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Louis Theroux is back with the upsetting Heroin Town

Rebounding from the rather disappointing feature film My Scientology Movie, Louis Theroux is back on the BBC with Heroin Town, an upsetting and brutally frank documentary about Huntington, West Virginia, a town ravaged by drug addiction. While it doesn’t offer the jaw-dropping idiocy of America’s Most Hated Family or the emotional journey of Drinking to …

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mother! is the most controversial film of the year for a reason

Already the year’s most controversial film, Darren Aronofsky’s insane horror mother! has divided audiences. Some find the film’s histrionic performances and increasingly unpleasant twists to be a deranged delight, while others have revolted against the disturbing violence and blunt allegory. While it’s fair to say Aronofsky lacks a light touch (the metaphor hits you like …

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God’s Own Country review on Cinema’s Fringes

I’ve written another review for Scottish film site Cinema’s Fringes, this time for the terrific Yorkshire drama God’s Own Country. You can read it at this link. By Harry J. Ford Follow Ford On Film on twitter: @Ford_On_Film Like Ford On Film on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FordOnFilm/

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Free Fire is a fun, throwaway shootout from Ben Wheatley

After last year’s middling JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise, Free Fire is a (mild) return to form for prolific British director Ben Wheatley. Working with his biggest cast and budget (a relatively small $10 mil) to date, Free Fire lacks the charm and originality of his earlier low budget films, but it’s refreshing to see a well-crafted, …

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The Ghoul review on Cinema’s Fringes

I recently wrote a review of the low budget British thriller The Ghoul for Scottish film site Cinema’s Fringes. You can check it out at this link. By Harry J. Ford Follow Ford On Film on twitter: @Ford_On_Film Like Ford On Film on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FordOnFilm/

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A Ghost Story will haunt you for days

It’s no spoiler to say that ten minutes into David Lowery’s quietly incredible A Ghost Story, Casey Affleck’s musician (referred to as ‘C’) dies in a car crash outside the ramshackle old house he shares with girlfriend ‘M’ (Rooney Mara). Many films end with the protagonist dying, but Lowery is just getting started, using the …

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Baby Driver is a fun heist thriller – as long as it stays on the road

Having made a career out of amusingly deconstructing genre films, from zombie (Shaun of the Dead) to action (Hot Fuzz) to sci-fi (The World’s End), Edgar Wright has finally made his own genre film with his long-awaited passion project, heist thriller Baby Driver. Unfortunately, by approaching the familiar story of a getaway driver forced into …

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The Eyes of My Mother is too horrific for the arthouse crowd, and too arty for the horror crowd

At what point does an art film become shlock? The Eyes of My Mother, Nicolas Pesce’s hideously unpleasant debut feature, is clearly aiming for the arthouse crowd; filmed in stark black-and-white, the film is too slow and uncompromising to reach mainstream horror fans. However, the levels of gore and psychological torture on display have mostly …

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Prevenge gets by on the creepy charms of director/writer/star Alice Lowe

Having made a name for herself starring in low-budget black comedies like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Sightseers, it’s only fitting that Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge follows a similar strand of broad humour and bloody mayhem. Written by and starring Lowe as Ruth, a heavily-pregnant woman whose unborn baby convinces her to go on a killing …

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The Best Films You’ve Never Seen #3: Afterschool

In this semi-regular feature, I discuss some of the best films which had low box office earnings, found little audience, or have otherwise been forgotten about over time. Despite dominating the lives of teenagers for over a decade, very few films have focused on ‘the youtube generation’. Apart from a few teen comedies that show …

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