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Brandon Judell

Brandon Judell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Changing the Game (2019) Tales of the City's author, Armistead Maupin, once noted, "The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives." This is what 'Changing the Game' is about .‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
73% Harriet (2019) With the emotional restraints of a Lifetime movie, 'Harriet,' though no doubt thoroughly researched, has a way of making the truth seem counterfeit.‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
9/10 92% Sauvage / Wild (2019) The film is erotic, shocking, tender, brutal, funny, & bears repeated viewings. 4 times so far for me. Just watch Leo cuddle up with a septuagenarian widower while a photo of the man's wife looks on kindly. & so forth. Sex for survival. Sex for bliss. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
84% Socrates (2019) This brave little film, a tale of an uncomprehending hero whose every step seemingly is a misstep, is not unlike the best offerings of Italian neorealism of the post-war years.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
91% The Blonde One (2019) Differentiating this tale of 2 guys searching for completeness within each other-besides its several unexpected twists and its Argentinian take on homophobia-is the stellar acting by Re, and Barón, plus the finesse of the production.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
87% Aquarela (2019) This is an almost meditative experience. You feel at times you should be watching Aqualrela in lotus position. The overwhelming visuals and the natural sounds of water traveling are blissfully engaging.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The overly long "Hobbs and Shaw" is highly enjoyable for a film of this sort not directed by Paul Greengrass. There are 100s of bloodless killings, crashes, explosions, and a self-driving motorcycle, and it's nice to see Idris Elba do whatever he does.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) The end result is a superb feminist take on a historical action film. There's fine acting, lush cinematography shot in Tasmania where Hannah Gadsby comes from, by the way, and an intelligent screenplay that pays off both emotionally and intellectually.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
74% The Plagiarists (2019) I kept thinking throughout Peter Parlow's cleverly conceived "comedy" that I should be laughing. "I really need a coffee for this!" was my second thought. Then: "Hey, I bet those indieWire critics guffawed into their popcorn when reviewing this." ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
83% Fig Tree (2018) Masterful cinematography by Daniel Miller and a sterling cast help recreate Davidian's childhood memories. So with an unforgettable finale and all that has come before, one can only pray that Fig Tree gains the international attention it richly deserves.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
100% Redemption (2018) Redemption is not exactly an advertisement for becoming a highly religious Jew. This might be one suspects because very few Israeli directors or screenwriters are of the Orthodox persuasion. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
No Score Yet Red Cow (Para Aduma) (2018) The power of this troubled coming-out story stems mainly from its setting and its contemporariness. Red Calf's a fine addition to the growing genre of kosher lesbianism.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Goodman's briskly paced take spotlights numerous performances (e.g. Joan Baez; Santana; Crosby, Stills, and Nash), while avoiding being just a collection of concert clips. The doc is far, far more.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
51% The Mystic Masseur (2001) Maybe Mr. Merchant should just re-watch a few of the films he's so superbly produced. One thing James Ivory has never been afraid to be is vicious.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/10 37% Close (2019) Get out the blindfold you last used for your Bird Box meme and put on your SONY noise-canceling headphones. Only now will you be ready for Netflix's latest offering, the mind-numbing, cliché-ridden, anti-adrenaline-pumping, female-driven actioner, Close.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Plague (La Peste) (1992) The subject of a city ravished by a contagious disease couldn't be more relevant. But the project is steeped in pretension and inept direction. You'll want to get vaccinated by the time it ends.‐ Bay Area Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
9/10 98% A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Also screened was A Streetcar Named Desire, revamped with the four additional minutes that were excised years ago by censors. It was being paraded about as if a half-hour had been added. So now Stella walks down the steps sultrily.‐ Bay Area Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
No Score Yet Pano, kato kai plagios, (Up, Down and Sideways) (1993) A threesome of sorts occurs among the leads, which is spiced up by a coterie of sailors, a transvestite, and a mad night at the opera.‐ Bay Area Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
90% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Jean Cocteau meets David Lynch with a good dash of Colette in Bertrand Mandico's sensationally trippy 2018 release, Wild Boys. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
72% Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010) 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. ‐ CultureCatch
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
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
50% 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
24% 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 93% 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
16% 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
44% 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
71% 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