Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Only a Movie by Mark Kermode

Like many of us, Mark Kermode wonders what a movie based on his life would be like. In these memoirs, Kermode fashions his hypothetical biopic thoroughly - the way the movie would progress, the stories from his life it would touch upon, and even who would be cast in the major roles.

So who is Mark Kermode and why would you want to read his memoirs? (Don't worry, I had no idea either.)

Turns out Kermode is one of the most prominent film reviewers in England. He's the guy who was conducting the legendary interview wherein Werner Herzog was shot by an unseen assailant, and then continued the interview anyway. Film geeks know exactly what I'm talking about. The rest of you can watch by clicking here.

The good news is, it doesn't matter how much or how little you know about Kermode; this is an enjoyable book regardless. As a good autobiography should, this book tells you everything you need to know about its subject; no additional research or prior knowledge is required. A well-told story of an everyman film lover who made a career out of being an everyman film lover. The book is, above all else, a work of humor. Add it to your reading list or, better yet, do what I did and listen to the audiobook. You'll have the added bonus of hearing the author's natural inflections, which certainly adds a layer of humor to the proceedings.

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