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Mark Kermode | 11:39 UK time, Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Two years ago I sent daily blog reports from the belly of the beast that is the Cannes Film Festival. After a brief one-year sabbatical the summons has again been issued, the family must be left behind, and I must gird myself to face the creatures of the Croisette. On the other hand there's a new Mike Leigh, a new Takeshi Kitano, a last minute Ken Loach Iraq War movie, Route Irish, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and even Oliver Stone's new Wall Street movie, a timely sequel to his often willfully misinterpreted 1987 diatribe against unfettered individualism . Hey, maybe there's some good there after all...

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  • Comment number 1.

    Dear Mark,
    Hope you can endure this year. Just think, it's not like they've not a new entry in the Da Vinci Code series to premiere this time around (I still struggle to understand how they got away with it that one time!)
    Will be looking forward to the blogs, have never been to Cannes myself but would love to go!
    Love the Friday show!!! Keep up the good work =)

  • Comment number 2.

    Now that's a brilliant idea,good movies are coming up,and we could use your propositions Doc.
    As for Shia LaBeouf,when someone is wondering if he can act,i always suggest
    "a guide to recognizing your saints",shia takes over the movie on himself,supported greatly by Channing Tatum(his best performance to date),Chazz Palminteri(same) and even Robert Downey Jr.(his most non-generic performance that Dr.K would love to see from him)
    By the way Doc,i didn't know you were in Greece,i could recommend some good places to go :-) although the crisis is degrading us to a third world country day by day.

  • Comment number 3.

    Listen to lots of Elvis, that usually keeps me sane at mad times.

  • Comment number 4.

    Oh, it's a hard life being a film critic...I don't know how you cope! Fancy having to go to the Cannes Film Festival...I don't know!
    In all seriousness though keep your well coiffured head in check and all will be fine.
    Keep your eyes open for some unknown gems and ones to avoid. Best of luck!

  • Comment number 5.

    Very much looking forward to a blog a day!

    Irrelevant to the main issue but I wonder what film festivals you would recommend, Mark.

  • Comment number 6.

    Is that the polite way of saying the Beeb forced you to go.

    I think they should chance the title from Iron Sky to Attack of the Space Nazis. Iron Sky sounds a bit too Michael Bay/Bruckheimer, and needs something of an outrageous title for what could be a fun cult movie.

  • Comment number 7.

    Jean-Luc Godard has a new film out: "Film Socialisme". I've heard Mark say before, about some films, that the whole film is in the trailer. In this case it's literally true: the trailer is the whole film sped up 100x or so. (

  • Comment number 8.

    Take a DVD of The Exorcist and keep it strapped to your body just over your heart, in case the Cannes demons should attempt to do a Regan on you :P

    Of course this year you'll be able to negotiate the scrum to get into press screenings very well - just use your big flappy hands to brush aside all lesser mortals

  • Comment number 9.

    Just stay out of that sweatbox that is the main cinema in the Palais.

  • Comment number 10.

    It's kind of adorable the way you insist on hating Cannes when several hundred people would kill their own grandmothers to be in your place and bring up the fact that they threw you out like a badge of honor, Dr. Kermode. Such an edgy non-conformist!

    Kidding, it's nice to see you taking an open-minded approach to it this year. Hope you have a better experience this time around and bring back lots of good news. Maybe pick a different language to swear in this time.

    Mike Leigh never disappoints and I think Gregg Araki has a new science fiction movie premiering there this year, Kaboom. Kaboom looks like one that could go either way by being really good or really infuriating, but then I really loved Mysterious Skin so anything he puts out piques my interest. Space Nazis Must Die or whatever that Finnish movie was sounds brilliant.

    Very much looking forward to your next update.

    (Also have to second defeis' comment. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints wasn't the greatest movie, but LaBeouf and Tatum are both really good in it in a way they haven't quite measured up to yet in their other films.)

  • Comment number 11.

    i haven't seen any trailers or read any press yet but i'm going to go on the record and say that ridley scott's robin hood looks like it's going to be a MASSIVE WASTE OF TIME. don't get me wrong, i quite enjoyed gladiator but do i really need to see it all over again but with arrows instead of swords? does this story really need to be told all over again? 'prince of thieves' was released a generation ago so the money men obviously thought a 're-imagining' (a word that brings bile to my throat) was overdue. i'm not a ridley hater (i love alien and black hawk down) but i feel that the 'historical action epic' bar has been raised to an near unobtainable height by the relentlessly brilliant 'apocalypto'. as for robin hood? who knows, maybe twenty years from now shane meadows will have a crack at it, after all, no-one knows how to make a film set in the east midlands better than him. until that day comes i'll stick with the 1973 disney version, a 'last day of school' perennial from my childhood, lovely stuff.

  • Comment number 12.

    Great. Last year I went to Cannes to show my short film and was looking forward to possibly catching a glimpse of the good Doctor, but you decided to pass. Now this year, I'm not going and you are. Star-crossed? Ah, the disappointment.

  • Comment number 13.

    Iron Sky has been cast, you'll be pleased to hear Udo Kier is in it.

  • Comment number 14.

    I can't dredge up much excitement at the thought of a middle-aged Russell growling "MY NAME IS HOOD" at some wretched gloriously-back-lit extra in a historically-100%-correct-down-to-the-buttons tunic.

    Anyway, if he were in a fight with Ray Winstone's 'Will Scarlet' (still The Daddy of the various Sherwood 'imaginings') I know who'd get *my* vote.

  • Comment number 15.

    I've been following the progress of Iron Sky for (what feels like) ages..... I'm starting to think that because the premise and poster are that good all the film proper can do is dissappiont....

    We'll have to wait and see

  • Comment number 16.

    Looking forward to it!

  • Comment number 17.

    For some reason I get the feeling Robin Hood is going to be terrible.

  • Comment number 18.

    All I care about is Iron Sky, it sounds amazing. Also the title is perfect, most films with a great sounding title like Zombie Nazis or Megashark Vs. Giant Octopus end up being terrible.

  • Comment number 19.

    Best of luck of Mark, cause judging by the lineup, this year's Cannes (as oppossed to last year's) is gonna be one long borefest

  • Comment number 20.

    Breathe in positive thought...exhale negative energy. Repeat and reuse until satisfied. Also give Shia LaBooBoo a chance he was great in Eagle Eye, I'm really glad the industry is coming up with new and original stories like Robin Hood and Wall Street 2, can't wait to see Iron Sky, hopefully the Space Nazis can breathe some fresh air into this industry.

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Mark,

    I`m really enjoying your blogs and started listening to you through your pod-casts around 6 months ago and its roller coasted since then.
    After reading or should i say listening to your book i wish you luck and good fortune in Cannes as going on your past experiences i can understand your uneasiness!!
    Hopefully your 2010 visit will reap the rewards but no stalking Mr Stallone :)
    Quick question would there be any plans to release a archive on your previous pod-casts with Simon??

  • Comment number 22.

    There are also new films from Cristi Puiu (of The Death of Mr Lazarescu fame), Abbas Kiarostami, Godard, Jia Zhangke and Apichatpong Weersethakul. I think it could be a really interesting Cannes based on that (and that's ignoring directors I'm unfamiliar with - I hear Hong Sang-soo is meant to be an excellent director). I would be more than happy to go to Cannes in your place Good Doctor - the Beeb wouldn't even have to pay me as long as they cover the costs :P

  • Comment number 23.

    No offence to Scott and Crowe (I'm sure I Am Hood will be lovely and all) but what the hell is their film and other blockbusters doing at a festival? It doesn't need any more publicity. It's the little interesting sleeper oddities that should be the centrepiece of the festival circuit, so as to catch the attention of the distributors. If you're gonna reduce a film festival to a cattle market, at least make sure you get prime cuts of beef and not whole hocks of ham like The Da Vinci Code. Why do you bother with these sellout showcase Mark?

  • Comment number 24.

    Did anyone think that Mysterious Skin was an incredible film? Gregg Araki has a new film which will be shown at Cannes. Other than that, A Taste of Cherry and Sud Pralud's directors have new films which are much to be excited about!

  • Comment number 25.

    @ S Ford

    I think Mysterious Skin is an excellent film. I was really liking it up until the ending and then that final scene with the voiceover from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the song 'Untitled 3' by Sigur Ros blew me away. I was reduced to tears. One of my favorite movie endings, I re-watch it just for that scene. Really interesting movie, very dark, very unique. Acted to perfection.

  • Comment number 26.

    Do you think they will make a film of the 8 to 10 metre waves that struck Cannes on Tuesday of last week, wreaking havoc and submerging around 20 restaurants and many cars parked on the sea front at 'Le Quai Laubeuf'? A few days later and the film reviews and stars would have been fighting hard for 'Top Billing'!

  • Comment number 27.

    Interesting line-up. Ken Loach and Mike Leigh both at Cannes. For me, Ken Loach is by far the better film-maker. It's like Ken creates an amazing reality, whereas Mike creates a very self-congratulatory display of reality.


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