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Brandon Judell

Brandon Judell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Night Watch (2006) Fascinating. . . .Beautifully shot, the film only falters twice near its finale with two over-the-top escapades. But thanks to the searing Gonzalo Heredia, you won't care. Just imagine a young Alain Delon, and you've got it.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
92% The Joy of Life (2005) Another perfect film with a masterful screenplay‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
No Score Yet Little Sky (2004) Powerful, even more so because it's true.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
No Score Yet Tempus fugit (2003) This silly, but endearing comedy tells of a shy nobody whom a man from the future contacts. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
No Score Yet The Last Mitterrand (2005) A brilliantly acted, directed and written look at the last days of the French president and the relationship he had with his biographer. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
31% November (2005) Highly irritating and nonsensical‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Sort of 'The Big Sleep' meets 'Basic Instinct' meets 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse,' 'The Happytime Murders' wants you to laugh while never letting you forget that here is a hard-hitting parody of our racist, misogynistic society. Well, almost.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
10/10 90% We the Animals (2018) Through the use of music, animation, handheld camera footage, and razor-sharp editing, Zagar creates a brilliant cinematic equivalent of Torres's tome, a task much harder than you might imagine.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Experiencing the dialogue is sort of like getting a mental colonoscopy without the anesthesia, especially during the clichéd romantic moments and, in fact, nearly whenever an actor opens his mouth: "You're just a bunch of negative nellies."‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
64% The Dancer Upstairs (2002) With a clever Graham-Greene-esque script, choice acting by the whole ensemble (especially Bardem), fine music by Alberto Iglesias, and the strong directorial control of Malkovich, the film zips along.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
14% Damascus Cover (2018) Berk tries to capture the inanities of the Middle East: how both sides have to go through the motions of cat and mouse, constantly switching who's the feline and who's the rodent, but you can't care when the characters are this one-dimensional.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) This latest installment of the Mission Impossible franchise is unmitigated fun with its deliciously overwrought motorcycle chases, hellish helicopter skirmishes, frenzied fisticuffs, plus rooftop jumpings galore. ‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
87% Lawless Heart (2002) It has the emotional wallop of a Mike Leigh offering and the acute intelligence of an early John Schlesinger effort. This is a film about learning how to seize the day. And this is a film that does just that.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) What follows is the standard "good humans vs. bad humans" trope with a healthy dash of "unrestrained capitalism is evil" for seasoning. ‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
89% Brothers (2004) Emotionally commanding.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
50% Ellie Parker (2005) This low-budget effort about a struggling, shallow L.A. actress who has nightmare auditions . . . stars a sensational Naomi Watts. But she's basically the only great thing in this highly uneven flick. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
93% That Man: Peter Berlin (2006) A fascinating look at gay porn icon Peter Berlin, a blond god of the seventies whose crotch became an international cause worshipped by the likes of Andy Warhol. . . . a rousing, arousing work.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
24% 9 Songs (2005) Winterbottom proves that nonstop sex intercut with alternative music can be exceedingly boring.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
65% 5x2 (2004) Once again Ozon proves he is a master. There are homosexual elements here, of course, as there are in almost all his features. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
100% Days of Santiago (Dias de Santiago) (2004) a look at an ex-soldier, who after "six years of battling terrorists, the Peruvian drug mafia, and a nationalist war against Ecuador," finds out there's no place for him in civilization. . .Existentialist fare at its best.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet Metallic Blues (2004) Visions of the Holocaust interact here surprisingly well with standard road movie mishaps, and it is terrifically acted.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
47% Three Dancing Slaves (2005) It's just a bunch of rough-and-tumble Abercrombie and Finch models trying to find love, survive, sell drugs, kill a dog, or come out of the closet.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Loss of Nameless Things (2004) Think of 'A Beautiful Mind' with sex appeal.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet Omiros (Hostage) (2005) His tough, vital feature about a hunky, young Albanian construction worker who holds up a bus after he's raped and tortured in a Greek prison by the powers-that-be has added resonance thanks to our own current travails in Iraq. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
82% Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) A perfectly-realized vision: from the sound design to the acting to the direction. For a first film, I was astounded.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
76% Braveheart (1995) It's sad that Paramount Pictures which has many gay employees has stooped to release such a flawed work of bigotry and forced them to stand behind it.‐ Critics Inc./America Online
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet Life and Death on the A-List (1995) A welcome addition to the growing genre of AIDS on celluloid. 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, battling a not so pleasant disease. ‐ Critics Inc./America Online
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
41% Bean (1997) How many English language films can say, "To hell with America!"? Very few. Basically only "Bean", which has already racked up over $100 million before the picture has even unspooled in one New Jersey mall.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet Guns on the Clackamas (1996) Get ready for one of the funniest films of the past decade. Do your best to catch this madcap comic enterprise that will have you howling from beginning to end, and even days afterward.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
75% The Misandrists (2018) If John Waters and Karl Marx co-directed a remake of The Beguiled, the resulting feature would be very much like Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
No Score Yet Jellyfish (2018) Imagine an intermittently despondent Lolita aping Lenny Bruce. Sarah's jocular yet painful "triumph" is a triumph for current indie cinema.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
71% West of the Jordan River (2018) Gitai's latest is just as scathing as his previous offerings, but much more streamlined than some of his earlier non-fiction ventures.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
No Score Yet Late Summer Blues (1987) This often comical paean to hormonal carryings-on was a major success on its release, and one can see how those who were teens at the time hold it nostalgically dear now.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
No Score Yet Avanti popolo (1986) A true must-see is writer/director Rafi Bukace's digitally restored Avanti Popolo from 1986. This often-hilarious antiwar tale with devastating twinges chronicles two hapless Egyptian soldiers trying to get home to Cairo after the Six-Day War ends. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
9/10 93% Funny Girl (1968) William Wyler's adaption of the stage musical is transformative for many millennials. Whether wearing a hijab, sporting a yarmulke, or bareheaded, my students embrace Streisand's Brice and the star/character's professional chutzpah & insecurities.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
9/10 96% Foxtrot (2018) A complex picture of a nation seemingly as much at war with itself as it is with others. Foxtrot's an entertainment that decimates the capability to stereotype a whole people.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
86% Haze (2017) All this is autobiographical, by the way. The highly praiseworthy Burkman avows in the film's press notes, 'Haze is based on my own experience pledging a fraternity in college.'‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
No Score Yet Baby Steps (2015) Seldom less than pleasant and definitely worth applauding.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
53% The Golden Bowl (2000) 'Golden Bowl' Cracked: Merchant/Ivory's Misstep with Henry James‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
100% Boys for Sale (Baibai bôizu) (2017) 'Boys for Sale' delves into its chosen topic with unbridled finesse, unearthing the country's hypocritical attitude towards gays and sex in general.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
89% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A tale of a woman living for the moment who unleashes the joy in another who only lives through and for others. The performances are detailed and invigorating, and the direction is near flawless, as is Thierry François's knowing production design. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
83% Leon the Pig Farmer (1992) Finally, there's a piece of kosher pork.‐ Detour Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
67% Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (2017) France's often delightful, lefty response to La La Land, has workers uniting in song and dance to protest a downsizing of their luxury shoe factory. Sort of a low rent Pajama Game with a book by Karl Marx and lyrics by Jimmy Choo.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) A deliriously funny, continuously inventive, slapstick extravaganza that Buster Keaton fans will devour with relish. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
7/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) Ansel Elgort bops around 'Baby Driver' like 'Saturday Night Fever's Tony Manero, with his ear buds semi-glued in. You keep expecting a few disco balls to pop into view while the Bee Gees let loose on the soundtrack.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
75% The Incomparable Rose Hartman (2017) Never less than entertaining, 'The Incomparable' has Hartman relentlessly promoting her latest book, being pushy at art exhibits, and haranguing her director, "You don't know how to do your job."‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
100% Speaking Parts (1989) Egoyan's cinema has always been one of emotional displacement. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Egoyan's most successful film to date.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
55% Ararat (2002) Because of Egoyan's astute, cool intellectual powers and directorial finesse, the film cannot be quickly dismissed, especially if you're an Egoyan disciple. You do become concerned about the characters . . and the issues. If only you could feel them.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
27% History Lessons (2001) What this in-your-face filmmaker has done is take historical newsreel footage, music, and vintage lesbian porn and cut it into a hard-hitting, visually enchanting, clitorally stimulating art piece that makes you think every woman . . . was a dyke.‐ PopcornQ
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017