Andrew Burden

Andrew Burden
Andrew Burden's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Biography:
Andrew Burden writes short stories, film scripts, articles and film columns. He is still trying to perfect the art of writing letters. He has been published in all sorts of odd places. His work has featured in the American small press magazine Flesh and Blood (1998, New York) and Ire (1998) an anthology of South African horror (yes, such a thing exists and is doing quite nicely thank you). His story and screenplay Minor Parts was produced by Jon Savage in Grahamstown as well, and despite its intention now resides on the comedy shelf of the local video shop. He has reviewed films for South African broadcasters M-Net and currently writes Cult de Sac, a regular dose of the macabre and offbeat for iafrica.com. He also plays drums, guitar and (much to the sorrow of his family) is currently thumping his way through the fundamentals of loud fuzzy bass. He enjoyed a stint as a guest member of The Buckfever Underground (thanks for the beers) but it currently enjoying the bass too much to inflict it on anyone else. He vaguely remembers studying Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, but can't be sure. You can email Andrew on a.burden@webmail.co.za or cultdesac@webmail.co.za. He enjoys receiving emails, as long as they're not from the neighbours complaining about his loud fuzzy bass.
Favorites:
To name a few... Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence Last Night Freaks At Close Range The Deerhunter Psycho Mask (Eric Stoltz) The Elephant Man Easy Rider Quadrophenia Pink Floyd: The Wall Blue Velvet An American Werewolf in London Halloween Any Hammer Horror film The Crying Game High Fidelity Nosferatu Snatch
Publications: iAfrica.com
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 43% The Clearing (2004) Kidnap dramas are nothing new and this one certainly isn't original, but director Pieter Jan Brugge compensates with a stylish approach. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2004
2/5 10% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Pre-production wranglings shouldn’t affect the final product, but in this case you can’t help wondering if they did. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2004
4.5/5 70% Unbreakable (2000) Alfred Hitchcock has been a long-standing influence on the young Indian-born and Philadelphia-raised filmmaker and his influence is keenly felt in Unbreakable. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4/5 51% Titan A.E. (2000) The plot is standard sci-fi fare but the treatment is exceptionally well done and unlike most animated features one never grows tired of the visuals. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
3.5/5 64% The Yards (2000) Surprisingly the story holds together well, and some excellent performances support an otherwise improbable series of events - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4/5 43% The Ninth Gate (1999) The film's self indulgence is defeatist at times and it could benefit from a tighter editing. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
3.5/5 51% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) It's a sad fact of life but nothing we experience as adults can ever be as acute as the things we experience for the first time as children. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4.5/5 73% Snatch (2001) Ritchie is the kind of director who can not only plagiarise his own work and get away with it, but reinvent himself at the same time. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4/5 79% Shanghai Noon (2000) Original westerns are as rare in modern cinema as unique vampire films, but in the exploited gold mine of great ideas, Shanghai Noon is a gem. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4/5 82% Shadow of the Vampire (2000) The film amounts to little more than a tribute (and a deserved one) to the realism and groundbreaking suspense of Murnau's original film. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
3.5/5 53% Scary Movie (2000) When you're dealing with an African-American director like Keenan Ivory Wayans who spoofs Spielberg's Amistad, nothing is sacred. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
2.5/5 63% Saving Grace (2000) Veteran actress Brenda Blethyn's fine performance is the only thing keeping this one upright - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4/5 75% Quills (2000) Despite an incongruent thematic flow Quills is darkly humorous and subtly effective. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
3/5 40% Pay It Forward (2000) Despite a few scenes that will seem like nails on a blackboard to the cynical mind, Pay it Forward is an understated surprise of a film - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
5/5 77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) The Coen brothers are back and all logic-loving people should stand well clear...no further than that! - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
4.5/5 83% Nurse Betty (2000) Nurse Betty at first glance is as simple and as sweet as its title, but don't be fooled. It's as intelligent a dark comedy as you're likely to see. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
2/5 91% Minority Report (2002) If you've seen Minority Report, you may have a vague feeling that you've been ripped off. Don't worry about it. You probably were. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
3/5 42% Men of Honor (2000) Men of Honor is a film with wide appeal and supports the notion that the art of storytelling is alive and well, and doing quite nicely thank you. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
0.5/5 28% Hollow Man (2000) Hollow Man is, at times, a pacy science fiction thriller, at others it's lack-lustre film making with glaring plot inconsistencies and transparent narratives. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
2/5 39% Hannibal (2001) The question here is not whether, as the tag line suggests, "The Silence will be broken," but whether it should have been broken at all. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
1/5 57% Hamlet (2000) If Hamlet is an experiment in its treatment of the text the results, while entertaining, are largely contrived and at times misleading. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
5/5 62% Chocolat (2000) Superficially it is an enchanting tale, rich with amenable characters and is an accessible relief from the glut of typical cinematic fare. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
2.5/5 52% Bounce (2000) The film bounces back and forth from engaging entertainment to diversionary fare. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
5/5 98% Taxi Driver (1976) Taxi Driver warns that no matter how good your intentions, women generally don't appreciate being taken to a porn theatre on the first date. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2004
2/5 22% The Crow - Salvation (2000) The Crow: Salvation has energy but lacks the original spirit of pure Gothic mayhem and can never really move beyond the shadow of the first film. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
2/5 14% Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 (2000) Valuable contribution to the horror genre or greatest box-office swindle in history, the originality of the Blair Witch Project cannot be disputed - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
2/5 36% Bicentennial Man (1999) Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Bicentennial Man is pure post-millennium Darwinism for robots. It is a film brimming with potential. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
5/5 93% Being John Malkovich (1999) The signs are not always clearly marked but when you finally arrive at the end of your journey you will find a cathartic and superbly original cinematic experience. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
4/5 68% American Psycho (2000) Audiences would benefit from having read the novel, but American Psycho is no less accessible to audiences unfamiliar with the book. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
5/5 98% All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (1999) All About My Mother combines entertainment with simple and eloquent reasoning to produce something truly memorable and magical. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2004
3/5 75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) Snyder decides to go for the entertainment vein and he hits it with great accuracy splashing the audience in a glut of zombie splendour. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
2.5/5 37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) I feel as if I've been packed into a time capsule and farted across the furthest reaches of time and space. Look at this year's studio releases and tell me I'm wrong. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2004
5/5 82% Watership Down (1978) In 1978 director Martin Rosen brought the story of Fiver, Bigwig and Hazel to the screen in his animated rendering of the novel - a road movie for the furry buggers - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2003
4.5/5 94% Blood Simple (1984) The Coen Brothers can easily be seen as one of America's greatest filmmaking duos - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2003
5/5 88% The Breakfast Club (1985) Whether at the time you were a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or criminal, there would have been something in the characters you could have identified with. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2003
2/5 41% Ted Bundy (2002) What struck me most about the film is, why now? Two Gulf wars have taken place since Dahmer was arrested in 1991 - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2003
0.5/5 69% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) The third film comes along and completely refutes everything the first two films are about. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2003
2.5/5 87% Donnie Darko (2001) 'Donnie Darko' is an intelligent film about a grossly misunderstood teenager. Unfortunately, like most misunderstood teens, it tends to be self-indulgent - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2003
5/5 93% Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Now to describe 'Apocalypse Now' as a classic is basically like calling Mozart a reasonably talented muso. The film is a modern masterpiece. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2003
3/5 95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) Moore's film 'Bowling for Columbine' is part conspiracy theory, part Saturday Night Live but mostly revealing and sobering filmmaking. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2003
3.5/5 100% De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man) (The 4th Man) (1983) The odds are improbable, but 'The 4th Man' is an atmospheric journey of discovery and drifts between Kafka, Hitchcock and '9 1/2 Weeks'. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2003
4/5 92% The Fly (1986) David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of 'The Fly' hasn't aged a bit - it still packs a punch and will break your heart all over again. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2003
3/5 71% Salmonberries (1991) Percy Adlon has a habit of stranding his film's characters in the middle of nowhere - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2003
4.5/5 67% Equus (1977) In honesty if it weren't for fine performances from Richard Burton and Peter Firth, the film would have amounted to a spectacle at best - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2003
2.5/5 38% Tank Girl (1995) It's not nearly as formulaic as a film like 'Batman' or 'Spiderman'. Nor is it as sanitised. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2003
2.5/5 52% The Hunger (1983) In short 'The Hunger' is an original, engrossing effort that could easily have been penned by the likes of Poppy Z. Brite - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2003
4.5/5 71% Jacob's Ladder (1990) It skips through the Vietnam controversy minefield in a new, artistic and imaginative way. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 88% Sid and Nancy (1986) 280% cult - the rest is simply genius... - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2003
5/5 88% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) At the time of its release, young Americans were already aware that their government was prepared to hastily pack them into cartons and ship them off to the Vietnam - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2003
4/5 85% The Exorcist (1973) We can only deal with our fears by turning them into figures of ridicule: The devil is simply about as trendy as God and bell-bottoms. - iAfrica.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2003