Grolsch Film Works

Grolsch Film Works is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anton Bitel, Simran Hans
Rating Title/Year Author
Catch Me Daddy (2014) Simran Hans An exhilaratingly tense and stylish thriller that is a sure-fire sign of promising things to come. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2017
5/5 The Neon Demon (2016) Martyn Conterio Imagine a Vogue fashion shoot directed by Count Dracula. That's The Neon Demon. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2016
5/5 Midnight Special (2016) Martyn Conterio This is a movie featuring awe, magic and wonder unburdened by an over-reliance on computer-animated imagery to add the wow factor and unique selling point. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2016
Slow West (2015) Anton Bitel a reverie on what westward expansion meant - and what it cost - in the building of the American Dream.... It is a strange, singular journey into desire and desperation, pitched somewhere between anthropology and existentialism. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 Love (2015) Martyn Conterio After an astounding 1998 debut, I Stand Alone, followed by 2002's notorious Irreversible and 2009's psychotropic odyssey Enter the Void, French cinema's arch provocateur, Gaspar Noé, has finally delivered the grand folly that was perhaps always in him. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 Green Room (2015) Martyn Conterio If director Jeremy Saulnier's debut feature, Blue Ruin, was a bit of mournful Appalachian bluegrass, his follow-up, Green Room, is a fast-paced stomper with a snappy three-chord chorus: the film equivalent of The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop". EDIT
Posted May 22, 2015
The Falling (2014) Anton Bitel Eventually The Falling ditches its poetic abstractions for a more prosaically solid form, and resolves its own mystery... with the final-reel revelation of a home truth that is as melodramatic as it is bathetic and banal. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2015
The Woods Movie (2015) Anton Bitel Outside of specialist genre showcases like Glasgow FrightFest - where [it] enjoyed its own well-receivedworld première - perhaps the only proper home for this ancillary feature is on a DVD or Blu-ray as a making-of extra. Still, it is a good one. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2015
My Little Sweet Pea (2013) Anton Bitel a well-observed tale of mothers and daughters, and the important things that often remain unsaid between them. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
A Letter to Momo (2011) Anton Bitel Though made by the studio Production I.G, this is a markedly Ghibli-esque affair, overtly referencing Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke among others. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
The Handsome Suit (2008) Anton Bitel flamboyant CGI and animated inserts are added in an apparent attempt to cover up an over-obvious, already over-stretched plot, not to mention a rather forced sense of hilarity. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Blood and Bones (2004) Anton Bitel from all these contradictions emerges a potted history of Japan told from an exile's perspective. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
All About Our House (2001) Anton Bitel a broad comedy in which a young urban professional couple try to build their dream home on a suburban lot, only for their hip interior designer to clash with the wife's father... in divergent visions of how Japanese identity should be constructed. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Carmen From Kawachi (1966) Anton Bitel a self-conscious adaptation of the opera Carmen..., except that, once transplanted to the shifting mores of 60s Japan, Bizet's tragic heroine cannot help but become a more triumphant figure, taking full control of her own destiny. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Wood Job! (2014) Anton Bitel involves the encounter between urban & rural, modern & traditional, the mundane & the spiritual, not to mention, thanks to a bizarre fertility ritual practised in this woodland community, a (metaphorical) merging between the phallic & the yonic. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
The Light Shines Only There (2014) Anton Bitel concerns two characters, trapped as much by their circumstances as their insular environs, who seek a fragile refuge in each other... a subtle, broody film. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2015
White God (2014) Anton Bitel an astonishing live-action fable in a dog-eat-dog world. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2014
St. Vincent (2014) Anton Bitel This is, in short, an America where the very survival of ordinary, hard-working citizens requires solidarity, and a degree of saintliness. Amid all this socieconomic critique, the film also never forgets to be funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2014
1/5 Polisse (2011) Martyn Conterio Polisse goes nowhere pretty fast and is merely satisfied with highlighting issues with little resolution to offer. Somehow we're meant to take this as gravitas. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 Prometheus (2012) Martyn Conterio For those who like their sci-fi with serious intent (however crazy the ideas), Scott's return to the genre offers excitement and grand themes to ponder whilst leaving things open for a counter-mythology to develop EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
5/5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Martyn Conterio The Dark Knight Rises is quite possibly everything you'd want from a blockbuster and superhero movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 Looper (2012) Martyn Conterio In a world dominated by big budget movies bereft of real ideas, here's a sci-fi film that could well become a cult classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
3/5 West of Memphis (2012) Martyn Conterio West of Memphis is a truly haunting film that manages - through the sheer power of a spectacular narrative - to capture the very best and the very worst of humanity. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
5/5 Outside Satan (2011) Martyn Conterio It is often said that the Lord moves in mysterious ways. The very same can be said of Dumont and his unique style of filmmaking. Spread the word. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
3/5 VHS (2012) Martyn Conterio The filmmakers forgo suspense and terror for small time chills, laughs and post-modern irony EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 Antiviral (2012) Martyn Conterio Brandon Cronenberg's movie works equally as a social satire and a supremely twisted horror tale that would make his Pop proud. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/5 The ABCs of Death (2012) Martyn Conterio Twenty-six segments over the course of two hours and nine minutes asks an awful lot of the viewer and pushes the format to breaking point. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/5 Evil Dead (2013) Martyn Conterio For all the OTT gothic visuals and newly invented backstories involving witchcraft and family woes, Alvarez is clearly no Sam Raimi. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 Maniac (2012) Martyn Conterio Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is that rarest of cinematic offerings - a superior movie to the one upon which it's directly based. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 The Lords of Salem (2012) Martyn Conterio The Lords of Salem is Zombie's best film work since The Devil's Rejects - a wacked-out-of-its-gourd horror show with an impish subtext mindful of cultural persecution EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 You're Next (2011) Martyn Conterio Adam Wingard's latest, the threateningly titled You're Next, is a whip-smart whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (1939) and its savage progeny, the slasher movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 American Mary (2012) Martyn Conterio American Mary uses the traditional mad scientist figure to offer a cautionary tale warning that avarice makes the heart grow darker. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2014
Interstellar (2014) Anton Bitel if, haunted by a past that keeps overtaking it, this apocalyptic odyssey lacks the driving momentum of, say, The Dark Knight, there are enough ambitious ideas and awe-inspiring aesthetics in it to keep the patient viewer engaged for the long haul. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2014
Horns (2013) Anton Bitel The best material here is the film's satire of smalltown American values, of the modern media and of celebrity culture (the last embodied by Heather Graham's fame-hungry, narcissistic waitress Veronica)... EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2014
The President (2014) Anton Bitel an uncompromising, if not entirely unforgiving parable of the trappings - and traps - of power, as well as a fairytale that leaves the viewer to decide the likelihood that they will all live happily ever after. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2014
Suburban Gothic (2014) Anton Bitel a ramshackle, tone-deaf curiosity, with just about enough funny moments to make the more meandering scenes and pointless digressions pass by - but... it is not just that Bates shows potential to improve - he has already done much better. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2014
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) Anton Bitel at its most interesting not as a whistle-stop tour of Cannon's mostly lowest-common-denominator output, but rather as an examination of an industry in flux whose current marketing and methodology Cannon itself helped create, for better or for worse. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2014
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014) Anton Bitel a making-of for a film that never got made - or at least never as intended.... The anecdotes here are frank and fascinating, and there are few raconteurs more mesmerising than Stanley. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2014
Faults (2014) Anton Bitel What starts as a closely observed, blackly funny study of flawed character ends as a sly confidence trick movie that... trusts its viewers to put all the pieces together and work out how the impossible is in fact possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2014
Doc of the Dead (2014) Anton Bitel as a whistle-stop tour of zombieland, Doc of the Dead covers a lot of ground - and if it is not the first exegesis of the undead, you can be sure it will not be the last either. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2014
Blood Moon (2014) Anton Bitel Like a postcolonial Navaho warrior exiled from his people and trapped in a silly costume, this film is unable to recover from its own identity crisis, and merely goes through the genre motions. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2014
The House at the End of Time (2013) Anton Bitel The great intricacy of its paradoxical plotting only really becomes apparent in retrospect, and will have you mentally revisiting its rooms and corridors for some time afterwards... replays in the head much better than it plays on the screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2014
The Expedition (2014) Anton Bitel Normally with found footage, a delicate balance must be struck between crazy genre developments and the kind of banality that... creates the illusion of realism. Here however, for an intolerably long time there seems to be nothing but banality EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2014
The Visitor (1979) Anton Bitel Lysergically painted-and-composited backgrounds & lo-fi light shows bring a striking if cheesy otherworldliness to the film's alien elements; and the film's cosmic duels are carried out neither with fire and brimstone nor laser guns.... EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2014
The Samurai (2014) Anton Bitel A queer retelling of the werewolf myth, The Samurai reveals the dark side of a character who comes out in the light of the full moon wearing women's clothing rather than an animal's skin. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2014
Coherence (2013) Anton Bitel Plotted out with a dizzying attention to spot-the-difference detail, [it] remains a film concerned with questions of ethics no less than of physics, as it shows how we are all constructed, compromised and confined in the image of our moral choices. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2014
I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (2014) Anton Bitel Broadly (in every sense) funny, and with a good heart to match all the blood and guts, I Survived A Zombie Holocaust is an infectiously self-consuming artifact from the land of the haka - not just a(nother) RomZomCom, but also a savvy 'meta weta'. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2014
Life After Beth (2014) Anton Bitel as Baena brings the plot to its thoroughly surreal climax, there is a blurring of the banal and the apocalyptic that is all his own. Pain, loss and eventual recovery may be the theme, but this is good grief. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2014
The Sleeping Room (2014) Anton Bitel Once the possessions and ghostly manifestations have fully kicked in, it all becomes a little Punch and Judy ... but The Sleeping Room works best as an incestuous love letter to Brighton and the town's darker, ever-present history. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2014
Stage Fright (2014) Anton Bitel Stage Fright mashes the gory whodunnit set-pieces of every slasher you've ever seen with the let's-put-on-a-show glee of, well, Glee, while throwing in easter-egg allusions to, inter alia, Psycho and Carrie. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2014