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Mark Kermode | 13:05 UK time, Tuesday, 2 September 2008

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  • Comment number 1.

    'Ave an 'eart, Kermy! E's only dunnit for the money and 'is Mrs!

  • Comment number 2.

    I quite liked it.:) More importantly, managed to sidestep the Doctors moral puzzle: we saw it as a surprise screening at the BFI-Empire movie-con, so didn't knowingly pay money for it.:)

  • Comment number 3.

    I hope you don't do your review of it on Friday in that irritating cockney voice.

  • Comment number 4.

    So Mark, you bitter man, should we download it instead? ;-)

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Mark. What we need is an antidote to these ex-public school boys and their 'gangster' fantasies. Something to do for them what 'Man Bites Dog' did for the Serial Killer movie. Fortunately such a film exists: Diary of a Bad Lad. John Robb thinks it's the best film he's seen this year. You'll be hearing more and more about it as Autumn progresses. But Mark, someone like you who's at the cutting edge should really be up to speed on this one. It might even restore your faith....

  • Comment number 6.

    Just something I wanted to add after listening to your review on the 5Live show podcast. I completely agree with you on there being it not being about a soundtrack being good or bad to listen to in itself. Cinema is full of examples of bad films packaged with catchy music (and sometimes music stars!) that do not disguise the quality of the film itself - My Blueberry Nights being a recent example!

    It should be about the way that the music is actually used in the film to intelligently inform the action, not just to sell an album of "Songs from the film" out in the lobby.

    The best example of this I can think of is Wim Wenders' film Until The End Of The World, which takes a hugely influential soundtack (even if it does feature U2!) and then proceeds to waste all the songs running irrelevantly over early scenes in the film.

  • Comment number 7.

    Guy Ritchie is the most stunningly awful filmmaker around at the moment. I had to stop watching Lock Stock about halfway through because it was so annoying I actually wanted to kill somebody. The humour reminded me slightly of Hollyoaks (if you dont know what hollyoaks is - dont try to find out).

    How is it that many critics in magazines such as Empire consistantly give people like him and George Lucas good reviews? Is it because they have a large fanbase of morons who's readership they are frightened of losing? Mabye you could launch an investigation into how these magazines operate for next week's blog.

    9/11 isn't the great conspiracy of our time - it's the fact that Guy Ritchie is still making movies and still gets (some) good reviews!

  • Comment number 8.

    Dr. M, I'm not really a movie boffin, but I do enjoy listening to your slot on Mayo. Having just heard last Fridays show, I feel compelled to post on your blog. Never before have I heard such a wonderfully single-minded rant! Is it RocknRolla or just Guy Richie that annoys you so much? Regardless, I'm afraid you've really spiked my curiosity. I mean, I simply have to find out what all the fuss is about so I'm off to see it asap - sorry...

  • Comment number 9.

    My hand (and more importantly my money) will be staying firmly in my pocket for this movie. I enjoyed Lock Stock, but all the others just seem like the same film re-hashed...

  • Comment number 10.

    I found the movie embarrsing to watch, and difficult to sit through because it was so bad. It had a poor story, which was incongruent throughout. Combined with poor acting and poor directorship. Avoid wasting your time and money on this movie. It is an insult to ones intellegence and clearly very out of touch. A real mess!

  • Comment number 11.

    Roger Ebert once made a similar comment to MK's Revolver dismissal: after being labelled 'fat' by Vincent Gallo, he replied "one day i will be thin, but Gallo will always be the director of The Brown Bunny".

  • Comment number 12.

    Being a nobody of some note, I actually paid money (chocolate-shaped one pound coins, mind, which fooled the dope at my local showcase) to see this film. Stylistically, RocknRolla is not bad, but the story is rather dull at times and all the cod cockney talk by luvvie actors soon grated. I have nothing against Guy Richie, and think there probably is a good film in him, but RocknRolla isn't it.

  • Comment number 13.

    It'd be nice if your review extended beyond your obvious dislike of Ritchie and the naming of his characters. This isn't a film review, it's the rantings of a bitter, bitter man.

  • Comment number 14.

    Im a fan of Guy Ritchie, although i do think he should depart from his compfort zone every now and then.
    Cant wait to see this film and see what sort of modern culture it inspires (such as Lock Stock), like the movie t-shirts at or Godfather inspired cotton balls!!!


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