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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Mandy (2018) Hyperstylised and ultraviolent, Mandy is an amped-up theological trip into pulp's purest quintessence‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
72% Dragged Across Concrete (2018) a sprawling, gritty action noir, gorgeously lit and morally challenging, where, as always, it is survival of whoever, beneath their mask, happens to be the fittest (and the smartest).‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
72% Suspiria (2018) much as the Markos Dance Academy is a hall of mirrors, its walls covered in reflective surfaces, the film itself constantly reflects upon its own form and its very status as a remake.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
97% In Fabric (2018) a film that tucks and weaves its way beyond any rational analysis, while accommodating in the folds of its (often very funny) fabric stories seemingly of any size, age or inclination. Try on this alluring one-off, and realise the fantasy. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
71% Assassination Nation (2018) It is a vibrant - and increasingly violent - coming-of-age story unfolding along the perilous fault lines of America's culture wars, where, with borders closing, new lines must be drawn.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
100% School's Out (L'heure de la sortie) (2018) This is an unnerving parable of a world that will not acknowledge or understand the warning signs constantly before its very eyes. Think Take Shelter for a smart new generation that refuses to look away from approaching catastrophe.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
75% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2018) like a classic giallo queered via Cruising and Stranger by the Lake ... Gonzalez locates desire and loss in cinema itself.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
No Score Yet The Nightshifter (Morto nâo fala) (2018) part Biutiful, part Dellamorte Dellamore, with an implacably vindictive ghost returning to reify the dysfunction that has taken possession of Stênio's unhappy home. It's a gory, unpredictable melodrama, where morality survives mortality.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
93% Cam (2018) What ensues is SF horror evoking Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but it is also a smart allegory of the commodification and appropriation of our online identities.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
No Score Yet May the Devil Take You (Sebelum iblis menjemput) (2018) In the Evil Dead-style scenario that follows, Tjahjanto deftly flings all manner of witchcraft, voodoo and splatter just to see what will stick. The subtext may be shallow, but the blood runs deep, ensuring the viewer one hell of a crazy night.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
89% Lords of Chaos (2018) a painful, often devilishly funny look at male adolescent insecurity and idiocy.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
83% Jonathan (2018) a tragic tale of love, brotherly and otherwise, in which Oliver always anchors the out-there MPD plotting to a real emotional intelligence that keeps us fully engaged.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
80% Apostle (2018) Aided by Matt Flannery's reeling cinematography and excellent performances all round, Evans transforms this hermetic isle into a place of mystery, morbidity and miracle.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
No Score Yet Extremity (2018) "What do you want from us?" asks Phil before waterboarding Allison. We might be wondering the same, of both her & ourselves, as the film explores the different effects - some liberating, some less so - of extremity on its voluntary victims‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
53% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (1988) before its disappointing dénouement, Monkey Shines is a very tense thriller concerned precisely with one man's struggle to tame his older, wilder instincts. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
60% Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns (1987) like its predecessor, this sequel, with its weird stylisations, is almost a study in inauthenticity - but that is not out of keeping with a film where reality warps and fiction comes to life.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
100% The Book of Birdie (2017) a beautifully designed picture-book tale of a visionary young woman struggling to find her own Order in the confusing world around her‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
0% I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) panders to the viewer's basest instincts without even once interrogating them, and presents revenge as something entirely unproblematic. And when it's all over, we, like Katie, can just go home. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
92% The Baby (1973) The Baby, though marketed as horror, plays out as a deranged women's picture, its melodrama modulated to the rhythms of errant maternity.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
91% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) David Ungaro's camera practically hugs Moore in his descent into, and advancement through, the penal system, immersing us fully in his experience‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) With his latest, Roth reverses time, not just going back to the 1950s, but essaying adult genre for kids... Nostalgic, but smart on nostalgia's dangerous extremes.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet Pappy's World (2018) Pappy's World leaves the viewer with a lot to unpack, but is so unsettling beneath all its puppetry and play that you might after all prefer not to look too hard beneath its cutesy wrapping.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
100% Edogawa ranpo taizen: Kyofu kikei ningen (Horrors of Malformed Men)(Horror of a Deformed Man) (1969) a deliriously unhinged glimpse into the disintegration of Japan's dynastic structures and patriarchal dreams.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
No Score Yet Mujo (This Passing Life) (This Transient Life) (1971) Masao's own personal rejection of good and evil lends him precisely the sort of sublime indifference that is normally associated with, ironically enough, the Buddha whose image Masao obsessively carves, and whose tenets he has long since disavowed. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) As Layton makes sexy fiction an on-screen accomplice to messier reality, he gradually focuses on the violent consequences that the young men prefer to erase from their visionary plot.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
78% Scanners (1981) David Cronenberg's coolly clinical sci-fi Scanners is mind-blowing art for outsiders.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
No Score Yet Open 24 Hours (2018) Mary's overt hallucinations raise the question of just where her delusions end and reality begins - an ambiguity that the film subtly maintains without ever conclusively resolving. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Hell Is Where the Home Is (2018) both Sarah and Estelle are seeking to escape (a key word in the film) their respective domestic situations and to be liberated from a trap of toxic masculinity already inside the premises before the Mexican gangbangers intrude. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Book of Monsters (2018) transforms its coming of age tropes into an icky Eighties-style gorefest, conjuring the spirit of Evil Dead II with its own comic diabolism, its practical effects, its Necronomicon-like book of the title, and its hidden toolshed‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema (2018) one of the paradoxes that emerges from the organisers' often disarmingly candid contributions to this documentary is that they themselves, while brilliant programmers and coordinators, are by no means the best of friends...‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Black Site (2018) The resulting genre mash-up involves Lovecraftian lore, and - as magic prevents firearms being used on the base - plenty of martial arts and swordplay, as well as some literal Hammer Time (à la The Raid 2). ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years (2018) Marcus Hearn's documentary Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years covers this rapidly evolving climate, and is as much elegy for as celebration of the Hammer style and spirit. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Ravers (2018) It is as though the spirit of J. Michael Muro's Street Trash & Philip Brophy's Body Melt hit the dance floor with a neurotic neatnik - & the ensuing mix, though messy, guarantees a night of fun that will be mostly forgotten by the following morning.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Dementia Part II (2018) this putative sequel is different in every way: a short-and-sweet genre-blurring gross-out, freak-out, all-out comedy, that switches the original's genders while utterly lowering the tone.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Perfect Skin (2018) while Perfect Skin might represent 'torture porn' set in the same world of body modification and suspension that featured in Jen and Sylvia Soska's American Mary and Kate Shenton's doc On Tender Hooks, it is also an allegory of immigrant experience.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Tokoloshe (2018) The Tokoloshe turns local legend into allegory of state (and mental state), showing a South Africa full of the marginalised, the overlooked and the forgotten.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet CTRL (2018) an ambitious, hallucinatory work, figuring the coming technological singularity as falling somewhere between an incestuous chess match, a Sartrean hell, Donald Cammell's Demon Seed (1977) and an upgraded Bible‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet CTRL (2018) this bold feature debut yields disorienting (mind and) body horror, negotiating our fragile relationship with each other in a life increasingly lived online & electronically enhanced, where identity - even humanity - are open to radical redefinition.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Pimped (2018) ultimately the question of what is real and what is fiction is less important than the duplicity that the film explores and exposes - a division of personality between compromises settled and desires sublimated which perhaps characterises all of us.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Frankenstein's Creature (2018) Filmed in a literal niche, [it] is also a production of unquestionably niche appeal - but for those attuned to its particular vibe, it is a complex, paradoxical creation, not quite cinema in much the way that its only character is not quite human.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is effective as visceral, in-the-moment horror, but there is little of substance beneath the wimple.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Heretiks (2018) The results, though atmospheric, are nunsense.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% Wolfman's Got Nards (2018) Nostalgia is crucial here. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Cult of Terror (Culto al Terror) (2017) a festival-hopping exploration of the genre & its audience, taking advantage of the many filmmaking talents, programmers, critics, merchandisers & fans who congregate at specialist events... to celebrate together the object of their worship‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Ghost Mask: Scar (2018) Takeshi Sone's film comes with a s(p)lit identity: part melodrama of family dysfunction, part psychologised urban myth, part bloody slasher.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Videomannen (2018) all at once a wryly funny, bleakly melancholic film whose two principal characters are, in more ways than one, accidentally dating.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Lasso (2018) to put it reductively, the best reason to watch Lasso is for the grotesque, gory kills or - if it's your thing - for the sculpted musculature of the cowboys' bodies. Rawhide!‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet American Fright Fest (2018) a silly, gory affair that tries to conceal its own shortcomings (in terms of narrative, characterisation and dialogue) beneath its postmodern trappings. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Fubar (2018) pitched somewhere between television's The Inbetweeners and David Bruckner's The Ritual, this is an epic weekender comedy of boys hoping to become men, and men hoping forever to stay boys.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Killing God (Matar a Dios) (2017) Part of what makes Killing God so funny is the incongruous juxtaposition of these people's pettily banal preoccupations with much larger ethical and theological concerns. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018