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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% The Matrix (1999) The Matrix has become such a touchstone of American pop culture-referenced, copied, parodied, and parroted)-that it's hard to remember just how new and different and distinctive it was when it debuted in 1999. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 21, 2016
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) It's very French and this memoir slips into literary narration in the third remembrance, the longest and most complicated section of the film, as if the omniscient narrator has cast his life as a novel. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 21, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) You could call A Hologram for the King (2016) a mid-life crisis drama, which is true enough, but it is really a crisis of purpose and identity for an old-school middle-aged businessman trying to remain relevant in the modern world. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 21, 2016
75% The Way Back (2011) [Peter] Weir is marvelously attuned to the natural world but keeps the focus on the human story while acknowledging the power of the natural world, not hostile so much as inhospitable... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 21, 2016
50% Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) ... a cult classic of seventies speed cinema, where car chase and stunt films were really about rubber hitting-and leaving-the road. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 16, 2016
87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) It's a musical biopic in an urban warzone and we see how the culture of gangs and drugs and poverty and simmering racial conflicts shaped the group's angry message. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
80% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ... an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
83% The Others (2001) ... a handsome, elegant film that favors mystery and shadow and the hushed fear of what's behind that locked door over violent spectacle. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) This is the Coens in bittersweet mode, a little oblique, a little downbeat, and a little offbeat. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
90% The Lobster (2016) Lanthimos invests his absurdist parable with a dark, deadpan humor and an eerie poetry.... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
65% Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) ... an anthology of curiosities, some more curious than others, wound around a diverse cast paired off for random ramblings over caffeine and nicotine. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
86% Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005) [Tony] Jaa has an impressive physique, a steel snap to his delivery, and a gymnastic prowess to his style, and director Prachya Pinkaew puts it all on display in an endearingly naïve martial arts adventure. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
43% American Ultra (2015) American Ultra reworks The Bourne Identity as a slacker comedy with a killer punchline. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) ... a perfect match of story and storyteller. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) There's a kind of soldierly camaraderie among the agents, who constantly find themselves betrayed by politicians, military officers, and even their own commanders, and they band together to save the each other along with saving the world as we know it. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
79% Queen and Country (2015) [John] Boorman was 82 when he made the film and his direction is easy and effortless, befitting the story. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) ... really about all those human experiences Holmes is least equipped to confront: friendship, compassion, human connection, the reasons to continue living as his sharp intellect loses its edge. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 30, 2016
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Where Volume 1 is about action, Volume 2 is talk, Tarantino's stock in trade, and it's good (if somewhat long winded) talk. It's also another roll call of Tarantino's cinematic loves ... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) The tale is pure pulp, a catalogue of seventies martial arts revenge dramas and American B-movie action thrillers, and the style is pure Tarantino... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) The smartest thing about Zach Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) is its revisionist take on the destruction that concluded his Superman reboot Man of Steel. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
96% Don't Look Now (1973) The imagery is beautiful, to be sure, but also eerie and alienating and discomforting. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
79% Z For Zachariah (2015) It's well acted and beautifully shot and the storytelling restraint of director Craig Zobel allows us to fill in the gaps with our own observations and interpretations of the tensions. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), inspired by the 2005 documentary of the same name, is a political satire with an engaging cast but a dull bite. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) The Camorra grinds up the lives it touches, including those who take the gangsters as their role models for success. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 29, 2016
No Score Yet The Space Children (1958) Arnold creates a Cold War movie where the fear of nuclear war is, for many of the civilians of the base, greater than the fear of the enemy. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
54% The Transporter (2002) ... long action scenes that cascade into one another-the style that Hong Kong cinema used to be so good at. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
88% Django Unchained (2012) ...Tarantino being Tarantino, he doesn't just make a big, violent, sprawling western filled gunfights and clever talk and driven by revenge and Old Testament justice. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) ... the world we live in and the world we dream are one and the same. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
82% Like Someone in Love (2013) There's a kind of purity in the melancholy of Takashi, a lonely old man who hires a hooker and ends up with a lost young woman who stirs paternal feelings... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
93% The Visitor (1979) The Visitor... is not the first Exorcist knock-off to come out of the Italian genre factory. It may, however, be the least coherent. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Mungiu called the film one of his "Tales From the Golden Age," but there's nothing satirical or sardonic about the story or the drama, and none of the sentimental East German "Estalgia" for the good old days of comforting Communist rule in sight. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater offers astute observations about college life and young adults exploring their first taste of independence while reminding us that there's more on their minds than just getting some!! ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
99% Rosemary's Baby (1968) Polanski is less interested in terror and shock than in creating a mood of paranoia and instability. He finds the eerie in the mundane... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jul 16, 2016
79% Ip Man 3 (2016) ... a handsome production and busy film with plenty of activity around a simple plot that stitches together familiar martial arts movie clichés. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 26, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Jeff Nichols, the writer and director, keeps [a] sense of mystery throughout Midnight Special, always raising more questions with each answer. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 26, 2016
88% Ms. 45 (2013) Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger ... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 26, 2016
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Less Douglas Fairbanks than an aquatic Artful Dodger gone to seed, he's a high seas con man with a heart of tarnished stolen gold. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 26, 2016
82% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) This is pure midnight movie, all energy and whimsy and cartoonish displays of violence with yakuza soldiers dressed as samurai swordsmen. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 26, 2016
87% Middle of Nowhere (2012) Before directing Selma, Ava Duverny made Middle of Nowhere (2012), a small story about a woman who put her aspirations on hold when her husband goes to prison. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Ernest Hemingway, played with the energetic bravado of a self-made literary legend by Clive Owen, is the man who commands attention by his own design, but Gellhorn's journey from respected journalist to uncompromising war correspondent is the story here. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
75% Good Kill (2015) This isn't science fiction-it claims to be "based on actual events"-but it feels like it, with its sealed, space capsule-like remote cockpits and disconnection from the field of battle... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
No Score Yet Empire Falls (2005) [Richard] Russo adapts his own novel for the HBO mini-series, which is essentially a four-hour film spread over two parts, and the format gives him the room to let the story and its characters live and breathe. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
92% The Martian (2015) ... the rare science fiction drama that is actually built on applied physics and engineering and organic chemistry and where survival depends on creative problem solving and teamwork across millions of miles. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
94% Juno (2007) The Oscar-winning screenplay by Diablo Cody ricochets with askew dialogue but under the cleverness is a very human story of growing up ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
56% The Mummy (1999) ... the script is almost too tongue-in-cheek for its own good, but Sommers' thrill a minute cliffhanger is a tribute, a parody, and a high energy period adventure all in one. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) The wacky sight gags and psycho-drama slapstick is tinged with melancholy and regret ... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
92% Election (1999) Alexander Payne's wicked satire of power and (social) politics set in the overheated incubator of a high school student body election is as sharp and perceptive now as it was in 1999. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
97% The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those who love Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and those who resist the machismo and gallows humor of what is arguably the definitive spaghetti western. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
93% Midnight in Paris (2011) ... Allen brings his fantasy to life with such affection and joy that he transports us into his dream come true as a shared fantasy. ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016
91% Love & Mercy (2015) There's a lot of history packed in here... but director Bill Pohald is just as interested in exploring Wilson's creative process... ‐ Seanax.com
Posted Jun 16, 2016