Hello, my name is Sean Axmaker.
I was born in Oregon and have lived almost all of my life in the Pacific Northwest (with a brief sojourn in Hawaii, which is “west” and “Pacific” but certainly not “north”). Armed with a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Film Studies that I earned from the University of Oregon, I spent the subsequent dozen years after graduation managing video stores (specifically the once mighty but now defunct Flicks and Pics in Eugene, Oregon, and the nationally revered Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Washington) while writing film reviews and articles in my spare time. I’ve been writing full time since 1998.
I’m a DVD columnist for MSN Entertainment and was a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nine years (until the print edition shut down in 2009). I’m currently a contributing reviewer to The Stranger, a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online and the managing editor of Parallax View. I’ve written for The Seattle Weekly, Senses of Cinema, GreenCine.com, film.com (the original incarnation), Filmmaker, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I was the DVD columnist for the Internet Movie Database from 2001 to 2007.
I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammett and Chandler, affectionate young boys and best buddies who are not brothers but certainly could be, adopted from an animal shelter in the summer of 2010. They keep me company and on long winter evenings keep me warm as they curl up on my lap while I watch movies on DVD and Blu-ray. So sweet they take such and interest in my work.
My previous cats Toby and Ruby passed away in the spring of 2010, within a week of one another.
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