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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Wolf Guy (Urufu gai: Moero okami-otoko) (1975) something wild - a hybrid film which refuses to demonise its freaks.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Sequence Break (2017) Sequence Break plays as a lovingly self-conscious throwback to a bygone age of cinema, even as it portrays [protagonist] Oz's struggle to prick the bubble of his own nostalgia and to break the sequence of a life lived looking ever backwards.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet The Man Who Was Thursday (2016) Setting fascism against freedom, and hiding the devil in its details, this feature debut is an ambitious, sophisticated passion play that leaves Ron Howard's dumb-assed The Da Vinci Code (2006) in its dust.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet A Violent Prosecutor (Geom-sa-oe-jeon) (2016) Woo is seen not as an anomaly, but as a natural product of the system in which he thrives:... Korean society itself, which has nurtured him & allowed him to prosper even if he is not quite the "son of Pohang" he claims to be at his campaign rallies.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Cold Moon (2016) Furst's (maybe) supernatural tale unfolds in a manner that, without exactly breaking any new ground, makes the most of its backwards-looking classicism with a story that is similarly entombed in the past while looking forward to our present day.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Verónica (2017) As the doctor interrogates her patient's buried past, the relationship between these very different women - one young and erotically charged, the other middle-aged and sexually repressed - becomes defined by projection, transference and role play. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Incontrol (2017) If the film's outer frame is an increasingly paranoid sci-fi thriller ..., then its beating heart is an escapist character study of a young woman seeking, as all young people do, to be someone else, and - perhaps - finding a way to realise that.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Still/Born (2017) Deal[s] sensitively with its protagonist's sense of loss and depression while positioning itself as the dark post-partum reverse of Roman Polanski's classic Rosemary's Baby (1968)‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Dhogs (2017) in this chilling Haneke-esque experiment from first-time writer/director Andrés Goteira, voyeurism dictates everything..., even as gender itself proves a fluid 'skin' in a game of accusingly unpleasant spectatorship.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Dead Shack (2017) with its adolescent kids going on an adventure together and stumbling into a genre scenario, this is the film Among the Living (2014) might have been had it come with a warm fuzzy Spielbergian heart.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Imitation Girl (2017) as a portrait of female identity, in all its hopes and disappointments, joys and sorrows, Imitation Girl inspires a shudderingly sublime sense of awe that is not ultimately defined by male desires and demands.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
32% Voice from the Stone (2017) a late extension of high gothic, complete with atmospheric castle setting, ghostly presences, and a young visiting governess who could come straight from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw (1898)‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
89% Replace (2017) merging the tradition of Countess Elizabeth Báthory with a more modern quasi-vampiric quest for eternal youth, and tragically tracing the double standards in our differing attitudes to the ageing of men and women.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
93% Tragedy Girls (2017) sociopathic teen murder comedy, akin to Heathers (1999) and Detention (2012), is also a very modern tale of mediated self-invention, where the Internet's anonymity is the perfect killer's mask.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
No Score Yet Mansfield 66/67 (2017) Mansfield 66/67 tries to pin down a mythic figure, caught in changing times, changing attitudes towards women, and the endless altercation between exploitation and empowerment.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
100% Fashionista (2016) As much about a split as a break-up, this is a demanding yet rewarding work that will leave the viewer wondering how many bodies are buried beneath its protagonist's elaborate masque.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
57% Bitter Feast (2010) Lots of food for thought in this troubling clash - and slash and dash - between a chef and his critic.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
96% Le Doulos (1962) a film whose characters & plot are concealed as much as they are revealed by the images that flicker on the screen, & whose black & white cinematography (by Nicolas Hayer) beautifully choreographs the ambiguous interchanges of clarity & obscurity. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
79% The Ghoul (2017) An impressively melancholic, brain-bending tragedy whose convolutions are well worth revisiting through multiple circuits, whether in your spinning head or in subsequent viewings.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
61% Psycho II (1983) Franklin's consummate handling of suspense, black humour and several paradigm-shifting twists mak[e] this a worthy sequel to the original, and a convincing evocation of the old master's ghost.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
83% 68 Kill (2017) madcap, heavily gendered caper down the backroads of low-rent America‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
93% Tragedy Girls (2017) That we want their friendship to win out and overcome these odds, even at the cost of the community's heart, soul and other internal organs, is testament to MacIntyre's mastery of dark humour and knowing irony.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
91% Better Watch Out (2017) a tensely un-merry Christmas, painted in yellow and red, that impishly plays upon the audience's most naturally ingrained sympathies. It is also darkly funny from the get-go.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
No Score Yet Escape 2000 (1981) There's more than one kind of camp in this excessive Ozploitation dystopia. Worth hunting down.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
100% Lowlife (2017) Criss-crossing narratives abound in this bombastic caper of the marginalised, the manipulated and the moronic‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
41% Kuso (2017) Each episode is very different, but they are all unified by a thematic focus on graphic sex, arseholes (both kinds!), bugs, Cronenbergian metamorphoses, and elements of self-reflexive metacinema.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Is there anybody out there? Olivier Assayas captures the uncertainty of the digital age in a haunting drama of isolation.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
89% Replace (2017) body horror told from a female perspective, charting the desire - vain in every sense - for eternal youth.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
80% Killing Ground (2017) Power ratchets the tension, expertly interweaving these three storylines with their different chronologies, before bringing them all together on the bushland track leading from the campsite.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
90% Martin (1977) Not so much a horror film as a tragedy of alienation, Martin presents a man gravely isolated by a repressive family environment, painful shyness and fear of 'sexy stuff'...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
80% Game of Death (2017) what these youths are discovering is their involuntary place in a selfish system gamed against the innocent... great to see so many ideas & all that youthful promise (of frankly annoying characters) cut short to a mere 73 minutes. Oh the humanatee!‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
87% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Jung teases out the contradictions in a woman set on revenge and raised to kill, yet driven even more by her desire for "a normal life" - and for love. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) An exhausting distillation of everything that can possibly go wrong with a blockbuster.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) A documentary that mimics the oblique quality of Lynch's own work.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
No Score Yet Bluebeard (2017) in filling in that dark unknown space in the plastic bag & in supplementing the narrative of Bluebeard with our own anxiety, expectation & imagination, we too risk losing our heads, and being left without our critical faculties and detective skills‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Anti Matter (2017) amnesiac noir whose underlying conceit is rooted in physics and metaphysics... reimagines the Oxford-penned Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, complete with its own caterpillar, cat, white rabbit & (worm)hole through which our little girl lost falls.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
42% Blood Feast (1963) while it might be tempting to dismiss Herschell Gordon Lewis' low-budget, utterly tawdry smorgasbord of sensationalism as dumb-assed trash, it is too self-aware to merit such dismissal. Hell, it even ends in a literal trash yard...‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
27% The Amityville Horror (1979) Its pacing is off, there are too many go-nowhere subplots, & it seems just to come to a clunking halt at the end [but] the film's lack of commitment to any single reading of its narrative architecture is precisely what makes it so uncanny.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% Spider Baby (1968) This hilarious haunted house schlocker opens the doors on America's demented, diseased history of horror, before burying it beneath the foundations of the genre's next golden age.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
No Score Yet Madhouse (1981) might be regarded either as straight (if incoherent) slice and dice, or as a subjective insight into a damaged woman's psychotic meltdown. It works either way, but is richer and more satisfying if viewed as an early prelude to the The Babadook.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Children (1980) a topsy-turvy nightmare scenario where familial love is a mortal weakness, infanticide a salvation, and the arrival of a newborn a source of terror.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery's film haunts with its highly localised perspective on human history, as it goes/stays on a quest for a scrap of deferred meaning.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
33% The Tripper (2007) David Arquette's debut is a so-so slasher elevated by its unexpected (but eventually overworn) political mask.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) One for the desert island films list.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
74% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) a heady tragedy, elegantly shot (by Shaheen Seth), expertly edited (by Smith) and confidently mounted, with just enough loose threads to leave you wandering its circling corridors bleary-eyed long after the closing credits have finished rolling.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
No Score Yet Clanker Man (2017) Terry resemble[s] most of us in our working lives: toiling away through days & nights, longing for recognition that rarely comes, & screaming into the darkness & void. Which guarantees that Clanker Man, though certainly funny, is decidedly bleak too.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
83% The Entity (1982) Invading a similar domestic space to The Exorcist and Poltergeist, The Entity is a bittersweet modern ghost story that dramatises the awful compromises and sacrifices that women make every day just to get by in a man's world.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet Land of the Little People (2016) Like Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado's Rabies, Land of the Little People is a state-of-the-nation allegory delivered in the guise of genre, with hawkish antagonism, intense vulnerability & a deep-seated sense of righteousness proving a deadly mix.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Legend of Boggy Creek (1973) amid all the footprints found, the livestock deaths, the sightings and close encounters, what The Legend of Boggy Creek lacks is a coherent narrative to lend urgency, or even shape, to its otherwise loosely episodic structure...‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
92% The Levelling (2017) tensions rise, until eventually the barriers break & the emotions - chiefly despair & a deep-flowing love - come flooding. This precisely & powerfully modulated climax lets the presence of talented new British filmmaker Dickson Leach be fully felt.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017