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:
741
Total QuickRatings:
250
Location:
New York City

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 741
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
—— Do Começo ao Fim (From Beginning to End) (2009) " Does for gay male incest what "Finding Nemo" did for lesbian-voiced fish. " — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
—— Crayfish (Raci) " A slight Bulgarian comic tragedy in which two poor pals do each other in by accident after being hired by warring crime lords." — GreenCine
Posted Oct 31, 2012
—— All That I Love (Wszystko, co kocham) (2010) " A highly affable feature about a group of lads forming a punk rock band in 1981 as their country goes totalitarian. Unlikely heroes, they get to sing, and the lead loses his virginity on a beach. What better way is there to spend one's youth?" — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
45% Some Days Are Better Than Others (2011) " Sort of a neutered Todd Solondz comedy. No sperm shots, murders, or pedophilia. Just lonely people trying to reach out now and then to each other, plus numerous shots of the sun's rays reacting on soap bubbles." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
57% Re:Generation (2012) " An astounding exploration of the corrupt media that has shaped today's society into a mindless behemoth that knows more about Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton than it does the C.E.O.s who have made greed into a "positive" trait. " — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
89% The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2011) " These butch lesbian sibling farmers, who have a comedy singing act (acoustic country songs), are shown fighting for gay rights and surviving cancer over the decades, and they are endearing in their suits and fake moustaches. " — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
—— Woman Without Piano " Carmen Machi's performance is understated comic genius." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
—— Estigmas (Stigmata) (2010) " This Spanish adaptation of an Italian graphic novel follows Bruno, a giant of a man, played by real life Spanish shot-put champion Manuel Martinez. . . Black-and-white except for some final shots of red, this is a film you won't mind viewing once." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
53% Agora (2010) " A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010) " A seamless, eye-opening entertainment about the civil rights activist side of the Playboy publisher." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
85% Blessed (2009) " Unforgiving in its shrewd relentlessness, the cast is flawless as is the direction." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
81% Hipsters (2011) " Imagine Baz Luhrmann on borscht." — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
59% Leaves of Grass (2010) " I could only bear 35 minutes, and I haven't walked out of anything since 'You, Me and Dupree.' " — indieWIRE
Posted Oct 31, 2012
36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " The film keeps drifting back to the dalliance between the cousins, and Daisy, while kindly, lacks a dynamic persona, an eccentric nature, or a wit to relish. When she's on screen, you often can't wait until Eleanor Roosevelt or Bertie pop in again." — CultureCatch
Posted Oct 5, 2012
60% Camille Redouble " A smile-engendering journey back to youthful innocence that we all wish we could take." — CultureCatch
Posted Sep 28, 2012
85% Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) " The film often soars into the imaginary heavens of delight but then just as quickly sputters and crash lands due to Coppola's leaden helming." — GreenCine
Posted Sep 28, 2012
41% The Ninth Gate (1999) " Polanski revisits Satan with less than devilish fun." — indieWIRE
Posted Sep 14, 2012
77% Plata quemada (Burnt Money) (2001) " A beautifully realized, fevered and smart retelling of an actual robbery that went very amiss back in sixties' Argentina." — indieWIRE
Posted Sep 14, 2012
87% The Matchmaker (2012) " The Matchmaker is to fine drama what gefilte fish is to lox. Hold the cream cheese. " — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 23, 2012
0% General Education (2012) " With its hackneyed outlook and lack of a moral core or a purpose, 'General Education' is little more than a defective episode of 'Saved by the Bell.' " — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 18, 2012
30% Total Recall (2012) " For all of you in search of a dark, humorless dystopian tale, one that's an inept remake of a celebrated sci-fi epic... one that would be hard to differentiate from a computer game, look no further. " — CultureCatch
Posted Aug 3, 2012
—— Sedona (2012) " A tiny, low-budget American indie, Sedona is a love letter to this small Arizona town with its jaw-dropping red sandstone formations, a major draw for those seeking mystical transformations." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 23, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " 'The Dark Knight Rises' is so unintelligible, both plot-wise and sound-wise, I'd say nearly a quarter of the dialog was muddled. And if you just want to focus on the lead villain Bane, raise that figure to 75%. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 18, 2012
75% Dwae-ji-ui wang (The King of Pigs) " A searing depiction of Korean society as a bully's utopia, where "money only follows the rich,"The King of the Pigs is animated fare definitely not meant for children. Instead, it's a hard-hitting, never-less-than-engrossing, film noirish exercise." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 17, 2012
92% Farewell, My Queen (2012) " An opulent imagining of Marie Antoinette's last days." — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 17, 2012
6/10 —— You Are the Apple of My Eye (Na xie nian, wo men yi qi zhui de nu hai) " This quirky rendering of director/writer Ko's first love that lasted from his days in high school in 1994 to his post-college years as a novelist in 2005 is very crotch-oriented. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 13, 2012
78% Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) " The closer you are to puberty, the more you'll be blown away by "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Just imagine Madonna's "Truth or Dare" (1991), but without the sexual innuendo, glamour, wit, and Warren Beatty. " — New York Theatre Wire
Posted Jul 5, 2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Astutely cast, soundly directly, and penned by a bevy of screendom's top writers, this actioner swings from effective drama to endearing teen romance to campy monster brawls, all in glorious 3-D. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jul 3, 2012
—— Richard's Wedding (2012) " This little film that could signals the arrival of Onur Tukel, a comic triple threat who has his finger on the pulse of contemporary, horny, lovesick, dysfunctional urban America." — CultureCatch
Posted Jun 3, 2012
34% Battleship (2012) " If Ed Wood had a budget of a $100 million to throw around, even he might not have been able to direct a film as godawful as Battleship -- or as in poor taste. " — CultureCatch
Posted May 17, 2012
38% Dark Shadows (2012) " Basically a cornucopia of ineptness, Dark Shadows should have been relegated to where the sun don't shine. " — CultureCatch
Posted May 12, 2012
71% The Giant Mechanical Man (2012) " A solid summer palate cleanser to savor between all those main courses of superhero wham-a-thons." — GreenCine
Posted May 8, 2012
—— Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) " In '127 Hours,' James Franco hacked away at his arm. During 'Francophrenia,' you might just wish he did the same to his head. " — GreenCine
Posted May 6, 2012
6.7 38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) " Lost in a "sea of individuality," the hero evolves, devolves, and is born again. It's a painless, not highly memorable journey that is tailor-made for Young Christian discussion groups -- and that is not bad in itself." — CultureCatch
Posted Apr 12, 2012
84% The Hunger Games (2012) " The basic problems stem from the lackluster direction and the witless, bare-bones screenplay. This is sort of a BookRags.com take on a classic. You get the characters and the plot basics, but the art is missing. " — GreenCine
Posted Mar 23, 2012
—— A Life Ascending (2010) " Stephen Grynberg might be the Rick Santorum of filmmakers, and like Santorum, Grynberg might actually believe that how he addresses an issue is a completely fair one. " — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 18, 2012
44% Private Romeo (2012) " In the end, Private Romeo, with its indie budget, handsomely captures the uncompromising nature of young love, and "it ends with a long deep sigh, like the breeze of the evening," as Samuel Coleridge said it should." — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 11, 2012
85% Bullhead (2012) " This violently absorbing, and at times highly funny, thriller is held together by Schoenaerts's searing performance, which is never oversized even though his character is." — CultureCatch
Posted Feb 7, 2012
—— Life and Death on the A List (1997) " Corcoran's direction captures the plight of what it is to have been young, beautiful and worshipped, then to suddenly find yourself older, not so wiser, and battling a not so pleasant disease." — PopcornQ
Posted Jan 28, 2012
68% Jeffrey (1995) " The most offensive film of the decade has arrived, thank God, and it was worth waiting for. " — PlanetOut
Posted Jan 28, 2012
93% First Position (2012) " This masterfully thoughtful documentary incisively records the trials and tribulations of getting en pointe as a career move." — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 20, 2012
33% Joyful Noise (2012) " Imagine a mediocre episode of 'Glee' as envisioned by Billy Graham, and you're halfway to Joyful Noise." — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 17, 2012
99% A Separation (2011) " The emotional oscillations that pulsate through A Separation -- with its tangle of unfulfilled needs, sliding values, unspoken desires, male posturing, and feminist dilemmas -- are as thrilling as the antics in any Hitchcockian thriller. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 11, 2012
94% Pariah (2011) " . . . a joyous, inspirational film that is inarguably a "must see" for all." — New York Theatre Wire
Posted Jan 8, 2012
82% Trollhunter (2011) " The trolls here all are the spitting image of Muppets with a hyperthyroid problem. In fact, imagine a Sweetums doll after three wash cycles. " — CultureCatch
Posted Jan 4, 2012
72% Hanna (2011) " A sour, empty graphic novel of an escapade from the man who once helmed 'Atonement,' 'Hanna' gets intensely more godawful as it approaches its climax." — GreenCine
Posted Nov 27, 2011
6/10 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " What could up have amounted to a highly moving work of art is constantly diminished by low-grade TV sitcom humor such as can be found on any series starring Kevin James or James Belushi." — GreenCine
Posted Nov 27, 2011
7/10 84% Contagion (2011) " A paean to death by bat droppings mixed with a bit of pork." — CultureCatch
Posted Nov 27, 2011
9/10 84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " Williams doesn't mime Monroe, she embodies Monroe: all of her frailties, her naiveties, her veiled strengths, and her flirtations. She is never less than breathlessly breathtaking. " — CultureCatch
Posted Nov 16, 2011
89% The Descendants (2011) " There are too many times when you are not sure whether to laugh or be doleful or squirm. For example, the grandmother with Alzheimer's who thinks she'll be visiting Queen Elizabeth. This turns into a tasteless Judd Apatow moment." — CultureCatch
Posted Oct 16, 2011
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