Cult Column: The Last Emperor

During an elaborate coronation ritual, early on in The Last Emperor, the titular infant Emperor Puyi grows restless. To the chagrin of his minders, he escapes to the courtyard where countless members...

Populism gone viral

We live in an age of populism. The last five years alone have seen leaders elected to power in Brazil, Poland and India who vilify the establishment and champion “people power.” Some of the...

Cult Column: Duck, You Sucker!

Some evenings, you’re just in a certain mood. There are those evenings when science-fiction is just what’s needed, others, perhaps a ‘70s flick. Then there are the Lord of the Rings-fevers, the...