Cult Column

Cult Column: Tales of Silver City

Art films. They don’t divide public opinion: they often pass the public by altogether. Many don’t even make it to our national galleries but are instead limited to some contemporary artist’s private exhibition in the latest cool London...

Cult Column: The Sopranos

To describe the brilliance of David Chase’s The Sopranos within a few hundred words is an insurmountable task. The iconic crime drama amassed over a hundred awards and is universally adored by critics and viewers alike. Yet this show isn’t just...

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 of the Qing court have gathered to pay him...

Cult Column: If….

Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968) is a somewhat under-appreciated masterpiece. Produced in the midst of the sixties’ counterculture movement, it explores themes of rebellion in a way that is both evocative and surreal. The film follows three...

Cult Column: The Phantom of the Opera

During lockdown it seems unavoidable to have a nostalgic craving to revisit films that we have adored for years. Joel Schumacher’s 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is one of my earliest memories in life and I...

Cult Column: Boyhood

Everything happens whilst nothing happens –these words are my best attempt to try and summarise and understand Richard Linklater’s twelve-year coming-of-age epic, Boyhood. The 2015 film is largely remembered for its ambitious and unique...

Cult Column: The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’ novel series, made me realise something deeply disturbing about the Contemporary Movie Viewer. The premise of the film, wherein a cannibal helps a young FBI cadet capture a...

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