Thursday, October 30, 2008

Let Mark Kermode present Film 2008

Time to remember a suggestion of mine from this time last year:
I am watching Film 2007 and BBC's Jonathan Ross is dull, dull, dull.

The BBC has a broadcaster on film who would make it a more interesting programme overnight: Mark Kermode. He was on Newsnight Review with Matthew Sweet a couple of weeks ago. Both are infinitely more interesting on film than Ross is.

With Ross you always suspect a conflict of interest. If he gives big Hollywood names bad reviews, will they refuse to appear on his chat show next time round?

6 comments:

Norfolk Blogger said...

But Mark Kermode is smug, smug, smug and a film elitist.

Frank H Little said...

I agree that Kermode is a contender, along with Matthew Sweet himself and Alex Cox. They do have their quirks, though. One of the reasons I hardly ever viewed Ross's "Film 200n" is because of his overt love of fetishistic movies.

My money is on Francine Stock, who is no stranger to TV (used to be a "Newsnight" presenter, if I recall correctly), but who has really lifted Radio 4's "Film Programme" since she took it over.

Andy said...

Yes to Mark Kermode (in fact I suggested this last night on my own blog!). Norfolk Blogger: I'm sorry, you are quite wrong. Mark is often alone in saying he has found something attractive in films that have otherwise received a complete slagging off in the critical press. Witness, for instance, this week's review of High School Musical 3.

Jonathan, I take it you listen to the Kermode 5 Live reviews? Anyone who doesn't really should. There's a podcast, there's no excuse.

Jonathan said...

And what does "a film elitist" mean anyway?

James Blanchard said...

What Alex Cox up to these days? Would love to see him combine Film 2009 with a new series of Moviedrome.

Painfully Liberal said...

Not sure I'd use the phrase film elitist, if it does have a worthwhile meaning I don't think it would apply to him. I was veering more towrards describing him as a know-nothing, thinks he's it tosser who deserves not to present Film 2008, but rather to be brutally smacked upside the quiff.