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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) a peculiarly involuted dynamic - Kronlund filming Shaheen filming his own story - from which we get a picture of man & myth, two aspects of a filmmaker who has always built his fictions upon the foundations - & ruins - of his nation's realities.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
No Score Yet Six Figures Getting Sick (Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times)) (1966) This unconscious eructation of irrational, amorphous materials, sputted from these six heads like sperm from upright penises, offers a visual metaphor for the messy imperatives of the (pro)creative process. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
89% Hounds of Love (2017) Vicki's efforts to escape her harrowing circumstances place Hounds of Love firmly in the horror genre, but the real monsters here are the systemic abuses of patriarchy‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
80% Tag (Riaru Onigokko) (2015) Prolific cult filmmaker Sion Sono has freely adapted the world of Yusuke Yamada's 2004 novel 'Riaru Onigokko' to expose the trappings of patriarchy. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
67% Black Christmas (1974) Made at a time when there were as yet no fixed rules for the slasher subgenre, here anything goes, and the survival of neither virgin nor even final girl comes guaranteed.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet Tear Me Apart (2015) for those who like a bit of a coming-of-age allegory and post-patriarchal spin to their post-apocalyptic fables, there is much on which to chew here. Beautifully shot, too.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet The Truth Beneath (Bi-mil-eun eobs-da) (2016) It is a taut, twisty affair, pivoting around the question of whether Min-jin's disappearance is the result of ruthless electioneering or of something closer to home.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet The Hunt (Sanyang) (2016) a mash-up of genres - explicitly referencing First Blood & Deliverance, but also bringing in a rich seam of melodrama with traces of the supernatural, & with a substrate message about self-sacrifice & continuity being a community's richest treasure.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Alone (Hon-ja) (2015) Park Hong-min's indie experiment Alone is a disorienting, Lynchian tale of a lost soul - and is just about unnerving and unusual enough to get away with feeling slightly overextended.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Bait (2014) Bait shares its title with Kimble Rendall's 2012 schlockfest, only this time it is not finned underwater monsters but a predatory loan shark who circles the marketplace in search of big bites - and the terror which he brings is tangible and grounded.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Inner Demon (2014) If Sam spends the second half hidden in a closet, witnessing horrors while trying to undo the hinges with a penknife, the film itself pivots on two different subgenres, while getting trapped in an overlong, repetitive middle section of hide & seek.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Terrifier (2017) Thornton stays in rôle as fun-loving mime artist, so that all his slayings involve an unnerving combination of predatory sadism & popular performance. This makes him a perfect vehicle for the paradoxes of horror (as) entertainment.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Housewife (2017) This beautifully disturbing vision of family perverted is a Lovecraftian psychosexual snowglobe of a film, like a fairytale fantasy dreamt up by a child - or by an arrested, damaged adult.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet It Came from the Desert (2017) Its sensibilities were all a bit too adolescent for my tastes (and age), but for those still fixated on brewskies and formication, It Came from the Desert is a monstrously fun ride.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet Hostile (2017) Beautifully shot by Vincent Vieillard-Baron with two very different lighting schemes (richly coloured past, arid present), this is a strange coupling of romance & horror... climactic confrontation between heroine & monster is both surprising & moving‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
36% Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016) slow-burning ghost story Daguerrotype concerns present absences: the 'e' missing from the centre of its title foreshadows the dead subjects mummified in Stéphane's daguerreotypes, the spectre of Denise, and the not-quite-all-there aloofness of Marie.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
No Score Yet The Black Gloves (2017) The film looks glorious - and though self-consciously old-fashioned in form, it is ultimately not at all so in its gender politics.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
No Score Yet Beyond Skyline (2017) at first retelling the original's LA invasion from street (and underground) level, and then borrowing from the follow-ups to The Purge both lead actor Frank Grillo, and a see-what-sticks approach to sequel making.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
No Score Yet Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare (2017) Anderson is disarmingly frank, talking openly not just about his frustrations and self-doubt as a filmmaker, but also about his physical discomfort from a recent circumcision.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
No Score Yet Dark Souls (Mørke sjeler) (2010) Dark Souls' apocalypse of banality plays fast and loose with its generic identity, but is ultimately rotten.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
100% Creep 2 (2017) It's kiss or kill in Patrick Brice's hilariously unhinged found-footage sequel‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
No Score Yet Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2017) Feigelfeld uses amplified sound design and MMMD's intense bowed-bass drones to conjure an otherworldly presence from the starkly beautiful natural settings. This is a sensual, slow-burning tragedy filled wth ominous awe.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
83% The Thing (1982) The Thing is set in an all-male environment, and is as much a study of masculinity in crisis as an update of the sort of siege scenario that Carpenter had already played out in Assault on Precinct 13. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
56% Kicking and Screaming (1995) Noah Baumbach's debut is a witty not-coming-of-age story set among arrested college graduates.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
50% Bite (2016) This is pure body horror, focusing on the vomit and pus and oozy emissions that accompany Casey's entomological alterations - but it is also an allegory of a young woman's full, monstrous conversion to marriage, maternity and hardcore homemaking.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
No Score Yet Goddess of Love (2015) Kendra (who also co-wrote) gives her all in an astonishing, slippery performance - and while there is a 'bunny boiler' moment, this erotic thriller distinguishes itself by being told from the inside out‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
No Score Yet Hostile (2014) a confidently mounted, genre-savvy ragbag that constantly confounds & wrongfoots without ever making complete sense. This protean quality may be dismissed as a symptom of the filmmaker's immaturity - but it is also where the uncanny finds its home.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
No Score Yet My Bloody Banjo (2015) If a would-be man's arrested development and inability to put away childish things are key themes in Liam Regan's feature debut Banjo, juvenility pervades the film too... a puerile throwback.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
No Score Yet Farhope Tower (2015) the 'Unspecters' wish to "separate...from the pack" of their rival ghost hunters & take their chosen genre to "the next level", when in fact all Farhope Tower has to offer is noises off & preternatural possessions of a markedly conventional variety.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
83% Night of the Living Deb (2014) ...these citizens of Maine take armageddon in their stride, and even find time, mid-massacre, for a spot of relationship-building. It is a tad hit and miss, but just about charming enough to survive the overcrowded zombie market.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
59% Jeruzalem (2016) There is too much subjectivised sightseeing & meandering character business in the first two acts... but once the Resurrection has finally commenced... millennia of religious and racial tensions are given a postmodern Bibilical form. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
No Score Yet Never Let Go (2015) Here, as with a Rambo sequel, the text is clear while the subtext (on race, gender and geopolitics) remains murky and misconceived. The action, however, is very well done.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
No Score Yet The Unfolding (2016) conjures a world not so very far in the future (2016, to be exact) on the brink of mutually assured destruction, while also moonlighting as a 'found footage' ghost story‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
100% Veronica (Verónica) (2017) The film ultimately favours the paranormal - yet Plaza still slyly insinuates an alternative explanation, rooted in the protagonist's psychosexual unravelling. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
40% Combat Shock (Fuerza en combate) (1986) Giovinazzo's sleazy slice of gonzo filmmaking is a gritty riposte to Reagan's yuppified American Dream.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 100% Ghost Stories (2017) So agile is Dyson & Nyman's conversion of their own materials from stage to screen, so spookily evocative, & ultimately disorienting, their use of multiple locations, that viewers ... will be unable to discern how this could ever have been performed live‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
80% Asura: The City of Madness (2016) an utterly bleak and unapologetically violent combination of action spectacle, morality play, mythic tragedy and national parable, as the terminal trajectory of Korea's brutal hierarchies and power structures are laid brutally bare, with no way out.‐ Scene 360
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Phantom Detective (Tamjung Hong Gil-dong: Sarajin Ma-eul) (2016) This is highly stylised film noir... but somewhere in Gil-dong's quest for lost identity is an allegory of the violent divisions and unresolved conflicts created by Korea's war in the Fifties.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Inside Men (Nae-bu-ja-deul) (2015) a tense, but also funny examination of power, corruption and old boys' networks in contemporary Korea, with Baek Yoon-sik putting in a brilliantly cynical turn as a right-wing newspaper editor whose pen is often mightier than any sword (or axe or saw).‐ Scene 360
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Man With Three Coffins (Nageuneneun kileseodo swiji anhneunda) (1988) Abstract and enigmatic, this Shamanic classic from writer-director Lee Chang-ho is set in a limbo where divided nations meet and life borders death.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Glory Day (2016) Choi Jeon-yeol's film, built from flashbacks and flashforwards that spiral outward from that idyllic scene in the sand, is all at once a bleak coming-of-ager, an exposé of the iniquities of Korean justice, and a vision of Paradise Lost‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Dongju (2016) as this monochrome film shows two men boldly if vainly resisting tyranny, actions and words are seen as recto and verso from the same manuscript of history.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Our Love Story (2016) Here lesbianism is both an incidental matter of fact, and something not yet part of Korean society's expectations of women.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
94% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2017) With these orgasmic shootouts putting the f*ck into clusterf*ck, perverse desires transmute low genre into pure gold‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
80% My Friend Dahmer (2017) We already know the monster Dahmer will become, but Meyers also focuses on the better person he might have been, and the toxic formative experiences that prevent this & mould his tragic trajectory, pushing him into living up to his own cult image.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Ultimately, whether the ultraviolent horror that we have witnessed is real or merely a prison-cell reverie, it remains the American nightmare.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
56% The Cured (2017) This rehabilitation of walking-dead tropes comes with unusual resonances.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) even viewers who think they know the sequence backwards will find plenty of incisive new insight here.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
100% Rift (Rökkur) (2017) an ambiguous, creepy study of conflicting desires and haunting pasts - as well as a literally glacial take on Don't Look Now.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
100% The Endless (2017) The looping twilight zone that [Benson and Moorhead] have created is both a familiar retread of previous work & a springboard for something genuinely, unnervingly original...‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017