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Mark Kermode | 13:59 PM, Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The great British film director Ken Russell died on Sunday.

He was a friend and a hero to me and made some of the best, the most exciting and the most experimental films in all of cinema.

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And The Nomination Isn't...

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Mark Kermode | 10:09 AM, Friday, 25 November 2011

The Awards season is upon us and once again the Oscars selection is proving baffling.

There was one title that absolutely should have made the nominations long list - but they've left it out.

On a positive note that means it's still in the running for a Kermode...

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Mark Kermode | 13:17 PM, Tuesday, 22 November 2011

This week the actor Michael Shannon is interviewed on 5 Live's Kermode and Mayo review show.

He has an extraordinary presence onscreen and can be seen this week in the new movie, Take Shelter.

For me his definitive performance is in Bug - a strange and little seen 2006 film directed by William Friedkin.

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Better The Devils You Know?

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Mark Kermode | 13:05 PM, Friday, 18 November 2011

There have been a lot of enquiries about the forthcoming BFI release of Ken Russell's controversial 1971 masterpiece The Devils on DVD. Here I explain which version will be on the disc and ask are director's cuts always a good idea or is the original release usually better?

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Kermode Uncut: Frankenstein Lives

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Mark Kermode | 16:53 PM, Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Kenneth Branagh is interviewed on 5 live's Kermode & Mayo show this Friday. I'm a big admirer of his 1994 version of Frankenstein - a film that was savaged by critics at the time. This made me wonder what you think are the biggest errors of judgement made by me and my colleagues over the years and which films are ripe for re-evaluation.

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Greatest Movies Never Made & Silent Running

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Mark Kermode | 12:03 PM, Friday, 11 November 2011

I've blogged recently about great unmade films and my love of the 70s sci fi movie, Silent Running.

Both topics provoked loads of responses from you and here I pick out some of your sharpest comments.

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Creature Feature

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Mark Kermode | 13:30 PM, Tuesday, 8 November 2011

There's a new book out called Monsters in the Movies by the director John Landis.

It's a pictorial history of cinematic terrors of the last 100 years and got me thinking about which one I find the most frightening and why...

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The Artist

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Mark Kermode | 15:30 PM, Friday, 4 November 2011

There's a brand new silent movie coming out later this year called The Artist - it's a melodrama and won a prize at Cannes. Here is my review in tribute to the golden age before the talkies.

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Silent Running

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Mark Kermode | 12:15 PM, Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Silent Running, one of my all time favourite movies and one of the greatest sci fi films ever, is about to be released on BluRay disc. It was made by Douglas Trumbull as a reaction to Kubrick's much more celebrated 2001 and for my money it's the superior film.

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