It's Only a Movie : Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive, Paperback Book

It's Only a Movie : Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive Paperback

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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 gets lost in Russia on the trail of a low-budget horror flick, gasp as he's shot at in Hollywood while interviewing Bavarian director Werner Herzog, cheer as he gets thrown out of the Cannes film festival for heckling in very bad French, and cringe as he's handbagged by Helen Mirren at London's glitzy BAFTA Awards.

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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780099543480

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As an avid fan of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's weekly films review podcast from their radio show on BBC 5 Live, I was looking forward to reading this memoir very much. I enjoy Mark's ability on the radio to yammer on endlessly (and often without much time to catch his breath) about films while also making the listeners laugh with his descriptive sense of humour and ongoing bickerings with his co-host.Reading this book was an experience very similar to listening to the podcast (albeit with the absence of Simon Mayo) in the sense that Kermode writes pretty much exactly how he speaks - at length, ramblingly and often skipping from one tangent to another. I won't claim that this is the best written memoir ever, as in some sections this style doesn't work as well for reading as it does for listening and there are some parts which I did think dragged, but, especially if you're a fan, I think, it's good fun and fills in some gaps of Mark's career that he may have not yet covered on the podcast (I've only been listening for a couple of years) whilst also setting down some of the more well-known anecdotes in print.The book definitely passed Kermode's own "5 Laugh Rule," (whether intentionally or not) and had me chuckling along embarrassingly in my lunch breaks, similarly to the experience of listening to the podcasts on my train journeys. I'm not sure if non-listeners would find it as amusing, but I would hope it would at least encourage them to look up the show on iTunes (if not the live radio show on Fridays itself).

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