The Better (Be-Quiffed) Side Of UK Film Criticism

Having been recently awash with general negative feelings towards UK journalists and their, quite frankly, somewhat pathetic attempts at various degrees of copy, I felt the need to purge my soul with something intelligent, fun, witty and insightful.

Which is exactly what Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode provide every Friday in their film reviews programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. I'm yet to listen (or watch, see below) to an episode that hasn't entertained me and whilst I don't always agree with Kermode, he is without doubt one of the most knowledgeable scholars of film I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Likewise, Simon Mayo is a fantastic jounrnalist and the station will miss him greatly when he transfers to BBC Radio 2 in January (he will, thankfully retain an extended film review spot for two hours on Fridays with Kermode). He is the perfect foil to Kermode and together they make one of those rare and fantastic on-screen and in-ear couples.

Below is a video that encapsulates a 'Kermode rant', the subject of which is Pirates of The Caribbean 3 and particularly Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley who share an on screen presence not dislike 'watching two chairs mating'. Kermode's video blog has regular posts and can be enjoyed here. I urge you to give it a try.

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