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Anton Bitel

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) we are invited not just to locate our own vicarious thrills in all [protagonist Tasya's] deeply transgressive acts, but also to ask what, in adopting and exploiting these identities, Tasya, and we with her, might be losing.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
60% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) a tale of perversion on the pampas, all at once beautiful, mysterious and jaw-droppingly outrageous. ‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
40% Storage 24 (2013) While Storage 24 makes for slickly competent SF horror, it suffers, as perhaps its very title implies, from a by-numbers approach to Alien-style materials that have already been revisited since 1979 in a dizzying surfeit of [films].‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) fans of Train to Busan are unlikely to be disappointed by more (of the same) well-executed remixing of other filmmakers' routines.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
No Score Yet The Penultimate (2020) a shabbily absurdist dystopia, somewhere in the grey area between Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
4/5 86% Patrick (2019) Sweet, difficult-to-define quest film nails it.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
95% The Twentieth Century (2020) a retrofuturist fantasy of the life lying ahead for the young [Mackenzie] King, conjured as a fragmented pantomime of Canada's (and the world's) twentieth-century history - and going full Maddin on its perversion of the Canadian character. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
80% Mothra (1961) So Mothra is very much a family film, introducing a lighter vibe that would eventually settle on Toho Studio's monster universe.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
25% Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) horror, through Ricky, takes its revenge not only against naughty breachers of filmgoing etiquette, but also against blowhard critics. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
43% Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) if his eventual explosion delivers all the by-numbers cat & mouse and multitool culling that is expected of thesubgenre, it is his personal psychodrama which keeps us engaged with what is as much a human tragedy as a succession of sensational thrills‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
95% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) If Andersson's trilogy has come to an end, then this is Andersson's way of showing that there is no real end, only infinite reconfiguration and reconstitution, ad infinitum.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
94% Dawn of the Dead (1979) an oneiric, highly influential vision of humans as dummies, shopping as survival, and the world as a fugitive, beleaguered hell‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
No Score Yet Gemini (Sôseiji) (1999) Gemini morphs into a strange, mannered melodrama of the haves and the have-nots, of nature and nurture.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
No Score Yet The Cemetery of Lost Souls (O Cemitério das Almas Perdidas) (2020) A gory tale of the eternally returning struggle between good and evil, The Cemetery of Lost Souls turns Brazilian history into its own heady, bloody myth, making surreally theatricalised horror fiction of horrors entirely real. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
91% Relic (2020) The real bogeyman in Relic, far more terrifying than any genre monster, is the decline and death that are part of the human condition.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
No Score Yet The Nights Before Christmas (2020) Corporate greed and neglect may in the end be confronted, but we keep being reminded that the ones doing the confronting are callous psychopaths as much as a victims, muddying the film's moral waters and mixing its message. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
88% Lucky (2020) here the Man embodies not only May's daily grind against a system ('the Man') that is always wearing her down, but also every woman's struggle in a world of constant undermining, aggression and oppression from men. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Origin Unknown (Sin origen) (2020) Rigoberto Castañeda's genre-blurring Origin Unknown (Sin Origen) shows a family trying to maintain its fragile intergrity while under siege‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Scavenger (Carroña) (2020) exploits post-apocalyptic tropes to show the meat market of unregulated capitalism‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Redwood Massacre: Annihilation (2020) Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is also intensely nasty, cynical and bleak, revealing psychopathy just to be part of the system, and up for exploitation by conspiratorial authorities as much as filmmakers.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Embryo (2020) the fragmentary nature of Embryo makes the film its own UFO - strange, elusive and difficult to identify. As inchoate and provisional as its title implies, Embryo is a palimpsest for a different, unfinished film, desperate to be brought to term. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Dune Drifter (2020) Colin director Marc Price brings a brutal intensity to this shoestring survivalist space opera.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
86% For the Sake of Vicious (2020) easily juggles its messy, mismatched genre parts, while escalating its own outrage and ickiness to a point that is as darkly hilarious as it is terrifyingly tense.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Cyst (2020) less tawdry schlock than a knowing pastiche of it, and there is real affection in all its gleefully spurting ejaculations and ichorous outpourings, making it a heavily gendered 'issue' movie like no other. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Alien on Stage (2020) much like Ridley Scott's film, the documentary is a celebration of working men and women co-operating against all odds to get their alien out.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Heckle (2019) everything here - from the two-dimensional characters to the bland kills - feels perfunctory, while the killer's identity is completely unguessable, requires an overblown excess of exposition in the film's final act & still makes very little sense‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Butchers (2020) a self-consciously derivative carve-up of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Wrong Turn‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Babysitter Must Die (2020) falls somewhere between Becky (2020) and Ready Or Not (2019) - and it also, like Glass' previous Orc Wars (2013), gradually admits the supernatural and the Lovecraftian into its otherwise grounded setting. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Breeder (2020) Jens Dahl's survival SF thriller Breeder achieves its own longevity by genetically merging class/gender inequalities and relationship kinks.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Skylines (2020) ...draws heavily on elements from Aliens, Pitch Black & especially District 9. For here, the aliens are not only terrifying creatures in the dark, but also migrants whose assimilation or exclusion is a measure of our own humanity (or monstrosity). ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
86% Honeydew (2020) Devereux Milburn's funny, horrifying debut is a queasily nightmarish fable of America's food chain.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
No Score Yet Caveat (2020) This is a brooding film, rich in mood and full of oneiric imagery - and so sophisticated in its layered storytelling, and so disorienting in its unhinged eccentricity, that you simply will not believe that it is Mc Carthy's first feature‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
70% The Undertaker's Home (La Funeraria) (2020) Mauro Iván Ojeda's debut feature is a creepily haunted tale of domestic dysfunction‐ Through the Trees
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
100% The Stylist (2020) Jill Gevargizian's superlative psychodrama marries a deranged stylist to her client in a messy union.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
82% Hosts (2020) Starting as a domestic drama, before veering without warning into more shocking registers, Hosts delivers a package of harrowing home truths while wrapping them in the tropes of sci-fi and the occult.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
40% Let's Scare Julie (2020) DP Chuck Ozeas' intimate handheld camerawork - aided greatly by the natural performances of the young women & their free-associative banter - lends everything an air of casual realism, making the irruption of the irrational all the more alarming. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
No Score Yet Benny Loves You (2020) Karl Holt's feature debut finds a hilariously playful side to a man-child's darker impulses.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
40% Broil (2020) turns a fraught family get-together into an epic of multi-dimensional proportions. Drake's second feature following Animals (2012) is an ambitious, elaborate, well-balanced menu that comes cooked just right and perfectly presented. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Thomas Robert Lee's premodern fable shows an America destructively divided by faith and gender.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
No Score Yet The World We Knew (2020) The World We Knew is a gangland ghost story depicting masculinity in crisis. It is also a very impressive first feature, scripted with nuance, mounted with confidence and performed with tragic humanity. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
No Score Yet Dangerous to Know (2020) the ultimate master puppeteer is [wr./dir.] Simpson himself, sadistically manoeuvring us to right where he wants us, and forcing us to be witnesses, whether willing or otherwise, to the calculation of his plotting and the execution of his artistry.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
No Score Yet Sacrifice (The Colour of Madness) (2021) Sacrifice offers a blurring of identities and genres, all of which combine to create a pretty, multi-hued picture, but also confuse - and lose - the viewer in wave after wave of community conspiracy and mystic manipulation.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
No Score Yet Spare Parts (2020) Andrew Thomas Hunt's Spare Parts deconstructs the very girl power that it asserts in an arena where only patriarchy never dies.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
65% The Owners (2020) a violent, messy clusterfuck of rural rapacity and hellish homemaking, where crime does not pay, and where sometimes it is best, after all, not to know what is going on behind closed doors‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
71% Concrete Plans (2020) an Orwellian farmyard microcosm of Britain, where criminals operate at all levels of society, but not all get away with it‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
No Score Yet Woman of the Photographs (2020) this enigmatic feature offers a whole album of ideas about self, image and self-image, and leaves it to the viewer to see the bigger picture. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
56% Don't Look Back (2020) a supernatural murder mystery where it is not enough to be a casual onlooker.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
No Score Yet The Color Rose (The Sinners) (2020) this dreamily shot, softly lit story of adolescent angst finds itself switching between the different registers of Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999), Andrew Fleming's The Craft (1996) and David Fincher's Se7en (1995).‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
86% Dead (2020) Marble and Tiggs form an improbable buddy act, evoking the undead cop comedy of Mark Goldblatt's Dead Heat even as their undercover infiltration of Wellington's gay club scene plays like an absurdist Kiwi retelling of William Friedkin's Cruising.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
60% The Brain that Wouldn't Die (2020) ....finds a new postmodern, parodic body for the severed head of an early Sixties sci-fi B movie.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020