Cult Column

Cult Column: The Princess Diaries (2001)

On 21 December 2001, an icon was born in the form of Anne Hathaway’s Mia Thermopolis, the unlikely princess of Genovia. Two months after the death of her father and at the age of 15, Mia is experiencing the awkward stage of puberty, which to my...

Cult Column: Must Have Been Love (2012)

Love at first sight in the literature of the classical world was understood as a ‘madness from the gods’, used as a form of sickness to either aid or falter the protagonist. There is something innately irrational about love, or perhaps our...

Cult Column: Yi Yi (2000)

On March 5th, something brilliant, and much overdue, happens. A Region 2 Criterion Collection Blu-Ray of a film long missing from many a DVD shelf is made available; just as, coincidentally, the film is ready to stream from the newly launched UK...

Cult Column: Plein Soleil (1960)

If you were an avid reader of Mr. Porter’s style journal, you’d be hard-pressed to come across a piece on summer dressing that fails to include reference stills of Alain Delon from Plein Soleil (1960); also known by its English title of Purple...

Cult Column: Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

They say that you do crazy things for people that you love, but maybe that isn’t the case. Boys Don’t Cry (1999) demonstrates that life isn’t crazy – people are. People are capable of horrendous atrocities when they are afraid and when they...

Cult Column: The Awful Truth (1937)

If you’re looking for a film to watch this Valentine’s Day which expresses its romantic core through intelligent dialogue and incidents of wheeze-inducing silliness, I’d suggest looking no further than Leo McCarey’s sparkling yet woefully...

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