About Parallax View

Parallax View is a loose collective of like-minded professional film writers in the Seattle area. We like to get together and talk about cinema. This site is a place to share some of those discussions, as well as original and archival essays, reviews, interviews and other thoughts on movies, with a wider audience. And hopefully have some fun with them.

Web site © 2008-2020 Sean Axmaker. Individual blog postings are the copyright-protected work of their respective authors. All rights reserved. Copying permitted for viewing and personal reading only. All other reproduction or modification requires the permission of the copyright owner.


Sean Axmaker

I write the syndicated Stream On Demand newspaper column and companion website and I am a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online. I have written for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, MSN Entertainment, the IMDb, GreenCine and GreenCine Daily and Asian Cult Cinema, among other publications. You can find links to my work for all these publications – and the occasional original piece – at my shamelessly self-promoting blog at seanax.com. I’m also proud to be the founding administrator of and first contributor to the Parallax View blog.

Sheila Benson

Sheila Benson began writing at the Pacific Sun in Mill Valley, California, after which she became the principal Los Angeles Times Film Critic from 1981-91, and following that, a critic for Microsoft’s Cinemania. Affiliated with the National Society of Film Critics, she was given the Vesta Award for Journalism in 1987 for her contribution to the arts in Southern California, and taught Critical Writing at UCLA. She has served on film festival juries of Berlin, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, Manila, Taos, Seattle, Aspen, Sundance, Palm Springs and Banff. Her reporting and essays have appeared in wide-ranging publications from Interview, Premiere, and Variety to Canada’s Globe and Mail and the New York Times. She wrote the narration for The First 100 Years, A Celebration of American Film and the essay for the DVD of Horton Foote’s Tomorrow. Since moving to Washington in 1996, she has reviewed for the Seattle Weekly.

David Coursen

A former longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, David Coursen has written about film for Sight and Sound, Movietone News, Film Quarterly, Take One and Cinemonkey, among other publications. He is currently an attorney for EPA in Washington, DC, and has written about assorted legal questions involving Constitutional Law, Indian Law, and Environmental Law.

Robert Cumbow

Robert C. Cumbow has been writing about film for over 40 years. His work has appeared in Film Comment, Film Quarterly, the Seattle Film Society journals Movietone News and The Informer, and numerous newspapers. He is the author of The Films of Sergio Leone and Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter, both available from Scarecrow Press. He is especially proud of his liner notes for the Rhino Records/Turner Classic Movies edition of the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bob is a trademark/copyright lawyer, practicing at Graham & Dunn, Seattle, and teaches Trademark Law and Advertising Law at Seattle University School of Law, and courses in film genres (Westerns and Horror) in Seattle University’s Film Studies Program.

John Hartl

John Hartl earned a reputation as one of the hardest working film critics in America during his tenure as film critic for the Seattle Times from 1966 to 2001 (read his farewell article here). His work has appeared on MSNBC.com and he continues to contribute to the Seattle Times.

Robert Horton

Robert Horton has been a film critic in Seattle for about 25 years, yet he mysteriously retains the blush of youth. He comments on film for The Herald (Everett, Washington), Seattle Weekly, the Seattle Channel, and his blog The Crop Duster. He wasthe curator and host of the monthly Magic Lantern series at the Frye Art Museum for ten years, a periodic contributor to Film Comment and other publications, and the author of Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2001) and Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2009); his work was also included in Best American Movie Writing 1999 (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999) and the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (St. James Press, 2000).

Richard T. Jameson

Richard T. Jameson has been editor of Movietone News (1971-81) and Film Comment (1990-2000) magazines, as well as Seattle’s Queen Anne News (2003-07). A member of the National Society of Film Critics since 1980, he edited the NSFC’s 1994 anthology They Went Thataway: Redefining Film Genres.

Kathleen Murphy

A frequent speaker on film, Kathleen Murphy has contributed numerous essays to magazines (Film Comment, the Village Voice, Film West, Newsweek-Japan), books (Best American Movie Writing of 1998, Women and Cinema, The Myth of the West) and Web sites (Amazon.com, Cinemania.com, Reel.com). Once upon a time, in another life, she wrote speeches for Bill Clinton, Jack Lemmon, Harrison Ford, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Art Garfunkel and Diana Ross.

Jeff Shannon

Jeff Shannon was a freelance film critic for the Seattle Times and a regular contributor to Video Librarian and New Mobility. He has served as assistant editor of Microsoft’s “Cinemania” CD-ROM and “Cinemania.com” website and senior editor in the DVD & Video department of Amazon.com, and has written for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 52.

Design and graphics:

Thanks to the Parallax View graphics godfather Nick Henderson of Henderson Graphics for art, banners and technical assistance, and to Felipe Lujan-Bear for additional technical assistance. They were essential to saving the site from a 2020 hack that almost shut it down for good, and in helping the rebuild.

Contact Parallax View:

You can reach editor Sean Axmaker here.


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