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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
36% 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
47% 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
62% The Trust (2016) buried away in this taut caper is a critique of the venality, corruption and greed that drives economic mobility in a country where police earn less than a casino busboy can get in tips, and where fortune smiles broadest on the ruthlessly larcenous.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
57% Trespass Against Us (2017) Chad's attempts to negotiate these two worlds (his father's & society's) drive the film along at a rattling pace, even as Gleeson & Fassbender, at the top of their game (in atypical rôles), bounce off each other with amiable wit and brooding menace.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
89% They Look Like People (2015) down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Lost Things (2003) an eerie mystery that channels the shoreline setting and creeping dread of classic nature's revenge Ozploitationer Long Weekend (1978), and something of the hallucinatory disorientation of outback enigma Picnic at Hanging at Rock (1975). ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Happy Hunting (2017) it's a case of cold turkey meets Turkey Shoot (1982), as Warren - resourceful if reeling - must travel a rocky path to reform and recovery. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Cage Dive (2017) We know from the very outset that this trio's youthful hopes and dreams are destined to be cut short on the teeth of mortality, but also wish it would happen to them much, much faster. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Fashionista (2016) a disorienting and disturbing exploration of jealousy, obsession, body dysmorphia and 'the other woman'. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Bloodlands (2017) Bloodlands offers a mannered blend of realist domestic drama and the supernatural, with acts of ritualised necromancy symbolising a past that can never truly stay buried. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Night of the Virgin (La noche del virgen) (2016) if Nico's gender-inverted defloration is a squeam-inducingly long, dark night of the (arse)soul, something of his excruciating torment is certainly experienced by the viewer, for whom the film itself becomes an ordeal of endurance.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Lake Bodom (Bodom) (2016) A devious collision between adolescent crimes of passion and adult rites of repetition, it blurs genres and genders to create its own unsolvable crime, while also evoking that parallel proto-slasher from 1960, Psycho.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Through the Shadow (Atraves da Sombra) (2015) There is something rather old-fashioned, something classical, about the construction of Through the Shadow, which eschews voguish CGI, preferring shadowplay and in-camera trickery, and presents its 'ghosts' as fully embodied, flesh-and-bone intruders‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Monolith (2016) Monolith is, from start to finish, a nightmarish road trip through maternal angst, with the titular car proving merely the vehicle for a more psychological journey.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Unkindness of Ravens (2016) a crowd-funded labour of love that shows off the talents of Brewster and his crew at constructing a fully realised psychological landscape, imaginative and beautiful, from a very low budget.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Hallows Eve (2016) Always sympathetic towards the predicament of its young hoodlums, this is a film as much about the betrayal of their generation as about their ensuing delinquency. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Lost Solace (2016) Shifting from cool modernist interiors at night to the harsh light of day..., Lost Solace traces a hallucinatory, panic-inflected descent into humanity, with a killer final line that puts us all in our place.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Karaoke Crazies (2016) Director Kim offers, in Sung-wook, an alternative kind of male hero to the violent abusers of women so often seen in Korean films - and deftly navigates the many shifts in tone, mood and genre without ever seeming to make a song and dance about it‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet House On Willow Street (2017) In the end, From A House On Willow Street is hardly a genre game-changer - but there is much fun to be had with its po-faced silliness and macabre maximalism. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Arbor Demon (Enclosure) (2016) what starts as a bog-standard creature feature gestates into a hybrid feminist horror whose many trees have no place for wood.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Egomaniac (2016) Shenton's self-conscious satire serves as a "director's commentary" on the abject awfulness of a business that has little interest in creativity, originality or art, and that regularly exploits, abuses and objectifies the women who work in it. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Crow (2016) we are never quite sure whether Crow is a vulnerable young man driven by trauma to psychosis and even murder, or whether perhaps he might be a holy fool and the divine embodiment of nature's revenge. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
67% The Chamber (2016) while The Chamber is certainly a survival thriller, it is also a submerged romance of sorts. There are hints of an existentialist undercurrent here too...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
93% The Last Detail (1973) Meadows' 1st beer(s), 1st joint, 1st sexual experience, 1st attempt at assertiveness... represent not just a concentrated and expedited coming-of-age narrative, but also an elegy for a nation's broader loss of innocence in its military excursions.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
100% Hounds of Love (2017) If the title evokes Kate Bush's LP Hounds of Love..., then the film also concerns three differently trapped women who, like the heroine of that album's conceptual second side, are all struggling to keep their head above water. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
89% Raw (2017) Raw is a dreamy coming-of-age allegory, with plenty of subtext to chew on, as it shows the potential for monstrous transgression and human restraint that we all harbour within our developing bodies. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
46% Detour (2017) in flirting with the parallel plotting of Sliding Doors (1998), Detour not only finds graphic ways of highlighting its character's moral choices, but also exposes those choices as an illusion in a world of dumb luck. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
86% The Transfiguration (2017) Like Fresh (1994), only with a fixation on bloodsuckers rather than chess, writer/director Michael O'Shea's feature debut The Transfiguration follows a damaged adolescent as he must navigate both his confused emotions and a hostile environment.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
No Score Yet It Stains the Sands Red (2016) A mannered mix of the odd-couple corpse comedy of Swiss Army Man & the arid maternity ordeal of Monolith, It Stains The Sand Red offers a fresh feminist spin on well-trodden tropes‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
No Score Yet Warrior's Gate (2016) a bilingual blend... of The Karate Kid, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, and fantasy-fu. It is all very good-natured, but this wish fulfilment tale of adolescent empowerment is clearly aimed at viewers of Jack's age‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
84% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Godzilla's strange and ever-changing nature goes some way to compensate for effects that are at times decidedly ropey, much as the relentless pace of the action and editing makes up for some very flat characterisation.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
4/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Exquisite gothic trappings, timeless fairy tale grue, and several sips of mortality.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
No Score Yet Callback (2016) Even when he is not reciting motivational lines from advertisements, Larry talks robotically in borrowed catchphrases & false platitudes, as he struggles to fit into an American dream that seems so much more attractive in commercials than in reality.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Blue Velvet Revisited (2016) In a subtitle, Braatz wisely styles this collation "a meditation on a movie" - wisely, because these abstractly arranged archival materials barely qualify as a film in their own right, or even as a particularly coherent DVD extra.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
100% Realive (2016) updates the Frankenstein myth to explore not just the expected issues of medical and scientific ethics, but also ideas of time, memory, identity, and the Cartesian division of mind and body.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Population Zero (2016) if the story that Pinder pursues seems incredible, nonetheless he uses his experimental form to expose a different kind of truth that is actually very close to his interests as a documentarian.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Night of Something Strange (2016) all imaginable (and some unimaginable) fluids that can issue from a human being will be featured and fulsomely feted, with the characters mere vessels for the viral spread of irrepressibly icky id.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Let Her Out (2016) a hallucinatory trip through a woman's split sense of identity - with the red light that illuminates Helen's bedroom suggestive as much of her mother's whorish past as of her own arrested self.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet Ibiza Undead (2016) one of the film's running gags is that, despite the unfolding apocalypse, everyone here continues trying to eke as much fun as they can from the rapidly fading party vibe. Whether that fun translates for the viewer is another question.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017