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The Ford Five: Freakiest Female Friendships in Film

Who doesn’t love alliteration? There’s something to be said for the way female friendships are portrayed in film (especially by male directors). While many platonic female relationships have been about empowerment (Thelma and Louise) or supporting each other through hard times (Steel Magnolias), a huge majority of films have portrayed female friendships in a more …

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Sunday Short: The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011)

Warning: The following short film will seriously mess you up. In honour of the recent release of Ari Aster’s effectively-horrible debut feature Hereditary, I thought I’d use this week’s Sunday Short to highlight his most controversial short film, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons. Like Hereditary, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons is a grim, deeply disturbing look …

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Hereditary will traumatise you for life

Having shocked and appalled viewers with controversial short films The Strange Thing About The Johnsons and Munchausen, director Ari Aster aims to traumatise the masses with his feature debut Hereditary. A dark, deeply disturbing story of grief, family trauma and possession, the film might be narratively inconsistent and a little familiar, but one thing is …

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Catching up with Coco

The problem with creating a ‘Best Of’ list at the end of each year is that some terrific films inevitably fall through the cracks. As much as I’d love to see every major film of 2018 by the end of December, I already know I’ll miss some underrated gems, box office hits and other terrific …

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A Ghost Story director David Lowery returns with the trailer for Robert Redford vehicle The Old Man and the Gun

Those who followed The Ford On Film Awards 2017 will know that David Lowery’s A Ghost Story was one of my favourite films of last year. A haunting meditation on death and time, it immediately put Lowery on my radar as one to watch. His new film, The Old Man and the Gun, looks set to be another …

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Sunday Short: Lift (2001)

The best documentary filmmakers can make fascinating film out of anything. Errol Morris made a film about pet cemeteries in Gates of Heaven. A group of backing singers became the focus of an Academy Award-winning documentary in 20 Feet from Stardom. Sacha Gervasi went on tour with a forgotten thrash band and came back with one of the most …

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In Praise of Douglas Sirk and Melodrama

Recently, I’ve been enjoying MUBI’s fantastic selection of classic Douglas Sirk melodramas. For those who don’t know, Sirk was a German-born director best known for his run of lush romantic dramas in the 1950s. From 1952 to to 1959, he directed over a dozen films, working with screen legends like Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Rock …

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Ford On (Making A) Film

Bit of a change of pace for the blog today, as I’d like to very quickly tell you about a short film I’ve recently written and directed, Blood and Water. It’s an incredibly low budget drama about a young man’s devastating revenge against his sister’s abusive boyfriend, told in reverse. So far, I’ve been describing …

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Lean On Pete is a beautiful, bruising journey across the underclass of America

Following Andrea Arnold, Andrew Haigh is the latest British director to take a road trip across the poor, rural regions of the United States. Where Arnold’s American Honey saw freedom and community in the desert landscapes, Haigh’s Lean On Pete sees nothing but dead ends. The thoroughly downbeat story of a teenage boy left to …

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If you want blood, entertaining grindhouse thriller Revenge has plenty of it

The rape-revenge film is a tricky one to pull off. Focus too much on the horrific act itself, and you’re likely to create a lurid, repulsive mess (see: I Spit On Your Grave). Skip over the rape entirely, and you risk trivialising a subject that should be taken seriously. There are few truly successful entries …

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