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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
97% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
89% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) ... as good an American drama as you'll see this year.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
83% Imperium (2016) ... if we're never on the edge of our seats, it delivers a portrait of a movement that sucks up the angry, disappointed whites who see their failures as a conspiracy of disenfranchisement...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) Susan provides the cutting wit, Sir James the broad comedy and giggling silliness, and filmmaker Stillman the social frame and elegant world to make it all work.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) The original version of the oft-filmed science fiction horror is still the most insidious alien invasion film ever made.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Beauty is the beast in this horror film as fashion layout.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
96% Citizenfour (2014) Poitras isn't there to question his motives or the rightness of his cause, she's there to bear witness. This film is her document on why his actions matter and what it cost Snowden. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
43% Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) ... perhaps the ultimate drive-in car chase movie. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment, then you don't know the sheer visceral thrill of a great tire squealing, chassis-slamming, speed demon piece of auto outlaw cinema.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
92% Dark Passage (1947) The plot is a stretch even in the realm of classic crime melodrama and film noir, not that it's an issue when you have the chemistry of Bogie and Bacall and great use of San Francisco locations. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% Re-Animator (1985) Full of black humor and startling shocks, the feature film debut of experimental theater director Gordon is arguably his best and easily his most fun (a kinky, sick sort of fun, mind you) ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) It is a handsome production, an epic fantasy for younger audiences with a spiritual message, and it was followed by two more films in the series. This one remains the most satisfying and inspiring.‐ GreenCine
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% Dazed and Confused (1993) Richard Linklater's cinematic flashback Dazed and Confused captures a rich pageant of high-school life, circa 1976, in a mere 100 minutes, leaning on nostalgia without wallowing in it. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) The Coen's O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a Coen odyssey reworked as a tall tale in the folk song idiom of superstition, magic realism and religious mysticism and delivered with a mix of screwball goofiness and intellectual whimsy. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) ... a Pixar picture with all the care and love and storytelling magic that the studio brings to every project. Which makes this adventure a joyous reunion and a lovely odyssey.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
55% Battle in Seattle (2008) ... a conventional drama about the unconventional protest landmark: the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, Washington, a real event explored through the familiar fictional stories of various protesters, delegates and bystanders. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) ... a warp-speed adventure that makes good use of the youth of the cast while leaning on a chemistry that Abrams' films never fully achieved.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) ...a playful romp through a haunted New York City by four extremely funny women improvising banter through a half-baked script. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Woody Allen's career may be erratic but it's a pleasure to note that Café Society (2016), while well short of masterpiece, is Allen in fine form.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
84% Violette (2014) ... this handsome biographical drama takes on a revered but troubled French artist who came out of poverty and neglect and rose to fame. Violette, however, is more about her mother issues, her anxieties over money...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016