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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% The League of Gentlemen (1959) These men are hardly gentlemen as the film opens, no matter what fronts they put on, but through the course of their scheme they adopt a gentleman's code of honor and loyalty that sticks to the end,...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
88% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) The strangest take on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" ever put on the screen, The Lure is a musical-horror-fantasy-romantic tragedy from Poland about mermaid sisters with a taste for human flesh.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
97% Night of the Living Dead (1968) Night of the Living Dead (1968) is the first genuinely modern horror movie, shot more like a documentary of the apocalypse than the Gothic horrors that defined the sixties, and it bled right into the fabric of the culture.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
94% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979) Werner Herzog's eerie color remake of F.W. Murnau's original vampire classic (itself an unauthorized version of Bram Stoker's Dracula) is at once faithful to Murnau's film and quintessentially Herzogian.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
96% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) ... as gorgeous and rapturously romantic as movies come.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
98% Sweet Smell of Success (1957) ... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema, and one accomplished without a single murder, gunshot or pulled knife.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
98% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1968) From its opening jazzy dance on a ferry, which becomes a veritable magic carpet floating above a sparkling river before the scene is over, it's a delight.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964) The candy colored sets suggests the great Hollywood musicals: bright, clean, a utopian world, but with a distinctly French flavor. Instead of elaborate numbers we get intimate staging where every movement becomes like a dance...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
100% Lola (1961) ... a bittersweet musical without the music, lovingly shot in Demy's hometown of Nantes in black and white CinemaScope by nouvelle vague master Raoul Coutard...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Terry Gilliam... dives back into his diabolical imagination for this carny sideshow of a Faust tale in the blurry boundary between the material world and the dream world.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) Wendy and Lucy (2008) isn't the romantic road movie of Alexander Supertramp in Into the Wild. This is survival, revealed in all the mundane details of a documentary portrait and the simple power of Michelle Williams' unadorned performance...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
81% Downhill Racer (1969) Redford's matinee looks are more than just Hollywood casting in this context; the film never says it in so many words, but it's clear that Chappellet's popularity is as much for his good looks as for his success. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
98% His Girl Friday (1940) Howard Hawks returned to the material and added a twist that made it all his own: he transformed the love-hate buddy comedy of dirty tricks into a delicious battle of the sexes. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
80% Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie) (Don't Open the Window) (1974) [Jorge] Grau delivers all the stumbling zombies and gory flesh feasts you could hope for in a 1974 movie, but more importantly he creates the rare zombie thriller that manages to be both scary and smartly done. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
No Score Yet La Morte cammina con i tacchi alti (Death Walks on High Heels) (1971) The operatic, intense close-ups that Sergio Leone turned into a stylistic trademark of the spaghetti western are transformed by Ercoli into mystery and menace...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
94% Star Trek (2009) J.J. Abrams dares to rewrite Trek lore with an origin story that chronicles the first voyage of the Enterprise crew with a mission that sends them into a whole new Federation history. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
No Score Yet Death Walks at Midnight (1972) [Luciano] Ercoli pushes his style to more stylistic flamboyance: curious camera angles, unsettling compositions, a sense of Gothic around the edges of the modern world. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
95% Creed (2015) It's a lovely performance, with Stallone using his age and size and slow way of talking to guide the retired, lonely Rocky, while Jordan is the anxious, ambitious Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
96% GoodFellas (1990) Scorsese's barely fictionalized adaptation of Hill's memoir captures the charge of being a mobster on New York in the sixties and seventies without glorifying the behavior by keying into Hill's willfully self-deluded perspective. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
86% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) Films about old or ancient cultures hanging on in the modern world often resort to sentiment, a mourning for the loss of old values and traditions. The feature debut of filmmaker John Trengove takes a more nuanced approach. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
65% Byzantium (2013) It's a Gothic tale with a twist of conspiracy and a radically different take on vampirism as ancient earth force tightly controlled by a male cabal who treat the transformation like a patriarchal right.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) That's how to kick off an action spectacle.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
86% The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim) (1965) [T]he original Survivor set in a near future of unlikely fashions and pop-art stylings, where comic books are the literature of the day, murder games have become the dominant form of media entertainment, and war has been replaced by The Big Hunt.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
92% Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) (2002) The cinema of scam is one of the hardest of genres to pull off and one of the most satisfying to watch when it works. This one does. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
67% Miami Connection (2012) "[A] gonzo B-movie from the eighties created by Y.K. Kim, a martial arts instructor and inspirational speaker who took his talents to the big screen despite a complete lack of screen charisma or acting talent."‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) Scorsese, co-writer and co-director as well as host and narrator, uses his own love of American cinema to guide his unique journey through American cinema .‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% The Little Foxes (1941) Bette Davis could freeze almost anyone with her icy stare, the practiced look of a woman who's learned how to operate in the man's world of business, in director William Wyler's film version of Lillian Hellman's chilly play...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
43% Words And Pictures (2014) The sparring between these two actors and the maturity of their relationship makes it worth watching despite the inevitability of the story.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
89% Two Family House (2000) Raymond De Felitta's Sundance Film Festival Audience Winner Two Family House (2000) is a sweet little romantic drama set in the insular Italian and Irish neighborhoods of 1956 Staten Island.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
77% Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) (1962) [A] smartly-turned thriller about witchcraft, skepticism and dark magic adapted from the Fritz Leiber novel "Conjure Wife" by two of the masters of fantasy, horror and suspense: Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
No Score Yet Pressure Point (1962) A genuine psychological drama, this is a film that takes place almost entirely in therapy sessions. It takes a Freudian approach to psychological trauma ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
57% Hamlet (2000) This melancholy Dane is son of the deceased Chairman of Denmark Corporation. His castle is a sleek but alienating New York high rise dotted with omnipresent surveillance cameras, his kingdom city streets lined with paparazzi and tabloid reporters.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
91% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) It is a rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
98% The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's bestseller remains the great American epic of the immigrant dream turned family business. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
100% Vernon, Florida (1981) If anything, it confirms the cliché that truth is stranger than fiction. You couldn't make up these interviews.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
89% Gates of Heaven (1980) Morris presents the interviews without adornment or commentary, letting the plainspoken words create an almost surreal quality; audiences weren't sure if Morris was being sincere or satirical.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
100% The Thin Blue Line (1988) Documentaries have changed minds, championed causes, and even reversed policy, but The Thin Blue Line (1988) may be the first film to free a man from prison.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) It's a story of outcasts and mavericks who pursue an alternative approach to fighting AIDS outside of the oversight and restrictions of the FDA and the AMA, or at least that's how it presents itself. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
90% A Serious Man (2009) ... as funny, heartbreaking, questioning, trying, exasperating and sincerely inquisitive a portrait of the human condition as you'll find on screen.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
100% Bad Day for the Cut (2017) This lean, violent thriller from the UK has a dark undercurrent of humor to the story of an otherwise mild-mannered farmer and weekend hunter who turns out to be surprisingly resourceful...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) New Zealand genre film maverick Peter Jackson does the impossible: he makes a faithful, magical, thrilling, and-most importantly-compelling film version of J.R.R. Tolkein's great cult fantasy epic.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
86% Night Moves (2014) The stakes are real... but so are the costs of action and "Night Moves" is all about responsibility.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) This may be the same sun-bleached Iraq of dusty dirt streets and open deserts we've seen in other Iraq war films, but it's a different kind of movie. Director Kathryn Bigelow's handheld camerawork roams like a spotter's eyes...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) What's so surprising is how [Angela] Robinson, who scripts as well as directs, makes this into a mature love story between three consenting adults pushing past their emotional comfort zones. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018
87% Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories) (1964) It's not scary or particularly unsettling apart for a few exquisitely created images. It is, however, breathtakingly lovely, visually composed like a painting...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
No Score Yet Still Walking (2006) Kore-Eda is marvelous with these little moments, at observing the reverberations of discomfort around the table at a family meal after a thoughtless remark or a bitter rebuke, at sensing the polite distance the parents keep from Ryo's widowed wife...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
No Score Yet History Is Made At Night (1937) [Frank] Borzage's commitment to the couple and belief in the power of love to not simply conquer all but to elevate the lovers to a heaven on Earth transcends the plot. E‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
73% Terrore nello spazio (Planet of the Vampires) (1965) If you like Italian sci-fi, with its shiny, phony plastic miniatures and sprawling Cinecitta studio sets, this is one of the best, with unbelievable black leather fashions with yellow piping and headhugging skull caps. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
100% 99 River Street (1953) 99 River Street, arguably Karlson's greatest film and certainly his most beautifully brutal, is a film driven by the fury of a man who is tired of being life's punching bag.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
83% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952) Terse and tough, Kansas City Confidential is one of the great lean, mean B crime thrillers, with a bang-up opening, a deadly payoff and a shifting set of identities and alliances that keep pulling the rug from under our hero. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018