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
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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