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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) carefully balances charm, mystery and frights, without ever forgetting a feminist subtext wherein it is better that past wrongs against women, however traumatic, be faced than merely buried, ignored or passed on.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Noonday Witch (2016) Both mythic and modern, and beautifully shot too, The Noonday Witch eclipses expectations.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2016
No Score Yet Creepy Crawlers (2000) Kiyoshi Kurosawa shows us in Creepy a special, hidden kind of murderer whose hunting ground is the fragile structure of the Japanese family itself, and who could live right next door. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2016
No Score Yet Dans la forêt (2016) Into the Forest offers an imaginative child's view of a very adult tragedy. Think a timbered The Shining, only with the mother effaced from the picture, and with much greater sensitivity towards the toppling father.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2016
56% War on Everyone (2017) unlike Tarantino, McDonagh draws as much from mythological and philosophical writings as from genre films. The results are a supersmart existential crime comedy.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
No Score Yet Blood Feast (2016) Once the gore starts splattering, it is impressively icky... pleasing - or unpleasant - depending upon the audience's range of expectations... laying out a family-sized feast that is like something from the most horrific Greek tragedies. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) Here both zombies and train come to symbolise the blind forward momentum of an all-consuming capitalism, unchecked by the brake of any social principle. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
80% Psychomania (1971) Psychomania... is a collision of mythology and modernism, in which the spirit of rebellious anarchy is both celebrated and ultimately, eerily punished. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
No Score Yet White Coffin (Ataúd Blanco: El Juego Diabólico) (2016) It is a trip (and a mother) of a movie, full of Psycho pomp and Satanic circumstance - and, like all great films, it will leave you wanting to retrace its convoluted backroads again and again in a timeless loop.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
5/5 78% Aloys (2016) Austere yet fanciful, it is a haunting vision of loneliness and escape.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) A genre film that favours characterisation and morality over mayhem (but gets the mayhem right too).‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a fun, funny family yarn.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) an unwieldy property, coming with its assembly work exposed, but "what a magnificent structure" it turns out to be. Prepare to get lost in its multi-levelled madness, & to have your familiarity with horror's ever-revenant tropes deconstructed.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) Perhaps these woods' biggest surprise is their proximity to the original's formula, despite 16 intervening years.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) A hybrid of crime drama and neo-western..., Hell or High Water uses its half-breed genre thrills to expose an American dream long since soured by recession, and running on empty‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
75% SiREN (2016) SiREN is inventive, scary, and also very funny - yes, even the rape scene - and brings a smart feminist point of view to its lost boys' walk on the wild side.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet Found Footage 3D (2016) by repeatedly drawing attention to the hackneyed nature of his film's many tropes while still giving each of them a fresh spin, DeGennaro gets to have his cake and shoot it too. The results are smart, funny, and ultimately frightening...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) Like A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, this is feminist horror made by an Iranian in exile, looking in from the outside - and as ominous winds of change blow through Shideh's home, Anvari matches social insights with expertly managed scares.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
No Score Yet The Killing of America (1982) both a patchwork history of America's low points in the 60s & 70s, & an exercise in negative nostalgia - but it is also, maybe more importantly, a troubling account of the beginnings of an American decline that has not been halted in the meantime. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
No Score Yet Hallows' Eve (2013) Hoodie horror with a guessable but still harrowing twist, Hallows Eve pits two gangs against one another... each, though differing from the other in terms of experience, similar in their hope, despair and loyalty for their shared community. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
22% Let's Be Evil (2016) Once the children have turned on their minders, the film's big ideas sadly get lost in seemingly endless scenes of adults running down hallways, hiding in rooms, & scurrying through crawlspaces. Whether real or virtual, this is numbingly clichéd. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
50% 31 (2016) as is always the case with Zombie's films, it is very difficult to like, engage with or even care about the characters for whom we suspect we are supposed to be rooting. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
No Score Yet Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (2016) Rumley's first foray into the (possibly) supernatural... this story - of a convicted killer taking vengeance from beyond the grave against those who conspired to sentence him to death - comes with an unusual grounding in reality.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
80% Beyond the Gates (2016) Everything here screams the Eighties, from the red-and-blue lighting to the practical latex-and-splatter effects, [to] the presence of Eighties scream queen Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) as the game's creepy video guide...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
No Score Yet Cruel Summer (2016) Beautifully - & elliptically - shot, with all the worst atrocities kept off screen as the camera cuts away from human nature to its more summery, sylvan variety, Cruel Summer is a harrowing idyll of society at its most adolescently self-destructive.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
No Score Yet The Rezort (2015) an unnatural genetic hybrid of moribund clichés and live issues, with the once-human 'hordes' confrontationally playing our fears off against our sympathies. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
57% They Call Me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot) (2017) despite all these storytelling modes, at base the film has little of substance to say - and, at nearly two hours, takes far too long to say it.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
No Score Yet Francesca (2009) there is literally nothing here to give away that this giallo, on reflection more retro than neo, was made in 2015, or indeed any time in the last three decades.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
67% My Father, Die (2017) For his feature debut, writer/director Sean (son of Pierce) Brosnan has crafted a swampy myth of tragic family dysfunction - and of bestial nature that must be contained. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
88% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) an adult film about Europe's (and the world's) permanent pre-adolescence.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
72% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) even as it parades all manner of deviant depravities concerning the body & the body politic, it also transgresses the normal bounds of the horror genre, graphically engendering an allegory of an individual's, & a nation's, awkward rites of passage.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
No Score Yet Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon) (2016) This lost & allegedly dangerous film maudit may not be extant, but in his pursuit of it Delage offers a potted history... while also highlighting the imaginative power of cinema itself, capable of conjuring reality's phantoms from fictive montages.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
95% The Similars (Los Parecidos) (2016) a surreal assimilation of reality to fantasy, wearing its generic influences (sci-fi, noir, horror, pulp) on its face, while also weaving them into the very fabric of it story. It may be concerned with copying, but The Similars is a true original.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
No Score Yet Director's Cut (2016) a hilarious mix of production observation, movie-making incompetence, and unhinged self-implication into an art that always needs outsider input to renew itself.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
97% The Love Witch (2016) all this [visual attractiveness] is part of the film's seductive artifice, fashioned to mesmerise the viewer in much the way that witch protagonist Elaine uses makeup, dress and wig to lure male lovers by reflecting their fantasies.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
100% Man Underground (2016) This study of loneliness, trauma and depression is rather less absurd than the home movie [whose making it dramatises], and more bittersweet.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
90% Another Evil (2015) Beautifully written, funny and awkward, this plays like Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass's Creep (2014) for ghostbusters, and leaves viewers to unpack for themselves where (if anywhere) the evil promised by the title lies.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
78% The Master Cleanse (2015) As lost, lonely self-helpers struggle to work out whether their negative feelings should be killed off once and for all, or embraced and even shared, Miller's screenplay births plenty of emotionally intelligent tragicomedy.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
72% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Once viewers have been subjected to this film's dark, dank tunnel visions and inversions of worldly convention, who knows if they can emerge untainted and intact out the other side.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
60% Red Christmas (2016) a calendar slasher... while there is much good humour in the script, you will not be laughing by the end at its deadly serious engagement with a moral dilemma that has plagued the culture wars of the last half-century.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
No Score Yet Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon) (2016) Fury of the Demon is the F for Fake of early film history, mixing truth and pure fiction in its pseudo-documentary form to reveal something essential about both cinema's artifice, and the audience's perverse desire to give themselves over to belief.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
No Score Yet Microwave Massacre (1983) This is nostalgia at its most wrong, but also, for those of a certain mindset, it might prove a lost treasure from the trash - like the woman's arm that a passing bum finds in Donald's rubbish bin, and repurposes as a crotch- and back-scratcher.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
81% Southbound (2016) Abstract and eerily incomplete, Southbound unfolds in a place where Marienbad heads south to the Twilight Zone and Dead End, and where moral failings collide with macabre consequences.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Its politics are aggressively trashy and polarising - just like in America's real Election Year [but] despite its political drive, there is just too much 'B' under its bonnet.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
33% The Himalayas (2016) All the buddy comedy of The Himalayas produces a release valve for a nation that is steeped in han and desperate to snatch some sort of victory from the jaws of many defeats. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
No Score Yet The Dead Next Door (1995) writer/director/producer/actor JR Bookwalter's feature debut... is no less a labour of love than it is in love with its own generic antecedents.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
100% Shelley (2016) in this story of pernicious, all-consuming loss, the name [Shelley] furnishes a key, pregnant with possibilities, for interpreting the film's fertile nexus of frictions and associations. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) To reinvigorate the franchise's sense of purpose, new recruit Justin Lin takes things back to their roots and core values, while also injects some of the dynamic action that he has honed on multiple Fast and Furious sequels.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
85% River (2016) Jamie M. Dagg's gripping thriller traces the moral fluidity of foreign volunteer work.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Several scenes where the Ghostbusters try out Holtzmann's weapons in the alley behind their offices, and destroy everything in their path along with the bull's-eye target, perhaps encapsulate the hit-and-miss nature of the comedy here. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016