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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Beauty is the beast in this horror film as fashion layout. ‐ Seanax.com
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 28, 2016
91% Married to the Mob (1988) This is gangster life played for screwball comedy but the culture isn't all that different than what Martin Scorsese would present in Goodfellas just a couple of years later, right down to the colorful names like Vinnie The Slug... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
88% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Along with Night of the Living Dead and The Last House on the Left, it ushered in the modern age of horror in the 1970s. It is one of the great transgressive American horrors and is still the film upon which Hooper's reputation is built. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
89% Bridgend (2016) Rønde shot the film on location "in the Valleys" of rural Wales and the atmosphere of the landscape pervades the film; gloomy and isolated and swallowed up in fog, it is beautiful but lonely ... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
65% Spectre (2015) Fifty years later, it seems like Bond is now playing catch up with the superhero movies. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Susanna White, a British TV veteran, matches the smaller scope with quiet, low-key direction, a spare canvas, and a palette of somber colors that leans toward the nocturnal. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
No Score Yet Vamos a matar, compañeros (Companeros) (1970) ...Corbucci, who helped define the amoral tone of the genre in Django, develops a streak of idealism that builds through the film ... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
74% Inherent Vice (2015) ... I was drawn into this crazy world completely by Anderson and his merry pranksters, a shaggy dog mystery with a stoner Philip Marlowe applying of free-association investigative technique... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) ... a road movie, a family drama, a tale of loss, and a loving portrait of an alternative family that is prepared to face everything but the modern world. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
86% We Are What We Are (2013) ... a horror film by definition-an isolated family in rural America cloisters its teenage daughters in a religion/ritual that reaches back to their starving forefathers who turned to cannibalism to survive a harsh frontier-but a family drama at heart. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 28, 2016
87% The Aviator (2004) This is high-style filmmaking wrapped up in a tormented hero whose soaring flights of greatness are matched by the mortal pull of his devils,... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
100% Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris) (1984) This is the most ironic and, in many ways, judgmental of [Eric] ohmer's films. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) It's also about something that most documentaries miss: the brotherhood of four Liverpool lads who pulled together because there was no one else to count on when after becoming international superstars. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
82% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona) (1973) The Belladonna of Sadness (Japan, 1973), a lost classic of Japanese animation, is an erotic drama by definition, but it is quite a sophisticated one that is part subversive folk tale, part rock ballad musical, and part experimental filmmaking. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
73% Fido (2007) Subtle? No, but it's clever and funny in a thoroughly reimagined alternate universe, where the paternal smiles of authority figures hide an unchecked police state keeping the gated communities white, middle class, and compliant. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet The Gun Runners (1958) It's a stock thriller premise brought to life with clever screenwriting, deftly turned characters, a terrific supporting cast and delightfully sexy rapport and physical intimacy between [Audie] Murphy and Patricia Owen ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet Trans-Europ-Express (1966) Think of it as [Alain Robbe-Grillet's] Breathless, a pulp story refracted with his own distinctive take on narrative deconstruction and sexual perversity. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet Man On High Heels (Hai-hil) (2014) ... a classic South Korean urban crime thriller-which means it's world class action-but with a decidedly unconventional angle. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
92% Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1924) Technique, sensibility, cinematic vision, and story all come together in this epic drama of love, death, myth, and sacrifice, a mix of supernatural drama and mythic parable produced in the shadow of World War I. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) God bless the mothers of these kids who believed in their dreams, even if they worried about their methods ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
75% Last Days In The Desert (2016) It is simple and primal, with unadorned, plainspoken yet eloquent dialogue and a story that plays like an enigmatic parable with no easy answers to Yeshua's questions. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road wasn't the biggest hit film of the summer of 2015 (that honor belongs to Jurassic World) but it is easily the most visceral and the most intelligent action film of year. Decades in the making, there's nothing else like this out there. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) ... offers far more than the bare necessities as it combines Kipling's stories and Walt Disney's 1967 animated musical adaptation for a marvelous new version of the classic story of a boy quite literally raised by wolves. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) It's directed by Jodie Foster, who treats the whole thing as a technical exercise... but never gives it the kind of immediacy or relevance to make it matter. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) [Shane] Black likes his characters and loves the genre and that's enough to make the tribute / pastiche / affection parody work. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Joe and Anthony Russo (who directed the earlier Captain America: Winter Soldier, which introduced even more story threads picked up in this film's dense plot weave) are actually quite adept at this kind of big team juggling. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) ... a coming of age comedy with a heartwarming soul that never slips into easy sentiment. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
95% Unforgiven (1992) Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven earned the director his first Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Director. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
98% Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) [Sergio] Leone creates a horseback epic of bad guys with a heart of gold and an iron engine that reshapes the landscape as its tracks are laid through the wilderness. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
100% Saving Mr. Wu (2015) It's a tight, fast-moving, entertaining cop drama that does away with the criminal mastermind clichés to show a more realistic portrait of a kidnapping and police investigation energized by car chases, flashing sirens, and strike force action. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's overloaded, to say the least, but if it gets a little clumsy at times... it's still kind of impressive how much information screenwriter Simon Kinberg crams in with the spectacle of the 143-minute film. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Oct 6, 2016
73% The Matrix Reloaded (2003) They don't come up with anything new, but it's bigger, louder, and mighty impressive, even if the dialogue sounds more and more like a preprogrammed video game. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 21, 2016
36% The Matrix Revolutions (2003) The Wachowskis may have something in their theory that the world is simply a complex operating system humans are simply virtual programs.... Their dialogue feels written by a computer program, and for that matter acted by a collection of CGI figures. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 21, 2016