CultureCatch

CultureCatch 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
Loose Cannons (2010) Brandon Judell Openly gay Turkish film director Ferzan Ozpetek has never been nelly about scattering characters of his own persuasion throughout his oeuvre. . . .Here he again explores the plight of closeted homosexuals in a gentle farce full of fond stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2018
10/10 We the Animals (2018) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
Damascus Cover (2017) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Brandon Judell What follows is the standard "good humans vs. bad humans" trope with a healthy dash of "unrestrained capitalism is evil" for seasoning. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Guns on the Clackamas (1995) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
The Misandrists (2017) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Family Tree (2000) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
The Riot Club (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2015
Appropriate Behavior (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2015
Strange Circus (2005) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2014
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2014
Dos disparos (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2014
Starred Up (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2014
9/10 Lilting (2014) Brandon Judell Khaou's debut feature is exhilarating in its craft, its performances, and its tale of the eventual fusing of two disparate hearts. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2014
Cupcakes (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
The Foxy Merkins (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
Lyle (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/10 Sex Tape (2014) Brandon Judell Jake Kasdan is to directing comedy what Friedrich Nietzsche is to baking apple strudel. Not much. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2014
Somos Mari Pepa (2013) Brandon Judell Pulling no punches, Leopo scrutinizes teenhood south of the boarder with rigor and compassion. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2014
Ciencias naturales (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2014
El hijo del barrio (2000) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2014
Casa Grande (2014) Brandon Judell 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). EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2014
Tammy (2014) Brandon Judell Director Ben Falcone is clearly to comedy what cholera is to a Sweet Sixteen party. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2014
Snowpiercer (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2014
Out in the Night (2014) Brandon Judell 'Out in the Night' is an empowering, troubling, illuminative work and one of the more unforgettable documentaries of 2014. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2014
The Rover (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2014
Igor & the Cranes' Journey (2012) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2014
4/10 Hunting Elephants (2013) Brandon Judell '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. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2014
Farewell, Herr Schwarz (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2014
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Brandon Judell Where's Gene Wilder when you need him? . . . What MacFarlane has achieved falls somewhere between Blazing Saddles and Blahs-ing Saddles. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2014
The Samurai (2014) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2014
9/10 Bad Hair (2013) Brandon Judell The final moments of Bad Hair are as fiercely emotive as Truffaut's fabled still-shot ending for 400 Blows. This is grand cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2014
Test (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2014
Something Must Break (2014) Brandon Judell '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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2014
10/10 The Lunchbox (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2014
Labor Day (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2014
The Rocket (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2013
Last Summer (2013) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) Brandon Judell If, on the first day of Christmas, your true love sends you this bird, get a new mate. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On (2012) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2013
Sparrows Dance (2012) Brandon Judell 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2013
Pit Stop (2013) Brandon Judell Emotionally raw, unrelentingly honest, and dramatically feasible, here's a terrifically acted romp that deserves a lengthy art house run. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2013
Geography Club (2013) Brandon Judell While a perfect consciousness-raiser for those 16 and under, for those of you who've already started shaving regularly, this might be more of a wobbly entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2013
8/10 The Paris Express (1952) Brandon Judell This solid adaptation embraces Simenon's favorite archetype, an innocent who mistakenly thinks he's committed some evil act, and then eventually actually does. . . . A little thriller that's worth every one of the 82 minutes you'll spend with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
6/10 The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) Brandon Judell It's as if Joseph Cotton sent out his shirts to get starched and forgot to get out of them. Roman, though, is terrific. As for the ending, it's very schmaltzy Hollywood -- and very little Simenon. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
8/10 Betty (1992) Brandon Judell When Simenon suggested to Chabrol that he make a film without a plot because cinema's a truly visual medium that just needs a face, Chabrol took him up and adapted the master's 'Betty,' a tale without much forward motion that's nonetheless engaging. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
9/10 Monsieur Hire (1989) Brandon Judell Helmer Patrice Leconte's early effort is one of his best. (The spilled-tomatoes-on-the-staircase scene between the mismatched admirers is an unforgettable ode to seduction.) EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013