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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Deluge (1933) Deluge is pre-code and made outside the studio system (distributed by RKO), which gives the creators a little more freedom to imagine life after the fall in terms a studio would resist.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
83% Mildred Pierce (1945) You don't think of Michael Curtiz, the great house director of Warner Bros. spectacles and prestige pictures, as one of the great noir directors but the opening twenty minutes or so is a master class in film noir directing...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Always one of America's most undervalued directors, Clint Eastwood is proving himself the American cinema's national treasure in the third act of his career.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
97% 45 Years (2015) Rampling is a master at playing calculating, cold figures, hard, emotionless women who let nothing through their hard stare and locked expression. In 45 Years she lets the vulnerability show...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
93% Fences (2016) It's Washington's third directorial effort and, as in his previous films, the camera serves the actors. He remains true to the play...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
50% Something Wild (1961) ... a character drama about two damaged people unable to articulate or communicate their feelings to others, which puts the focus on the physical performance: gestures, expressions, body language, the unexpected reaction to situations.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
98% His Girl Friday (1940) ... a model of screwball pacing and rapid-fire delivery that never strains for effect and [director Howard] Hawks is a master of staging.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
92% The Front Page (1931) Is this the stuff of comedy? It is in the hands of Hecht and MacArthur, former newspapermen with plenty to say about the cutthroat tactics of journalists.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
65% The Swindle (1997) It takes too long to get started and the playful coda is far too precious, but Chabrol builds to a vice-grip tension as small timers face the terror of big time killers...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
100% L'Enfer (1994) [Claude] Chabrol injects [Henri-George] Clouzot's dark, misanthropic tale with a soupçon of Hitchcock's voyeuristic obsessions and with his own empathy for the tormented husband.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
89% Betty (1992) Neither mystery nor crime thriller, Betty is a psychological drama in two halves...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
99% Taxi Driver (1976) ... a primal portrait and uncompromising vision carved out of the New York night, the summer heat, and the garbage of the Times Square cesspool.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
90% In the Mood for Love (2001) There may be no more sensual director in the world than Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai, and In the Mood for Love is one of his richest and most melancholy works, a shadow dance of would-be lovers sketched in suggestions and intimations.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
94% Blue Velvet (1986) David Lynch looks behind the smiling faces and stucco houses of small town America and finds a shadow world of pure evil in Blue Velvet.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) ... the most cerebral of first contact films, a science fiction drama about communicating across cultures and across species and even across time without a common language, while failing to communicate within our own world.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Some emotional wounds can't be healed. Manchester by the Sea... takes on that proposition in family drama, or rather a drama about what we do for family even when there are things we can't do for ourselves.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange has all the strengths of a Marvel movie-a well-told story, a well-tuned sense of humor about itself, a personal drama to shape the hero's journey-as well as all the weaknesses (conventions of a superhero origin tale are getting repetitive).‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
No Score Yet Il Poliziotto E Marcio (1976) The brutal business of mob enforcement is executed with unflinching directness. They don't simply take care of an inconvenient witness, they complete the job by taking out the man's beloved cat with the same weapon.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
No Score Yet The Italian Connection (1972) (Henry) Silva and (Woody) Strode inspired Jules and Vincent (played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
No Score Yet Kidnap Syndicate (La città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori) (1975) One of di Leo's greatest strengths is his fascination with and focus on process and detail, and one of the pleasures of his mob movies is the detail with which he observes the execution of everything from a payoff to an assassination.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
94% Milk (2008) Penn's performance is inspiring, a transformation that finds the heart and soul of a historical figure and sends blood pumping through a man who has become practically deified over the decades. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% The Third Man (1949) There's an element of show-off quality in The Third Man-it's a stylistic tour de force of bravura lighting, brilliant location shooting, dynamic imagery, and sharp angles throwing the world off kilter-but Reed rises to the challenge of Greene's script.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% Ixcanul (2016) The feature debut of Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a beautiful and unsentimental portrait of traditional Mayan culture where peasants live in huts without electricity or running water ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
89% Fatima (2016) Philippe Faucon's compassionate drama of an Algerian émigré in Lyon, based on the memoirs of Fatima Elayoubi, stars Soria Zeroual as Fatima, a divorced mother of two teenage daughters, working multiple jobs as a cleaner to give her girls a better life. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% Night Will Fall (2014) ... Alfred Hitchcock himself was drafted to shape the footage into a documentary that would play for audiences on both sides of the war. It was never completed.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
71% The Salvation (2015) It could be Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring's answer to the spaghetti western (this one shot in South Africa with American landscapes CGIed into the background) with a sensibility that echoes the savage frontier novels of Cormac McCarthy.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
73% Frailty (2002) ... marvelously off-balance and under-the-skin creepy from the first few minutes.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
48% Twilight (2008) The sequels became increasingly silly and overwrought but the original Twilight (2008) is actually kind of interesting even if you are not a devotee of the fan fic-turned-bestseller series.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
91% Shotgun Stories (2007) Nichols' original take on classic themes of vengeance and retribution is dropped into a world of real people struggling with the real problems of making a living, taking responsibility for families and dealing with the betrayals of the past. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
89% Jackie (2016) The emotions are muted, suggested in gestures and details, as is the drama. Jackie doesn't deliver the catharsis you might expect from the subject matter. It's more interested in the nuances of character...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% Call of Heroes (2016) This is real old school action drama, the kind of Hong Kong movie that wears its heart on its sleeve and tends to wave it around with utterly sincere speeches about justice and duty. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe is hardly revolutionary but it defies one defining convention of the familiar Disney underdog/culture clash drama: it presents no white savior or mentor to be inspired by the third world / underprivileged characters as he gives them hope.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
89% Loving (2016) The title is more than just a form of shorthand or a clever double-meaning. It is the core of the film. This is about a marriage, a couple deeply in love and devoted to their family, who just want to live together in their home state.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) Imagine a cinematic equivalent of a Picasso cubist portrait, but instead of showing multiple perspectives of an object in an image, it presents experiences from different periods in a life in a single narrative.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
No Score Yet Requiescant (Kill and Pray) (1967) Thanks to the power of spaghetti western conventions, you don't need to know the history to get the message, and you don't need to embrace the message to appreciate the brutal justice.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) This is traditional hand-drawn animation with an unconventional visual style, less drawn than painted with big, bold fields of color and details suggested in splashes of shadow or small, simple lines.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
17% The Bodyguard (2016) This is a classic Hong Kong marriage of weepy melodrama and brutal, bone-crunching action, and there's a touching sweetness and tragedy to the story of the quiet, reclusive old man, a career soldier now abandoned by family and by his very mind.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
81% Magic Mike (2012) Matthew McConaughey uses the drawling, at times oily charm to play a low-rent impresario determined to move his weekend enterprise into prime-time Miami and he's superb, and yet it's Tatum who impresses here.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
88% Superbad (2007) The raucous and raunchy comedy Superbad (2007) is the love child of American Pie and Dazed and Confused. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
73% V for Vendetta (2006) Moore wrote the novel as a commentary on Thatcher's England and the film retains the London setting, but it only takes a few key phrases to echo the post-9/11 era and the rhetoric of the current American administration.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Gertie gave [Francine Everett] the opportunity to play a glamorous, sexy black woman never seen in Hollywood pictures. ‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Blood of Jesus (1941) ... an allegorical drama that follows a woman's spiritual odyssey as hovers at the brink of dead... a classic meeting of morality play and folk tale...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
83% I Wake Up Screaming (1941) ... not just one of the great movie titles of classic cinema, it is one of the films that established the distinctive style and attitude of film noir...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
92% Cry of the City (1948) The urban atmosphere of city traffic and the scuffed and worn authenticity of real storefronts and sidewalks gives the film a charge of realism but Siodmak forgoes docurealism for his beloved expressionist style.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
73% Boomerang! (1947) ... Kazan avoids the usual theatrics as Andrews, who loosens up a little under Kazan's direction, methodically works his way through his case with a modesty rare even in today's spate of TV legal dramas. It's more film gray than noir...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
100% On Dangerous Ground (1952) Is there a film noir that spends so much time watching the landscape change from the driver's seat of a moving car, and then find the same fury and intolerance is here in the heartland too?‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
85% Moby Dick (1956) he film was not well received in 1956, much of the criticism leveled at Peck, but his stylized performance is more interesting 60 years later. Huston's treatment is equally compelling.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
77% Nicholas Nickleby (2002) Directed at a sprightly yet smooth pace, [Douglas McGrath's] adaptation packs an astounding amount of complications into just over two hours with deft efficiency.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Pretty Poison (1968) ...He's an older guy, to be sure, and she's a beautiful high school majorette seemingly charmed by his secretive life and acronym-dotted small talk, but behind her schoolgirl smile is a cagey, bored girl with a sociopathic streak ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% I Want to Live! (1958) ... intelligent, adult, and unflinching, making a powerful case against capital punishment while delivering a riveting drama.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017