Saturday, 19 November 2011

FACTUAL REVIEW: The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex - Mark Kermode

Release Date: 08/09/11


In "It's Only a Movie", the incomparable Mark Kermode showed us the weird world of a film critic's life lived in widescreen. Now, in "The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex", he takes us into the belly of the beast to ask: 'What's wrong with modern movies?' If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, then why not make a good one for a change? How can 3-D be the future of cinema when it's been giving audiences a headache for over a hundred years? Why pay to watch films in cinemas that don't have a projectionist but do have a fast-food stand? And, in a world in which "Sex and the City 2" was a hit, what the hell are film critics for? Outspoken, opinionated and hilariously funny, "The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex" is a must for anyone who has ever sat in an undermanned, overpriced cinema and asked themselves: 'How the hell did things get to be this terrible?'


I’ve been more that familiar with Mark’s snark and smart accurate comments for years about the cinema and film in general. It is witty, it has great points (most of which I agree with) and when backed with a thorough understanding of the audience as well as the film industry it gives the reader a book that is not only informative but one that was a real joy to read.

Whilst it won’t be long before we lose the skills of the heroes of the cinema (the projectionists) the book pays homage to these unsung champions as well as helping to explain to the layman what happens in the film process alongside things like how some films become blockbusters whilst also panned by many. Finally add to this a well-deserved nomination in the Galaxy Nation Book Awards and it’s a title that you really have to get for that film aficionado in your life.

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