Brandon Judell

Brandon Judell

"Writing is one-tenth perspiration and nine-tenths masturbation. (Gary Oldman as Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears)"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Cinema editor of New York Theatre Wire and contributor to CultureCatch.com and indieWire. My articles have also appeared in THE BAY AREA REPORTER; Detour, aRude, Filmmaker, The Bay Area Reporter, SOHO STYLE; SMOKE AFFAIR; The Advocate, and FLAIR. My short stories have been anthologized in Libido, and A Member of the Family (Dutton).
Favorites:
Central Station;The Celebration; Beautiful Thing; Battle of Algiers; Another Country; Ghost Dog; Surrender, Dorothy; The King is Alive: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Boys Don't Cry; Keep the River on the Right; I Love You, Alice B. Toklas; Laurel and Hardy's The Brats; Jules and Jim; Once Were Warriors; Ladybird, Ladybird; You're a Big Boy Now; Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Publications:
aRude , Aufbau , Bay Area Reporter , Black Bear Film Festival , Critics Inc./America Online , CultureCatch , Cyberlinc , Detour Magazine , Entertainment Asylum , Fashion Wire Daily , Filmmaker , Forward , Gay City News , Gay.com UK , GreenCine , Hollywood.com , indieWIRE , Jednet , New York Theatre Wire , PlanetOut , PopcornQ , scotsgay.com , Soho Style , The New Lesbian and Gay Voice
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
776
Total QuickRatings:
250
Location:
New York City

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% Starred Up (2014) " If a Brit film ever begged for English subtitles, this is the one. Unintelligibility aside, the acting is solid, the direction spot on, and if you want to scare your children into leading a straight life, this film will achieve the task." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 27, 2014
67% Canopy (2014) " "Canopy" begins in stillness, ends in muteness, and in between seldom a word will be uttered. . . . All in all, the screenplay offers up two perfect roles for actors with poor memory recall." — New York Theatre Wire
Posted Aug 13, 2014
9/10 96% Lilting (2014) " Khaou's debut feature is exhilarating in its craft, its performances, and its tale of the eventual fusing of two disparate hearts." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 6, 2014
91% Cupcakes " The whole schmear is predictable, the dialogue is uninspired, and the direction slapdash, yet you wind up feeling cheery the way only silly films with happy endings can make you feel. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 25, 2014
—— The Foxy Merkins " Part John Waters, with a dash of Paul Morrisey and a whole lot of Sappho, this delirious comedy is the must see girl-on-girl comedy of the new millennium. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 25, 2014
—— Lyle " Aided by cinematographer Grant Greenberg's visual mastery, Gaby Hoffman has you on the edge of your seat as her paranoia grows in leaps and bounds, especially as you watch her run through the streets, scamper down staircases, and Skype. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/10 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Jake Kasdan is to directing comedy what Friedrich Nietzsche is to baking apple strudel. Not much." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 16, 2014
86% We Are Mari Pepa (2014) " Pulling no punches, Leopo scrutinizes teenhood south of the boarder with rigor and compassion." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 13, 2014
—— Ciencias naturales " In this pursuit for completeness, the two leads pass through the hardworking, blue-collar, not-so-charming rustic world of Argentina. The performances are never less than convincing, the direction straightforward, and the journey wholly moving." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 13, 2014
—— El lugar del hijo " A compelling recreation of a students/workers' strike in the Uruguay of 2002 as experienced by one young man, Ariel (Philip Dieste), who's a great believer in the power of the masses, but one without leadership capabilities." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 13, 2014
—— Casa Grande " Barbosa's engrossing Casa Grande or The Ballad of Poor Jean spotlights how the downward spiraling of a seemingly wealthy Brazilian family's bankbook propels upward the moral consciousness of its self-involved, horny son, Jean (Thales Cavalcanti). " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 13, 2014
39% Miss Julie (1999) " Elegant and hard hitting, this superbly staged battle between the sexes is never less than intriguing." — Detour Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2014
9/10 61% The King Is Alive (2001) " The King is Alive interweaves the madness, the foolhardiness, the greed and the ferocity of human nature that Shakespeare depicted so brilliantly in Lear back in 1606, and shatters us again and again with its insights made refreshed." — indieWIRE
Posted Jul 3, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) " Director Ben Falcone is clearly to comedy what cholera is to a Sweet Sixteen party." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 2, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " But with a game supporting cast including Ewan Bremner and Octavia Spencer, well-paced direction, superb cinematography, plus a gripping adventure story to boot, Snowpiercer rolls along at super speed, making any complaining seem like nitpicking. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 29, 2014
51% Lost and Delirious (2001) " Noteworthy tale of a teenager in an all-girl's school who goes crazy when her roommate decides to stop being her lesbian lover. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 28, 2014
56% The Iron Ladies (Satree lek) (2001) " Hilarious true story of Thailand's champion volleyball team that was composed of flaming drag queens" — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 28, 2014
89% Trembling Before G-d (2001) " A profoundly touching look at the plight of gay Orthodox Jews who are trying to integrate their sexuality with their religious beliefs. While the style is not innovative, the subject matter is groundbreaking." — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 28, 2014
94% Southern Comfort (2001) " If 'Southern Comfort' were a Jerry Springer episode, it would be billed as Southern White Trailer Trash With Sex Reassignments. But this lovely documentary never exploits as it pursues 3 couples that try to blanket their lives with an air of normalcy" — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 28, 2014
69% Chop Suey (2001) " 'Chop Suey' strives to be avant-garde and trendy. For many, it will be. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 28, 2014
—— Don's Plum (2001) " This sensationally acted tale chronicles a group of young, disaffected 20-year-olds at a diner one evening and how they rage against themselves and each other. It might just be the best American movie you won't view this year or any other." — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 28, 2014
—— Out In The Night " 'Out in the Night' is an empowering, troubling, illuminative work and one of the more unforgettable documentaries of 2014. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 21, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " Take an immensely talented director, a first-class cinematographer, a collection of decidedly gifted actors and film them. Tack on a musical soundtrack that bristles with originality and what do you have? In the case of The Rover, not much." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 19, 2014
—— Igor & the Cranes' Journey " While not breaking any new ground, Igor is a captivating narrative without pretensions. Well paced and directed with delightful cartooning intercut into the action, this is perfect family fare. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 11, 2014
4/10 —— Hunting Elephants " 'Hunting for Elephants' is burdened by a truly horrendous, screechingly anti-feminist screenplay with so many holes in it that it's impossible to believe from the get-go, let alone want to believe." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 11, 2014
—— Farewell, Herr Schwarz " A complex consideration of what it is to be Jewish and the lengthy aftereffects of atrocities perpetuated on one's past generations, 'Farewell, Herr Schwarz' is an important addition to Holocaust cinema." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 11, 2014
79% Washington Heights (2002) " Considering the money this film cost to make, its short shooting schedule, and its unpandering ethnic content, it's a triumph. " — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 7, 2014
9/10 81% I Killed My Mother (2013) " As an actor, Dolan's an accomplished comedian, one with a tragic core. And as a screenwriter and director, he's even better. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 7, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Where's Gene Wilder when you need him? . . . What MacFarlane has achieved falls somewhere between Blazing Saddles and Blahs-ing Saddles. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 5, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " As for Mr. Cruise and Ms. Blunt, they hold their own in parts that really could have been cast with anyone with a SAG card." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 5, 2014
—— Der Samurai " Let me just share that this is 1 of the more oddball romances you'll ever witness. Imagine George Romero directing Harold and Maude. As for the finale, which includes a wolf, a full erection, and fireworks cascading from a torso, it's a hoot and a half." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 27, 2014
9/10 100% Bad Hair (2014) " The final moments of Bad Hair are as fiercely emotive as Truffaut's fabled still-shot ending for 400 Blows. This is grand cinema." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 27, 2014
23% Baise-Moi (2000) " What we have here is a hard-core and sometimes condomed "Thelma and Louise" with a good dose of Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill" thrown in. " — indieWIRE
Posted Apr 26, 2014
89% Test (2014) " While Test sidesteps perfection in several minor areas, it more than makes up for those weaknesses with the magnetic performance by Matthew Risch as a promiscuous fellow hoofer; the authenticity of the screenplay; and the choreography by Sidra Bell." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 26, 2014
—— Nånting måste gå sönder (Something Must Break) " 'Something Must Break' boasts a japanned depressiveness so reminiscent of Fassbender (think 'Fox and His Friends'). This is the work of an exceedingly original, enormously talented helmer who will no doubt shortly be one of Sweden's most favored exports." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 26, 2014
10/10 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " We're barely into the new year and one of the top ten films of 2014 has already arrived . . . .Experiencing Lunchbox is like being exposed to your first Truffaut. You know here's an artist you're going to have a long, prosperous relationship with." — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 18, 2014
52% The Legend of Suriyothai (2003) " Someone does shout, "Get the men and arm the elephants!" Sadly, this alone doesn't make you think of Cecil B. DeMille as the press notes would like you to. "Hercules and the Captive Women" comes more to mind." — indieWIRE
Posted Feb 9, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " Labor Day aims to convince us we all have 2nd chances at happiness, and someday a sultry stranger will walk into our kitchen and cause us to re-experience an erotic bliss we thought we were no longer capable of achieving after binding us to a chair." — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 7, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " Never less than charming and stirring in its ability to recreate a childhood that overcomes chaos, The Rocket, abetted with a convincing cast led by two superb child actors, proves instantly why it's been winning accolades worldwide. " — CultureCatch
Posted Dec 24, 2013
—— Last Summer " One of the finest directorial debuts of recent years is Mark Thiedeman's. Here a young helmer paints the screen with complex textures and sound, perfectly capturing the joys and throes of teens in love in a very small Arkansas town." — CultureCatch
Posted Sep 30, 2013
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " If, on the first day of Christmas, your true love sends you this bird, get a new mate." — CultureCatch
Posted Sep 30, 2013
—— The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On " Drew Denny, who has written, helmed, and stars in this semi-lesbian road trip, incessantly shows off her ultra-white teeth. At times, you're not sure if you are watching an exploration of two women's lives or the world's longest Crest commercial." — CultureCatch
Posted Sep 22, 2013
91% Sparrows Dance (2013) " Masterful in its silences,writer/director Noah Buschel's Sparrows Dance begins almost as a tribute to Chantal Akerman's masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Qual du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, the difference mainly being a dissimilar choice of heroines. " — CultureCatch
Posted Sep 3, 2013
—— Who's Afraid Of Vagina Wolf? " The only saving grace in this witless production is the charismatic Agnes Olech, who plays a lovely cinematographer. Being the only one on the set who could act must have been a trying experience for this young star-in-the-making." — GreenCine
Posted Sep 2, 2013
—— Pit Stop (2013) " Emotionally raw, unrelentingly honest, and dramatically feasible, here's a terrifically acted romp that deserves a lengthy art house run." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 25, 2013
64% Geography Club (2013) " While a perfect consciousness-raiser for those 16 and under, for those of you who've already started shaving regularly, this might be more of a wobbly entertainment." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 25, 2013
8/10 —— The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1953) " This solid adaptation embraces Simenon's favorite archetype, an innocent who mistakenly thinks he's committed some evil act, and then eventually actually does. . . . A little thriller that's worth every one of the 82 minutes you'll spend with it." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 14, 2013
6/10 —— The Bottom of the Bottle (Beyond the River) (1956) " It's as if Joseph Cotton sent out his shirts to get starched and forgot to get out of them. Roman, though, is terrific. As for the ending, it's very schmaltzy Hollywood -- and very little Simenon." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 14, 2013
8/10 86% Betty (1992) " When Simenon suggested to Chabrol that he make a film without a plot because cinema's a truly visual medium that just needs a face, Chabrol took him up and adapted the master's 'Betty,' a tale without much forward motion that's nonetheless engaging." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 14, 2013
9/10 100% Monsieur Hire (1989) " Helmer Patrice Leconte's early effort is one of his best. (The spilled-tomatoes-on-the-staircase scene between the mismatched admirers is an unforgettable ode to seduction.)" — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 14, 2013
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