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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) Lanthimos invests his absurdist parable with a dark, deadpan humor and an eerie poetry....‐ Seanax.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
43% American Ultra (2015) American Ultra reworks The Bourne Identity as a slacker comedy with a killer punchline. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2016
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) ... a perfect match of story and storyteller.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016