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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
53% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) ... wraps up the tale with more efficiency than excitement.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) ... an improvement on the first film, moving away from the murder mystery conventions of the first film to focus on the terrible past of Salander that returns with a vengeance. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
97% Johnny Guitar (1954) Joan Crawford's Vienna is the most masculine of women western heroes. A former saloon girl who earned her way to owning her own gambling house, she's a mature woman with a history and she's not ashamed of what she did to carve out her claim for a future.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet Dance Program (Un Carnet de Bal) (1938) It's an elegant romantic drama where the deft stylistic touches.. are so gracefully incorporated that they (unlike some of his devices) arise organically from his storytelling. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet The Furies (1950) ... a genre hybrid: a psychological western by way of a Gothic melodrama, with a dark, shadowy style right out of Mann's earlier film noirs.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
82% Prince Avalanche (2013) (Director David Gordon) Green combines the comic warmth and buddy film fun of Pineapple Express with the more laconic, musing quality of his early regional indies for a modest short story of a character piece.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
98% Inside Job (2010) Documentary filmmaking is where some of the best investigative journalism is being done today and this is a superb example of the genre. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story is expanded into a sweeping survey of 20th century history and culture as seen through the eyes of a man who is born old and grows younger through the century.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
97% If.... (1968) Lindsay Anderson captured the fancy of a generation of British youth with If... (1968), his savage satire of the regimented British education system and bullying "public" schools.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet Beat Girl (1960) The mix of teenage desperation, pre-Beatles rock and roll music, and lurid sensationalism (complete with teasing nudity in the strip club) creates strange hybrid: a teen exploitation film with a film noir soul. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
85% Santa Sangre (1989) Whether or not this is the most accessible of Jodorowsky's films... it is certainly the most accessible "Jodorowksy film," a vision filled with circus imagery, surreal scenes, grotesque violence and psycho-sexual trauma. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Wacky and weird and nonsensical, it's hardly satire but the sheer invention of their ludicrous journey will have most dudes rolling on the floor.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
78% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) ... this is a spirited doofus comedy sustained by the sweet, slack-jawed performances of Reeves and Winter as dumbfounded idiots who stumble through time to cram for their history final ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) It's a fantastical adventure with a grounding in the modern (circa 1982) world of suburbia, divorce, and adolescent anxiety, and E.T. is the ultimate imaginary playmate come to life.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
89% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) Yes, it's a cannibal film, but it's also a startlingly tender film about a literal underclass abandoned by the world above, a story that roils in class division. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
75% The Son of the Sheik (1926) Like much of the cinema of the silent era, the plot is secondary to the sheer elegance of the images, and Fitzmaurice polishes them up like a master jeweler. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
100% The Sheik (1921) The film, directed by George Melford, has it both ways as it plays on the western fantasies of exoticism and romanticizes sexual slavery, but presents the Sheik as something of a prankster who treats the whole thing as a joke ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet Zaza (2013) ... lively but thinly-plotted trifle, which starts as a high-spirited, lavishly produced comedy and steers into romantic melodrama, but what keeps the film buoyant is not the story but the charm and spirit of Swanson and the lively direction by Allan Dwan‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
92% L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) (1970) Future Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro shot the film-it was his first color film and he makes it a showpiece-and Ennio Morricone provides an unusual, often eerie score arranged for human voices.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
89% Dheepan (2016) ... a moving drama of alienation, assimilation, and survival.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
100% Open City (1946) he started working... before Rome fell to the Allies and shot his drama of partisans fighting the Germans and the Italian Fascists in the streets of the liberated city, amidst the poverty and devastation and uncertainty of the future.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
96% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928) Hitchcock began as a title designer and an art director before graduating to the director's chair and he draws on those talents, as well as his lessons from the German film studios where expressionism was the rage, for this film.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Johansson is remarkably effective in the role, impassive but not blank, both physically fierce and ethereal, morphing in action as the technology flickers into chameleon mode or sends her senses into 360 degree awareness. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
73% Pulse (Kairo) (2005) Pulse takes the idea that personal computers and the Internet isolate, rather than connect, people and uses it as the jumping-off point for a devastating portrait of mankind gripped by depression spun from a supernatural conspiracy. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) What first seems to be a cosmic comic lark, a goofy twist on the monster movie, gets dark in a very human way without losing the film's creative charge or director Nacho Vigalondo's sense of humor and poetic justice. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
No Score Yet Poil de Carotte (The Red Head) (1932) "A family is a group of people forced to live together under one roof who can't stand each other." ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
100% The World of Apu (1960) [Satyajit ] Ray offers one of the great love stories in the cinema in Apur Sansar, an impulsive marriage that blossoms into a beautiful relationship. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
98% Pather Panchali (1955) Ray put his passion into the film and created a nuanced and delicate film. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
94% Aparajito (1956) ... Ray introduces us to the bustle of city life (where poverty is just as prevalent but has a different face). ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) And at its best, Cloud Atlas is sprawling, inventive, ambitious, naïve, and thrilling. The momentum never lets up and sometimes that alone is all that keeps you moving through the weave of stories, but it can be enough.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
19% Birdemic: Shock And Terror (2008) A shot-on-video reworking of The Birds as a screwy commentary on the dangers of global warming, Birdemic: Shock and Terror pours every stupid horror movie cliché into an abstract road movie ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
89% Zodiac (2007) The low-key thriller is as much a study in obsession and detail as it is a murder mystery, and Fincher is appropriately obsessive in his attention to detail...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
100% Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958) Graceful, melancholy, directed with a reserved elegance, The Music Room observes the old-world feudal life of the 1920s fading into irrelevance with both sympathy and disparagement.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) It's a P.I. movie with the feel of an indie drama, set in the working class neighborhoods of Boston and filled with characters that feel like they've lived on the streets all their lives ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) ... for many the original Swedish take offers the definitive screen versions of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. [T]he Swedish TV mini-series presentation offers the most complete screen version of the story.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
85% Okja (2017) It's a riot of shifting tones, bouncing from adorable girl-and-her-pet comedy to rescue action thriller to over-the-top satire ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) It has the quality of a remembrance, not quite idealized but seeped in good memories and great textural details...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) ... at once an angry assault on a bureaucracy that treats people as case numbers to be filed and shuffled on, a defiant cry for dignity and respect for the folks at the bottom of the social ladder, and a touching portrait of human compassion ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
93% Cat People (1942) ... a masterpiece of mood and psychological ambiguity masquerading as a cheap exploitation knock-off. Cheap it is, but Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur create mood not out of what is seen, but what isn't.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
No Score Yet David Golder (1932) ... announces [Julien] Duvivier as a sophisticated filmmaker who not only refuses to let the challenges of the new dimension of sound deter his cinematic approach... but uses sound inventively and evocatively.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
No Score Yet Behind The Door (2012) a doozy of a portrait of war crimes and gruesome revenge. I've not seen any of [Irvin] Willat's other pictures (he continued directing through the 1930s) but his direction here is impressive. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) Though a disappointment to many upon release, this looks better with the passing of time and the easing of expectations, and it looks forward to the more finely wrought nightmares and mind-warps of Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
96% The Straight Story (1999) The Straight Story could easily slide into melancholy and sentimentality without Lynch's sensibility, an odd mix of up-by-your bootstraps American conservatism and on-the-road romanticism.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) The straight-faced outrageousness is part of the film's charm, while the stripped down aesthetic, driving pace, and impressive action sequences are the film's charge. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
64% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) ... a blood-spattered love letter to the grindhouse vengeance movie by first-time filmmakers who, as Spinal Tap might put it, crank everything up to 11.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
94% Gone With the Wind (1939) Gone with the Wind, one of the most beloved and revered of American classics, showcases the best and worst of old Hollywood.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
88% Affliction (1997) It's like watching the disintegration of a psyche under a microscope as cracks in Wade's facade erupt into tremors of violence.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
52% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) A mix of grim crime thriller, dysfunctional family drama, and social portrait of life in the lowest rungs of survival, The Ardennes is a simple film with a fatalistic attitude and a violent, impulsive bully at the center...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) More than a movie classic, it's an essential part of the popular culture, thanks to film revivals and the annual TV ritual that, sooner or later, captured every kid growing up in the sixties and seventies. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
83% Mulholland Drive (2001) Taking an open ended TV pilot rejected by the networks, [Lynch] added 45 minutes and created closure in a weird, mystical logic that, in its unique Lynchian way, makes a twisted emotional sense.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017