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Why Detectorists was the best British comedy in years

So many shows came to an end in 2017. Damien Lindelof’s moving The Leftovers ended its run with perhaps the greatest television season of the year. Britain’s best-loved mystery Broadchurch finished up with another gripping ‘whodunnit?’. Netflix finally took the plunge and cancelled many of its original series including, controversially, Sense8. On December 13th, another …

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Don Hertzfeldt is back with World of Tomorrow Episode 2

Longtime readers of Ford On Film will know I’m a huge fan of Texan animator Don Hertzfeldt. I first discovered his work, as many did, when he released the truly remarkable World of Tomorrow two years ago. A truly mind-blowing science fiction short about cloning, the film instantly became my favourite of 2015. Since then, …

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A short tribute to George A. Romero (1940 – 2017)

On July 16th, it was with a heavy heart that I heard the legendary director George A. Romero had sadly passed away after a short battle with cancer. Since that day, I’ve been wanting to write a short tribute or obituary, but it’s been hard to put into words the importance of George A. Romero …

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La La Land wins-no, Moonlight wins Best Picture (and other Oscar thoughts)

In what might be the most stunningly embarrassing gaffe in Oscar history, La La Land was announced as Best Picture, but once Damien Chazelle and his team made it onstage, presenter Warren Beatty had to announce that the actual winner was Moonlight. It was a cringeworthy moment for all involved, but I’m just too happy …

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The 2017 Oscars: Will win, Should win, Should have been nominated

It’s that time of year again when Hollywood’s elite gathers to hand out awards for the best in film. That’s right, it’s Oscar night, and this year is looking as unpredictable as any year in the ceremony’s 89-year history. Though certain films are guaranteed to walk away with a prize, many of the evening’s biggest …

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Drive At Five: Revisiting the best cult film of the decade

Some films take a long time to reach cult status. Battered by critics, ignored by audiences on release, left to be forgotten in the silver screen wasteland until someone influential rediscovers this buried treasure and spreads the word, forcing critics and audiences alike to realise their mistake and proclaim it a forgotten masterpiece. It’s A …

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Ghostbusters: How a comedy reboot became the most controversial film of the year

If you’ve been following film news over the last year, you’re almost certain to have seen, heard, or read something about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. When it was first announced that Feig was to helm an updated version of the beloved eighties sci-fi comedy, replacing the original cast with female comedians Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate …

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How Modern Times is still relevant eighty years on

Never has a film title been more fitting than Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. First released in 1936, the silent comedy shows no sign of aging. The story of a factory worker and an orphaned woman trying to get by in a cruel, jobless world, Modern Times is still shockingly relevant and relatable eighty years on.

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Why Orange is The New Black Season 4 is the best yet

Unlike the majority of Netflix viewers, I’ve never considered Orange Is The New Black to be among the top tier of television. While the first three series were very entertaining, the show never felt dramatic or consequential enough to be considered a must-watch, despite sharp scripts and a wonderful cast. However, that all changes with …

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RIP Anton Yelchin

One of cinema’s most diverse and talented young actors, Anton Yelchin sadly passed away on the 19th June 2016 after a freak car accident. At just 27 years old, Yelchin had already amassed enough box office hits and fantastic performances to last a lifetime. Making his debut in 2000 as a child actor, Yelchin appeared in …

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