Friday, July 18, 2008

Film Podcast Review X: Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews

In this weekly podcast, BBC radio personality Mark Kermode discusses current releases with his sidekick Simon Mayo. Kermode is manic, hysterical, irreverent, and most importantly, knowledgeable about films. His rapid fire delivery was a bit disorienting for me at first. All of the podcasts that I have listened to thus far start calm and occasionally escalate in speed, energy, and emotion as the hosts disagree. Not this podcast. They roar out of the gate and end just as abruptly, leaving you catching your breath. When Kermode likes a film, he trumpets its virtues. If he dislikes a film, he is liable to go on one of his patented rants, which are hilarious, even if you disagree with his opinions. Mayo serves as his calmer foil, feeding topics to Kermode or making side comments to fuel Kermode's fire. They work perfectly together.

I do have a couple of complaints about this podcast. They have a segment where they go through the top box office from the prior week and Kermode gives his 15 second opinion on each film. That is great, except if a film has been on the list for several weeks after originally getting a full treatment on the show, it gets repetitive. Also, as an American listener, I sometimes have trouble understaning the hosts accented rapid-fire delivery. That's really my problem though, and it doesn't happen often.

If you are a fan of film, this is definitely worth a listen, though the style may not be for everyone.

Content 8/10
Production 8/10

Up next: back to USA based podcasts with CinemaBlend.

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