Cult Column

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...

Cult Column: Beyond Clueless (2014)

Youth is hypnotic, especially when it is found in the movies. With Beyond Clueless (2014), Charlie Lyne crafted a ‘teen movie’ odyssey in the pursuit of understanding not only the lure of the genre, but also the messages about humanity that lurk...

Cult Column: A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

In 1945, a damaged bomber is flying back to England from a mission over Germany. Peter Carter (David Niven: the definition of dashing) is the RAF pilot who remains in the cockpit, his parachute irreparably damaged. His distress signal finds the ears...

Cult Column: In A Lonely Place (1950)

Nicholas Ray’s superb film-noir In A Lonely Place features Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele, a weary but furious screenwriter who hasn’t penned a hit in a quite a while. He’s offered an assignment: to adapt a poor, pulpy novel into a...

Cult Column: Playtime (1967)

Directed by Jacques Tati, Playtime is a glorious and gleeful comedy about the interaction of a group of characters with the ultra-modern surfaces of the city: in this case, Paris. While a lot could be written about how Tati creates a situation in...

Cult Column: North by Northwest

Discover Tuesdays at Picturehouse Cinemas There is a certain kind of old Hollywood glamour in North by Northwest that, these days, no one would accept in modern film. Mistaken identities, murder in the UN headquarters, and microfilm being smuggled...

Cult Column: The Shining

Right in time for Halloween, Stanley Kubrick’s formidable The Shining returns to cinemas. The film begins with Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) driving up to the Overlook Hotel in a yellow Volkswagen. He is (or at least he professes to be) a writer,...

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