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Brandon Judell

Brandon Judell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Family Tree (2000) A mildly affable comedy of familial dysfunction that wants to chide the times for being both morally and emotionally obtuse. Instead, The Family Tree winds up being little more than a film uprooted. ‐ CultureCatch
Posted Jan 20, 2017
11% Slutty Summer (2004) That Andreas accomplished what he did in just two weeks of shooting is quite remarkable. In the end, there is some fine acting, some great kissing and several good lines. ‐ Gay City News
Posted Jan 16, 2017
No Score Yet Retake (2017) Especially due to Graye's superbly buoyant, multilayered performance, here's a road movie that could and should break your heart. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2017
No Score Yet Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends (2016) The whole shebang is sophomoric with little wit, bland-in-the-extreme casting, haphazard direction, annoying editing, and vomitatious writing. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Oct 19, 2016
No Score Yet El Ganzo (2016) In the hands of Balderson, his cinematographer Daniel G. Stephens, and his two actors, the result is a highly substantial and satisfying meditation on need and survival. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Sep 6, 2016
100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Besides being revelatory in its depiction of a gay relationship, its respectful, yet unfawning, look at immigrants trying to make it in a new country is straight out of the headlines. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Aug 17, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The film is a comedy with harrowing undertones. Frears and his screenwriter Nicholas Martin want us to laugh at Florence, yet adore her and support her antics. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Aug 17, 2016
73% Simon Killer (2013) Corbet is a major new talent, whose future promise seems without boundaries ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Aug 12, 2016
89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) Here's an auteur willing to go over the edge to depict the dark side of his fellow mortals. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Aug 12, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) We have seen all this accomplished with more heart in the previous Bourne efforts and in the Road Runner cartoons. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 29, 2016
No Score Yet La répétition (Replay) (2001) The garish, self-hating-lesbian-themed flick, La Répétition, is a garish enjoyment, sort of like dreaming k.d. lang is romancing you, only to wake up to discover your dachshund is where he shouldn't be. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 18, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) Might just be the 'Carol' and 'Blue is the Warmest Color' of 2016. The leads are enthralling, and the way the semi-rocky romance is handled makes this a perfect Sapphic date film. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 18, 2016
77% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) Rudd, a great stabilizer of even low-rated Rotten-Tomato-ed comedies, is a star whose immeasurable talents need more challenges, and here is a nice change of pace. A dramedy with a little soul. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Without Roald Dahl's underlying message that we, "human beans," are more grotesque and less moral than the Brobdingnagian ogres, it feels there is less here than meets the eye, but what meets the eye is often so sumptuous, you just might not care. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/10 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Refn seems to have been treading more into David Lynch territory but was swallowed up by the quicksand of his own dullardry. More' Blue Polyester' than 'Blue Velvet.' ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 14, 2016
86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) With just enough sentimentality, Abu-Assad chronicles Assaf's life full throttle, from childhood until his miracle win that had thousands of his fellow Palestinians rooting for him in the streets on the nights of the Arab Idol broadcast. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2016
98% Croupier (2000) But it's Clive Owen, who was so fine as the homosexual imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in "Bent," who steals the show. If you need an actor who emotes thunderstorms while his flesh is as still as a spring day, look no further. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 26, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) From the opening 'Psycho'-fueled moments to the allusions to 'Notorious' to the surprising twist of a finale, it's hard to recall a recent film that made squirming in one's seat such a pleasurable pastime. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Mar 11, 2016
67% Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist (2016) POSM is indeed a straightforward tale of a self-involved female Lothario that shovels out all the well-worn woman-on-woman clichés with an enervated panache. Just imagine Trainwrecked without Amy Schumer, without the sexcapades, & no riotous hahas. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
65% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) Politics aside, what's patently fascinating about Gitai's films is how his architectural background is reflected in how he structures his work. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 2, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) As for wit, the only amusing aspect about The 5th Wave is that it ends as if there will be a sequel. That would really finish off mankind. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jan 22, 2016
78% Naz & Maalik (2016) Jake Magee's truly superb cinematography and Andrew Hafitz's agile editing, along with Cook and Johnson's performances . . . allow you to focus on a brave attempt to explore budding queerdom among the Muslim populace. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jan 19, 2016
82% Viva (2016) Héctor Medina keeps you enthralled with all the histrionic vigor and joy of someone who's survived the Punic Wars and finds there are no runs in her nylons-and that she's been loved and can still love. Call it the Healing Power of the Well-Coiffed Wig. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jan 11, 2016
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) So if you think you'd enjoy some third-rate James-Bondian comic blandness sparkled up by some enjoyable 60s outfits by Joanna Johnston, you just might have a real treat this weekend. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) The film is all foreplay without an orgasm. . . . Visual effects supervisor Kevin Mack must have still been slaphappy from his work on 'Fight Club.' ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Aug 10, 2015
89% Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) (2006) If you're not already a fan of Costa by now, joyfully mainlining on his existential aesthetic, you better sidestep this one. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet In Vanda's Room (2001) Seldom has the unlit, mundane world of the penniless been so seductive ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
No Score Yet Ossos (1997) What follows is a series of long and moderate takes, often wordless, which are remarkable in their passive beauty. Costa doesn't so much as direct a scene as he paints a scene. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
88% Horse Money (2015) If you are in the mood for self-indulgent befuddlement, although a befuddlement with grand intentions . . . the summing up of an impoverished life and world . . . this one's for you. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) Beginning as a Lenny Bruce routine, Trainwreck ends up as a Harlequin Romance. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jul 28, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) Entourage, in the end, is an unfunny schlong-a-thon fashioned by a crude purveyor of infantile sexual impulses with a fear of formidable, astute women. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 8, 2015
92% Grandma (2015) This is a sublime, comic journey, and a superb Lily has seldom been better. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) Might just be the best American sex comedy since Paul Mazursky's 'Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice." Jumps from extreme silliness to unbridled outrageousness to a truth most dramas do not achieve. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2015
85% The Wolfpack (2015) A hauntingly exuberant documentary . . . ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) The plot of Brad (Ratatouille) Bird's Tomorrowland is an incomprehensible muddle. A Wachowski screenplay reimagined by William Burroughs would be easier to follow. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted May 22, 2015
94% The Farewell Party (2015) Moves about at a brisk pace with flawless acting, majestic cinematography, & a warm sensibility, while arguing Schopenhauer's point that "there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person." ‐ Huffington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Although Pitch 2 is mostly painless, with several fine musical numbers, especially Snoop Dogg's Christmas duet with Anna Kendrick's Beta, the dialogue voiced between the often agreeable a cappella chorals seldom rises above the lame. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Wondrous Boccaccio) (2015) Here's a leaden affair with some lovely visuals and colorful gowns that seem just picked up from the dry cleaners. What's strange here is that the joy of Boccaccio's sagas still seep through: his high veneration of both love and sex in equal measure. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Apr 20, 2015
9/10 86% Cheatin' (2015) The visuals are consistently brilliant, Plympton's delving into human nature is unparalleled in recent animation, and the imaginative conceits that spit forth without respite are very near mind-blowing. He's a Rube Goldberg of the psyche. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Apr 15, 2015
65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) The Riot Club is less a free-for-all-brawl than a somewhat grating kerfuffle. Sherfig who won us over with An Education lost her way a bit here, no doubt because Wade couldn't transform her own play into a thoroughly enticing screenplay. ‐ CultureCatch
Posted Mar 31, 2015
28% Insurgent (2015) Insurgent is a relentlessly exasperating sci-fi film made, miraculously, with a half-baked imagination, a slaughtered wit, and insufferable direction by Robert Schwentke, the man who supplied 2013 with one its biggest flops, R.I.P.D. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Mar 18, 2015
27% Tracers (2015) Tracers, which probably could be edited down into several fine antiperspirant commercials, isn't that ghastly because it's filled with dozens of stuntmen utilizing parkour . . And who doesn't like to see Taylor nearly break his neck every 10 seconds? ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Mar 16, 2015
9/10 91% Eastern Boys (2015) Campillo has fashioned an empathetic exploration of what it is to be an immigrant intertwined with an acutely original love story. This offering is clearly a highpoint of 2015 for any lover of challenging, yet immensely entertaining films. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Mar 4, 2015
10/10 89% Mommy (2015) Offers up a rash of extraordinary performances, dialogue and direction as it tells a tale of a hard-living mother who loves her teenage son,who's a rather at-times charming, intermittently violent, skateboarding typhoon of a challenge to live with. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 24, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) A syrupy softcore melodrama with perhaps too much dialogue. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 24, 2015
58% The Last 5 Years (2015) It's about the bungled and the botched who want to love, try to love, and make a hash of it all because they are human. It's a lovely film by a lovely man who once had Robin Williams woo Amanda Plummer with 'I have a hard-on the size of Florida.' ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 24, 2015
13% Seventh Son (2015) Every soulless soul is a well-worn archetype; every monster, even in 3D, is an anemic reiteration of a witless behemoth that couldn't scare the bejesus out of your virgin Aunt Tilly. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2015
26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Since this is a Wachowski offering, the visuals are frequently stunning in an overwhelming manner, and scene after scene is quite entertaining. There is a problem, though, with the casting. ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2015
96% Appropriate Behavior (2015) If Woody Allen were a tall Iranian bisexual woman with a gawky Sandra-Bullockish beauty and an exasperating, egocentric outlook on the world, Appropriate Behavior would have been his Annie Hall. ‐ CultureCatch
Posted Jan 25, 2015
No Score Yet Two Mothers (Zwei Mütter) (2013) Splendidly acted, Two Mothers is a brisk 75-minute, matter-of-fact look into the inevitable risks of complete assimilation into what was once considered a "heterosexual" lifestyle ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2015