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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Touch of Evil (1958) ... a wild masterpiece, a sleazy, grimy, jittery, and ultimately dazzling work of cinematic magic.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
83% Vera Cruz (1954) Played out as a seat-of-the-pants con game of shifting alliances and double crosses, it's a cheerfully ruthless tale that served as a veritable blueprint for the mercenary brand of Italian spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
100% Kes (1969) ... a lovely and touching film. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
86% The Raid: Redemption (2012) ... a meeting of Western and Eastern action cinema, a savage portrait of cops and crooks in a culture of criminal Darwinism built on a ruthlessly simple plot and a fiercely stripped-down style.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
76% Kick-Ass (2010) ... just another kind of superhero fantasy, but with more blood and expletives along the way.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
92% The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) [George] Sanders delivers Wilde's sarcastic aphorisms with a cultured purr...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
77% Cloverfield (2008) A 21st century Godzilla movie for the (pre-video phone) camcorder generation‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
70% The Children Act (2018) Emma Thompson is superb...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
70% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) ... a film about the bonds of family and a celebration of the culture of making wine set against the beauty of France's Burgundy region.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special (2009) After all these years, the Pythons have no trouble being completely frank about the strengths and weaknesses of one another and why that balance worked so well (and, in some cases, didn't work so well).‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
No Score Yet Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut (2011) After all these years, the Pythons have no trouble being completely frank about the strengths and weaknesses of one another and why that balance worked so well (and, in some cases, didn't work so well).‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
79% Excalibur (1981) This is the Arthur legend at its most primal, romantic and tragic, human and supernatural, set on the cusp between the old gods and the Christian God.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
92% Children of Men (2006) Beautifully directed and magnificently crafted, it's a wrenching thriller in a grimy world of industrial decay, a distorted mirror of today in a palette of cement dust.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
98% The African Queen (1951) A classic journey adventure, with a series of obstacles that they meet with resilience and resourcefulness, but the story is how they move from "Mr. Allnut" and "Miss" to Charlie and Rosie, opposites who find strength, support and unexpected love...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
20% Mute (2018) Slow and listless, lacking tension or a sense of danger, it's a pastiche with aspirations to being a movie that ends up a very expensive pageant.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Thoroughbreds takes an interesting tack on cinematic sociopathy.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
67% Manhunt (2017) It's not as jaw-droppingly astonishing as in Woo's heyday, but still glorious to behold at its best.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
39% Anon (2018) It should be a nightmarish ordeal; yet, for a film steeped in subjectivity and techno-voyeurism, Anon retains a frustrating, video game-style distance from their experiences.‐ Noir City
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
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
87% 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
97% 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
84% 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% The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (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
90% 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
84% 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
68% 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
42% 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
79% 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