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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% The Cat o' Nine Tails (Il gatto a nove code) (1971) For all of Argento's virtuosity, he's no master of suspense or even tension. He's a showman and a stylist and his set pieces are pulp art pieces...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
83% Predestination (2015) For a faithful adaptation of a short story, the film is packed with plot twists and narrative surprises and the challenge faced by the Spierig Brothers is obscuring details that would give away the twists without making it obvious. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
No Score Yet Vampyres (1974) To quote [director Joseph] Larraz himself: "Naked girls and lots of blood, that's what Vampyres is about."‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
100% Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) (1972) It's classic giallo: a mysterious killer stalking beautiful women, interspersed with scenes of sex, sadism, voyeurism, and utterly gratuitous nudity. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
56% The Premature Burial (1962) Corman creates his world completely in the studio, including the grounds outside the manor, a veritable haunted forest of dead trees, ever-present mist hugging the boggy ground, and a pair of creepy gravediggers...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
52% Halloween H2O (1998) The pay-off comes in the second half, a tight, driving rollercoaster of classic stalk and slash thrills.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
No Score Yet The Red Queen Kills 7 Times (La Dama rossa uccide sette volte) (Blood Feast) (Cry of a Prostitute) (1972) It straddles old and new: a sophisticated, fashionable protagonist who lives a modern urban life yet are is drawn back to the family manor where paintings of the dead keep the past around as if haunting the place.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
88% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963) The possibilities suggested in the hints of addiction and inconsistent bouts of megalomania remain tantalizingly unexplored in the unfocussed script.... But there is a wicked edge to the B-movie machinations.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
95% Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) Diabolique is as precise and accomplished as anything in Hitchcock's canon, a film of grueling suspense and startling shocks in an overcast, gray world of decay...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
No Score Yet Vierges et vampires (Requiem for a Vampire) (1971) ... one of [Jean] Rollin's best, and by that I mean one of his weirdest, craziest, most beautifully dreamlike movies. Imagine a gangster film crossing the border from a circus world to a horror movie.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
62% Knights of Badassdom (2014) ... has a good time sending up its obsessive nerds and cosplay veterans gathered for a weekend championship of stage combat and mock-Shakespearean patter. Then it unleashes a succubus from hell on them.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
100% The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953) The Technicolor production is alive with color and energy and it bubbles with a vital performance by [Anna] Magnani...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) You could say it's a black comedy but writer/director Jalmari Helander doesn't play it for laughs. It's more like a surreal action thriller in the isolated frozen north on the Finland-Russia border...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
92% The Man on the Train (L'homme du train) (2003) ... a well-tuned character piece starring screen legend Jean Rochefort and French pop icon Johnny Hallyday as strangers with nothing in common whose chance meeting sparks a powerful friendship.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
95% Nightcrawler (2014) ... a wicked satire of the tabloid news television that chases sensationalistic stories for ratings (the cliché "if it bleeds, it leads" is the guiding philosophy)‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) ... the film is a mess, split between a bunch of characters and jumping genres at every cut, with a juvenile humor clearly aimed at younger audiences.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
92% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) ... quiet film with a sense of serenity interspersed with scenes of fantasy and wonder-dreams, stories, and moments of magic that may or may not be all in the creative imagination of the characters-and images of daily life of Japan in 1814.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
86% Donnie Darko (2001) [Richard] Kelly winds so many ideas, so many questions, and so much marvelously strange experience through this ambitious film that you can forgive the few loose ends and overdone caricatures amidst the richness.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) In the 2000s, Will Ferrell had an enviable run of hit comedies. To my mind, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is the funniest of the batch.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
64% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Dumont directs with a sense of whimsy, only becoming serious as it explores the relationship between the teenage characters.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
92% Amores Perros (2001) ... an invigorating film filled with vivid performances, haunting scenes, and messy, intense emotions, a violent portrait of modern day Mexico City grounded in frustration, helplessness, and messy, intense emotions.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
69% The Final Master (2016) It's an interesting theme with historical resonance-the filmmaker suggests that the failure to share power and knowledge left them vulnerable to invaders-but a confused story that gets lost in the subterfuge and machinations. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) This is a film that finds hope and wonder and joy in a world that can be harsh and unfair and director Claude Barras acknowledges both. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
81% The Homesman (2014) The film offers a landscape to match the emotional isolation; this land is as empty and lonely and unforgiving as it is lovely. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
45% To Rome with Love (2012) [Woody] Allen seems to have been refreshed with his sojourn in Europe, and even in something as inconsequential as this has energy and invention.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
No Score Yet Bluebeard (2017) South Korean filmmaker Lee Soo-young... creates an effective atmosphere of mystery and suspicion that shifts throughout the story and explores, however obliquely, issues of status and success and self-image that plague the doctor and his psyche.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
76% Comedian (2002) This is not a comedy concert film, it's about the hard work of creating comedy, about the glare of the spotlight, about the rush of a good performance, and the heartsink of comic meltdown on stage. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
93% She's Gotta Have It (1986) Nola is an unapologetic, sexually independent character who refuses to commit to a single man and resists the efforts of the men in her life to change who she is to please them. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
90% Michael Clayton (2007) [Tony] Gilroy directs with a cool hand and an underplayed sense of drama, letting the words and the performances carry the film.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) It's not groundbreaking or transcendent or particularly original, but it has great action and a lot of humor, delivering the appropriate spectacle while capturing the charge of youthful enthusiasm...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Who'd have predicted that the prequel to a 1968 movie about a planet of simians who speak like humans would become the most intelligent franchise of the new century?‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) ... both a lean, stripped down crime thriller and a muscular backwoods adventure, linear and fairly straightforward and, oddly, perhaps a little too talky when it comes to motivations and revelations.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Lean, mean, swift, and sure, Atomic Blonde is the kind of action movie we need in the contemporary morass of CGIed to mush spectacle.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) ... the folksy, loping, rural Southern answer to the snappy, swinging, showbiz flair of Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 and sequels.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008) where Part One is the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and Che's part in making it a success, Part Two is the failure of the dream in Bolivia and the desperation and the failure is felt in more jarring camerawork.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Wit and culture and measured restraint take on unabashed brazenness and bullheaded improvisation in a crazy cartoon of the flimflam Olympics...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) I... appreciate how her journey is initially driven by guilt but ends up powered by compassion and a sense of responsibility‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
No Score Yet La Poison (1951) Guitry's cinematic invention is less visual than narrative. He has a flair of creative storytelling and verbal dexterity ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott loses none of his ambition but by the end Alien: Covenant feels like what it ultimately is, the middle portion of a bigger story that ends with the creation of a perfect species.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) This is no siege thriller and the zombies aren't scratching to get in. The drama and conflict arises from the nuances of family dynamics and strangers getting to know each other under extreme circumstances.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
90% Cronos (1994) It's part melodrama, part morality play and part thriller, more Dorian Gray than Bram Stoker and infused with a heady alchemic brew of ancient science, supernatural shadows, mutant organisms, demented villains... ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
95% Mala Noche (2007) Mala Noche is a study in infatuation and rejection, euphoria and frustration, and Van Sant observes their dance of desire and dismissal and wary coexistence without judgment.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
96% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) By all rights, the homecoming drama The Best Years of Our Lives should have been another well intentioned film left to the dated dustbins of history, but World War II vet William Wyler put more soul into this picture than anything else in his career.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% The Duellists (1977) Interiors are bathed in the golden light of candlelight and nostalgia, like a period painting in motion, while exteriors are wrapped in fog and mist. It's a production triumph in service of a quietly compelling drama ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
98% On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando won his first Academy Award as Terry Malloy, the former prize fighter turned longshoreman on the mob-dominated docks of New York.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) The original version of the oft-filmed science fiction horror is still the most insidious alien invasion film ever made.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
74% Wolfen (1981) The werewolf movie was revived and reworked with a vengeance in 1981 and Wolfen (1981) was a far more radical take on the genre than An American Werewolf in London or The Howling, though not as popular as either.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) After a generation of films revisiting Vietnam, Steven Spielberg steered Hollywood back to the pride and accomplishment of "the greatest generation."‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Dead or Alive (1944) The furious opening montage could be a film all its own: mob hits, heists, strip shows, sodomy assassination, and the gut-busting murder of a noodle-gobbling thug who spills his fresh meal on the floor with a disgusting splat...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
34% Passion (2013) There isn't a lot of passion in Brian De Palma's Passion but there is a love of kinkiness, flirtation, sensation, and the thrill of playing big business games and an odd intimacy that we don't always get in De Palma...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017