Cult Column

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,...

Cult Column: American Psycho

New York, 1987. Soft sunshine and piano notes pour into a plush apartment in Manhattan. An impossibly rich, impossibly image-conscious, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) strolls through various rooms, walking us through his morning routine, all in...

Cult Column: The Virgin Suicides

To her credit, Sophia Coppola has proven herself a talented artist, more than the offspring of an illustrious director. But it is difficult to identify any redeeming feature in her breakthrough directorial piece The Virgin Suicides. There’s the...

Cult Column: Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade’s 162-minute film Toni Erdmann refuses to be boxed into a genre. An ironic suffusion of the belly-achingly funny and the intolerably serious; the prudishly proper and the rebelliously mischievous; the tragically plaintive and the...

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