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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) ... a mix of pulp fantasy, genre play, and narrative tropes resurrected with fresh takes and twists, all deliciously scripted into dialogue dances and verbal jousts...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Guiraudie brings an enigmatic beauty to the physical landscapes and Léo's spiritual transformation and a sour twist to his satire on artistic purity in a world where wolves pick off the stragglers and loners abandoned to the wilds.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
84% Jane Eyre (2011) The otherwise beautiful and buoyant Mia Wasikowska is amazing as the plain Jane who glows with the fire of intelligence and a sense of self-worth that the most soul-crushing abuse can't smother. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
90% Blazing Saddles (1974) More than simply a loving spoof of Hollywood westerns, Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies ever made... and one of the most audacious satires of racism to come out of Hollywood.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
64% Sword Master (2016) ... evokes the romantic chivalry of the wuxia genre in a lavish, colorful spectacle awash in wirework action and CGI-enhanced sets and settings.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
92% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? (2010) The name may not be instantly recognizable but Harry Nilsson (who died of cancer in 1994) was once the golden boy of American pop music. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
85% John Wick (2014) ... the kind of action movie that Hollywood rarely makes anymore: simple, streamlined, with action scenes that rely on physical rather than computer generated elements. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Powering it all is Reeves as Wick, a hitman who wants nothing more than to leave the life behind yet seems born to it, so at home on the hunt and under fire that it seems to give him purpose. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
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
93% 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
56% 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
92% 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
95% 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
33% 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
96% 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