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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
69% 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
89% 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
35% 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
84% JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008) JCVD is an action film where the flamboyant heroics occur only in fantasy. Van Damme's most daring stunt is a monologue dropped into the middle of the movie, a self-pitying apologia...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
57% Art & Copy (2009) ... this survey of the greatest hits of salesmanship is an interesting look at the intersection of art, exploitation, business and popular culture, and the creative culture that creates these campaigns.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Bitcoin Heist (Sieu Trom) (2017) Smart? Not necessarily, but it's more fun than many of the sober Korean crime thrillers and narratively sloppy Chinese action films I've seen in the past couple of years, if only for its headlong momentum and amiable personality.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
61% Lord of War (2005) ... it's serious, it's sardonic, and it has both a sense of humor and a sense of outrage.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
44% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) ... would seem to suggest a return to that style of action but this is bigger, more lavish, a mix of action movie and conspiracy thriller with CGI expanding his scope, and not always to the benefit of his strengths.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
85% Nocturama (2017) The first half is a crisply executed caper thriller of an elaborate, exacting terrorist action undertaken by young adults who seem to have no political ideology beyond a desire to tear it all down...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
97% Jaws (1975) This pop-culture masterpiece is more than simply a well-tooled thriller. Spielberg brings a sense of community, family, and humanity to the supermarket thriller from Peter Benchley, a book more designed than written.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) Imagine Oliver Twist meets Jules Verne as a whimsical fantasy fable, a film made for kids but clever and creative enough for adults. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) There is great pleasure in the matter-of-fact way Jenkins and Heinberg make points about chauvinism, sexism, and equality through pointed humor and practical examples, and how deftly Diana sweeps aside all attempts by men to dismiss her. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
96% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) Iranian filmmakers have a history of couching their criticisms of life in Iran in metaphor. This film puts its portrait of authoritarian oppression out in the open.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
98% Before Midnight (2013) ... what makes this chapter more discomforting (and more profound) is not the accuracy but honesty of their bottled-up resentment, while the lilting rhythms of their conversations and digressions and Linklater's gently graceful direction draws us in ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
100% The Night Stalker (2016) It's the story of Richard Ramirez, who was branded The Night Stalker during his 14 month reign of terror... but it's just as much about how his actions reverberated through the culture of Southern California.‐ Parallax View
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
100% Le samouraï (1967) Alain Delon is the coolest killer hit the screen, a film noir loner for the modern era, in Jean-Pierre Melville's austere 1967 French crime classic.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
96% The Man Who Would Be King (1975) It's pure Huston: an impossible quest, an out-of-reach grail and an ironic twist leading to a supremely glorious failure.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
83% They Live (1988) ... inequities and economic hardship is a vivid backdrop to what might otherwise be a simple B-movie about an alien invasion hiding in plain sight, indistinguishable from the humans beside them but for one thing: they are the 1%.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
38% John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) This is Carpenter in prime form. Easily his most violent film, it features iconoclast heroes with a streak of misogyny and unrepentant machismo, which provides a perverse comic book irony. These guys are emissaries of the Vatican...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) [Marion Cotillard] delivers a raw performance here as Sandra, a wife, mother, and blue-collar worker recovering from severe depression and fighting to keep her job at a small solar panel factory.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) [Jonathan] Demme plays with the style like a new toy, but the sensibility recalls his early ensemble films. He brings an inclusiveness and a sense of community to the film and gives characters we may only meet once a lived-in quality. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) The second installment of the trilogy, co-scripted by Michael Chabon, is a real supe-opera, with the usual young adult turmoil pushed into the realms of comic-book mythology with the complications of his power, guilt, and responsibility. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
100% Spider Baby (1968) ... one of the greatest blasts of creative B-movie inspiration to hit American drive-ins and grindhouses.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
No Score Yet City of Vice (2008) This is an overcrowded London of impoverished masses, where the crime is rampant and corruption the order of the day and where upholding the law isn't always the same as seeing justice done. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Ryan Coogler's film accomplishes what so many films fail to do: put us in touch with the life that was ended that night.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
39% Railroad Tigers (2017) At times it's a blast but the rest of it is sustained largely by the power of Chan's charm and the grace of the clown prince of kung-fu comedy.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
96% The Red Shoes (1948) ... a film of dark fantasy, romantic passion and an infectious love of dance, music and cinema. The dance sequences are among the most beautiful put on film... but the drama behind the curtain is even more interesting.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
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