Shane Burridge

Shane Burridge
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
New Zealander with UK citizenship, went to university in Surfers Paradise, Australia (don’t laugh, they have one there), swam with dolphins in the South Island, rafted 200 miles through the Grand Canyon, traveled by dogsled across the Canadian arctic, hiked through the Indian Himalayas, worked three years in mainland China, lived in Japan a couple of years with a robot dog, and now getting by in Beijing (before, during, and after the Olympics). None of this has anything to do with film reviewing, but it makes a durn good bio, don’t it?
Favorites:
The Ten Most Influential Movies on My Once-Impressionable Mind: 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey 2. The Boy Friend 3. Romeo and Juliet (1968) 4. Dawn of the Dead (1978) 5. Catch-22 6. A High Wind in Jamaica 7. The Shining 8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 10. Empire of the Sun
Publications: rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: China

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Runaway Train (1985) While RUNAWAY TRAIN does balance action and philosophy quite neatly it's still intriguing to wonder how differently Kurosawa would have handled it - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2009
100% Sita Sings the Blues (2008) Avoids becoming pretentious or 'artistic' through a lively sense of humour that vies with the graphic design and Hanshaw's performances as SITA's main asset - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2009
56% Phase IV (1974) Should forever dispel anyone's image of ants as little black dots. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2009
No Score Yet Lost Horizon (1973) At the moment the characters descend into the valley of Shangri-La, the film, in unconscious critical mimicry, goes downhill - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2009
95% The Fly (1958) A barometer for what some people perceive as funny and what others think is creepy - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2008
79% Twins of Evil (1971) Even though time has since separated the film from its Playboy gimmick, TWINS still has a campy feel to it - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2008
40% Speed Racer (2008) The Wachowskis blur the definition of "children's film" as much as the original cartoon challenged Western perceptions of "children's television". - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2008
No Score Yet The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) You still can't get any closer to a bug - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2008
60% Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2008
No Score Yet The 27th Day (1957) Smart enough to keep you watching and earn your forgiveness for clunky moments along the way - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2008
No Score Yet International Guerillas (1990) Everybody would be easier to tell apart if they didn't all have the same mustache - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2008
84% Grindhouse (2007) 3-D Naughtiness! Perverts in Revolt! Sinful Dwarfs! And Even a Movie Review, Why Not? - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2008
No Score Yet Fukkatsu no hi (Day of Resurrection) (The End) (Virus) (1980) There's no short way to document the end of the world - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2008
77% Cloverfield (2008) Follow(s) Joe Bob Briggs' "first rule of drive-in moviemaking" - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2008
9% Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) Bartlett's background as a documentary film-maker is an advantage for a film that doesn't require any actors but a liability when it comes to adapting Bach's fiction - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2008
No Score Yet The Blue Lagoon (1949) The innocent approach to 1949's LAGOON works better when viewed as an alternative or balance to the less restricted remake. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2007
100% Writer Named Phil Hall (2007) [capsule] - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2007
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) The budgets of [Wood's] own efforts would have been splurged within the first minute of DIED's title credits - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2007
No Score Yet Juggernaut (1974) If you show a ticking bomb, then you'd better blow something up with it - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2007
88% Inserts (1975) A new twist on the usual affection for the 20s-30s that cinema-goers were accustomed to - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2007
82% Flash Gordon (1980) About the only thing that isn't red in this movie is the blood - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2007
47% Jabberwocky (1977) The cast looks like it was recruited from a Pasolini movie, the budget-concious framing is claustrophobic, and there's way too much smoke - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2007
88% Death Takes a Holiday (1934) Death...as a house guest that can't be gotten rid of - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2007
50% The Trial of Billy Jack (El Juicio de Billy Jack) (1974) I defy anyone not to hit the fast-forward button any time a character picks up a guitar - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2007
No Score Yet Sammy Going South (A Boy Ten Feet Tall) (1965) The concept of walking from one place to another is the simplest in the world - so why not do it? - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2007
76% Hell's Angels (1930) The two spectacular set pieces are as much the audience's reason for viewing the film as it was Hughes' reason to make it - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2007
No Score Yet Maidstone (1970) Will the real Norman Mailer please shut up? - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2007
71% The Goonies (1985) You'll feel more like you were on a theme park ride than at a movie - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2007
No Score Yet J-Men Forever (1979) Media hijacking works best in small doses - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2007
78% Overnight (2004) For Duffy, watching this film must be like seeing a scab peeled off - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2006
85% Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) If 12-year old boys had money, Tucker would have made a million overnight - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2006
No Score Yet Tintin and Me (2003) Tintinphiles will be captivated. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2006
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade (1972) John Astin's performance ... has secured EVIL ROY SLADE a place in many viewers' hearts - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2006
No Score Yet Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem) (1977) The irresistibly cheesy music makes it seem like Sci-Fi for lounge lizards. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2006
No Score Yet Nihon chinbotsu (The Sinking of Japan) (2006) Western audiences only ever saw a truncated version marketed by Roger Corman's New World Studios, which edited the film with a hacksaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2006
No Score Yet 1984 (1956) There is a kind of glum, low-rent fatality to the production that suggests oppression through attrition - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2006
60% Mystery Men (1999) The Just-Us League of America - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2006
88% Forbidden Zone (1980) Patently the only film of its kind that could give a home to its nutso musical numbers - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2006
No Score Yet Chained for Life (1951) (1951) Stake[s] out supposedly serious territory to justify our own morbid fascination in the subject - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2006
No Score Yet Ocean Waves Simple is nice - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2006
30% The Gumball Rally (1976) The cars are the stars - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2006
92% Grizzly Man (2005) Makes us feel like kids at a Punch and Judy show wanting to shout out "Behind you!" - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2006
79% A Zed and Two Noughts (1990) Another exercise in cataloguing, another elaborate death ritual, and another story inhabited with fixation - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2006
84% King Kong (2005) Warning. Flashback and long personal reminiscence ahead. - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2005
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) The first Potter film to improve on the book - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) If Charlie is upstaged by the factory, then the factory itself gets upstaged by Willy Wonka - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2005
71% Andy Warhol's Bad (1977) You would be wise not to read any further material about BAD until you've viewed it for yourself - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2005
100% Titicut Follies (1967) Wiseman's film is famous for being banned...and you can bet it wasn't the inmates who kicked up the fuss - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2005
No Score Yet Hugó, a víziló (Hugo the Hippo) (1976) Its YELLOW SUBMARINE aspirations are obvious, its Marie-and-Jimmy Osmond songs just bewildering - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) The world (the Universe, and Everything) is divided into fans of Douglas Adams, and those who have never read anything by the man - rec.arts.movies.reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2005