His picture of a lost world of itinerant reviewers subsisting on complimentary sandwiches in screening rooms across Soho is hopelessly sentimental but, hey, so is Silent Running. Not being clairvoyant, Kermode is unclear about what will happen to film criticism when the digital dust settles — if it ever does. I suspect that he will do what Ebert did: expand his reach through video blogs, the web and any other means to consolidate a global brand. But the world needed only one Roger Ebert and it may only need one Mark Kermode.
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You are browsing in private mode. What I have to lose is your respect, so why would I lie? And all I'm telling you is, it's true! I genuinely do! I've watched all of them more than once, and even in the moments of Bella sitting on a chair moping for a year while the seasons change around her, and even in the most ludicrous 'We just had a battle!
No we didn't, it was a dream! It's so bizarre. And there are huge narrative issues that you never manage to solve, you really You could just see Bill Condon thinking ' What are we gonna do? How are we gonna climb this particular mountain? You write at length about the negative impact of test audiences on film.
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But if you had the power of a test audience, to change the ending of any film in the world to make it better, is there a film you'd want to change? For my money, it's never the case. I know loads of filmmakers who will tell you that test screening films helped them, and I know loads of filmmakers who will tell you that the process was useful, and they have every right to do that.
Let's say there are great filmmakers who rely very heavily on the test screening process and find it to be a creative and wonderful thing. Good for them. For every one of them, there are a bunch of other people who have suffered at the hand of test screenings, and my bottom line is this: you are a filmmaker, or a film watcher, and they are not the same thing.
All I can do is, you show me the film and I'll tell you whether I like it or not. You start asking me to change it, I'll make it worse, because I'm not a filmmaker.
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The worst film I have ever seen, I couldn't have made. People often say 'Oh, you slagged my film off, could you do any better? No, of course not. But I'm not a filmmaker, it's not my job, you know. I mean equally, I could say, 'You want to go and review the week's releases? Off you go!
Come back when you've done 13 films. Dealing with the sheer vitriol of some online comments has been one of the biggest adjustments critics have had to make in the digital age. What's your advice on that front? Just don't. My feeling about it is you wouldn't walk down the street randomly asking people what they think of you, so why would you do it on the internet?
Julie Burchill once said this thing which is really smart - some newspaper had written a terrible article about her saying that she was the worst woman in the world or something, and someone said, 'How do you feel about that?
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My friends like me. And I thought actually, when you're trawling the internet, that's a very good thing to remember! You write about the feeling of finally holding a copy of Silent Running on video, having pursued it through cinema runs for years. Now, everything is on-demand and even going out to buy a DVD is too much effort for a lot of people - what's been your experience of that transition?
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Even before on-demand, when video libraries first started, that was it. You could own a film. You could take a film home. When I started watching films, if you went to the Phoenix on a Friday night and you saw The Crazies and The Brood , and you thought, 'Wow, I really like George Romero and David Cronenberg, I'd like to see everything they've done,' you'd then have to spend the next three years scanning the listings.
There'd be a screening at the Scala, a screening at the Prince Charles, you'd have to go to Leeds to see something at an all-nighter, and you did. Having previously worked together on Radio 1 during the mids, the show in its current form initially began in as a short review segment during Mayo's Friday afternoon show, where Kermode would review the latest films, round up that week's top ten at the UK box office, interview a guest and interact with the audience who call into the show - and the format has remained more or less the same, and the only real difference is listeners are more likely to tweet Kermode or e-mail the show rather than call in.
nadtiagranredpa.tk Over its run Wittertainment, as the hosts have dubebd it, has gained a large, dedicated following which has made it the second-most popular podcast on Radio 5 after The Archers and fourth most-popular overall of all the shows produced by BBC Radio, notching up over 50m downloads from the BBC website as of October Mark Kermode July 2, [age 56] is a highly-regarded British film critic, writer and television presenter. Born in Barnet, he attended the same school as Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs, who is often referenced during the show as well the basis of a well-hidden anagram in a Den of Geek interview and later graduated from the University of Manchester in with a PhD in English, writing a thesis on horror fiction.
Kermode's career as a film critic initially began in print journalism, writing for City Life in Manchester before moving to London to write for Time Out and NME , and later writing for magazines such as Fangoria , Vox and Empire , as well as the Independent newspaper.
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