the Marvel mainstream. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 25, 2015
75% The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015) "relocates The Searchers (1956) to the landscapes of contemporary Tokyo, as a father looking for his lost daughter comes to embody the most monstrous of patriarchal values from the past. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 20, 2015
57% Maggie (2015) "focusing less on zombie action than on the last gasping phase of the pre-undead.. [it's] a meditative piece that will resonate strongly with anyone who has had to deal with terminal illness and the harrowing dynamics of loss. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 20, 2015
100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) "whereas its plot focuses on the illegal trade in organ transplants, SPL 2 - A Time For Consequences offsets this with more salubrious kinds of interpersonal compatibility and cultural exchange... Cheang's film kicks ass with the best of them. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 7, 2015
No Score Yet Ten no Chasuke (Chasuke's Journey) "Some uneconomic repetitions and casual homophobia aside, Chasuke's Journey takes romantic comedy on an endearing, inventive spin heavenwards. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 7, 2015
No Score Yet Violator "Dayao is a singular new (Tagalog) voice in the outer limits of both horror and the 'cult' movie. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 7, 2015
65% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) " this long goodbye offers, in its own time, a gently consoling message to anyone who has ever suffered grief and loss, or had their feelings left unresolved. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 7, 2015
91% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) "Kaili Blues is, with its pace both meandering and gradually mesmerising, a chronology-confounding reverie on loneliness and loss, unfolding in locations all at once naturalistic and spellbinding. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 7, 2015
88% Veteran (2015) "an exciting, often very funny ride through Korea's social divisions, class inequalities and rough justice, Gangnam-style or otherwise. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 7, 2015
No Score Yet There Are Monsters "What this film gets absolutely right, though, is its freaky scares, all anchored by four amicably real-seeming young people. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet AfterDeath "Casting its everyday characters adrift in a bubble of ethical and eschatological conundrums, AfterDeath plays like a chamberpiece of odd ideas and even odder effects. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Estranged (2016) "a family home is also a prison of perverse history, aspirational envy and twisted revenge. Estranged shows England's class structure to be a closed system, its bricks and mortar staying essentially fixed no matter how deep the genetic pool may run. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet The Shelter "Here the haunted house is but an outward manifestation of a haunted man, damned by his own lack of fidelity, if not faith. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 6, 2015
77% 13 Cameras (2016) "Everything here is unnerving and uncomfortable to watch - and that sense of amplified discomfort naturally extends to include an eleventh-hour shift in tone from harrowing psychodrama to black comedy. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Hangman (2001) "while Hangman closes like a trap on the Millers, it also offers a diffuse portrait of a man who covets a kind of love and familiarity which will always exclude and elude him. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet III "...may ultimately feel abstract to the point of emptiness, but it is an aesthete's wet nightmare. Like Tarsem Singh's The Cell, or Christopher Nolan's Inception reimagined by Andrei Tarkovsky, III's vision is beautifully, headily captivating. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet The Rotten Link "This little village of the damned and the dead is like the mythic Macondo of Gabriel García Márquez's writings - an allegorical zone where the human condition plays itself out as dark, transgressive fable. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Landmine Goes Click (2015) "Trace the blast pattern to its source and you see a causal chain leading all the way back to a ticking time bomb of errant masculinity, exposed for all its emptiness. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Curtain "Charming and weird enough to get away with its rough edges, it can along the way seem a bit meandering, especially in its focus on Tim's Save the Whales fixation, but in the end every (narrative) hook on this Curtain fits neatly into place. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Ratter (2016) "even at a mere 80 minutes, this feature feels padded and overlong - and the ingenious way that the writer/director contrives to stage events before Emma's various devices also sadly palls through repetition. In short, needs more slashing. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
91% Green Room (2016) "A siege film with believable characters & witty dialogue... shows regular folk just trying to get by in impossible circumstances. It also slyly exposes the low motives underlying some of the more extreme ideologies in America's culture wars. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
67% The Corpse Of Anna Fritz (El Cadáver De Anna Fritz) "This rape-revenance plays like an elongated version of the hospital sequence from Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) - although its games of table-(and slab-)turning are certainly tense. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
61% The Boy (2015) "An austere and chilling portrait of America's abandoned margins, The Boy is a slow-burner that builds and builds to its climactic conflagration, and offers a dark, disturbing flipside to Richard Linklater's Boyhood (2014). " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
89% Bone Tomahawk (2015) "S. Craig Zahler's directorial debut is set in the frontierlands - not just between civilisation & savagery some time after America's Civil War, but also between oater heroics (& antiheroics), Coen-esque clusterfuckery & a pioneering form of horror. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "deliriously daft until its final oater-style showdown... Miike delivers something all at once insane, inane and irresistible. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
No Score Yet Ghost Theater (Gekijô Rei) "...exsanguinated of all subtlety by its bludgeoning narrative repetitions, its ridiculously melodramatic score, and a doll which we see on the move just too many times for its creepiness to linger. Here overstatement leads to underfrightment. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
88% The Invitation (2016) "Kusama's confronting take on faith and fanaticism nails the cult in America's culture wars. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Nov 6, 2015
80% Observance "an intriguing, elliptical enigma that confronts us with our own complicit voyeurism, even as it leaves us unsure what exactly we have seen - or overlooked. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Nov 6, 2015
95% The Forbidden Room (2015) "sit back, unwind, and lose yourself to this transglobal tub-thumping oneiro-epic bathtime of the psyche - for some good, if questionably clean, fun. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/5 80% Macbeth (2015) "The performances are astonishingly intense, their sound and fury signifying everything. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Oct 1, 2015
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "by its second half Jupiter Ascending abandons big, crazy ideas for a default mode of repetitive action sequences, losing along the way both its distinctive weirdness and the viewer's attention. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Sep 17, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) "while Shyamalan tosses all manner of red herrings at the screen, and allows the tension to build and build towards a terrifying climax, here, as in his earlier Lady in the Water, he seems far more preoccupied with the theme of storytelling itself " ‐ TheHorrorShow
Posted Sep 9, 2015
No Score Yet Suspension "hangs its story on multiple hooks, before twisting in its final killer blow and hammering it home. You may well see it coming - although perhaps not in every detail - but Lando is certainly deft in handling the many modalities of this material. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
No Score Yet Awaiting "entrapping characters and viewers alike in an awaited possibility of escape that is repeatedly frustrated, this sick psychodrama sets city against country, North against South, and blood against blood, while dismembering family values along the way. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "makes no great claims on originality, although it does rewire its source materials into something ever so slightly different, while following the Blumhouse formula of contained creepiness and slickly packaged jump scares. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
29% Summer Camp (2016) "Unfolding with the same sense of paranoid derangement as the infection whose ravages it observes, Summer Camp remains deft in its pacing and endless narrative surprises even as its characters become increasingly hobbled by a succession of injuries. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
80% These Final Hours (2015) "glimpses of Aussie suburbia in desperate, existential collapse are hauntingly surreal " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
No Score Yet Scherzo Diabolico "As a thriller it's well-tempered and taut... Yet it is as Oedipal drama, where the tragic trajectory of one person's rise comes only with the destruction of the boss/father, that Bogliano's film finds its strongest (and subtlest) sociopolitical grip. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
80% Road Games (2016) "Even if you manage to disentangle the many twists relatively early on, there is still pleasure to be had here in witnessing how Pastoll's bilingual screenplay allows crucial giveaways to get lost in translation. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
No Score Yet Another Me (2014) "plays out all the expected tropes of a doppelgänger film in a dreamy haze, while leaving it for the viewer to decide whether this divided self is a real spectre dogging Fay, or a mere metaphor for her anxieties about coming of age. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
100% Frankenstein (2016) "Rose's focus is more on the story's tragic elements, while his updating accommodates all kinds of commentary on the gulf between the beautiful, privileged people of Hollywood and the alienated, overlooked underclass just down the road. " ‐ ScreenAnarchy
Posted Sep 4, 2015
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