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Mark Kermode | 15:30 UK time, Thursday, 8 January 2009

As promised here's me responding to you responding to me.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Mark,

    I would like to know if you have a second favourite film of all time?

  • Comment number 2.

    I can't resist the temptation to offer you feedback on your feedback on your feedback - just on the off chance that you comment on it and we slip into some mind bending infinite regress.

    BSc (Hons), PG Dip, Ordained Buddhist (Qualifications and spirituality, what more could you want - other than advice on how to pronounce my name?)

  • Comment number 3.

    Mark. At last! Somewhere I can write my message of stop saying apsolutely so you might see it. Basically, its a pet peeve of mine that many, many people mispronounce absolutely as apsolutely. I have emailed into the mayo show but have probably been relegated to the 'nutters' pile. I love the show, love the blog but HATE it when you or Mr.Mayo say apsolutely.
    The turning point probably came during one show when a listener emailed in to criticise you for talking in the cinema during the screening of Local Hero in Scotland. You said (and I quote): "You are apsolutely right, I am apsolutely wrong, I apologise apsolutely". Well, as you can imagine, I nearly spontaneously combusted.

    Would it be possible to pronounce it aBsolutely in future?


  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Mark,
    You always ask for someone to send you a review of the latest Bollywood epic....will Slumdog Millionaire get you into Bollywood ???
    It's not all men jumping from behind trees and singing for no reason. You can appreciate HSM III so I think you are missing out on some gems.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello Mark,
    Just wanted to send you a message to state how much i enjoy your film reviews. As a current serving member of the armed forces films are very important to me, especially the time i have spent in Iraq and Afghanistan.They are a fantastic form of escapisim. I seen Slumdog Millionaire recently and what a fantastic film it was as well.In contrast to you Mark my favorite film of all time is Jaws. It would be intresting to hear what you think of that film.

  • Comment number 6.

    Very nice work doctor.

    I have found out they have remade " The Last House On The Left" !!
    Have you seen it yet? Any Comments.

    I enjoyed the short post you did on the original.

    Ps: I got a present of The Dodge Brothers latest fro Xmas. Great Stuff.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Mark,

    I was wondering if you could find out what Alexander Payne was upto, he hasn't made a film for years.

    cheers, Aman.

  • Comment number 8.

    Despite popular belief The Exorcist is not Linda Blairs best film sure it's got it's moments but can not rival the classic Savage Streets from the 80's .
    The film where she single handedly wiped out a violent street gang armed with a crossbow .

    History will show that this rape revenge classic was Miss Blairs finest moment sure it was The Exorcist that gave her breakthrough but it wasn't till 1984 that she peaked.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hey Mark,

    I've been a fan of your movie reviews on 5 live for about a year now.

    Three of my absolute favourite movies are "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Once Upon a Time in America" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Leone's work, with the exception of "A Fistful of Dynamite", somehow struck a chord with me.
    I cannot decide though which of these three I like best. What I would like to ask you:

    Are you an admirer of Leone's work? Which one of those three that I mentioned do you prefer? And why?

    Please, keep up the good work!

    Greetings from Germany

  • Comment number 10.

    I was wondering if you could suggest a film text-book that explores the general history, development and genres of cinema etc?

    I've been looking around for one for a while, but there are so many its confuddling.

    Oh, and while i'm at it, any tips on how to persue a career in film reviewing?

    Thanks, Chess.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi mark
    i feel i must vent my frustration on the growing franchise of films such as superhero movie and disaster movie. could you let me know if another one is in the pipeline, i would certianly sleep alot easier knowing that they are gone. And on your comment that no intellectual enjoyed sex in the city, well i would have to say the same about this ever sickening franchise.

  • Comment number 12.

    Thanks for the response! So glad to see you've got a Fortress of Solitude Mark. Superman the Movie happens to be my favourite film of all time... I have to know, what do you think of it?

  • Comment number 13.

    "Mermaid in a Fish Tank."

    The return of Daryl Hannah?

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Mark, I hope you're still reading the comments for this entry, I know I'm a bit late.

    I just wanted to say that I'm a little disappointed that there's no category this year in the Kermode Awards for 'Best Sound'. As an aspiring sound designer I always feel that sound (as distinct from music) is a much under-appreciated aspect of film and so I was pleased to see you acknowledge it in past years when, for example, you awarded Inland Empire with the Best Sound award. Too often people think that 'Film Sound' just means the music and that the other elements aren't as important. Similarly at the big award ceremonies, categories like 'Best Score' or 'Best Original Song' get lots of attention while 'Best Sound' type awards get ignored. Since the Kermode Awards are about praising the things that the mainstream awards ignore it seemed apt to have this award which acknowledges an area of film that people otherwise overlook. Sound is more important than music if you ask me and so I was a little miffed that 'Best Music' remains while 'Best Sound' has gone.

    Sorry for the lengthy rant but it's a topic close to my heart, I signed up for a blog account here especially to tell you this, although I'm sure I'll be making more comments in future. Thanks!

  • Comment number 15.

    Yay. There have been things I wanted to ask, namely your opinions on various film topics, like the critic-proof [Sir] Norman Wisdom.

    Why is 'The Search for Spock' the best Star Trek film?

    I also read somewhere on t'internet that someone has the rights to remake 'I Spit on Your Grave'. Roger Ebert was quoted as saying he hopes it results in a better film (flashier, more like).

  • Comment number 16.

    hi mark
    i just read about a film called Iron Sky, is this true. i know that there have been strange films out but space nazis sounds just a bit too farfetched.

  • Comment number 17.

    I’m quite late to the Sex and the City debate, but I think it’s worth putting a pro comment on this blog anyway. I went to see Sex and the City with a friend and we both enjoyed it. We are confident we are not stupid. It’s simple, those who liked the film used to enjoy the TV show. Those who hate the film didn’t watch the show. Mark, I think the reason people accuse you and other film critics of sexism is that you are able to say that a mediocre action film (say Indiana Jones which came out in the same month as Sex and the City) cashing in on a franchise is ok, but if you go and see SATC you’re stupid. You liked Casino Royale despite the in-your-face product placement, but in SATC it is amoral. This is one of the few occasions where I am glad the viewing public ignored you and the film stayed top of the charts for weeks. Roll on 2011 for SATC II!

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Mark,
    Watched Transporter 3 last night, thought the "i'm not the gay" line was probably the most i've laughed in the cinema since I can remember. However, it seems you neglected to mention the overt use of romanticism over food portrayed in the film. It seems that writer Luc Beeson feels it necessary to characterize Statham and his female co-star over extensive dialogue concerning various dishes. By the end of the film it felt as though Gordon Ramsey was going to jump out and battle the main protagonist in another wildly over the top set-piece. Perhaps Ramsey could act as a villian to end all in the 4th installment. One can only speculate at the thought of Statham covering his manly torso in olive oil as he battles Ramsey in the final scene. But hey...maybe im getting ahead of myself.


  • Comment number 19.

    Sorry but I must disagree with the earlier post about Sex and the City. One of my closest friends was a HUGE fan of the tv show, but she hated the movie with a passion, and thought it was a real let down. She is currently studying Quantum Physics so she's no dummy either!! : ) I didn't go with her to see it, even though I enjoyed many episodes of the tv series, because I couldn't in all good consciencenes go after hearing Mark's review.

  • Comment number 20.

    Mark Kermode.

    How do you wash DAX RED out of your hair again? I like the hold but it's a little unforgiving.


    There was a film about a kid meeting one of the last surviving crew members of 'Citizen Kane' which sounded really interesting but i forgot the title. PLEASE HELP.

    Philip Hardy.
    Awaiting BA Hons in Film.

  • Comment number 21.

    1 minute and 38 seconds into this clip...

    Is it me, or is Brad Pitt beginning to sport the Kermode hair?

  • Comment number 22.

    I've been a huge fan since the documentary you fronted on the 'French Connection' special ed. dvd and always enjoy your rants and periodic pearls of wisdom. I'm a sucker for subtitled movies (particularly the covers of Tinto Brass dvd's) but quite recently moved to Japan where, as you'd expect, foreign language movies are subtitled in Japanese. As my Romanian/Czech/Swedish is a little rusty, this means I'm denied my regular fix of art house fare and am forced to enjoy my vices second-hand via your weekly podcast and web-site.
    I would be interested to know what are your 3 favourite Japanese movies of all time. My favourites are 'Onibaba' and 'Kwaidan', but I'm looking to further indulge my Japanophilia with some trusted recommendations.
    (By the way, I'm the twit who keeps hassling you to join the: 'Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' is better than Clouzot's 'The Wages of Fear' group on Facebook. Not that you ever bother with Facebook. Resistance is futile...)

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Mark,

    Why is it so hard to get British films distributed? I am in a British film called The Hide directed by Marek Losey (Grandson of Joseph)which has been to Dinard British Film Festival. Philip French watched the film there and said it was 'Pinteresque' and possibly the best film there. Yet still we cant get a distributor to release it? They say they dont know how to mae money from the film!? Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated Mark as we are running out of ideas.

    Another desperate actor!!!

    p.s. Why not come along to a screening?

  • Comment number 24.

    Dear Doctor,

    Just a small query in regards to your top movies – where does Blade Runner fall in your list? I assumed (years ago)that given you created "On the Edge of Blade Runner" that it may have been a film that you obsessed about (a little). Must agree with you on "Silent Running" and "It's a Wonderful Life"!

  • Comment number 25.

    Doctor K,

    Having heard you comment on existentialism in various films over the last few years, I was wondering what your thoughts are on the David O'Russell "Existential Comedy" I Heart Huckabees? Did you see it as a valiant attempt to mix many an existential idea into a satisying and entertaining picture, or did you think it was a load of complete and utter pretentious arse?

    Many Thanks,

    The Ragpicker.

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Mark,

    I watched a movie years ago, but have no idea what it is called. I remember John Lithgow stomping on a girl in a carpark and being absolutely terrified. Other people remember it from around the same time, but no one knows what it is called.

    Does it sound familiar?


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