Sean Axmaker

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.

Sean Axmaker's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Adua e le compagne (Adua and Company) (Adua and Her Friends) (Hungry for Love) (Love a la Carte) (2011) "What really charges up the film is the feeling of accomplishment and ownership as they work their way through each problem and, almost without noticing, create a successful business out of the restaurant. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) "This is pure midnight movie, all energy and whimsy and cartoonish displays of violence with yakuza soldiers dressed as samurai swordsmen. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
100% Black Mirror: Season 1 (TV, 2011) "Brooker's stories are novel enough to draw us in, yet familiar enough to become a warped reflection of ourselves and our culture. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 14, 2015
91% Dear White People (2014) "... a sharp, smart, ambitious satire of race, racism, privilege, prejudice, and power at an Ivy League college that has drawn comparisons to Spike Lee. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "It takes place almost entirely at night and director of photography Robert Elswit... carves out a marvelous neo-noir atmosphere of Los Angeles at night with his razor-sharp photography of the streets after dark... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
100% Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936) "It's a bucolic little film with a wisp of a story that builds great emotional resonance from what appears to be a slight, meaningless dalliance. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
100% Le Pont du Nord (2013) "The scenes... have a playful, meandering quality held together by Rivette's dashes of humor and visual punning and the bond created between the two women. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
82% The Homesman (2014) "... this story presents the West as a hard place that creates hard people and destroys the rest. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
79% McFarland USA (2015) "It gives a big-screen face to an American culture generally relegated to the margins of mainstream movies. Too bad it belabors as many stereotypes as it challenges. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 14, 2015
100% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) "Corman is adept at creating human moments between the plot points, reminding us of the little guys caught up in the war and the human cost of the violence... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
94% Whiplash (2014) "This is as much psychological thriller as musical drama and it turns on the increasingly toxic chemistry between two clearly damaged people, to the exclusion of pretty much anyone else in the film. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "Focus would like nothing more than to evoke the easy style and playful personality of the Oceans movies, but surface glamour is no substitute for character. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 14, 2015
No Score Yet Psych-Out (1988) "[Director Richard] Rush appreciates the energy and the idealism of the culture at its best while acknowledging contradictions in the individuals within. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
58% The Wild Angels (1966) "... a portrait of emptiness and hostility, a social revolution spiraling into narcissism and self-destruction. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "... Francis Lawrence... and screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong turn out a surprisingly engaging film about rebellion, propaganda, media, and the emotional and psychological scars of war... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
93% The Connection (2007) "It's experimental theater meets cinéma verité with a self-aware sensibility: a drama in documentary form. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
No Score Yet In the Land of the Head Hunters (In the Land of the War Canoes) (1914) "The storytelling is rudimentary but the imagery is often gorgeous, with Curtis' photographer's eye capturing dramatic images set against striking coast landscapes and seascapes. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
79% Life of Riley (2014) "It's the end of a filmmaking career of over 60 years, perhaps not the last word he would have chosen... but a pleasant variation on a theme in a rich career " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
No Score Yet I lunghi capelli della morte (The Long Hair of Death) (2005) "... a minor beauty of the genre, a medieval revenge film with an innocent burned for witchcraft, a corrupt aristocracy, a curse, a ghost, and a sweet, sweet revenge. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Dec 16, 2014
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
90% 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
49% 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
No Score Yet The Mad Magician (1954) "Overly complicated and under-developed, this stock horror has its moments of invention... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 24, 2013
No Score Yet The Brasher Doubloon (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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
96% 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
No Score Yet Zombies 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
No Score Yet 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
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