Burton

Dilettante; have been a poet, actor (stage), short story writer, magazine writer, and journalist. Mostly watch rubbish films.

Favorite films

  • Chinatown
  • Withnail & I
  • Apocalypse Now
  • GoodFellas

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  • The Rise

    ★★

  • Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

  • How to Get Ahead in Advertising

    ★★★★½

  • Captain Phillips

    ★★★★★

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  • The Rise

    The Rise

    ★★

    It is set in my home county, so I watched it. I am none the wiser for it.

    It tries to be a gritty, modern, smart-as-a-whip crime flick; and, accordingly, the characters speak at a mile a minute; it does not seem to have dawned on the director that the whole loquacity thing- that which works well in trendy American crime thrillers - works considerably less well when the dialogue is delivered in flat, dry, north east English accents.

    The…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    The ideas and potential interpretations in this film are far too multitudinous to cover in a short review. I will say, however, that this is one of the best films to come out of the 21st Century that I've seen.

    Rendered in a cold, autumnal fresco, the rural landscapes are at once pretty and unnerving, the urban scenes are utterly repugnant.

    The alien, empty of anything a human would recognize, gazes upon a land which is empty of anything other…

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  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★★

    A stunning, atmospheric, and gripping drama, realized exceptionally by the impeccable cast. Stark realism entwined with fantastical, nightmarish sequences. Very, very difficult to fault.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    A towering creation. The magnificent shots of the 'train scene' are enough on their own to keep it in memory. The electric presence of O'Toole combined with the staggering barrenness of the desert...what more could one ask for?