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

Showing 51 - 100 of 2054
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
—— 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) (1999) " ... 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
98% A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) " ... a Hollywood landmark, both for pushing the envelope of subject matter allowed on screen by the censors and for showcasing the more naturalistic "method" approach to performance ..." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
—— The Corsican Brothers (1941) " Fairbanks' athletic energy and flamboyant performance enlivens the film and excellent photographic effects create a seamless look to the scenes where the brothers interact..." — Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2012
94% I Wish (2012) " The kids are marvelous without becoming cloying or cute and for a film with so little conflict, it is completely involving, wonderfully warm and full of natural humor." — House Next Door
Posted May 8, 2012
—— Last Flight " Where most of the memorable artifacts of pre-code cinema liked to flaunt its defiance of social decorum, The Last Flight makes an effort to shake up and unsettle the viewer, and it succeesds." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
—— Young, Violent, Dangerous (Liberi armati pericolosi) (1983) " These aren't angry rebels without a cause, they are thrill killers without motivation. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
83% Come Blow Your Horn (1963) " ... like a cartoonish fantasy of the Mad Men sensibility of philandering men who treat the female sex as a buffet for their perusal. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011) " [I]f it doesn't offer anything new to our understanding of Corman, as filmmaker, producer, or person, it nicely encapsulates his legacy..." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
—— La Visita (The Visitor) (1966) " ... neither satire nor romantic comedy... [it] offers a much more layered and unexpected portrait in disappointment and resigned concession. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
—— The Big Night (1951) " Neither juvenile delinquent drama or a wild youth thriller, this is a portrait in rage and shame and disappointment in fathers and father figures." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
—— Screaming Mimi (1958) " ... a real cult item in the film noir filmography, weird and lurid and kitschy, but fascinating all the same." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
88% Brief Encounter (1945) " ... still embraced as one of the most romantic films ever made, and it has earned its reputation." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
71% Blithe Spirit (1945) " ... a lightweight comedy built on witty remarks and upper-class smugness (which Rex Harrison so perfectly embodies), but comedy is not Lean's strong suit." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
100% This Happy Breed (1944) " It's quite the study in domesticity and acceptance, and it even presents socialist activism and union strikes as some sort of idealistic fling..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
93% In Which We Serve (1942) " ... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted May 4, 2012
89% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) " It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit..." — GreenCine
Posted May 4, 2012
—— Hit! (1993) " ... a conventional version of the mainstream crime caper with a rare African-American lead, which is the film's only memorable accomplishment." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
—— The Buccaneer (1938) " Cecil B. DeMille plays fast and loose with his history, as usual, but he also has more fun with the story than in many of his big historical spectacles..." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
—— Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) (1968) " It's less Summer of Love than Season of Lust and any sense of liberation is limited to her sexual horizons ..." — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
100% Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962) " As much as I love Bresson's works, I'm rarely caught up in the sweep of his drama. The drama comes for me only at the conclusion - and then lingers for days after. " — Parallax View
Posted May 4, 2012
90% Napoléon (1929) " ... a cinematic experience like no other." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 18, 2012
100% J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (1919) " The cinematic sophistication and visual expressiveness of this 1919 release is astonishing." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 18, 2012
—— Thirteen Women (1932) " It's hysterical and bigoted and just plain ruthless, almost unbelievable, and perversely fun for all that." — Parallax View
Posted Mar 11, 2012
—— Taxi! (1932) " How can you refuse a film that embraces non-violent arbitration and still gives a pass to Cagney taking revenge?" — Parallax View
Posted Mar 11, 2012
—— The Nude Vampire (Vampire nue, La) (1974) " ... a strange work of conspiracy, family rebellion, and innocence imprisoned, both a vampire film and a strange science fiction fantasy of shadowy old men performing secret experiments." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
95% Belle de Jour (1968) " Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
88% Vanya on 42nd Street (1995) " ... a record of a creative collaboration that has a life of its own, at once documentary, filmed rehearsal, play within a play, and private production restaged for a camera..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
100% World on a Wire (2011) " ... a heady, witty, stylistically audacious, highly compelling, and very entertaining science fiction thriller years ahead of its time. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Mar 10, 2012
88% Margin Call (2011) " Chandor underplays the human drama and the anonymity of the Wall Street office building so much it risks slipping into doldrums, but the stakes are too great and the actors too sharp to let that happen." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) " ...a little Hardy noir: a homeless kid that Andy hides in his boarding house room dies, an apparent suicide in the wake of shattered dreams. This is a real education for Andy..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Judge Hardy and Son (1939) " You can also see the jalopy humor becoming one of the defining elements of the Andy Hardy series here." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (2001) " It's classic Andy: he gets his comeuppance and then gets his happy ending. It's also a superb [jUDY] Garland turn. " — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Out West with the Hardy's (1938) " ...Rooney's smart aleck patter, comic smugness and blithe confidence trumps the generic script..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— You're Only Young Once (1937) " ...sends the family on a California vacation (and into the predatory dating scene of West Coast decadence)..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% Tokyo Drifter (1966) " ...plays like a mix of spaghetti western and samurai melodrama relocated to the pop-art splendor of 1960s Japan..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Feb 19, 2012
90% United Red Army (2011) " ...historical drama as psychological thriller." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
84% Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) " This is a film of labyrinthine storytelling and cinematic weaves of character and narrative that stretch across countries and time itself..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Il cappotto (The Overcoat) (1952) " ... behind the bouncy caricatures and deft satire is a quiet humanism that sneaks up on the story and haunts the final images quite literally." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— No Blade of Grass (1970) " Cornel Wilde's grim, fatalistic end-of-the-world thriller... is a forgotten dystopian classic of its time." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% Caught (1949) " ... belongs as much to the murky world of American film noir as to the polished European dramas of high society social appearances and power games. " — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) " [Max] Ophuls' first personal project in Hollywood and he injects this exquisitely stylish romantic melodrama with his continental sensibility." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— The Exile (1947) " ...while Fairbanks lunges and leaps, Ophuls choreographs the crowd scenes to give the film a scope the belies the budget and a grace lacking in most such adventure films." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Le Frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires) (1970) " ...a mad skin flick for surrealists where bad acting, slapdash effects, and narrative abstraction are transformed into an aesthetic." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% La Rose de fer (The Iron Rose) (1973) " ...a spiritual rather than a physical threat." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— The Nude Vampire (Vampire nue, La) (1974) " [Jean] Rollin's love of twins and matched pairs is first hinted at here, as is his penchant for romantic heroes drawn to mysterious women and supernatural places." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% Rebecca (1940) " It's an elegant production, beautifully photographed and designed like a dream house shrouded in mourning, but it also favors the pictorial over the cinematic and surface over subtext. " — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
97% Wings (1927) " ...the last of the grand studio epics of the silent film era." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— The Roots of Heaven (1958) " ...a different kind of African wildlife adventure: the heroes are early eco-warriors, animals rights activists who take on both private elephant poachers and government indifference..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
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