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Why is Under the Silver Lake the most divisive film of the year?

There’s something exciting about genuinely divisive cinema. Lots of films come and go with huge critical acclaim or a gluttony of one-star reviews, but it’s rare to find films that completely split people down the middle. Think of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, despised by Roger Ebert yet loved by his on-screen partner Gene Siskel. Recall …

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10 Great Films Directed by Women – The Fifty Eight magazine

Happy International Women’s Day everybody! In the spirit of celebrating all things feminine, I’ve wrote an article about ten great films directed by women for The Fifty Eight magazine. There are some great films and directors listed, including Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Check it out here. By Harry …

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Why Flowers is the saddest, strangest sitcom you need to watch

2019 is an interesting time for television comedy. While traditional sitcoms are still as popular as ever (just look at the success of Derry Girls in the UK), it feels like comedy writers are exploring darker, weirder ideas. In America, violent black comedy hitman saga Barry and time loop mystery Russian Doll have recently captured …

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From Peep Show to awards shows: The unstoppable rise of Olivia Colman

Forget Green Book’s baffling victory and Rami Malek’s undeserved Best Actor win. There is only one Oscar that mattered last night (24th Feb), and it is national treasure Olivia Colman winning a much-deserved Best Actress award for her performance in The Favourite. It’s been a long, unusual journey for Colman, and last night was the …

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An open letter to Bohemian Rhapsody fans

Dear fans of Bohemian Rhapsody, Sit down. We need to talk. I know you’re riding high on the success of Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic, and I’m not surprised. Nearly $900 million dollars at the box office, five Oscar nominations and an almost-guaranteed Best Actor win for Rami Malek must feel pretty good. Not to …

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The Favourite review is up over at The 58 Magazine

Hello, Just a quick note to say my review of Yorgos Lanthimos’ terrific The Favourite has been posted over at new boutique magazine The 58. If its multiple Oscar nominations and many Best Actress prizes haven’t already convinced you to go and see it, hopefully my extremely positive review will.  Check it out here. By Harry J. …

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The Favourite and Roma are the big winners from a solid BAFTAs 2019

It’s been a funny old awards season so far, hasn’t it? For every terrific, acclaimed film like The Favourite and Roma, we’ve seen award wins for…less terrific films like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. Last night’s BAFTAs was a mostly-solid night of awards – nothing too controversial, nothing too outstanding, just a bunch of mostly worthy winners and some very creaky gags …

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Will The Simpsons ever end (and do I really want it to)?

There have been a lot of reports recently about the fate of The Simpsons. With Disney acquiring Fox, the longest-running scripted programme in television history is only becoming more prosperous, and it’s looking increasingly-likely that the show will continue to run and run well into the next decade. But should it keep going? The Simpsons …

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The Ford On Film Media List 2018

I often get asked about how many films I’ve seen, or how much time I spend watching TV, or how I came to have such great taste in music (okay, I don’t get asked that very often, but I should). In 2018, I decided to keep track of the media I consumed – films and …

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Links to the Ford On Film Awards 2018

Hello all, The Ford On Film Awards 2018 have come to an end. If you’d like to read any articles you missed or find any article in one convenient location, here they all are: Best Film – A Star is Born Best Supporting Actress – Rachel McAdams, Game Night Best Supporting Actor – Alun Armstrong, Possum Best …

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