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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
99% Get Out (2017) ... a tricky and successful mix of social satire, modern horror, and savvy commentary on race as experienced by a person of color in a largely white society.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
32% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) What's missing is any sense of romantic attraction or bond of friendship between Belle and the Beast.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Can a comic book superhero movie tell a human story? Logan makes the case that the genre is not limited to spectacle, end of the world stakes, or world-building chapters in a massive franchise.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
100% Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954) ... the most stylized of Sternberg's films, a languid portrait of lust, power, anger, violence, regret, and loneliness shot at an emotional remove, staged at arm's length and observed with a dispassionate eye. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
98% A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) (1964) ... this was a new kind of western: cynical, violent, stylish, and austere, playing out in a landscape of endless deserts and clapboard towns infested with gunmen. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
50% Cold War 2 (2016) ... an odd-and oddly entertaining-type of cop thriller: interdepartmental power play directed like an action film. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
94% Winter's Bone (2010) Beneath the fierce naturalism of the stark chilly/beautiful imagery and tough performances is a rural noir in an unforgiving world and Granik tells the story with great skill.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
87% Jackie Brown (1997) Pam Grier's entrance in her retro stewardess outfit introduces the kick-ass star of Foxy Brown and Friday Foster gracefully aging into the modern world. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
92% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007) The best of the film is expressed between the beats of the plot and the meandering conversations around dinner tables or over drinks on the sidewalk tables of a hotel bar. It's as joyous and genuine a portrait of a community as you'll see in the movies.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
93% La La Land (2016) a bright, energetic, buzzy blast of show biz dreams and romantic fantasy, a classic story with a pair of beautiful and charismatic young stars... who meet cute, clash instantly, and dance their way to romance during a walk through the Hollywood Hills.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
50% Antichrist (2009) ... a portrait of marriage as a morass of anger, suspicion and power ... that von Trier twists into a diseased hell: paradise rotted.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
97% The Love Witch (2016) ... like Burn, Witch, Burn or Hammer's The Witches colliding with a Doris Day sex comedy in the free love hippie culture, all existing in a bubble of sixties style and attitude that is somehow intact in modern day North Coast California. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
70% The Toxic Avenger (1984) The humor is not merely sophomoric and silly, it's aggressively so, and the bargain basement gore effects are over-the-top and excessive. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
89% The Exiles (1961) ... there is also something singular and specific about these people and the culture they have created within the city: [Kent] Mackenzie's portrait may be fiction but this world is very real.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
91% Blow Out (1981) ... classic De Palma, with its sinister elegance, meticulous cinematic choreography, voyeuristic obsessions, and fascination with guilt, as well as his most human and mortally vulnerable film. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
76% The Daughter (2017) Beautifully shot on rural Australia, capturing both the wild beauty of the countryside and the desolation of the failing economy, the film betrays no evidence of its stage origins...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
43% Ali and Nino (2016) The sweep of history and the portrait of the culture Azerbaijan 100 years ago is more interesting than the human drama. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
No Score Yet Shinjuku Triad Society (Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô) (1995) More sober and deliberately paced film than the wild action thrillers that made Miike's reputation, this dark underworld thriller is also less chaotic and explosive, but it has its share of Miike madness...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
92% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) The clash of compromised heroes and a cocky, cool-headed criminal mastermind, is clever without being dramatically resonant and more engineered than written. But the direction is a master class in action movie filmmaking.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Canoa (1975) [T]he portrait of a community leader manipulating the ignorant and illiterate to blindly follow him through fear, xenophobia, and religion is relevant to any time and place ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
95% Paterson (2016) This is Jim Jarmusch in the mode of the unassuming poet of everyday American dreamers, taking in the rhythms of life in the blue collar city and celebrating the artistic impulses and creative projects that bring color to our lives...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) This is a slightly darker shade of Star Wars adventure, for better and for worse. But it's also a refreshingly diverse collection of heroes this time, a multi-cultural crew against a white supremacist dictatorship. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
100% The Color of Lies (Au coeur du mensonge) (1999) Chabrol could do the traditional murder mystery and detective procedural as well as anyone but this is something else, a low-key study in suspicion, mistrust and small-town gossip where the details are suggested more than stated.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
80% The Party (1968) This isn't as fall-down-funny as the best Pink Panther movies but it has a kind of purity and comic grace to it all, like an elaborately choreographed dance of physical comedy ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
25% Suicide Squad (2016) The imagery is just as dark as the premise-the city is a ruined war zone enveloped in night-but otherwise it's another CGI spectacle of big battle set-pieces, epic destruction, and high body count, with the least imaginative jukebox score ever...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Minagoroshi no kenjû (Massacre Gun) (2013) It's a sharp-looking film, shot in black and white widescreen with dynamic designs and graphic flair, and Shishido is the coolest of the cool and a tragic figure all at once ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
73% The Burrowers (2008) ... a real western/horror/monster movie with a devoted frontier sensibility and loving nods to The Searchers.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) ... the look of a lavish period drama, the elegance of an arthouse film, the complex plotting of an ingenious caper that only the movies could sustain, and the sex of a classy softcore picture. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) ... can be read both as a literal illustration of the story of Christ's suffering at the hands of the Roman... and an anti-authoritarian tract that questions the very assumptions of guilt and blame that many take for granted the film shares.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) ... reworks the American entrepreneurial success story as an elemental frontier myth, roughly hewn out of the landscape that is remade in its wake. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet The Negro Soldier (1944) ... in an era when African Americans on the big screen were invariably subservient stereotypes or caricatured comic figures, it presented black men with dignity and respect as everyday Americans no different than white men.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
83% Let There Be Light (1946) The film was suppressed by the military brass. Not because it was inaccurate or insensitive, mind you, but because the portrait was too frank and too sensitive. And maybe for other reasons.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway (1942) "Yes, this really happened," informs one of the film's four narrators during the combat section of the film, but audiences didn't need to be reminded. The authenticity was evident.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
85% Escape from New York (1981) Maybe it's not John Carpenter's best film, but it's one of his most fun and the premise is irresistible: in the future, Manhattan has been turned into a high security island prison and Liberty Island is the guard station. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) ... terrific drama, eye-opening history, and a great lesson for Hollywood.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet The Sicilian Clan (1969) ... a solid, tightly-directed heist thriller with continental style, international star power, and an ill-advised twist of vengeance that leaves no one untouched.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
87% Our Man in Havana (1959) ... a lampoon of international espionage games and the gullible officers running Britain's MI6 like an old boy's club. Everyone on their honor and all that.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
96% Ghost in the Shell (1996) ... Oshii's dazzling science fiction work mixes adventure, mystery, and metaphysics in a future where humans are routinely augmented with bionics and electronic implants, and then follows it into the next evolutionary step.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
84% Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) (1999) ... a lush cinematic painting of love, passion, and madness expressed in a romantic surrealist style and images charges with color and magic.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
55% The Killer Elite (1975) It's right in tune with the cinema of paranoia and conspiracy that bloomed in the seventies while also jumping on the martial arts craze with Caan taking on ninja warriors ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
83% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) It plays like a pulp noir thriller by way of a road movie of the damned, marinated in mescal and left to rot in the desert sun.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
69% Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) Garner is a master playing the easy-going straight man with a mix of wit and practicality...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
100% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) Peter Cushing is perfectly cast as the great detective, the very embodiment of science and reason (which also made him such a great Van Helsing in the Dracula series)...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
17% Summer Lovers (1982) ... not your usual eighties sex romp.... takes an adult look at love, sex, and modern romance in the uninhibited world of the Greek islands.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
91% Holy Motors (2012) From its enigmatic opening scenes, which sends the viewers into a mysterious voyage a la Alice through the looking glass that ends up in a movie theater, Holy Motors (2012) is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
89% The Stunt Man (1980) It's one of the great movies about the movies and a devious exploration of trust in the line between art and life.‐ Parallax View
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
100% Marketa Lazarová (1967) ... a film of primal imagery, poetic filmmaking, and ephemeral storytelling that looks hewn out of the stone and wood and the very earth of the ground beneath it.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
90% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) (1977) The cool, cunning sociopath of Highsmith's novel becomes a restless international hustler, selling art forgeries and brokering deals (some of which may actually be legal) while travelling back and forth through Germany, France, and the United States.‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
67% The Thieves (2012) ... Asia's answer to the Ocean's films, a sleek, snappy heist movie with plenty of working parts, eccentric personalities, and convoluted plotlines ...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
80% What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) ... one of the masterpieces of giallo, the distinctive Italian take on horror that combines a poetic, haunting beauty with Grand Guignol gore and a bent of sexual perversity. It's also one of the most disturbing entries in the genre...‐ Seanax.com
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017