People accuse me of being prejudiced but in fact there is nothing I like more than being surprised by a film turning out to be good when I was expecting the worst - and I can prove it.

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by brandy65

    on 14 Jun 2013 11:26

    I agree that much of what goes into the multiplex is cinematic pulp, generic filler, and not in a good way. But what right do we really have to apply critical acclaim or derision to the filmmakers. There are clear examples of both great and terrible cinema and there is a huge amount between these extremes. But do people like Mr Kermode, and others in the criticism merry-go-round, really have the right to influence us with what is essentially just their own opinions, their like and dislikes? I like Mark, but could he write or direct his own version of Watchmen (to use as an example?) I don't think so.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Burnett

    on 13 Jun 2013 08:29

    This is such a condescending and disingenuous post, and I am offended by your total lack of self-awareness. You do NOTHING BUT insult those outside your favorite list because they embody (in your mind) your pet peeves. Your criticism of 'Watchmen' was essentially WELL TERRY GILLIAM WOULD HAVE DONE IT BETTER AND TERRY GILLIAM IS GREAT AND TERRY GILLIAM ... You have done incredibly rude (sorry, impressionistic ... urgh) impersonations of those people who - shudder - made films you haven't liked. Your criticism is lazy and close-minded and no amount of inept revisionism will change that. In fact, your attempt to otherwise is shameful and shows that you will never change.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Allanwith2ls

    on 11 Jun 2013 07:25

    Shia LaBeouf - Lawless.

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by goodfella2459

    on 10 Jun 2013 17:30

    I wasn't a Nolan fan at all. I liked Batman Begins & the Prestige, but the Dark Knight left me unimpressed. A second viewing of TDK I liked much more, but I still thought it had its fair share of flaws. I thought Inception was okay, but nothing special. When I went to see The Dark Knight Rises, I wasn't expecting to be blown away, but I absolutely loved it. Its made me want to re-watch TDK & Inception at some point. I've not gotten around to them, but I respect Nolan more now. I'm still not a fan, but I'll admit I was too hard on him.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Mike

    on 10 Jun 2013 14:56

    Please stop doing that impression Mark. Please. Please? Please?!

    Have you read WATCHMEN yet Mark? I'm serious, you should, in the world of comics, it's epochal. I wish Gilliam had done it too, and there are major problems with Snyder's version, but there are enough interesting things about it left over from the original source material to make it watchable, IMO.

    And I refuse to believe you went into any of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels with an open mind, and if a film with a U2 soundtrack came out, I find it impossible to believe you would be open-minded about that :P.

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by The Phantom Librarian

    on 10 Jun 2013 13:46

    Am I the only person who hopes that the presumed success of "Man of Steel" doesn't lead to a Justice League movie? I adore Nolan's Batman trilogy but believe wholeheartedly that they would not fit into a slap-dash team movie. Attempting to reconcile the serious pointed message of Dark Knight with the monumentally over-the-top nature of The Flash and Wonder Woman would be an exercise in futility. Granted, this version of Superman does appear to walk in the footsteps of Nolan's DC Universe with a strong human element to the character's decidedly inhuman origin but - as the good doctor would agree - character has never been Zack Snyder's strong point. Truthfully only time will tell how successful Snyder is in sublimating his baser (costume) instincts. It could always be worse...I'm specifically thinking of the coppery taste of Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand. Say what you will about Zack Snyder's empty costumes and elaborate special effects, any one of his films has more substance than the whole of Ratner's oeuvre.
    On a small side note, I appreciated this episode of Kermode Uncut because it did bring an interesting facet of filmgoing to the fore: when directors or actors you dislike make good movies. I'm reminded specifically of the films of Michael Mann and Tobe Hooper. I have a personal dislike for Mann's machismo and 'manly' obsessiveness (to the point where I and some like-minded friends referred to it as 'Mann-handling') in films such as Heat and Collateral but his version of 'Red Dragon' Manhunter forced me to acknowledge that he is a powerful director with a strong eye for visual language. Likewise, I dislike Tobe Hooper's films (on the whole) but will admit to the originality of Texas Chainsaw. While I dislike that film for purely personal reasons, the film that I think Hooper actually succeeded was Lifeforce - the most pants movie ever made. With Poltergeist's actual directorial duties mired in rumor and speculation and his recent output lacking the finesse of a second year film student, I point to Lifeforce as his best film. Hooper takes a ridiculous concept, absolutely insane ideas, and a herculean third act and cobbles together a rollicking good ride. Great performances, surprising special effects, character actors popping up all over the place, and an insane mondo climax culminating in the destruction of Westminster Abbey among the ruins of a zombie-infested London make it the ultimate standout in an otherwise lackluster career. When friends mention Texas Chainsaw and how Hooper is one of the 'Masters of Horror', I ask them if they've seen Lifeforce.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by captleigh

    on 10 Jun 2013 12:53

    shia labeouf ... /thread

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 9 Jun 2013 18:31

    Sadly the truth is , sometimes like us all ,your just wrong. I love Watchmen and 300,.They are wellmade and visually stunning , with great stories bodly told.
    You have a total blind spot for Lock Stock and Lebowski which none of us can understand. The vast majority of film nuts who read this blog I can guarantee love them with a capitol L. I know you liked Lebowski more second time round, but you didnt really get our worship.We all have these blind spots. I knew a friend who hated American Beauty, strange girl.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by SiJ

    on 9 Jun 2013 17:37

    But never, NEVER! like a Danny Dyer movie. That impression is always needed :)

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Chris_Page

    on 9 Jun 2013 16:32

    I generally avoid Scorsese films, but Kundun was a real delight. And I hope I live to see the day when Dr Kermode apologises for misrepresenting Danny Dyer all these years.

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