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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 95% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) One for the desert island films list.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
73% 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
80% 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
No Score Yet Sublimate (2016) Here the analogue sounds of Roger's drug-addled youth are the only escape that he can find from the absurdly miserable reality of contemporary British life - even if he retreats into a kind of nostalgia that is deluded, destructive, even deadly.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Love and Saucers (2017) Brad Abrahams' documentary... is an ambiguous picture of a man who has embraced otherness as the ultimate escape from earthly concerns.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet The End of the Lonely Island (2016) Wang's film subjects this island Earth to historical, philosophical and allegorical analysis, and the result is a nuanced, Asimovian account of survival in crisis as the only kind of progress.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Yesterday Last Year (2017) a love triangle unfolding mostly, Primer-style, in a garage‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Anti Matter (2016) Burrows' story keeps winding and meandering back to the same point... as Ana attempts to remember what has happened and to reconstruct her fractured identity. The results are paranoid and disorienting, if also - necessarily - rather repetitive.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Space Detective (2017) Space Detective offers postmodernism on a planetary scale, advertising its own artifice through its rotoscoped imagery, neither quite real nor entirely animated.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet The Rizen (2017) The period setting (and Swift's doughty performance) convert Frances' proto-kickass tendencies into pure Blitz-spirit pluck, and ensure that all the film's wilful corniness comes with nostalgic charm.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (2014) despite, or even because, of all its naïve, straight-faced earnestness, Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell comes with real heart - not to mention kidney, liver, intestines and brains...‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Stray (2016) a dark and devastating tale of a broken home and its eternal recurrence for an individual who, having lived there once, has never really been able to leave its malign influence or renegotiate a path to normalcy. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
4/5 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) A quietly tense examination of a family in slow freefall.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Flora (2017) While this subgenre typically involves retaliatory animals, the ecosystem of Flora is a plant kingdom aggressively closed to all fauna. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
100% Tampopo (1985) In Tampopo, every aspect of life is filtered through the prism of food - its rituals of preparation and consumption, its role as a social unifier or divider, its many healthy uses and perverse abuses.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
No Score Yet Wekufe (2016) Wekufe comes with its own duality, as Paula's news story, colonised by Matias, is made to serve as the palimpsest for an improvised genre flick. This is found footage, but of an unusually self-conscious variety‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
100% Sour Grapes (2016) Reuben Atlas and Jerry Rothwell's documentary Sour Grapes traces a massive fraud where one connoisseur's con may just have tainted an entire liquid market.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
38% Slugs (1987) Creature feature in which humans prove just as carnal and odd as the mutant slugs killing them.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
No Score Yet Lowlife Love (Gesu no ai) (2015) The results, though at times a little broad, are a low-key, rough-cut metacinematic gem. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
56% The Crazies (1973) Putting the "gory" in "allegory", Romero's film shows the madness of the Vietnam war in all its viral contagion.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
100% The Endless (2017) ventures to a place where genre's boundaries are at their most blurred & human dramas play out on eerie supernatural stages that amplify the everyday stakes involved in evolving from one's own behavioural patterns & confronting one's own mortality‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Diverge (2016) a post- (and pre-) apocalyptic drama set around a plague-devastated New York‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Virtual Revolution (2016) a virtual system where escapist fantasies are all just part of the game.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Domain (2016) there is a decidedly existential flavour to the film's preoccupation with infernal routines and the hell of other people‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) The Belko Experiment offers an intensified allegory of today's world of work - as well as the thrill of the hunt - all in an amusingly banalised milieu of lobbies, lifts and cubicles.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
65% Hellraiser (1987) "This isn’t for your eyes”", says the demonic Cenobite –- but he is so very wrong about Clive Barker'’s must-see horror.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
No Score Yet Destruction Babies (Disutorakushon beibîzu) (2016) As a piece of raucous rebel filmmaking, Destruction Babies is as disheartening and exhilarating as a recalcitrant teen.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
52% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Tommy's long dark night of the soul maps out his neighbourhood's past and present, while offering a harmonious vision of the future, far beneath all the glittering new executive accommodation. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
No Score Yet Snapshot (1979) Simon Wincer's Ozploitationer is a feminist melodrama ever tinged with the faint odour of burning flesh.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
5/5 90% Raw (2017) Raw ... exposes the everyday monstrousness each of us harbours within our soft, fragile exteriors, and the accommodations we have to make with our darker nature.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) Driven as much by Amy Sharp and [Ben] Wheatley's witty dialogue as by the whizzing and pinging of ammunition, Free Fire shows what happens when male machismo comes well armed.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
73% The Void (2017) From its practical effects work to its reclaimed plotting, the film resurrects genre's dead parts by cultically metamorphosing them into a monstrous hybrid of the primordial and the new. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
42% Pieces (1983) If all this sounds like standard giallo/slasher fare... in fact Simón constructs his film in much the way that the killer recreates his puzzle: taking a bit from here, a bit from there, & stitching all these disparate pieces into a monstrous hybrid.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
46% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Billy's [shirt] depicts a flying weiner, a bravely honest image to include in superhero flick, while the text on Jason's T, perfectly encapsulating this film's money-grubbing cynicism towards its audience, states: "Cash only. No credit. Don't ask."‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
No Score Yet Mourning Grave (Sonyeogoedam) (2014) horror... which along the way dons so many different masks and personalities - comedy, romance, melodrama - that it offers, in the end, a hybrid - or if you like, a schizophrenic - form of genre. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
No Score Yet The Ghoul (2016) Along with Omer Fast's Remainder, The Ghoul is the best journey through a damaged brain you will take all year - and the sign of a very impressive new British filmmaking talent.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
17% Zombies Lake (1980) buried beneath the surface of all the cheap thrills and schlocky production there lies a discourse on France's attempts to confront and come to terms with her resurgent wartime sins. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
50% Pet (2016) Psychosis come in many forms here, and as these two characters negotiate with each other where one's ideal ends and the other's begins, Torrens treats the viewer to a twisted sadomasochistic love story.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
No Score Yet Body Melt (2003) Philip Brophy's outrageous, uproarious body horror comedy returns Aussie suburbia to the primal ooze.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
No Score Yet The Dark Below (2014) while The Dark Below presents itself as a taut survival thriller, its subtext, submerged beneath the surface of all that cat-and-mouse, is of a woman stuck in a loveless, airless marriage with an abusive misogynist, and struggling to emerge intact. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
78% Strange Behavior (1981) A psychodrama set in that strange limbo where bloody horror meets sci fi, it exposes age-old vindictiveness, undying jealousy & Freudian friction in a small-town slice of Americana that seems sleepy, but harbours evil grudges from beyond the grave.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
No Score Yet Horror Stories (2012) Each of the four short films that constitute Horror Stories could be viewed in isolation and enjoyed in its own right - but it is the fifth wraparound story which lends all of them a broader coherence as an ensemble‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
86% Sun Choke (2016) Madness and motherlessness rule and unravel in Ben Cresciman's beautifully disturbing study of dissociation.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
94% The Dark Knight (2008) The Dark Knight may mirror the ethical dilemmas & duplicities of the War on Terror, but it also offers a different, better way through them, with a seriousness that Bush & his clowns were never able to muster‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
100% Hard Tide (2015) That tension - between Margate's sink estate grit & flights of fancy, between naturalist crime story & sweet-natured morality fable... - is what gives Hard Tide its energy, but also, at times, makes it frustratingly uneven. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017