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.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
91% 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
67% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans (1936) " ... an exciting and involving screen version, with Scott as a strong-willed but civilized Hawkeye ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
100% Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) " ... a work of pure, playful imagination, a picture-book fantasy brought to life with intricate, hand-painted sets and a whimsical portrait of science as wizardry by way of the industrial revolution ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
91% Into The Abyss (2011) " It is also a devastating portrait of the culture of crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and broken families ... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
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