Mark Kermode is probably best known as the Film critic on BBC Radio 5 Live, and was lauded by many to step in to the void left by Jonathan Ross on Film 2010.
It’s only a movie isn’t your typical biography, Mr Kermode by his own admission has a terrible memory and chooses to relate his version of events in the form of a made for TV movie i.e. based on true events. He even goes as far as to choose the cast, with old school chum Jason Isaacs in the lead role.
Rather than follow the usual linear path of childhood days followed by teenage angst and Hollywood schmoozing etc. he tends to focus on anecdotes about how he fell in love with film at a very early age, and events that have happened to him throughout his journalistic career.
Highlights include him recalling a touching interview with Linda Blair (best known as the possessed girl in The Exorcist), getting “hand bagged” by Helen Mirren and the now famous/infamous moment when he was interviewing German auteur Werner Herzog in the Hollywood hills for the BBC’s Culture Show which ended in Herzog being shot by a hidden sniper.
Kermode has a self-deprecating style which is something of a contradiction to his public persona of “I’m right, everyone else is wrong” which makes for a humorous and entertaining read.
It’s Only A Movie is published by Random House and is available from the Seenit store http://seenit.co.uk/store/1-1025612-184794602X-Its_Only_a_Movie_Reel_Life_Adventures_of_a_Film_Obsessive.html