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Wittertainment

You know me, I like to share what I like . . .

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Wittertainment, in case you don’t know, is the Twitter handle for the radio programme, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. It is heard on BBC Radio 5 live or, as a podcast, for those of a tech bent. (which I am, to those over the age of 75) I have listened to the programme since about 2009.

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Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode

Those who know me well, are aware that I am film fanatic. I think I draw cartoons only to distract me from this borderline obsession of mine. Film discussion is another pleasure of mine. Those who know me, know I can ‘witter’ on for hours on the subject.

The format consists of, well, a lot of wittering. Embedded within the word witter is, of course, ‘wit‘, and there is much of that. It is this that elevates this above the standard fare from North America, through NPR and other long established film podcasts. (Filmspotting, Film Junk are my favourites)

They do snag interviews with A-listers like all the Toms (Cruise, Hardy, Hanks) Scarlett, all the Natalies and Emmas.

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Even this guy. Say hello to Jason Isaacs.(podcast in-joke)

Every episode contains not only their own film reviews, but reviews of the public at large. People just like us, with mortgages, toothaches, and cars with pending maintenance issues. These keep the show grounded and accessible, though if you are not English, a few of the references will not make sense. Or a kind of annoying sense.

Highly recommended listening, just enter Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review into your podcatcher. They have been together so long that there is a sublime chemistry between them.

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Another Year & East of Eden

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Okay, is there anything better than a Mike Leigh film? Not really. Another Year is one of my all-time favourites, with a tour de force by Leslie Manville. I never get tired of this film, and these tragic-comic characters. Especially memorable, in a brief (literally a few minutes) but unforgettable role, Imelda Staunton.


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Reading for the umpteenth time, East of Eden. This one actually teaches me new things every time I read it, as I get older, though not necessarily wiser. I have loved Steinbeck since I read Grapes of Wrath during lunch in high school. East of Eden has some funny and comic moments, and contains one of the most repellent characters in literature.

 

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London to Brighton

Awesome movie. Did not know what to expect. It hit the ground running, and never let up. No time wasted on exposition and backstory – the way it was handled allowed the story to flesh out of its own accord. Gritty and harsh, the way I like my movies, this was a bit like Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead in its nightmarish no-exit quality. Not for the squeamish. Fine acting from all the players. And there are some despicable characters. Highly recommended.

 

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what brings me out of a movie 2

What brings me out of a movie is those obviously empty coffee cups. You know the ones I mean. They are in those cardboard carriers, perhaps 4 of them, but hefted with such ease by the character, that you just know that they are empty. The way they just sit there, light as air, immediately takes me out of the movie, unless it is a movie about the coffee industry, and how little they fill the cup up. Then the character passes this faux coffee to other characters, all but tossing them in the air to them, letting them be carried by the breeze to whomever wants them. I’m sorry, but this fallacy must stop. I demand that they fill these cups up. I want to see steam (I know I’ve gone too far now) emitting from the holes of the cup. I want the cups to have a realistic heft, not fall over whenever someone sneezes. Imagine if one of those cups fell to the ground, after the character took a huge slug from it, exposing the character as mentally ill, pretending to drink coffee from an empty cup. I am sure those in the film industry will set me straight, there is a good reason for all this deception and trickery. (Most actors are caffeine intolerant)

I’ll go one further: I want to see steam coming out of the mouth of characters who are in polar regions, such as Antarctica, Greenland, Canada. Talk about something that exposes the fallacy, artifice, and, (sorry, ran out of adjectives) of movies. But that is for another post.

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What brings me out of a movie 1

What brings me out of a movie is when there is a knock at the door, and the door is answered WITHOUT a peek through the peephole to see who it is. I mean, who answers the door without seeing who is there? It’s like Call Display. For doors. Of course, it advances the plot when the door is answered, and the answerer is immediately shot with one of those things that they use to euthanise cattle before slaughter. (I am not unaware of the occasional peephole making an appearance in a movie, a nod to reality. But it only serves to use as an aperture through which the door-knocker can aim a pistol and fire it through the eye of the soon-to-be corpse who does the peeping) It might bring the movie to a premature end if the hero peeped through the peephole, saw who it was, immediately evacuated his bowels, and ran for the nearest Latin American country, never to be seen again, except as a dot on the horizon with worry tears springing from their head. It just smacks of carelessness and laziness that doors are answered in this cavalier manner, especially when the person answering is involved in no less than twelve criminal ventures.