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The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex | [Mark Kermode]

The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex

In It's Only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode took us into the weird world of a film critic's life lived in widescreen. Now, The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex takes us into the belly of the beast to ask: 'What’s wrong with the modern movie business – and how can we make it right?'
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Publisher's Summary

In It's Only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode showed us the weird world of a film critic's life lived in widescreen. Now, in The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex, he takes us into the belly of the beast to ask: 'What's wrong with modern movies?'

If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, then why not make a good one for a change? How can 3-D be the future of cinema when it's been giving audiences a headache for over a hundred years? Why pay to watch films in cinemas that don't have a projectionist but do have a fast-food stand? And, in a world in which Sex and the City 2 was a hit, what the hell are film critics for?

Outspoken, opinionated and hilariously funny, The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex is a must for anyone who has ever sat in an undermanned, overpriced cinema and asked themselves: 'How the hell did things get to be this terrible?'

©2011 Mark Kermode (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex by the reviewer, Mark Kermode is an angry blast about the state of cinema-going, from the cost if shepherding sweet-toothed children past overpriced confectionary to suffering through unfocused prints in unchecked auditoria. The scruffy cattle-pen experience will be familiar to anyone who has visited a mall cinema lately." (Christopher Fowler Books of the Year – Independent on Sunday)

"Kermode sits in the stalls peeking through his fingers at what we’re served up on the silver screen and motormouthing about bad cinema in a frank and funny counterblast to all the Hollywood hype" (Iain Finlayson and Kate Saunders Saga Magazine)

"As listeners of his radio show know, the angrier Mark Kermode gets, the funnier he is. Good news then: his latest book is a collection of FURIOUS rants against the sins of modern cinema…. Elegantly lacerating wit." (Empire, Nov)

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    John Australia 01-28-12
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    "Kermodian Moonshine, Wittertainment distilled."

    If your a fan of the show, or like me a regular podcast listener, I couldn't see why you wouldn't love this. Sure many of the arguments and their supporting anecdotes and statistics have been voiced over the last year on the show, but there's more here. Like the curmudgeonly retelling of a visit to a Multiplex, attending "Blazing Saddles" dressed like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver and in light of SOPA et al the figures to give a moment to pause next time your hear/read the 'poor us' stories of the Entertainment MegaCorporations. Being read by Mr Kermode himself is a huge benefit, it's like listening to the show. A nice long rant that had to be told by a man who clearly loves his movies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suchet TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States 11-29-11
    Suchet TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Just what you'd expect!"

    Fans of the Kermode and Mayo BBC 5Live podcast, or people who have previously read/listened to Kermode's previous book, "It's Only A Movie," will know what they're getting. An informed, and often outspoken opinion on the history of, and state of current, cinema. Relevant not only to a UK, but also to a worldwide, audience. Very entertaining!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CJ Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-27-11
    CJ Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent, but short."
    If you could sum up The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Interesting. Short.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    His thesis is interesting. Nothing was the least interesting.


    What about Mark Kermode’s performance did you like?

    His general nature is addictive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love him anyway, you'll love his book. But it's not on the

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  • Joseph
    Camden, United Kingdom
    9/9/11
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    "Most definitely 'The Good'"

    I was a fan of the previous book/audiobook ('It's only a movie') but this is definitely a step-up from that already enjoyable listen. Rather than the autobiographical format this is more a collection of thoughts and rants - some of which will be familiar to fans of the previous book, the 5 Live show or Mr Kermode's entertaining video blog. All delivered with passion by the man himself, this is an engaging listen and whilst fan's of the good Doctor will be unsuprised at some of the thoughts on offer, he delivers them in a passionate manner and proves as forthwright, erudite and witty as ever. A really enjoyable listen with a poignant end and a great sense of a considered narrative argument compared to its predecessor. A must for anyone interested in the state of modern cinema.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Leo
    Shoreham-By-Sea, United Kingdom
    10/1/12
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    "Very funny, very good!"

    Very informative and very funny! I'm a film maker and I found useful information on the psyche and mentality of Hollywood. Also Mark is great!! Long live Mark!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    6/26/12
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    "A whole new view on films, if a tad over-long"

    I enjoyed this title very much and found Mark Kermode's observations on the modern film-watching experince very close to my own. Such a relief that I'm not the only one who gets testy at rustling sweet wrappers, chattering and use of mobile phones all through the film. Other people is largely the reason I no longer go to a multiplex, and instead enjoy the delights of The Rex in berkhamsted, a cinema for grown-ups.

    Kermode's knowledge and passion for film is clear throughout and he holds no punches. (Boy, did he NOT like 'Sex and the City 2'!)

    Only critisim would be that this same passion sometimes causes him to go on a bit. The opening chapter, where he recounts a recent cinema outing with his daughter, could've easily been a deal shorter and still made his point.

    That said I'd still recommend this for any cinema lovers out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Cheadle, United Kingdom
    11/5/11
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    "Kermode Doesn't Disappoint"

    As a regular listener of his radio show with Simon Mayo, as soon as I realised he was narrating his own book I knew it would be good. There are no surprises as to his rantings (3D, Sex and the City, etc) if you've heard him on the radio but they're still interesting to listen to.

    Overall, very entertaining, am now going back to his first book (which I am a few hours into and so far I prefer his 2nd book)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H J Mac
    London, United Kingdom
    10/15/11
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    "The best book I've heard in ages"

    This is a great audiobook. Mark Kermode reads his words with the passion that he always displays with his broadcasts.

    It's incredibly interesting as well, lots of information that doesn't get too technical, but is detailed enough to feel like you have learnt a lot about the industry. It's a polemic, but he knows his stuff, and he's as funny as ever with his anecdotes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marvin
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    9/30/11
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    "King of the Rants!"

    For those familiar with the good Doctor's views that he expresses with his sparring partner Simon Mayo on the radio, there is nothing too new here. However this is a great listen and in my opinion must be much better being read by the man himself than reading it in a book. Although it is one big rant about the genuine concerns he feels for the cinema, he puts it in a way that is both amusing, interesting but above all correct. He made me quite rightly ashamed that I frequent my multiplex so much. Good on you.

    Recommended for all those passionate about going to the cinema and watching films.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    SEVENOAKS, United Kingdom
    1/28/14
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    "Very Wittertaining"
    What does Mark Kermode bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As a listener to his weekly podcast with Simon Mayo, I have grown accustomed to Mark's voice and get an unhealthy kick out of his passion for cinema. It was with pleasure that I chose to spend my free download on this audiobook as I fully enjoyed listening to what Mark does best - talk about movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Jesmond, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Not just for hardcore cinema fans, a good listen"

    IIm a regular listener to the kermode film show, so was interested in hearing his views beyond the constraints of a two hour show. This makes for interesting listening and I would recommend this to cinema fans. If there are any criticisms it is that points can be slightly laboured, and you must bear in mind this is (albeit well-informed) opinion. Nontheless a good audio book delivered well by the man himself.

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