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Kermode Uncut 2.0: Public Service Announcement

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Mark Kermode | 11:00 UK time, Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The powers that be have had a look at Kermode Uncut and elected to spruce us up a bit. I must say I'm jolly delighted and here is a short introduction to the important changes that will affect you the blogging viewer.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Dr K, Thanking You.

  • Comment number 2.

    Always both entertaining and explanatory Mark, thanks!

  • Comment number 3.

    Thanks for that doctor. I'm glad the PTB are turning their attention to us. Personally I think it'd be cool if there could be a dialogue not only between us and you, but between ourselves as a blogtastic group. Perhaps a way for us to reply to each other's comments more simply, or even an email notification system if someone reacts to our post?

  • Comment number 4.

    When oh when oh when will the Kermode uncut site stop using white text against a very bright white background? This is why people don't go to subtitled films, how can we start a revolution if basics aren't done properly.
    Megan Fox was awesome enough to sign a picture for me Monday so if there's anything unpleasant aimed in her direction Friday I will be forced to take a leaf out of the Audrey Tautou Defence Manual. (I know there's no hope but it was worth a try. Wasn't it?)

  • Comment number 5.

    Well OK,

    But "Where's the beef?"

    BTW I don't know if this is part of the changes but if I view the blog with Firefox I can see this latest thread and if I use Safari, I can't.

  • Comment number 6.

    Works on the iPhone, though.

  • Comment number 7.

    And what has changed, exactly?

    Steve W

  • Comment number 8.

    Easy-to-use?! I find this site rather easy-to-use so far. In fact, technically, this site doesn't need to much over-hauling, just a better player for the videos would be nice.

  • Comment number 9.

    Well it seems to work in both Firefox and Safari as long as you use

    and not as perhaps my Safari bookmark was set to

  • Comment number 10.


    Well how about an option to remove an entry when you realize you've made an incorrect post (like I just did).

    Also an option to edit so you can correct those spelling mistakes (or grammar mistakes now that the Doctor is pouncing on those).

    You can time limit these options so edits/deletes don't become too confusing.

  • Comment number 11.

    I'd definately want the ability to edit and delete posts. Also, I empathise with people who have trouble reading white on black; there should be an option to flip the colours around. You could also use a 'reply' function which allows threaded posts and a little HTML formatting allowing users to use italics, underline, bold, etc.

    Other than that, the blog is perfectly functional, and I don't see the need to add too many new features to it. I've seen loads of websites lose their way and forget the old adage of "less is more."

  • Comment number 12.

    And it's also really bugging me that dashes don't show up when I use them (-).

  • Comment number 13.

    Hyphens work, though apparently.

  • Comment number 14.

    hmmm....remove the "complain about this comment".We're all good people here,nobody gets offended right?

  • Comment number 15.

    Is it my imagination, or are you parodying something here that I can't put my finger on?

  • Comment number 16.

    This isn't related to the post or any of the comments above, but I just have to communicate my disappointment at having to tell your nice production assistant that I couldn't accept a ticket for the Film Club.

    I simply couldn't face the domestic consequences of naffing off to see the two Drs on Fathers' Day, when my family have been away for the last week.

    On the technical side - I often have trouble getting the videos to play on Safari, so if that glitch was fixed it would be nice.

  • Comment number 17.

    We definitely need some kind of 'quoting' feature, which would help develop more of a community spirit and promote more discussion.

    At the moment it just seems to be random unconnected posts, but the best debate on here, notably the one on piracy, came about because bloggers were directly interacting with each other, which can only be a good thing.

  • Comment number 18.

    Just keep up the good work. Thanks for the entertainment.

  • Comment number 19.

    "Personally I think it'd be cool if there could be a dialogue not only between us and you, but between ourselves as a blogtastic group. "

    I hope not tbh. I'm far too ugly and have a really annoying voice.But I have a good laugh though

    "Also, I empathise with people who have trouble reading white on black; there should be an option to flip the colours around."

    Yeah I agree on that. I suffer from Irlen Syndrome, and the black/grey text element does give me a bit of a headache. If we could customise the colours to our choosing,that would be good.

  • Comment number 20.

    Could definitely do with an edit/delete option somewhere. I hate it when I read one of my comments and then realise I have made a spelling mistake or missed a word out. An edit button would be great! Or maybe a preview post option instead?

    Also agree that you can get rid of the complain about this comment bit. Has anyone actually ever complained about a post? I come to this blog to speak or listen to like-minded movie buffs like myself, and wouldn't dream of complaining. This isn't IMDB is it? IMDB is full of absolute nutcases in my opinion. Seriously, is anyone else frightened when they read the stuff that get's said on there?

  • Comment number 21.

    Although I doubt the Kermode blog will ever become a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the "Complain about this comment" function is, I imagine, just a precautionary measure. It's good to have it there, just in case.

  • Comment number 22.

    Aaaaah, today it becomes clear. Is it part of the joke that your public service announcement had no information in it whatsoever :) Anyone remember 'Women. Know Your Limits' by Cholmondeley-Warner? HTML tags would be nice, The Guardian comments editor thing is really the best one I've come across. Can youdo tags?

  • Comment number 23.

    You can do tags! Okay here's the Cholmondeley-Warner clip.

  • Comment number 24.

    Ah, the link text colour is hard to spot, should probably be blue...

  • Comment number 25.

    Can you embed?

  • Comment number 26.

    the design is much better and clearer

    and the video post was sufficiently funny

  • Comment number 27.

    I don't think the design's much easier to use really, to be honest - it's a bit non-standard (eg there's nothing much simpler than seeing previous posts in chronological order - that, combined with a simple standard tagging system so we could easily find all posts about, say, Jason Isaacs, would be useful, and easily see which tags apply to the post we are reading). Maybe I'm being stupid, but what are the "topical" posts? The categories are a good idea but need work,I can't even remember if they were there before or not :)

    Also, due to the fiery debates which are a regular feature on this blog, it might be nice to be able to easily quote a previous comment, or comment on a comment, although that would all be getting close to a discussion forum I guess.... can of worms?

  • Comment number 28.

    Oh yes, and I second the person who asked for the "edit your comment" functionality. Probably a pain for the moderators, though. But being able to edit or delete a post made in haste would be good!

  • Comment number 29.

    1. Wicked fast
    2. Slick design
    3. Easier to read
    4. Easier to navigate
    5. Now hide the guy, who ever did that b/c the rest of bbc will want him
    6. I cannot remember the movies-titles nor the movies shut on this very same spot the Dr. is standing on. I know, I have seen them. Anybody?

    (twitter: @buckybit)

  • Comment number 30.

    Embedding works by hovering over the SHARE button on the flash player for each video entry, then clicking EMBED

  • Comment number 31.

    I tried to embed using the code but it didn't happen for me. I wanted to do this clip of Errol Morris talking about his 5 favourite films, as a test more than anything else. It's quite interesting. But it should have appeared below can you embed but didn't.

  • Comment number 32.

    See, that's where you'd like to delete and repost or edit or something. Bad grammar on the last bit of my previous post...

  • Comment number 33.

    Improvements are surprisingly pleasing...greater clarity on page layout, aesthetically now looks more like a blog than some sort of weird forum & the palette is bold without resorting to CBeebies. Perhaps most refreshingly, it's less blokey; the old page did rather scream masculine with a capital M.

    I agree that the greater the level of interaction here, the more interesting it will inevitably become. Much as this may dismay you, Dr K, this means ultimately Kermode Uncut becoming less about you & more about the material & issues which are summarily suggested through debate. It therefore becomes a site which you host, direct (if you will) but your video-blogs serve principally as the impetus from which further debate flourishes rather than the slightly bald "here's what I think, now I dare you to respond" set-up which currently operates, whereby within 3 days the issue is consigned to the forgotten files of cyber-space & everybody is prodded sideways in a totally unrelated direction.

    As suggested, a self-editing facility would be appreciated, the link text colour really should be something more generic (ie blue, & then red to signify to the reader the links he/she has previously selected)& a tagging set-up of some sort would likely save time (p'raps the bods in the bowels of the Beeb might care to take a look at how the excellent Wordpress refine these functions). Also, a general plea to everyone who derives any pleasure from this site - please don't let anyone turn it into the idealogical bore-fest which has become the fate of the Newsnight blog,
    now almost entirely dominated by a handful of pseudo academic gnomes with their pithy political diatribes, or the barely literate splutterings of the Beeb's Have Your Say facility,
    which seems to invite the very worst reactionary conservatism. (Take a look at this blog for a wry chuckle... it may well be, but it's also a curious act of brilliance for anyone who despairs of social commentary in the UK).

    Lastly, I'd like to forward a motion, given Dr K's considerable national clout, to promote & prioritise the work of any charities which aim to raise the profile of film in education & engage swathes of new generations with the creative & critical process. It would be wonderful if room can be found on this site for such charitable organisations to promote their work, post important updates or bulletins & generally canvas support from every possible network. Dr K could either choose the organisations he deems worthy of support himself or it could be something which is agreed upon by all those currently blogging. What think you? For the record, I propose the following for support: Film Education, & their hugely important National Schools Film Week,


  • Comment number 34.

    Meh. The blog has lost any charm it had now. Far too sterile and cold now.

  • Comment number 35.

    Re. 33 - ideological (not idealogical). Apologies. Another argument for self-editing...

  • Comment number 36.

    I like the new layout fine, but this video is the best I've seen on Kermode Uncut so far - no funky cuts, no weird lighting, just M. Kermode ca. 1965. Brilliant! Keep them coming, The Good Doctor.

  • Comment number 37.

    It's good that you can now switch to another topic without navigating through [b] Previous | Main | Next [/b] options, by going to the list at the bottom of the page. It would be nice if that list was ordered by most recent response (I am guessing it isn't). Having the number of responses in parens is good but trying to remember those is the only way you can tell if something new has been posted in another topic without actually opening it and scrolling all the way to the end. As an alternative how about the date of the last post instead of or in addition to the number in parens?

    Now that HTML tags are included, we definitely need a preview option, which is pretty b[b]l[/b]og standard

  • Comment number 38.

    maybe that list is ordered by most recent post after all. Date would still be nice.
    (more argument for the delete/edit/preview buttons, oh, and smiley emoticons :oops:)

  • Comment number 39.

    I think the new version is really great, does work faster; it's nice the picture no longer jumps and stalls! But one comment, why was there all of those scratches and things on your picture? It was like one of those old time instructional movies from the fifties or something! That seems weirdly old fashioned and pre-computer if you ask me, and you most certainly did. Well I hope that's not going to be a feature of all your future blogs. I'm sure you'll get the glitch figured out.

  • Comment number 40.

    Yep. Big plus on the speed of loading, agree totally there. Nice design actually, layout is absolutely spot on. Get an automatic little paragraph indent on the first line of the comment which is....a bit weird. I'd try and make the link text colour a bit more prominent and a Guardian style comments editor would be grand, check it out, it's beautiful. The speed of loading was definitely an issue though and it's much better now. So thumbs up but of course I always want more...

  • Comment number 41.

    Looks good and easy to use. I would like to have a search function though. That way I can have a look for specific reviews without hassle. Blogging software such as Wordpress have search functions installed on them, it shouldnt be difficult to implement.

  • Comment number 42.

    They moved the 'sign in' link to a place which is harder to see, but left the 'sign out' in the same place.

  • Comment number 43.

    Maybe now, it would be better to have the sign in on the main page instead of after you have chosen a topic.

    I tried the text only option.... That's pretty horrendous!

  • Comment number 44.


  • Comment number 45.

    Nailed it in 69 seconds. Everything that guy does is amazing.

  • Comment number 46.

    Sounds rocking to me Dr K !!!

  • Comment number 47.

    Was the mis-spelling of "Announcement" on the blog intentional, serving some hilarious purpose that I missed, or was it a mere oversight?

  • Comment number 48.


    5: Only available in the UK!

    (Btw, someone should have done something to the sound, a few simple filters could have made it sound like a recording from the fifties!)

  • Comment number 49.

    Perless, don't know if that was directed at me ("5:") but this video was not restricted to the UK only. My problem turned out to be an incorrect link stored as a bookmark.

    BTW there shouldn't be any issue with the sound recording of the fifties, I have great quality sound recordings back to at least the forties. Stephen Fry did a great 3 part series on the advances in sound recording made since the thirties called "Third Reich and Roll". Worth checking out.

    The only thing Mark didn't need to change for this retrospective vignette was his hair.

  • Comment number 50.

    Aargh, thank god it's not in 3D! Those huge hands pointing out of the screen..... (sorry!)


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