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.

Cinema editor of New York Theatre Wire and contributor to 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).
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
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 , UK , GreenCine , , indieWIRE , Jednet , New York Theatre Wire , PlanetOut , PopcornQ , , Soho Style , The New Lesbian and Gay Voice
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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
86% 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." — GreenCine
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
7/10 —— The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949) " Using the same novel that A Man's Neck employed, this troubled U.S. production is inferior in every manner, from the uneven acting by the supporting cast to the use of a dummy falling off the Eiffel Tower, yet the tale is never less than intriguing." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 14, 2013
—— La Tete d'un homme (A Man's Neck) (1933) " What's supremely delicious here are the remnants of silent filmmaking scattered about, especially in the long close-ups and the unforgettable finale. Radek's rantings against the spoiled upper classes are an added bonus." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 14, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Add in a few dirty jokes, including one about a woman asking a gent to . . . (well, that one was needed to avoid a PG rating), plus pertinent news clips from each era, and you have The Cosby Show meets Forrest Gump meets Do the Right Thing." — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 9, 2013
6/10 52% The To Do List (2013) " Director Maggie Cary, instead of raising the bar of farce to the heights, has lowered it to the depths of the pigsty. She's proven that the gals can roll about in the mud just as well as the guys can, but to what end?" — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 26, 2013
63% Broken (2013) " A startlingly natural performance by Ms. Laurence, along with her superb supporting cast under the mostly spot-on direction by Norris, help make all the Sturm und Drang that occurs within 'Broken' extremely palatable. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 19, 2013
—— Taylor Mead's Ass (1965) " Finally the film ends. Those who remain, which are most, offer heartfelt applause. But is this film just a jokey response to a glib note in a weekly rag, or an incisive commentary on the intellectual state of America in the '60s?" — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 12, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " This film is so bloated, so tone deaf, so seemingly edited with a Cusinart, that you'll feel you've been scalped more than once by the time you view a wrinkled Tonto walking off into the horizon step by step as the unending credits steamroll over him." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 2, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Man of Steel indirectly tackles the conundrum of how a mankind engrained in monolithic religion greets the concrete proof of a mythological figure. Is it possible for an alien from Krypton to reside alongside an unquestioning faith in Christ?" — New York Theatre Wire
Posted Jul 1, 2013
—— The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012) " Nothing here makes much sense or strives to. What's worse (or better) is that any scene with more than three lines of dialogue will have you craving a copy of 'Jane Eyre' to reconstitute your brain cells." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 26, 2013
—— I Stand Corrected " A simple, compelling look at a very brave, extremely talented woman, Jennifer Leitham. Her path to contentment has been captured with empathy and dexterity by Andrea Meyerson, who's shaped all of her footage into an inspiring, timely, musical treat. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 22, 2013
9/10 82% Laurence Anyways (2013) " There are frequent moments of genius where you are rendered blissfully immobile by the onscreen carryings-on; uncountable witticisms you wish you yourself had dashed off; and unbridled passions that hit the heavens and then bounce back harrowingly." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 13, 2013
71% Wish You Were Here (2013) " Whatever sentiments the title 'Wish You Were Here' evokes in you, flush them. Here is no lighthearted vacation comedy but, instead, a well-acted "psychological thriller" with few thrills but much angst." — GreenCine
Posted Jun 8, 2013
11% After Earth (2013) " M. Night Shyamalan's malformed ode to father/son bonding in the year 3000 on an abandoned planet known as Earth is frighteningly bungled from the very first pedestrian shot." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 1, 2013
3/10 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Lin has gone on to directing SAG members who can't act, delivering lines from screenplays that are full of inane excuses to drive souped-up Tin Lizzies, and who beat up or get beaten up by villains who have as much personality as washing machine lint." — CultureCatch
Posted May 25, 2013
—— Shahid (2013) " The film, which apparently was made by Mehta to battle growing negative allegations against the late Shahid, includes numerous fictionalized moments. Solidly acted by all, Shahid would no doubt have benefited from a more documentary feel. " — CultureCatch
Posted May 22, 2013
69% S#x Acts (2013) " The acting, direction, and editing by Arik Lahav-Leibovich are all first rate, but possibly the dispiriting hopelessness of Gili's downward plunge to complete sexual objectification is too predictable from Act One. Predictable, but sadly too believable." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 21, 2013
—— Lily " With Grantham as the star, supplying an award-worthy, brave performance, the film is about a happy person regaining her happiness. Lily is discovering that the segments of her life will never fit together again, but what the hell? " — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 15, 2013
9/10 57% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) " A plaintive cry for gay rights and familial acceptance, the film is yet erotic and often rises to the giddy heights of an ecstatic, intimate pure cinema." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 15, 2013
88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Scent, fine acting, plus superb cinematography carry you through. However, you can't help but feel you've been cheated out of a truly devastating drama by folks in search of something more commercially palatable and, consequently, less plausible. " — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 9, 2013
87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) " Cut down from a four-hour documentary by Vasyukov, the result is a film lacking in catastrophic tragedies of any sort that holds you nonetheless with its raw view of lives spurning quotidian modern comforts with a vengeance." — CultureCatch
Posted Mar 23, 2013
19% Inescapable (2013) " Clearly meaning Inescapable as an act of love, Ms. Nada, a Canadian filmmaker with Syrian/Palestinian parents, has instead done a great disservice to her gene pool and our film-loving sensibilities. Irksome would be a more appropriate title." — CultureCatch
Posted Mar 18, 2013
—— Kaibyô Otama-ga-ike (The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond) " With a striking palette of greens and vermillions, an eerie soundtrack, inept swordfighting, and several performances that would fit right into an Abbot and Costello burlesque, 'Ghost Cat' is the perfect film for those fans of tasteful B-cinema inanity." — New York Theatre Wire
Posted Feb 12, 2013
9/10 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " Here's an extraordinary melding of the actualities of modern man with his ancient past. Sadly, humankind hasn't made much progress when it comes to controlling its ambitious and testosterone-tinged impulses. Happily, human frailties make great art." — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 9, 2013
—— Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft (2013) " 'Bad' films can be loads of fun. Just seek out the classics of Ed Wood. There is, however, no joie de vivre to be found here, just dreary, uncampy mediocrity shoveled up like manure on a pig farm." — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 4, 2013
86% Yossi (2013) " Directed by Eytan Fox, the gifted helmer of the international hit Walk on Water, 'Yossi,' a work of special depth, is yet another of his incisive character studies of a man who doesn't quite fit in until he finally does." — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 4, 2013
10/10 93% No (2013) " This battle and this triumph of an ad executive makes NO the first great film of 2013, and Bernal's performance the one that will be the hardest to outshine. " — GreenCine
Posted Jan 16, 2013
19% The Baytown Outlaws (2013) " This ode to Tarantino, 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,' and Jerry Lewis marathons is deliriously silly, frenetically violent, and insanely entertaining, especially for those who prefer 'Mad Max' over 'The Rules of the Game.'" — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 13, 2013
93% Iron Man (2008) " Why did Iron Man seem so slight to me when I've watched it on my computer? Quite possibly these "event" pictures need a huge screen and a pounding sound system to convince viewers of their worth." — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 8, 2013
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " But one of the most fascinating moments in the picture occurs when Captain America, referring to Thor, notes: "There's only one God, ma'am. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that." Ah, monotheism versus paganism. Can they exist side by side? " — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 8, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " The end result is a goofily unhinged, consistently engrossing, facetious look at one of the darkest moments in American history through the eyes of someone who's spent too much time in the cinema watching inconsequential flicks. " — CultureCatch
Posted Dec 15, 2012
86% Madrid, 1987 (2012) " Seldom has a great film accomplished so much with so little. Well, that's if you consider an insanely quotable screenplay so little." — GreenCine
Posted Nov 12, 2012
9/10 80% The Other Son (2012) " An unbelievable situation becomes remarkably tangible here and oh so pertinent." — GreenCine
Posted Oct 31, 2012
96% Argo (2012) " With a tension right out of the best of Hitchcock, Affleck directs Chris Terrio's masterful screenplay with a restraint that never overplays the comic elements or overstates the obvious -- and with a velocity that seldom allows you to catch a breath." — CultureCatch
Posted Oct 31, 2012
80% I Killed My Mother (2013) " This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
—— Going South (Plein sud) (2009) " Worth viewing if you can enjoy a world populated by distraught people who all look like supermodels yet can act." — GreenCine
Posted Oct 31, 2012
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