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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% American Honey (2016) Star is a girl that grew up fast and [actress Sasha] Lane invests her with a mix of survivalist experience and emotional immaturity suddenly let loose without responsibility or oversight. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It would be so easy to make Florence the butt of the joke, the victim of an elaborate prank perpetrated by a slice of New York society feeding her delusions, but her story borders on tragedy... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) ... the rich red color scheme brings a vibrancy to the scenes: it's the color of love, anger, passion, heat, and it warms this into becoming the most forgiving film in the series. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
90% Three Colors: White (Trzy kolory: Bialy) (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) [T]his is the comedy of the trilogy, 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. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu) (1993) The saturated hues are calming, protective, but also isolating; the rest of the world fades away when she's enveloped in the blue of the water. ‐ GreenCine
Posted Jan 13, 2017
100% Playtime (1973) ... an accumulation of minor touches, little dissonances, imaginative observations, and pieces of creative business: hundreds of details that erupt with lives of their own but fit together like a clockwork mechanism with a human heartbeat. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
95% A Touch of Zen (1969) King Hu's romantic chivalry adventure is a masterpiece of Chinese cinema, a magnificent epic with grand battles fought with the grace of a ballet with swords, and the most significant cinematic inspiration for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
91% Eraserhead (1977) "In heaven, everything is fine," but in Eraserhead (1977) nothing is fine. David Lynch's debut feature is grim, disturbed, mutated, claustrophobic, a world that appears to be unraveling-or, more accurately, decaying-before our eyes. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
81% Life of Riley (2014) ... a pleasant frivolity, a mix of bedroom farce (without the bedrooms), romantic comedy, and self-aware theater that opens on the first day of rehearsals and ends after closing night. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
84% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) This is the film I will remember as Resnais' final word on love, life, and art. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
97% Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth's entrance is pure Hollywood starcraft: a perfectly lit close-up as she whips her head into frame, her hair lashing back and revealing her bright face and wide, mischievous grin. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
No Score Yet Wishful Drinking (2010) Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, an autobiographical monologue with video clips and visual aids, is a savagely satirical look back at her life and legacy growing up as the daughter of show-business royalty Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
48% Boxcar Bertha (1972) [Martin] Scorsese was anxious to show his chops on a real Hollywood feature and does so admirably (if impersonally) with rough-and-ready style on a mix of true story and exploitation drama. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) ... weird in all the best ways, a film of unexpected bounces and unusual shadings. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
94% Iron Man (2008) It's faithful to the comic origins without being slavish, draws ideas from the entire run of the series, and stirs a self-aware sense of humor through the action while still taking the enterprise seriously. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
99% Annie Hall (1977) Allen tosses out the usual romantic comedy conventions for his own brand of humor, but under the gags and self-effacing jokes is the portrait of two people who fall in love and then... fall out of love. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
81% Hellboy (2004) Ron Perlman, performing under a massive ember-red suit... is perfect as the cigar-puffing, wisecracking, kitten-loving demon who covertly battles supernatural monsters. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
98% Sunset Boulevard (1950) Sunset Boulevard (1950), the blackest of Hollywood's self-portraits, is an old dark house of a ghost story inhabited by the living shadows of its discarded stars. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
77% White Christmas (1954) This 1954 holiday classic, directed by reliable studio hand Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), is sentimental, contrived and stiffly silly, yet it still charmed its way to become the biggest hit of its year... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) It's as much Christ parable as science fiction film... yet its message is delivered less like a sermon than a threat. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
98% The Hustler (1961) Paul Newman is cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson, a swaggering pool shark punk who works his trade in dingy bars and seedy poolrooms, in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
92% Boogie Nights (1997) Boogie Nights is an impassioned and creative portrait of American souls in distress from a young, passionate filmmaker who threw himself headlong into his movies (his follow-up, Magnolia, pushes even further). ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
82% Indignation (2016) James Schamus, the longtime maverick film producer who co-wrote many of Ang Lee's films, adapts the 2008 Philip Roth novel and directs this measured, serious, heavily introspective coming-of-age drama. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
98% Little Men (2016) This is not a Disney movie with a teary resolution and all sins forgiven. Sachs is more interested in the nuances of relationships, the power of childhood friendship... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
83% Kamikaze '89 (1983) The mystery is silly and confusing but the film is entertaining, with Fassbinder dressed in a leopard-print suit and playing racketball in a police disco in his off hours. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jan 13, 2017
85% Sully (2016) [Tom] Hanks plays Sully with the kind of bedrock decency and sincere modesty that he does better than anyone on screen today. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 20, 2016
90% The Color of Money (1986) [Scorsese] delivers the cinematic charge of the pool room culture of hustle and gamesmanship along with the education of a young protégé lacking self and a mentor who has yet to face his own conflicted feelings about the game. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) This is dark and disturbing and surprisingly long-over 2 1/2 hours-and directed with a slow build that churns up the tension as it shifts suspicion around. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
79% Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) If Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) was just another comedy in the wave of 80s nostalgia, then John Cusack is the kid who grew up to be Oliver North. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
95% To Catch a Thief (1955) It's all about the sparkle of glamour and the romantic smolder of seductive stars playing cagey characters who play at romance with all of their charm. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
45% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) It may seem corny to American audiences but it's entertaining and handsome, with a grand sense of design, lavish costumes, and bigger than life emotions, like a lavish, colorful old Hollywood picture with modern special effects. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
57% Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) the real stars of the show: those fabulous vehicles and the awe of the miniature effects execution (which was a major influence on the work done on 2001: A Space Odyssey). ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
88% 3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) (1990) The narrative almost dissolves in abstractions and digressions before the startling conclusion, but it remains a compellingly warped look at the uniquely Japanese culture of violence. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
80% Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki) (1989) Takeshi's cinema is full of static images and long digressions, intermissions from the blood sport. When the inevitable clashes recur, the sudden shots of brutality carry a startling kick to them. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet All Night Long (1962) [Director Basil Dearden] keeps a good beat here and directs the actors to a snappy rhythm. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
66% Anthropoid (2016) Even the romantic subplots, which might appear a gratuitous distraction, are less about passion than desperation; when there's no escape plan in place, life is lived in moments. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) The drama is honest without getting nasty and it's genuinely funny but not at the expense of the characters. Well, not entirely anyway. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Like the Pixar films it is a storybook odyssey that tells a story of family and courage, but this one is also about loss and sacrifice, and about the power of stories and storytelling. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) ... as good an American drama as you'll see this year. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 15, 2016
93% Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) I'm not convinced that the additions strengthens his story-they humanize Sheen's character, a figure more interesting as a dead man walking-but they also fill out his psychedelic odyssey with a heft and a scope befitting an epic. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 10, 2016
97% Apocalypse Now (1979) Coppola's vivid-as-an-LSD-trip take on the madness of war is a one of a kind film, a mess-terpiece held together by sheer audacity and imagination. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 10, 2016
95% Creed (2015) ... the heart of the film: identity and family, the legacies you inherit and the legacies you create. It's also a marvelously satisfying, old-fashioned, underdog boxing movie ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (2003) It's a confused plot-by the time the film ends it's completely forgotten that he's an insane serial killer... But it's also a handsome film with great locations and art direction and a memorable mix of fashions. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
45% Ravenous (1999) ... the definitive frontier cannibal movie. ... a gruesome survival thriller with a crimson-hued streak of black humor and an elemental hint of the supernatural. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) ... the CGI creation has the weight and presence and personality of a living creature in a film that is deeper, richer, and more joyous [than the original]. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) The first half is pure imagination, a fantasy land off the maps where giants sleep under carpets of sod and dreams frolic like Peter Pan fairies in a mirror world under a magical lake, but he slips in giddy adolescent gags... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
80% The Intervention (2016) It's the directorial debut of Clea Duvall and it's very much an actors' showcase: eight characters with heavy baggage doing their best to ignore the weight. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Dec 1, 2016
98% Boyhood (2014) ... a different and daring kind of cinematic experience that is as involving as it is impressive. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Nov 24, 2016
89% Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) ... this is a lark, a self-aware spoof that embraces the painful puns, alliterative exclamations, and deadpan delivery of the old show, right down to the Bat-gimmicks of the utility belt, with a plot that refuses to take itself seriously. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Nov 18, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) ... the junk foodie fantasy that stirs American Pie, Toy Story, Logan's Run, and every torture porn horror of the last decade into a raunchy paean to hedonism with more food puns than a Catskills grocer. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Nov 18, 2016