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
100% Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (It's Trad, Dad!) "This is a prime example of a director making something out of nothing. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 3, 2015
100% Die Brücke (The Bridge) (1959) "... a searing portrait of young soldiers unprepared for the realities of war thanks to the fantasies of Nazi propaganda. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 23, 2015
94% High Sierra (1941) "Story and reality so often become mixed in High Sierra that it's hard to separate the two... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 21, 2015
100% Le Silence de la Mer (1949) "Melville called it an "anti-cinematic" film, and he creates the expressiveness in what remains unspoken, the glances and gestures that take on grand drama in the minimalist presentation. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 21, 2015
32% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) "If comedy is tragedy plus time, is stand-up comedy a kind of higher math used to survive that equation? " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2015
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "You have to work to follow the narrative but Leigh's interest isn't on what he did when. It's all about how and why he paints. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 21, 2015
No Score Yet Around the World with Orson Welles (1955) "Welles foregrounds the machinery of moviemaking, reminding us that he's brought a crew with him, and he manipulates his documentary footage as aggressively as he does in his fictional storytelling. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 21, 2015
89% Le Procès (The Trial) (1962) "The legal system is a literal maze in Welles' visualization and the disparate locations all lead back to one another. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp were part of London's '60s rock scene, though not as performers but as managers, promoters, producers, and mentors. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2015
83% Mr. Arkadin (1962) "Arkadin was, according to one of his business rivals, "a phenomenon of an age of dissolution and crisis." The world of Mr. Arkadin aptly reflects such an age. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
88% Still Alice (2015) "It's the kind of performance that doesn't just support a film, it gives the film its breath of life. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
50% The Premature Burial (1962) "Like most of Corman's Poe films, the script (this one by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell) borrows little more than the central idea and the title from Poe. This one owes a debt to Gaslight and Diabolique " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw (1959) "... ne of the toughest, most tension-filled pictures from Andre de Toth, a studio filmmaker who could be counted on to bring a savage edge to his assignments. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
75% Good Kill (2015) "What does war become in the remote-control age of drone strikes and remote surveillance? " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2015
No Score Yet L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta (Man, Pride & Vengeance) (1968) "Man, Pride and Vengeance (1967), from director Luigi Bazzoni and star Franco Nero, is a respectable find. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
96% Red Army (2015) "The sports story is also our entry into a culture, and this hockey film provides no less than a sideways look into the way that communist USSR controlled its athletes... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
51% Saint Laurent (2015) "Saint Laurent is about image as much as fashion and aesthetics. Mirrors abound, and scenes play out in reflection. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) "There's no superheroics or spectacular Die Hard-style stunts here. It's all handguns and car chases and blood and broken glass on the urban mean streets at night, and Collet-Serra creates a very turbulent, unstable ordeal. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
68% Marie's Story (2015) "France's answer to The Miracle Worker, Marie's Story is also based on real events, and it is just as much the story of the girl's resolute teacher-like Helen Keller's Annie Sullivan. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2015
No Score Yet La polizia ha le mani legate (Killer Cop) (Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man) (The Police Can't Move) (1975) "The northern capital of Milan, the symbol of modernity and progress in the Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, is the epitome of official corruption and the urban mob in the crime cinema of the 70s. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Jun 20, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "This is dramatization, not documentary, but it's a more nuanced portrait of Wilson than the 1995 doc I Just Wasn't Made for These Times... " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 7, 2015
40% Mark of the Devil (1969) "An early entry in the "sex and sadism" genre, this is an exploitation film with an intelligence behind it, but an exploitation film nonetheless... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Vice And Virtue "... the titillating title that Roger Vadim gave to his 1963 take on two Marquis de Sade stories, "Justine" and "Juliette," which he reframed as a morality play set in Nazi-occupied France. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Bellissima (1951) "... this is about ruthless competition to break into show business with Anna Magnani as the working-class woman turned aggressive stage mother ... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
100% La Terra trema (1948) "It's as if Sicily has existed in a bubble, unchanging for a century as sons take over the boats of their fathers and children apprentice at their feet, taking their place in "a hopeless slavery." " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
72% Interstellar (2014) "This is a film where complex concepts of quantum physics and powerful human emotions are inextricably intertwined and the ghost that haunts the farmhouse has both a scientific explanation and a sense of supernatural power. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
42% Effie Gray (2015) "Appearances are everything in Effie Gray, a film that pushes tasteful restraint to extremes. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Apr 25, 2015
88% The Immigrant (2014) "One of the wonders of the film is how Gray reveals unexpected depths and dimensions of these characters throughout their journeys. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet What Price Glory (1926) "... the film version thrives on comedy that is sometimes satirical and often ribald. And that comedy only occasionally intersects with the anti-war feeling implied in the title. " ‐ GreenCine
Posted Apr 25, 2015
100% Ride the Pink Horse (1947) "The film is both tough and touching, with crackling dialogue (scripted by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) and stylized scenes... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
98% The Babadook (2014) "... one of the best and most original horror films in years, raises goosebumps with old-fashioned scares, relatable characters, and a provocative psychological foundation. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
90% Jauja (2015) "Alonso's films are as much about men moving through the landscape, leaving behind the rules of civilization to become lost in the wilderness. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet I Giorni dell'ira (Blood and Grit) (Day of Anger) (Gunlaw) (Days of Wrath) (1967) "Day of Anger is another reminder of why Lee Van Cleef became a major spaghetti western star. He doesn't just dominate Day of Anger (1967), he owns the film.. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
20% Little Boy (2015) "... home-front family drama of hope, friendship, and faith, shot through the sepia-tinged light and faded hues of nostalgia... " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Apr 25, 2015
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "... a genre film with a fresh approach and a distinctive cultural texture: a vampire movie from a female director who stirs American movie references into her stylized Iranian street drama. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 25, 2015
77% Danny Collins (2015) "Pacino's chemistry with Cannavale and Annette Bening overrides the plot contrivances, and he communicates more about his character by just sitting silently next to Cannavale than any long speeches could. " ‐ Seattle Weekly
Posted Apr 9, 2015
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Matt Reeves... delivers both action spectacle and character drama, and he rightfully centers the entire film on Caesar, the noble leader who understands the best and worst of humanity ... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "... a film for our culture: a feel-foodie drama of racial tolerance, cross-cultural acceptance, and fusion cuisine. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
100% The Conformist (1970) "It's a superb performance by Trintignant, whose presence is the film is physically passive even as he tries to play the confident, intellectual leader of men. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
91% Time Bandits (1981) "It's a strange and weird and wonderful mix of boy's own adventure, Python-esque humor, and grim irony, all wrapped in tall tales, ancient myths, and historical figures. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "The script is tossed through with entertaining banter, the action sequences are spirited and filled with inventive imagery, and the spirit of the whole enterprise is bright and energized... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
97% Out of the Past (1947) "In a genre full of desperate characters scrambling and plotting to grab their slice of the American dream, Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947) is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal with an unusually haunting quality. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
20% The Fortune (1975) "The timing wasn't planned but it is fortuitous. The Fortune (Twilight Time, Blu-ray), a screwball comedy directed by Mike Nichols, debuts on Blu-ray a month after Nichols passed away. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) "... a different and daring kind of cinematic experience, something rare enough in American popular cinema. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
87% Middle of Nowhere (2012) "This isn't about dramatic revelations and charge confrontations. DuVernay, who also wrote the original screenplay, has made a film about those moments lived between the decisions... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
No Score Yet Morning For The Osone Family (Osone-ke no ashita) (1946) "Morning for the Osone Family (1946) offers a scathing indictment of the culture that drove Japan into war through the intimate story of a family shattered by it. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
86% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972) "Handsome with a touch of aloofness... it's a quintessentially Fassbinder portrait of doomed love, jealousy, and social taboos, bouncing between catty melodrama and naked emotional need. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) "Leave it to Preston Sturges to create the sexiest and most grown-up romantic comedy of his day. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
No Score Yet The Skin (La Pelle) (1981) "This isn't about war, it's about civilians caught between invading powers and soldiers in their downtime, and Cavani enjoys the chaos of this world in upheaval without letting us lose our way through. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
No Score Yet Adua e le compagne (Adua and Company) (Adua and Her Friends) (Hungry for Love) (Love a la Carte) (2011) "What really charges up the film is the feeling of accomplishment and ownership as they work their way through each problem and, almost without noticing, create a successful business out of the restaurant. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Mar 14, 2015
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