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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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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 Film’s Oscar Predictions 2018

It’s nearly time! Sunday night is Oscar night, the conclusion to one of the strangest and most unpredictable awards seasons in years. No clear front runners, controversies surrounding major award contenders, damaging think pieces about every Best Picture nominee – it’s been a brutal scrap since the Golden Globes. If one thing defines the 90th …

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Three Billboards is the big winner at a disappointingly safe BAFTAs

Last night (18th February), Hollywood and the British Film Industry’s finest gathered to celebrate the best films of the last year. That’s right, the 2018 BAFTAs have concluded, and honestly? It was a rather tame night. No huge upsets, no underdogs, no ground-breaking achievements. There were a couple of pleasant surprises in the smaller categories …

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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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