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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 83% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% The Ides of March (2011) "It's ultimately less political thriller or election allegory than morality play in partisan dress. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
98% Mean Streets (1973) "[F]or all the violence of the streets, this is less a crime film than a character piece, a love letter to the streets of New York's Little Italy and the young men rattling around like tough guys and fantasizing about becoming the real thing. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
65% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) "The English-language debut of Danish director Susanne Bier is at times morose but the tale of healing is directed with compassion and a powerful, sometimes discomforting intimacy. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The plot is disposable at best... but [Guy] Ritchie goes all out in reviving the Cold War sixties spy movie style and attitude, recalling Connery's Bond movie with tongue firmly in cheek. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
71% Best Seller (1987) "[Larry] Cohen cannily mixes social satire and genre twists in his clever screenplay of an unlikely friendship between two men with more history than they realize... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
89% Almost Famous (2000) "Cameron Crowe's thinly fictionalized autobiography is deftly poised between rosy affection, thoughtful remembrance, and giddy adolescent awe. As perhaps it should be. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
81% The Big Lebowski (1998) "It's like, you know, pretty groovy, man. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
100% Burning Bush (2014) "... a return to form for Holland, whose great films of the eighties and nineties (Angry Harvest, 1985, Europa Europa, 1990) combined the political, social and personal with a fiery volatility. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
82% Into the Wild (2007) "Sean Penn's adaptation of Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book is a bracing cinematic plunge into the odyssey of Christopher McCandless. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
No Score Yet Le Grand Blond avec Une Chaussure Noire (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) (1973) "... takes an idea out of Hitchcock's North by Northwest-an innocent man is mistaken for a government agent and targeted by the enemy-and gives it cynical twist and a comic treatment closer to the Pink Panther films. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
No Score Yet X: The Unheard Music (1986) "Shot over a period of five years or so by W.T. Morgan, it is a lively, playfully-directed, scrapbook-style portrait of the seminal L.A. punk band of the eighties... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
89% Hausu (House) (1977) "[T]he archival cult find of the decade: a candy-colored style bomb of horror movie more jaw-droppingly unreal than scary, an experimental piece of pop-art genre filmmaking that is cartoonish in its graphic expressionism. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) "It's a severe life in a hostile world, observed with such delicate detail that the film achieves a grace and poetry. But it is also a primal piece of filmmaking, wrought from dirt and rock and calico, illuminated by natural light and campfire. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Given the ambitions the Wachowskis have shown in the Matrix films and Cloud Atlas, this is rather retrograde as both filmmaking and storytelling, but there is a charge to their pulp sci-fi paperback cover come to life. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
61% Men with Brooms (2002) "Think The Full Monty on ice: Canada's most famous TV Mountie Paul Gross (Due South) puts tongue firmly in cheek as he applies the old underdog sports team formula to that great Northern obsession: curling. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
91% Banshee: Season 2 (TV, 2014) ".. a heist or robbery in most every episode, dynamic and gritty action scenes with visceral and at times gruesome violence, and plenty of nudity and sex: all those exploitation elements that the movies have ceded to pay cable TV. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
100% Mr. Show With Bob and David: Season 1 (TV, 1995) "This inspired, inventive show combines the freewheeling creativity of Monty Python's Flying Circus with cabaret theater, and each episode swirls around an ingenious thematic thread that just barely connects things together by the end... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 22, 2016
88% HUMANS: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Like most of the best science fiction shows, it uses the premise as a metaphor to explore issues of identity, prejudice, family, class, and power. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2016
87% The Immigrant (2014) "a slow, simmering film with intense characters and a drama that demands patience and rewards with a rich drama about the American experience. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) "It's dark and spooky and suggestive and at times genuinely terrifying, and it leaves you wondering just how much belief guides our perceptions. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2016
96% 13 Assassins (2011) "... a superbly executed but straightforward men on a mission film where the increasingly outmoded ideals of duty and honor and meaning through sacrifice are at the heart of the matter. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) "Irreverent, outrageous, and strewn with self-aware commentary and dark humor, Deadpool (2016) is as different a comic book superhero movie from the self-serious Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as you'll find. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 19, 2016
66% Shanghai Knights (2003) "Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson bring the Far East and the old West to 19th century London as they search for Chan's sister (Fann Wong) in Shanghai Knights (2003), a high spirited but dumbed-down sequel to Shanghai Noon. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 7, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) "... an overwhelming, numbing, confusing experience by design. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 7, 2016
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Abrams is trying to recreate that experience for a whole new generation eager to be captured by the charge and action and exotic Amazing Stories covers come to life in a fairy tale space fantasy that takes place long ago and a galaxy far, far away... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 7, 2016
61% Joy (2015) "It works almost entirely due to the passion and drive that Lawrence brings to the screen. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted May 7, 2016
71% Jurassic World (2015) "... a lot of fun, part mindless two-hour theme park ride, part self-aware sequel where supposedly smart people make a cascade of bad decisions. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 23, 2016
96% Safety Last! (1923) "... the most famous of Harold Lloyd's silent comedies and first of his "thrill pictures," films that he built around slapstick ingenuity in the midst of daredevil stunts. This one has a doozy... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
100% Home Fires on Masterpiece: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's more uplifting and affirming than challenging or surprising, and it is handsomely made with convincing period detail and a fine cast delivering top notch performances. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
56% 16 Blocks (2006) "It's a satisfying piece of genre filmmaking and an underrated American crime story... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
82% The Revenant (2015) "Vengeance makes for a primal motivation but The Revenant is really a tale of survival: the settling of America as an odyssey of mythic dimensions in an untamed wilderness determined to kill all who fail to respect it. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
95% Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1963) "The young Mifune is a marvelous dichotomy, his restless energy checked by a veneer of surface calm: the composed social face and fierce turmoil underneath. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
100% Drunken Angel (1948) "This was the first major role for Mifune, the first collaboration between the actor and Kurosawa, and the launch of a career that made Mifune an international star and a Japanese superstar. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) "For a premise with such lurid possibilities, Lars and the Real Girl is actually a sweet little comedy of romantic delusion and communal affection... " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 22, 2016
100% Out 1, Noli Me Tangere "Out 1 is Rivette redux. His engagement with actors is there on the screen, creating energy even in simple conversational scenes, and they are co-conspirators in his hide-and-seek stories... " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 15, 2016
92% Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient) (1960) "Paris does not belong to them at all. It belongs to the powerful, not the dreamers, and the powerful crush the spirits of the artists and idealists. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
No Score Yet Losing Ground "... Collins proves to be an intelligent, insightful, and nuanced filmmaker. " ‐ Parallax View
Posted Apr 15, 2016
87% Mystic River (2003) "There is nothing romantic about the law of the streets, and its unforgiving nature has a finality that can't be undone. Eastwood has an understanding of what it takes to live with yourself, not so much a sympathy as an appreciation. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
90% Mad Max (1979) "It's a tough little piece, just a little grimy, full of ambiance (love the crumbling sign over "Hall of Justice") and attitude and occasionally sparked by an inspired flourish. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
100% Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) (1932) "I Was Born, But..., which Ozu developed from his own story, is a social satire of comic delights and melancholy resignation to the innocence lost as the boys face up to the compromises that await them. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
81% Bowfinger (1999) "Bowfinger (1999), Steve Martin's tribute to shoestring filmmaking and big-screen dreams, is a loving lampoon that gamely straddles the chasm between cynical con-artistry and benign innocence. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
82% Eden (2013) "Griffiths makes gripping drama from it all, thanks to an observant camera and nuanced characters. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 15, 2016
72% Big Eyes (2014) "Big Eyes is Tim Burton's second foray into strange but true stories of American termite art culture... a story about the pain behind the façade of happiness and success. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
91% Up in the Air (2009) "Where Up in the Air soars is in the way it captures Ryan's rhythm, the elegant precision of his comforting ritual, the smooth familiarity of his life-in-transition existence. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) "After a career defined by cinematic experimentation, director Sally Potter trades affectation and stylistic experimentation for not-so-simple intimacy and empathy, helped of course by rich performances from her cast, young and not-so-young. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
86% Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) (1975) "Shivers is an ingeniously engineered slash of thoroughly modern horror that, like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, charts a social breakdown by tearing through our most intrinsic taboos. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
100% Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude) (1951) "...a breakthrough for Bergman: his first film built around a strong, assertive, sure woman and the first shot extensively on location, where the natural world becomes a defining reflection of the lives of his characters. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
No Score Yet Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day Of The Doctor (2013) "Moffat, the cleverest of Doctor Who show-runners, approaches it with the same clockwork precision he lavishes on his season arcs, where every tossed-off curve or surprise twist is actually ingeniously woven into the big picture. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
80% The New Girlfriend (2015) "t's tempting to call this film a dark comedy-it is after all based on a novel by author Ruth Rendell-but for all the wit (and there is plenty) there is very little darkness in this playful psychological drama. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
96% Risky Business (1983) "... you could call it an art movie version of the teen sex comedy. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
94% Carlos (2010) "Olivier Assayas' epic account of the life and myth of real-life terrorist Carlos the Jackal is a mesmerizing portrait of a committed activist who transforms himself into a media-hungry rock star of an international terrorist. " ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Apr 10, 2016
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