Stream on Demand

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Rating Title/Year Author
Performance (1970) Sean Axmaker ... this collision of London gangster machismo and drug culture, where "Nothing is true; everything is permitted," is unmistakably a product of the sixties. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
Touch of Evil (1958) Sean Axmaker ... a wild masterpiece, a sleazy, grimy, jittery, and ultimately dazzling work of cinematic magic. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Vera Cruz (1954) Sean Axmaker Played out as a seat-of-the-pants con game of shifting alliances and double crosses, it's a cheerfully ruthless tale that served as a veritable blueprint for the mercenary brand of Italian spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Kes (1969) Sean Axmaker ... a lovely and touching film. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
The Raid: Redemption (2011) Sean Axmaker ... a meeting of Western and Eastern action cinema, a savage portrait of cops and crooks in a culture of criminal Darwinism built on a ruthlessly simple plot and a fiercely stripped-down style. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
Kick-Ass (2010) Sean Axmaker ... just another kind of superhero fantasy, but with more blood and expletives along the way. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) Sean Axmaker [George] Sanders delivers Wilde's sarcastic aphorisms with a cultured purr... EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
Cloverfield (2008) Sean Axmaker A 21st century Godzilla movie for the (pre-video phone) camcorder generation EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
The Children Act (2017) Sean Axmaker Emma Thompson is superb... EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2018
Ce qui nous lie (2017) Sean Axmaker ... a film about the bonds of family and a celebration of the culture of making wine set against the beauty of France's Burgundy region. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special (2009) Sean Axmaker After all these years, the Pythons have no trouble being completely frank about the strengths and weaknesses of one another and why that balance worked so well (and, in some cases, didn't work so well). EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
() Sean Axmaker After all these years, the Pythons have no trouble being completely frank about the strengths and weaknesses of one another and why that balance worked so well (and, in some cases, didn't work so well). EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Excalibur (1981) Sean Axmaker This is the Arthur legend at its most primal, romantic and tragic, human and supernatural, set on the cusp between the old gods and the Christian God. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
Children of Men (2006) Sean Axmaker Beautifully directed and magnificently crafted, it's a wrenching thriller in a grimy world of industrial decay, a distorted mirror of today in a palette of cement dust. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
The African Queen (1951) Sean Axmaker A classic journey adventure, with a series of obstacles that they meet with resilience and resourcefulness, but the story is how they move from "Mr. Allnut" and "Miss" to Charlie and Rosie, opposites who find strength, support and unexpected love... EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2018
The League of Gentlemen (1960) Sean Axmaker These men are hardly gentlemen as the film opens, no matter what fronts they put on, but through the course of their scheme they adopt a gentleman's code of honor and loyalty that sticks to the end,... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
The Lure (2015) Sean Axmaker The strangest take on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" ever put on the screen, The Lure is a musical-horror-fantasy-romantic tragedy from Poland about mermaid sisters with a taste for human flesh. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
Night of the Living Dead (1968) Sean Axmaker Night of the Living Dead (1968) is the first genuinely modern horror movie, shot more like a documentary of the apocalypse than the Gothic horrors that defined the sixties, and it bled right into the fabric of the culture. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
Nosferatu (1979) Sean Axmaker Werner Herzog's eerie color remake of F.W. Murnau's original vampire classic (itself an unauthorized version of Bram Stoker's Dracula) is at once faithful to Murnau's film and quintessentially Herzogian. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
Stairway to Heaven (1946) Sean Axmaker ... as gorgeous and rapturously romantic as movies come. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Sean Axmaker ... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema, and one accomplished without a single murder, gunshot or pulled knife. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Sean Axmaker From its opening jazzy dance on a ferry, which becomes a veritable magic carpet floating above a sparkling river before the scene is over, it's a delight. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Sean Axmaker The candy colored sets suggests the great Hollywood musicals: bright, clean, a utopian world, but with a distinctly French flavor. Instead of elaborate numbers we get intimate staging where every movement becomes like a dance... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
Lola (1961) Sean Axmaker ... a bittersweet musical without the music, lovingly shot in Demy's hometown of Nantes in black and white CinemaScope by nouvelle vague master Raoul Coutard... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2018
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Sean Axmaker Terry Gilliam... dives back into his diabolical imagination for this carny sideshow of a Faust tale in the blurry boundary between the material world and the dream world. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Wendy and Lucy (2008) Sean Axmaker Wendy and Lucy (2008) isn't the romantic road movie of Alexander Supertramp in Into the Wild. This is survival, revealed in all the mundane details of a documentary portrait and the simple power of Michelle Williams' unadorned performance... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Downhill Racer (1969) Sean Axmaker Redford's matinee looks are more than just Hollywood casting in this context; the film never says it in so many words, but it's clear that Chappellet's popularity is as much for his good looks as for his success. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
His Girl Friday (1940) Sean Axmaker Howard Hawks returned to the material and added a twist that made it all his own: he transformed the love-hate buddy comedy of dirty tricks into a delicious battle of the sexes. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) Sean Axmaker [Jorge] Grau delivers all the stumbling zombies and gory flesh feasts you could hope for in a 1974 movie, but more importantly he creates the rare zombie thriller that manages to be both scary and smartly done. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
La Morte cammina con i tacchi alti (Death Walks on High Heels) (1971) Sean Axmaker The operatic, intense close-ups that Sergio Leone turned into a stylistic trademark of the spaghetti western are transformed by Ercoli into mystery and menace... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Star Trek (2009) Sean Axmaker J.J. Abrams dares to rewrite Trek lore with an origin story that chronicles the first voyage of the Enterprise crew with a mission that sends them into a whole new Federation history. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Death Walks at Midnight (1972) Sean Axmaker [Luciano] Ercoli pushes his style to more stylistic flamboyance: curious camera angles, unsettling compositions, a sense of Gothic around the edges of the modern world. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Creed (2015) Sean Axmaker It's a lovely performance, with Stallone using his age and size and slow way of talking to guide the retired, lonely Rocky, while Jordan is the anxious, ambitious Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
GoodFellas (1990) Sean Axmaker Scorsese's barely fictionalized adaptation of Hill's memoir captures the charge of being a mobster on New York in the sixties and seventies without glorifying the behavior by keying into Hill's willfully self-deluded perspective. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Inxeba (2017) Sean Axmaker Films about old or ancient cultures hanging on in the modern world often resort to sentiment, a mourning for the loss of old values and traditions. The feature debut of filmmaker John Trengove takes a more nuanced approach. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Byzantium (2012) Sean Axmaker It's a Gothic tale with a twist of conspiracy and a radically different take on vampirism as ancient earth force tightly controlled by a male cabal who treat the transformation like a patriarchal right. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
The Villainess (2017) Sean Axmaker That's how to kick off an action spectacle. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
The Tenth Victim (1965) Sean Axmaker [T]he original Survivor set in a near future of unlikely fashions and pop-art stylings, where comic books are the literature of the day, murder games have become the dominant form of media entertainment, and war has been replaced by The Big Hunt. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Nine Queens (2001) Sean Axmaker The cinema of scam is one of the hardest of genres to pull off and one of the most satisfying to watch when it works. This one does. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Miami Connection (1988) Sean Axmaker "[A] gonzo B-movie from the eighties created by Y.K. Kim, a martial arts instructor and inspirational speaker who took his talents to the big screen despite a complete lack of screen charisma or acting talent." EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) Sean Axmaker Scorsese, co-writer and co-director as well as host and narrator, uses his own love of American cinema to guide his unique journey through American cinema . EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Little Foxes (2009) Sean Axmaker Bette Davis could freeze almost anyone with her icy stare, the practiced look of a woman who's learned how to operate in the man's world of business, in director William Wyler's film version of Lillian Hellman's chilly play... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Words and Pictures (2013) Sean Axmaker The sparring between these two actors and the maturity of their relationship makes it worth watching despite the inevitability of the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
Two Family House (2000) Sean Axmaker Raymond De Felitta's Sundance Film Festival Audience Winner Two Family House (2000) is a sweet little romantic drama set in the insular Italian and Irish neighborhoods of 1956 Staten Island. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962) Sean Axmaker [A] smartly-turned thriller about witchcraft, skepticism and dark magic adapted from the Fritz Leiber novel "Conjure Wife" by two of the masters of fantasy, horror and suspense: Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont... EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
Pressure Point (1962) Sean Axmaker A genuine psychological drama, this is a film that takes place almost entirely in therapy sessions. It takes a Freudian approach to psychological trauma ... EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
Hamlet (2000) Sean Axmaker This melancholy Dane is son of the deceased Chairman of Denmark Corporation. His castle is a sleek but alienating New York high rise dotted with omnipresent surveillance cameras, his kingdom city streets lined with paparazzi and tabloid reporters. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Sean Axmaker It is a rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
The Godfather (1972) Sean Axmaker Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's bestseller remains the great American epic of the immigrant dream turned family business. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018
Vernon, Florida (1981) Sean Axmaker If anything, it confirms the cliché that truth is stranger than fiction. You couldn't make up these interviews. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2018