Ultra Culture is the brainchild of eighteen-year-old Charlie Lyne, which he founded back in February 2008. The blog has been championed by many notable sources, including The Guardian, The Times, Total Film and Sky Movies.
When i-D Online quizzed the young media entrepreneur about what makes his blog stand-out he told us, “ninety percent of movie blogs are almost identical. They print the same dozen news stories each day -eighty percent of which are about comic book movies- and offer very little original content. Sometimes that approach works -Slash Film is still an amazing resource- but more often than not they just add to the pile. I try to make my posts more personal. I’m not saying it’s better -it’s infinitely less informative- but it’s different.”
It is this unique style and tone that provides the blog with its character and humour, allowing readers to really engage with the posts. Ultra Culture never gets bogged down with long, dull film reviews, instead offering concise, clipped pieces of funny commentary that can be enjoyed universally by many. Plans are in place for the continued expansion of the Ultra Culture blog, Charlie is looking to provide more video content to his site to add to the visual element side of things, and he has also began hosting a monthly Ultra Culture film night at the ICA. The first instalment offered a sneak peak preview of Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, while the second delved into the weird and wonderful world of Harmony Korine’s new flick Trash Humpers. Next up is Mother, a haunting new comedy by Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean director of Memories of Murder and The Host on 7 July.