Entertainment Asylum

Entertainment Asylum is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brandon Judell
Rating Title/Year Author
Women Without Men (2009) Brandon Judell A powerful feminist fable -- with a good dose of magical realism, a slight bow to Buñuel, and a fatalistic attitude to the craven paternalism that underlies the cradle-to-grave existence of women in many Muslim countries EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2010
8/10 Every Little Step (2008) Brandon Judell A fast-paced documentary that captures the angst, joys, and disappointments of the young hopefuls as they try out for a show that mirrors their pursuits. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2009
Body Art (2000) Brandon Judell A documentary with scintillating content about how societies around the world use their bodies as an art form. One African tribe even elongates their skulls, which looks chic, but I'm not sure what it does for their brains. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2007
Knocked Up (2007) Brandon Judell There's no doubt director/writer Apatow is supplying a national service by allowing the inept to feel adequate about themselves. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2007
Shallow Grave (1987) Brandon Judell Recall those early British comedies that all seemed to star Rita Tushingham. Well, attach the 1st half of one of those to the 2nd half of a Hitchcock chiller, and you have an enjoyable film that'll have you digging your fingernails deeply into your nachos EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
Mamma Roma (1962) Brandon Judell But in a sense, Pasolini's was the perfect death for someone who lived on the edge, whose art was raw as it could be. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
A Time to Kill (1996) Brandon Judell With Joel Schumacher's tasteful but second-rate-Sidney-Lumet direction and Akiva Goldsman's nuts-and-bolts script, these boys have created a surprisingly stirring indictment of racism. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2006
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998) Brandon Judell Abrasively loud, gratingly acted, appallingly directed and without a moral core, this "3 Ninjas" also boasts a screenplay with the most "Unhhhs" of the decade, that exquisite sound you make when trying to anihilate another human with your foot or a karate EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2006
The Butcher Boy (1997) Brandon Judell The film almost immediately loses the major asset of the novel: its language. Possibly a quarter of the movie is incomprehensible to the American ear. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2006
Deep Impact (1998) Brandon Judell The joy of any catastrophe flick is watching the world that annoys you so much get its due. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2005
4/5 Going All the Way (1997) Brandon Judell Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2002
5/5 Europa, Europa (1990) Brandon Judell Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2002
3/5 The Frighteners (1996) Brandon Judell The talented director of "Heavenly Creatures" has pulled together a film that wants to be everything to everyone simultaneously. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2002
City of Lost Souls (1983) Brandon Judell City of Lost Souls explores anti-Semitism and racism in post-War Germany with an in-your-face approach. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2002
Hav Plenty (1997) Brandon Judell Ah, love! Ah, black stereotypes! Why is it so hard to portray the black middle-class and the rich with any dignity? EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2001
Dr. Dolittle (1998) Brandon Judell Why are creatures commenting here on copulation and what are anal thermometers doing being swallowed up by canines' rears in a kids' picture? EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2001
10/10 Central Station (1998) Brandon Judell Watching this delectably humane road movie incites the same emotions as discovering the works of Truffaut EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2001
Armageddon (1998) Brandon Judell one of the most calculating films of all of this year's blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2001
7/10 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Brandon Judell What raises this venture a few notches above your normal acne fare is an extremely clever screenplay EDIT
Posted May 14, 2001
Dick (1999) What makes Dick an almost perfect teenage comedy is that all of the adults and authority figures are shown as being dufus, skanky, shifty, slothful, nasty or stupid. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Being John Malkovich (1999) Carl Arrington Being John Malkovich is a crazy and wonderful new comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Cider House Rules (1999) A well-performed but often underwhelming melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Big Daddy (1999) Big Daddy is a moving, entertaining comedy with lots of heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Entrapment (1999) Brandon Judell A fine entertainment! EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Sleepy Hollow (1999) Carl Arrington It's rare when a score perfectly complements the action, and here composer Danny Elfman creates evocative and powerful music. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) Carl Arrington This remake is bold on style, paced like a long car chase and the stars are pleasant to the pupils. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) Carl Arrington Drop Dead Gorgeous is drop-decorum funny! EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Magnolia (1999) Jason Kaufman Separated into three different 'movements' by weather forecasts, Magnolia's actually a symphony of dysfunction, both exhilarating and devastating. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Story of Us (1999) Carl Arrington Willis and Pfeiffer give their all to material that is finally too thin on substantive issues. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) Rose Preston Hicks has cultivated powerful performances from his supporting and lead characters down through to the extras. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Runaway Bride (1999) Carl Arrington Runaway Bride is long on amiability, but short on comedy and way short on intriguing romance! EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Girl, Interrupted (1999) Rose Preston Despite solid performances from all involved, the movie fails to stir. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Fight Club (1999) Carl Arrington Fight Club is a shocking sight to behold! EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Bowfinger (1999) Carl Arrington Murphy's slapstick performance as both klutz and crazy action hero make for his best work since The Nutty Professor. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Random Hearts (1999) Carl Arrington The film's chief problem is that the unwinding of the romance between Kay and Dutch is so gradual -- and often furtive. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Inspector Gadget (1999) Carl Arrington The story has the frantic pacing of an action thriller that tears through situations and laughlines with a cinematic buzzsaw. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Bachelor (1999) Carl Arrington The script is so baldly predictable and bereft of comic dialogue that it makes the situation comedy more annoying than funny. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Man on the Moon (1999) Jason Kaufman A better puppeteering job than John Cusack in Being John Malkovich. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Three Kings (1999) Carl Arrington Amazing. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Stuart Little (1999) Rose Preston It is testament to the skills of the visual effects crew that they have so seamlessly and brilliantly brought this creature to life. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Notting Hill (1999) Brandon Judell Quite possibly not since Hepburn and Grant or Hepburn and Tracy or Funicello and Avalon have we seen this much on-screen chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
South Park: The Movie (1999) Carl Arrington The genius is that this 'movie within a movie' both apes and stokes the very battle over free speech that inflames every era. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Mumford (1999) Carl Arrington Smart, thoughtful and wise. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Drowning Mona (2000) Rose Preston Drowning Mona is a laughfest! EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Superstar (1999) Carl Arrington It's pretty funny even if you aren't a big SNL fan. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Muse (1999) Carl Arrington Brooks is in top form in The Muse. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Fantasia 2000 (2000) Jason Kaufman Its eight sequences certainly have enough magic to appeal to children of all ages and look breathtaking on the IMAX screens it will grace. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
The Insider (1999) Carl Arrington Taut and brilliantly crafted. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Jakob the Liar (1999) Carl Arrington Jakob has a marvelous ensemble cast that acts with grace, mirth and the dignity the subject demands. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000
Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Carl Arrington An unnerving, brilliant film with a compelling story of redemption by compassion, laughter and love. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2000