Sean Axmaker

""I believe in the magic and healing powers of words and stories." - Eugene (Sam Neill) in Until the End of the World"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Biography:
I am a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and a DVD columnist for the MSN (http://movies.msn.com/new-on-dvd/), and a frequent contributor to MSN Entertainment, Turner Classic Movies Online, Greencine.com, and Asian Cult Cinema. I have written for Amazing Stories and Psychotronic Video, have written hundreds of video reviews for Amazon.com, and I have over 1,000 reviews and essays in the Scarecrow Movie Guide. I live alone with my 2 cats, I love movies by Howard Hawks and Orson Welles, will watch anything with Burt Lancaster or Humphrey Bogart in it, and hope I never have to grow up and get a real job.
Favorites:
And now the important stuff: My favorite director: Howard Hawks My director obsession: Orson Welles My favorite films: choose from The Searchers (John Ford, 1956), Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949), French Can-Can (Jean Renoir, 1955), Touch of Evil (Orson Wells, 1958), Kings of the Road (Wim Wenders, 1976), Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), and any number of Howard Hawks films – Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Red River (1948), The Thing From Another World (1951), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Rio Bravo (1959), and the vastly under-appreciated Hatari! (1962) Favorite performer: Burt Lancaster and his million dollar smile.
Publications:
GreenCine , MSN.com , Nitrate Online , Parallax View , Seanax.com , Seattle Post-Intelligencer , Seattle Weekly , St@tic Multimedia , Turner Classic Movies Online
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
2054
Total QuickRatings:
2
Location:
Seattle, WA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
31% Beneath (2013) " Beneath is both a tribute to monster-in-the-woods and the creature-under-the-water horror and a genuine indie drama in the guise of a horror film." — Parallax View
Posted Apr 3, 2014
93% Persona (1966) " The intimacy and the intensity of the camera's focus and the increasingly naked confessions and accusations in the dialogue create one of the most intense character pieces put on film." — Parallax View
Posted Apr 3, 2014
82% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) " It plays like a pulp noir thriller by way of a road movie of the damned, marinated in mescal and left to rot in the desert sun." — Parallax View
Posted Apr 3, 2014
81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " It's a powerful film that builds to intense, overwhelming emotions with a very human core." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Apr 3, 2014
67% The Prey (2013) " Eric Valette tries to keep it grounded in action scenes built on a physicality that is more authentic than the overkill of CGI spectacle." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Apr 3, 2014
99% Wadjda (2013) " Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour uses the simple story as our entry into a complex culture and a pointed perspective on how women are treated in Saudi society ..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Apr 3, 2014
82% The Long Day Closes (1992) " There's no traditional story to speak of here, no dramatic conflict to send the characters off on a goal or motivating action to set a series of events in motion. Rather, Davies offers cinematic snapshots capturing privileged moments..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Apr 3, 2014
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) " Lon Chaney created a lot of twisted wretches, vengeful villains, and criminal masterminds, but Quasimodo remains his most sympathetic screen character." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Apr 3, 2014
75% Strange Behavior (1981) " The title Dead Kids makes it sound like a slasher picture or a zombie film [but] it's really a mix of mad scientist thriller and revenge movie dropped into a somewhat surreal recreation of small-town Midwest America. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Apr 3, 2014
100% The Visitor (1979) " Paradisi may not have a clue about directing actors... but he has picked up a few tricks from Argento on how to move a camera and from Fulci on how to stage a supernatural freak-out." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 10, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " So we have a battle between the human spirit and an operating system offering "the illusion of free will"-a metaphor for a sheepish, media-driven America that's rife with possibility but here lacking much conviction." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2014
100% Breaking Bad: Season 3 (TV, 2010) " What makes the show so good - no, what makes it so great - is that every choice comes with fallout and all the equations in the world can't control it. " — Seanax.com
Posted Jan 15, 2014
88% Ms. 45 (2013) " Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger ..." — Parallax View
Posted Dec 13, 2013
83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " Poppy Hill is more a short story than a feature, almost unbelievably optimistic, but it offers a surprising, innocent window on an era usually associated with nuclear anxieties, cultural neuroses, and juvenile delinquents." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 28, 2013
64% Cosmopolis (2012) " Cronenberg's cold, exacting precision and emotionally removed observation may not grab all viewers, but under those perfect surfaces is a raw horror trying to claw out of the denial." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
—— The Mad Magician (1954) " Overly complicated and under-developed, this stock horror has its moments of invention..." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
—— The Brasher Doubloon (The High Window) (1947) " ... something of a B+ movie, a low-budget treatment of Raymond Chandler's "The High Window" made with ambition and style, at least in key scenes." — GreenCine
Posted Mar 24, 2013
—— The Locket (1946) " ... prime film noir from 1946, a dark romance that stirs darkness into melodrama with the story of a kleptomaniac (Laraine Day) on her wedding day..." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
—— Let Us Live " What Brahm brings to the film is a terror born of official indifference... and he turns the race to stop the execution into a battle with bureaucracy. " — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
89% The Man Who Knew Too Much (1935) " Hitchcock's tone is odd, with clever set pieces and tightly-constructed and edited sequences interspersed with awkward scenes of emotional restraint ("Steady, old girl, steady") and disconnected characters." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
100% Wake in Fright (2012) " The raw, sweaty 1971 film is not a pretty portrayal of life in the outback, where men are crude, hard-drinking mates with no ambition beyond rough-house fun..." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
89% White Zombie (1932) " The divinely satanic-looking Bela Lugosi sinks his teeth into his best role since Dracula, a languorous hypnotist and voodoo master who dominates the film with his assured bearing and cruel control." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
—— Yoyo (Yo Yo) (1965) " Between inspired silent-movie sequences and a wry jab at television are an idyllic love story and a romantic portrait of the artist as a young clown." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 24, 2013
95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) " ... a mix of citizen journalism and social memoir. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 24, 2013
95% The Thief of Bagdad (1924) " ... one of the grandest and most glorious spectacles of the silent era." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
96% Argo (2012) " ... a terrific piece of filmmaking." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
71% Bless Me, Ultima (2013) " [Director Carl] Franklin is sensitive to the way boys interact, bump chests, bicker, and bond-just as he is to how adults justify their hypocrisy and excuse their failures." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
—— Zombie Lake (1980) " The make-up wouldn't pass muster at a pre-school Halloween party, the performances are embarrassingly amateur, and dubbing is so bad it's painful." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
—— L'Abîme des morts vivants (The Treasure of the Living Dead)(Oasis of the Zombies) (1981) " ... he distracted, sloppy camerawork, perfunctory scripting, flat dubbing, and ratty make-up make this one for the Franco-philes, and for those who find camp value in clumsy, shamelessly brazen exploitation." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
100% Sansho the Bailiff (1954) " Mizoguchi is the poet laureate of Japanese cinema, gracefully exploring the battered but resilient souls in the cruel worlds of Japan's feudal past and present. " — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
91% Holy Motors (2012) " From its enigmatic opening scenes, which sends the viewers into a mysterious voyage a la Alice through the looking glass that ends up in a movie theater, Holy Motors is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
86% Yossi (2013) " ... an awfully familiar fantasy-for gays and straights alike-about an emotionally repressed older man saved by a young beauty who sees the kind soul and intelligence under the frumpy surface." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
94% Lore (2013) " [Director Cate] Shortland directs with an almost hypnotic focus, favoring Lore's immediate experience over the big picture. " — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
95% Silent Souls (2011) " ... slow and introspective, paced in long, still shots that seem to drift in time rather than march forward. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 23, 2013
100% Ministry of Fear (1944) " This is not Lang's best film of the era, or even his most interesting portrait of paranoia and malevolent forces, but it is a lively thriller with unexpected turns." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
95% War Witch (2013) " Nguyen's compassion and commitment to the issue is admirable, and at its best, War Witch is devastating." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " The direction by Kathryn Bigelow, who won Oscars for Best Film and Best Director in her previous film "The Hurt Locker," is fierce and focused..." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 23, 2013
68% The We and the I (2013) " The We and the I is less a film than a social-studies experiment, an after-school project by a bunch of high-school kids exploring that eternal teen tension between the individual and the group. " — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 23, 2013
71% The Future (2011) House Next Door
Posted Jan 22, 2013
80% Twins of Evil (2013) " ... earns its place in the Hammer canon of cult horrors." — Parallax View
Posted Jul 11, 2012
74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " ... suffused in melancholia, with imagery as delicate as the lives it presents and atmospheres so fragile they look like they'd shatter under too much emotional pressure. " — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
26% Underworld Awakening (2012) " ... a blur of generic exposition, random plot twists, vaguely maternal instincts, sloppy CGI animation, and Stephen Rea looking like a waxwork ..." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
67% The Front Line (2012) " The themes and characters are right out of any number of classic war movies, but... the frontline culture, so at odds with military discipline and command, is fascinating." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
80% Haywire (2012) " ... we just wait for her to click back into fight mode. Her body language tells us more about her character than any dialogue exchange." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
75% Walking Tall (1973) " ... the film was a sensation, becoming a big hit and spawning a whole industry of southern-fried vigilante lawman action pictures." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) " ... is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained. " — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
61% Mimic (1997) " It comes off smarter and creepier than I recall the original, less about scares than a sustained atmosphere of eerie unease and skittery threats." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
—— Cinema Verite (2012) " ... an engaging and accomplished production and its coda offers yet another perspective on the show, the controversy, and the complexity of the characters ..." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
50% Camelot (1967) " ... considered a classic by many and a disaster by others. I'm in that other camp." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
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