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 101 - 150 of 2054
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
—— The Truth About Youth " ...briefly flickers to life when [Myrna] Loy comes on as slinky nightclub singer "The Firefly," seducing [Loretta] Young's betrothed..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Safe in Hell (1931) " ...imagine Casablanca as a lice-infested backwater run by mercenary opportunists and filled with the sleaziest criminals to escape a manhunt. " — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— The Mob (Remember That Face) (1951) " [Broderick] Crawford is at his best as the veteran lawman playing the tough-guy dockworker, engaging and compelling and, at times, quite funny. " — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— The Burglar (1957) " ...sordid world of twitchy crooks, flophouse hideouts, duplicity as a way of life, and an atmosphere dripping in sexual longing and lust, with fractured, jagged storytelling..." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Drive a Crooked Road (1954) " ... what I like to call beachhouse noir, a world away from the classic nocturnal urban style with its coast highways and sunny beaches and sleek West Coast architecture." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
83% Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) " ... a marvelous glimpse into the working methods of Kiarostami, but that becomes merely one of the many layers of "reality" in this film." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) (1996) " It's a film that denies even the most rudimentary of dramatic arcs: Nothing happens, and yet life erupts all around." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% Khane-ye doust kodjast? (Where is the Friend's Home?) (1987) " On one level Kiarostami paints a society rooted in authoritarian demands, but on another he reminds how us kids get lost in the grown-up world of business and responsibility." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— Man in the Iron Mask (1939) " [Director James] Whale turns the dialogue into a duel in its own right, with the advisors currying favor with the corrupt King Louis XIV and the Musketeers jabbing away with witty comments." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
—— The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) " ... slow and static and creaky, stopping dead for monologues and exposition to explain what the film can't afford to show." — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) " [Director Frank] Tashlin... was all about the gag and helped define Lewis as a walking cartoon, the rubberface spastic adolescent in a grown-up body. " — Parallax View
Posted Feb 19, 2012
100% Seven Chances (1925) " ... Keaton transformed the material into his own brand of humor: from stage farce to snappy cinematic slapstick, with Buster turning verbal jokes into visual gags." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Feb 19, 2012
93% Drive (2011) " ... celebrates -- one might say revels in -- the pulp mythology of existential anti-heroes and criminal chivalry and street opera tragedy of American movies." — MSN.com
Posted Jan 31, 2012
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " [Woody] Allen brings his fantasy to life with such affection and joy that he transports us into his dream come true as a shared fantasy." — MSN.com
Posted Dec 22, 2011
88% Margin Call (2011) " Chandor is more interested in the banality of greed and opportunism and the ease in which principled employees are swayed to engage in unprincipled acts." — MSN.com
Posted Dec 22, 2011
—— Two Flags West " ... an adult and thoughtful production that explores the conflicts of men who are both enemies and allies in the waning days of the Civil War. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
100% Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt (I Only Want You to Love Me) (1976) " ... he brings a morose naturalism to the film even as creates an atmosphere of isolation through the performances. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
83% Shakespeare Wallah (1965) " ... a bittersweet drama of the twilight of a theatrical way of life. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
92% Election (1999) " Payne and Taylor are equal opportunity satirists and their sly wit dismantles everything from high school culture to suburban complacency." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom (1991) " ... a lightweight, fun-loving romantic comedy set on the bustling streets of Moscow ..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
93% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) " It's both an embrace of the comfort of ritual and certainly and acknowledgement of the magic of the unexpected and the accidental bringing change to routine. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Doughboys (Forward March) (1930) " ... (Keaton) brings his brand of comic chaos to the front lines of France and manages to turn bad luck into a happy ending in the trench warfare of World War I. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Jim Shvante marili svanets (Salt for Svanetia) (1930) " This film doesn't simply record the lives of an alien culture, it dramatizes it with imagery and recreations that turns documentary into drama with a passion." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Po zakonu (By the Law) (Dura Lex) (Troye) " The tension is grueling and the climax is haunting. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924) " ... a political cartoon of a Soviet satire that knowingly spoofs American stereotypes of "Bolshevik revolutionaries" through the comically surreal odyssey of the gullible Mr. West..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
83% The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim) (1999) " Petri directs with tongue firmly in cheek, lampooning the media obsession with high risk contests and games of chance with cool sixties style ..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
33% I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso) (Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence) (1973) " The motivation is right out of the Psycho playbook, only not quite as convincing." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
86% Les Valseuses (Going Places) (Getting It Up) (Making It) (1974) " ... Blier's portrait of showy machismo, reflexive bad behavior and empty pleasure is his sad commentary on seventies culture." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
62% Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman) (1982) " ... a film filled with mysteries that are never resolved and images that are simultaneously lonely and lovely." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
91% City of Life and Death (2011) " City of Life and Death puts a convincing image to the abstract history. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— The Quatermass Xperiment (Shock) (The Creeping Unknown) (1955) " ... the film is never less than intriguing and, at is best, is haunting, horrific and riveting." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
98% The Rules of the Game (1950) " ... at once savage social satire and a compassionate comedy of manners with a sour undercurrent." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
100% Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993) " As one might assume from the title, the color blue dominates the palette, from the light over the city at dusk to the glow from the swimming pool she visits ..." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
90% Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) " ... not so much a black comedy as a wicked satire in the cold white light of Polish winter, which (as you would expect) informs the color palette of this film." — Parallax View
Posted Dec 17, 2011
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) " ... the most densely and deftly woven of the three films." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Sherlock Holmes (1922) " While Barrymore has the profile and the intent, intelligent focus we recognize, this is a Holmes mystery without the deerstalker cap, the Meerschaum pipe or the faithful Watson at his side. " — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
70% Medea (1969) " Pasolini strips the play down to symbolic, almost abstract expressions of scenes and ideas, like the cinema equivalent of hieroglyphics." — Turner Classic Movies Online
Posted Dec 17, 2011
—— Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma " ... the Nouvelle Vague legend considers the history of the movies with a typically idiosyncratic style and non-linear train of thought. " — Parallax View
Posted Dec 17, 2011
96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " ... captures the space, the texture, the quality of color of these ghost-like paintings, like shadows of the past captured on the cave walls." — MSN.com
Posted Nov 30, 2011
22% The Smurfs (2011) " Call me Grouchy, but I say grown-ups should just say smurf it and avoid the film completely. " — MSN.com
Posted Nov 30, 2011
84% Beginners (2011) " [Director Mike] Mills... gives the film a celebratory passion in the quiet closeness of father and son and the playful first-person storytelling..." — MSN.com
Posted Nov 16, 2011
35% Larry Crowne (2011) " ... lacks any sense of gravity. Hanks has too much moxie to let little things like unemployment and an underwater mortgage get him down..." — MSN.com
Posted Nov 16, 2011
39% Cars 2 (2011) " Kids will be entertained and so will adults. I just didn't find myself particularly engaged." — MSN.com
Posted Nov 1, 2011
—— Cop Hater (1958) " ... an independent production shot largely on the cheap in with a New York cast headed by Robert Loggia..." — Parallax View
Posted Oct 22, 2011
—— Chicago Confidential " Director Sidney Salkow takes the script through its paces dutifully but unmemorably." — Parallax View
Posted Oct 22, 2011
—— The Captive City (1952) " ... a tough yet austere little crime story carved out of a small budget." — Parallax View
Posted Oct 22, 2011
—— Follow Me Quietly (1949) " This was clearly timed to play the bottom of a double bill, but it has better production values than most B-movies and Fleischer devotes much greater care to the direction." — Parallax View
Posted Oct 22, 2011
—— The Threat (1949) " ... opens with a rat-a-tat energy, quite literally: a prison break, a whining siren, and then the almost unbroken blasts of machine gun fire..." — Parallax View
Posted Oct 22, 2011
89% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) " ... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults." — MSN.com
Posted Oct 19, 2011
86% Batman: Year One (2011) " For a story constructed out of choppy slices, this is probably the most unified of the DC animated features." — MSN.com
Posted Oct 19, 2011
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