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Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Leopard (1963) [Burt Lancaster's] confidence, his gravitas, and his understated cat-like grace as he walks through the world as if he owned it, creates a character of great authority and even greater melancholy.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
99% The Third Man (1949) This film is lively, always moving forward, constantly bubbling with mystery and suspicion and secrets, but the characters are always driving the film.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
57% Godzilla 2000 (2000) The final third is a giant monster version of a WWE match between the Big G and the alien upstart, with the pug ugly alien mutating on the move.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) ... a go-for-broke goof on classic Chinese warrior dramas and revenge thrillers that packs a lot of action, a crazed cascade of comedy, a parade of characters, and a non-stop barrage of loving jabs at classic martial arts adventures into 99 minutes.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
90% Shaolin Soccer (2004) ... an eye-popping comedy with all the chemistry and self-effacing fun of a Bob Hope / Bing Crosby road movie (without the mercenary humor) and the crazy turns of a Looney Tunes cartoon. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
73% Barbarella (1968) ... Buck Rogers reworked as a sex kitten in space for the 1960s culture of free love and pop art.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
85% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) The talk of power and politics aside, the movie plays like a days-long party with friends and colleagues trading quips and lobbing witty insults in verse and high-fallutin' Elizabethan stage English.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) ... not merely the rare sequel that is funnier than the original, it is one of the funniest comedies of its time, a veritable live-action cartoon from Joe Dante at his most unrestrained.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
98% Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) For all the exposition dealt out in the opening half hour, it's become an almost abstract act of violence by the end, motivations long forgotten by the attackers and survival the only thought on the minds of the dwindling survivors.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
100% Jingle Bell Rocks (2014) Christmas music aficionado Mitchell Kezin turns filmmaker to document his passion for the most unusual, eccentric, and unbelievable Christmas songs ever released...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
65% Cosmopolis (2012) ... life lived in a bubble in financial dealings and digital communications and brief face-to-face conversations and sexual intermissions in a space shuttle of a limousine creeping through the gridlock of an anonymous New York City.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) ... celebrates the power of cinema as a time capsule and features clips of numerous films recovered in Dawson to help tell the story of the city and to illustrate the wonders of the world that cinema brought to the citizens in the 1910s and 1920s ...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
64% 'R Xmas (2001) Inspired by a supposedly true story by Cassandra De Jesus, this low-key drama is prime Abel Ferrara territory: a New York tale rumbling with irony and ambiguity.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) Arnaud Desplechin's mercurial, knotty and cinematically vibrant drama of family dysfunction stirred up over a Christmas gathering was my pick for best film of 2008‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
74% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) [Steven] Spielberg doesn't have the deftness of Pixar's best filmmakers, but he does have a good time letting his creativity play in the new technology‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
87% Winter Kills (1979) ... the maddest and most entertaining of Kennedy conspiracy thrillers, a wild kaleidoscope of clashing theories directed with wit and performed with gusto by an astounding cast. ‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
100% The Age of Shadows (2016) The story is inspired by the real-life bombing of the Japanese police headquarters in Seoul but the plot is complete fantasy, a double agent cloak-and-dagger thriller of loyalty, betrayal, shifting allegiances, feints, blackmail...‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
No Score Yet Milano Calibro 9 (Caliber 9) (1972) These are hard, stripped down, lean narratives, where the complicated webs of alliances and betrayals are laid out with clean storytelling lines of force and set in motion with a pitiless momentum.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) It could have turned into a lurid spectacle but it's also an intelligently-made crime thriller with a strong performance from Vaughn and a script that grounds the violence in emotion and devotion.‐ Stream on Demand
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
79% 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
84% 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 H20 (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
65% 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
71% 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
77% 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