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Brandon Judell

Brandon Judell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Kimyô na sâkasu (Strange Circus) (2005) This unforgettable Grand Guignol of an entertainment, chronicles a school principal's incestuous relationship with his twelve-year-old daughter, whom he sometimes encases in a cello case with peepholes, so she can watch him making love to her mother.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) The plot here is not as much the problem as Matthew McConaughey's mumbling. At times it's as if he's auditioning for a dinner theater version of Brokeback Mountain.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
82% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) The whole over-the-top on-screen affair is chaotic with loads of crosscutting that lead up to an outrageous half-hour skirmish with so much blood on the screen you can imagine you're watching a tour of a Heinz ketchup factory.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2014
74% Inherent Vice (2015) Like a coke addict, who believes his mile-a minute nonsensical babbling is amusing, Inherent Vice outstays its welcome by at least two hours.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2014
9/10 98% Mr. Turner (2014) Spall's characterization is never less than towering. . . . Now finally there's Oscar chatter for his Turner, who struts down the London's alleyways like a Dickensian villain, porcine and self-involved. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2014
0% Kite (2014) For anyone compiling a list of Samuel L. Jackson's worst films, you're in for a treat. Kite will be hard to beat.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
80% Two Gun Shots (2015) A farcical delight that strives to satirize Modern Life, an epoch where everyone goes through the motions but fails to connect in any genuine manner. The film achieves its goals.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
99% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2014
76% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2014
9/10 82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2014
77% Cupcakes (2015) 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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
64% The Foxy Merkins (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
100% Lyle (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/10 17% Sex Tape (2014) Jake Kasdan is to directing comedy what Friedrich Nietzsche is to baking apple strudel. Not much.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2014
89% We Are Mari Pepa (2014) Pulling no punches, Leopo scrutinizes teenhood south of the boarder with rigor and compassion.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
No Score Yet Ciencias naturales (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
No Score Yet El lugar del hijo (2013) 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
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
90% Casa Grande (2015) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) Director Ben Falcone is clearly to comedy what cholera is to a Sweet Sixteen party.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2014
56% The Iron Ladies (2001) Hilarious true story of Thailand's champion volleyball team that was composed of flaming drag queens‐ indieWire
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2014
69% Chop Suey (2001) 'Chop Suey' strives to be avant-garde and trendy. For many, it will be. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2014
No Score Yet El Café Don's (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
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2014
80% Out In The Night (2014) 'Out in the Night' is an empowering, troubling, illuminative work and one of the more unforgettable documentaries of 2014. ‐ CultureCatch
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
No Score Yet Igor & the Cranes' Journey (2012) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
4/10 36% Hunting Elephants (2015) '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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2014
91% Farewell, Herr Schwarz (2015) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
100% Der Samurai (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2014
9/10 94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2014
89% Nånting måste gå sönder (Something Must Break) (2015) '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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2014
52% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2014
34% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
96% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2013
No Score Yet Last Summer (2013) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2013
87% Alan Partridge (2014) If, on the first day of Christmas, your true love sends you this bird, get a new mate.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2013
No Score Yet The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On (2012) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2013
92% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013