Thomas Butt

Thomas Butt

Features Writer for Collider. 
The Empty Theater on Substack
The Sacred and the Propane

Favorite films

  • The King of Comedy
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • JFK
  • Lost in America

Recent activity

  • Dune: Part Two

  • A Star Is Born

  • Dreams


  • They Live by Night


Recent reviews

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    I don’t want to be a hater. I want to relish the magic of the theater experience like everybody else. For someone who enjoyed Part 1, Part 2 should be a slam dunk success. The adventurous world-building and ambience of Part 1 was missing here, and I never clicked with the maximalist action spectacle in Part 2.
    Greatly preferring Part 1 over Part 2 exudes of a desperate hot take, but I’m speaking from the heart.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    These days, the melancholic haze of Wong Kar-wai really hits the spot.

Popular reviews

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


    This would be botched in so many ways in 2022. The characters would be winking to the audience, we’d be forced to sit through tedious world-building of the alien race, and overall would lack any sense of earnestness.
    40 years later, it seems like kids respond to this film, and I find that genuinely heartwarming.

  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    I think I want a Pepsi now.