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It's Only a Movie | [Mark Kermode]

It's Only a Movie

To avoid fainting, keep repeating It's only a move ..only a movie ..only a movie ..only a movie If you grew up believing that Planet of the Apes told you all you needed to know about politics, that Slade in Flame was a savage exposé of the pop world, and that The Exorcist revealed the meaning of life, then you probably spent far too many of your formative years at the cinema. Just as likely, you soon would have realised that there was only one career open to you - you'd have to become a film critic.
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To avoid fainting, keep repeating it's only a move ..only a movie ..only a movie ..only a movie

If you grew up believing that Planet of the Apes told you all you needed to know about politics, that Slade in Flame was a savage exposé of the pop world, and that The Exorcist revealed the meaning of life, then you probably spent far too many of your formative years at the cinema. Just as likely, you soon would have realised that there was only one career open to you - you'd have to become a film critic.

In It’s only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen. Join him as he embarks on a gut-wrenching journey through the former Soviet Union on the trail of the low budget horror flick Dark Waters, cringe as he's handbagged by Helen Mirren at the Bafta awards ceremony, cheer as he gets thrown out of the Cannes film festival for heckling in very bad French, and don't forget to gasp as he's shot at while interviewing Werner Herzog in the Hollywood hills.

Written with sardonic wit and wry good humour, this compelling cinematic memoir is genuinely ‘inspired by real events’.

©2010 Mark Kermode (P)2010 Random House Audio

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  • paul
    middlesbrough, United Kingdom
    6/1/11
    Overall
    "It's Only an Audiobook. (But it's very good)."

    Leaves you wanting to hear more.

    Some really funny moments, and the odd, sad one too.

    Ever interesting and well read by Mark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flavia
    Ealing, London, United Kingdom
    3/11/11
    Overall
    "Perfect listen - great production"

    Mark Kermode's knowledge of movies is outstanding, he has an excellent radio voice so is perfect to narrate his own work. Becuase he has lived it he brings his stories to life. I would suggest there is one chapter where he labours a journey to Russia, but one can overlook that given the rest of the book. If you are a fan of his BBC Radio 2 show this is a 'must listen'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    NewtongrangeUnited Kingdom
    2/22/11
    Overall
    "Interesting but not interesting enough"

    As a huge fan of Kermode's film review show with Simon Mayo on Five Live for several years this was an interesting listen but ultimately, it's the story of how a film critic became a film critic. There's a bunch of interesting anecdotes (his horrific trip across Russia, Werner Hertzog getting shot whilst being interviewed by him), most of which I was already aware of from the show, and beyond that there's not much else.

    It was good to hear Mark reading the book himself but there just wasn't enough meat on the bones for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    TaurangaNew Zealand
    9/12/10
    Overall
    "very good and well written"

    Mark Kermode, well i think he is a great movie reviewer. He rates movie on how he sees the movie and i think that is great for a movie reviewer. Back to the book. Its funny and well written. He talks about the movies he loves and hates. He love horror movies oh and so do I. But dont let that put you off. The way the book is written is like being in a movie or lots of movies. I never knew of Mark Kermode till i listen to this book because i live in New Zealand. I rate this book 5 stars. And recommend this to anyone that loves movies or wants to get to know Mark Kermode a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fran
    yorkshire uk
    7/7/10
    Overall
    "mark kermode"

    I'm a fan of mark Kermode's film reviews and always listen to the podcasts. Fun as they are, part of the pleasure is in appreciating how annoyingly smug and slightly conceited the blessed Dr Kermode is. I expected this to be a problem with the book but it isn't. The book is slow to start but have patience and you'll be well rewarded. After the first few chapters the book becomes genuinely laugh out loud funny. It's great fun and I was sorry to finish it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Burntisland, United Kingdom
    1/20/12
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    "He does have great hair though"

    I've often watched Kermode review a movie and thought: "Why should I care what you think?" As, indeed, he would probably think if he ever read this review.
    I'm none-the-wiser really, having listened to this book from start to finish. There's nothing wrong with it, maybe it's a wee bit irritating at times, but essentially it's a biopic of Kermode's life with particular attention to his relationship with films filled with personal anecdotes and revealing stories about films and the people who make them, but I just didn't really connect with it.
    What's missing is drama (apart from the bit where Werner Herzog's pants explode), it's lacking in comedy as well, or horror or romance. It's not a movie, it's not quirky enough, or racy enough or exciting enough. It's just a story about a guy who likes watching movies but don't be fooled into buying it simply because you like watching movies too, because it's not that kind of movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Yeovil, United Kingdom
    6/20/11
    Overall
    "A BIT TOO LOUD FOR ME"

    I like Mark Kermode's reviews on the radio but found the narration style of shouting too loud for me to listen to in anything longer than 15 minute blocks. Shame really as it's a good book with lots of references that I can relate to. Overall a little disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JackJack
    London, UK
    6/16/10
    Overall
    "Not as good as his weekly podcast"

    This rather rambling audiobook has the potential to be something really special. The material is read with great gusto by the author, and it really is quite easy to listen to. However, the listener will very quickly realise that they are hearing the same unremarkable anecdotes over and over again.

    Mr Kermode is rather better in smaller doses. Here, when given the space to create a magnum opus, he reveals that he has no idea how to structure a story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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